Welcome to the Artisans of Barossa blog where we bring you news and events from Artisans of Barossa, Vino Lokal and the Barossa region.
Every day across Easter, and then again on Anzac Day and Barossa Vintage Festival Parade day, the Artisans of Barossa are taking over the Vino Lokal laneway in Tanunda. Over 20 wines on tasting each day from Spinifex Wines, Schwarz Wine Co., John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa and Sons of Eden, with winemakers on hand to pour their wines and share stories of the 2019 vintage.
Artisans Laneway Takeover hours
Good Friday 12 - 5pm
Easter Saturday 12 - 5pm
Easter Sunday 12 - 5pm
Easter Monday 12 - 5pm
Anzac Day 12 - 5pm
Sat 27 April 11am - 5pm- Vintage Festival Parade Day
Vino Lokal Wine Bar hours
Bookings for lunch and dinner are recommended, and can be made by calling (08) 8563 3935, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
While Howard Duncan, COO of Artisans of Barossa / Vino Lokal, doesn’t fit the ‘3 in the ground’ rule of ‘Barossa local’ he has certainly earned his place.
After working all over the globe, Howard settled in Barossa 16 years ago, installing himself in the centre of the region’s wine industry. Howard has become somewhat notorious in the region for pushing the envelope; the inspirer of big, new ideas. Just recently he oversaw the opening of a new wine bar in just 90 days from light bulb moment to opening night, and his ‘top 5 Barossa Wine Auction picks’ are actually 6, if that gives you any indication of his tenacity!
It’s safe to say Howard knows his way around a Barossa wine or two, and his picks are not all the usual suspects. So, please enjoy your second preview into the Barossa Wine Auction catalogue, due out later this month:
1. Lot 12W: EDEN HALL BLOCK 4 SHIRAZ
Prices for the Eden Hall Reserve Rieslings have been on the climb in in recent years as more wine collectors begin to acknowledge the exceptional pedigree and longevity of these estate grown wines. Eden Valley Shiraz is superb, led by its poster boys from Henschke – Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. Eden Hall have first rate vineyards and the winemaking is faultless – these are outstanding wines. The two flights available in the on line auction feature wines from the strongest vintages, and should attract strong bidding from those in the know!
2. Lot 9S: ROJOMOMA RED ART RED WINE OF PROVENANCE SHIRAZ VERTICAL
Husband and wife team Bernie Keading and Sam Kurz turned the accepted order of things on its head at the 2017 National Wine Show in Canberra by taking home The Red Wine of Provenance Trophy. In this class, the judges consider three vintages of the same wine spread across at least ten years – a huge ask for small producer like Rojomoma, and hence typically the Trophy is the domain of the big names. But the superb quality of these wines and their obvious ability age won the day, and the Rojomoma dynamic duo shook the foundations of Barossa red winemaking to their core.
3. Lot 91W: TIM SMITH WINES TSW RESERVE
Yes he’s a mate, and yes he’s a good bloke…but he’s also a top winemaker and these two wines come from some of the very oldest and finest vineyards in Barossa. Tim is the epitome of hands on from vineyard to glass – I suspect he may even lick the back of each label to ensure it sticks to the bottle. This is a one man band – just call the winery “Hello, Tim Smith Wines, Tim Smith speaking”. Superb old vine Shiraz, and the Mataro will outlive the next dozen Australian prime ministers.
4. Lots 37W & 38W: JOHN DUVAL WINES ENTITY SHIRAZ
I have the distinct pleasure of working for the father/ son team of John and Tim Duval, and these guys are a pro outfit. They don’t make a lot, and what they do is determined solely by the availability of great vineyards. The 2016 Entity won the best shiraz trophy at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards last year, and the vintages on offer in this pack are like a roll call of my picks for best vintages in recent memory.
5. Lot 26W: HEAD WINES ANCESTOR VINE GRENACHE
I really think this is one of the greatest Grenache wines I have ever tasted. From fruit grown east of Springton in the Eden Valley in a vineyard planted in 1858, this is a world class red wine. Imperials are rare beasts, and this is a rare wine from an exceptional and rare vineyard. Go hard on the bidding on this one, you’ll thank yourself for years to come if you decide on onsell in the future, or if you get a dozen mates around to get on the Grenache! Either way, this is a guaranteed winner
6. Lot 53W: MAVERICK TRIAL HILL EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ
I tasted the 2010 of this vintage as part of a Barossa Shiraz masterclass I gave in Hong Kong back in 2014… and I have never forgotten it! 2006 and 2016 are equal, if not stronger vintages, and the vineyard which sits high above the valley in the Barossa ranges is legendary. A great addition to the cellar
Post originally published at: https://www.barossawine.com/auction-picks-howard-duncan/
Bidding is now open on the 2019 Barossa Wine Auction - visit the Langton's site here.
It’s straight to the pool room for this one – “Best Tasting Experience – Barossa Valley” in the Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Best Cellar Door Awards 2019!
The award is a real highlight for the Artisans of Barossa and Vino Lokal team, and an achievement that we’re exceptionally proud of considering Barossa wineries now offer so many innovative and exciting ways for travellers to discover and enjoy Barossa wine. If you haven’t visited for a while, it’s time to start planning and booking that trip!
Thank you to Spinifex Wines, John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Schwarz Wine Co. and Sons of Eden for supporting us all the way – Vino Lokal was a big and brave step!
With plenty of great wine and food events coming your way at Vino Lokal, make sure to join up as a Friend of Artisan to get all the latest news.
If we polled an audience of Barossans and asked “When is the best time of the year to visit Barossa?”, April would win by the proverbial country mile. Endless warm sunny days, crisp cool nights, and vineyards are a patchwork of Autumn colour.
The planets align this April with Easter, School Holidays, ANZAC Day and the main event - the Barossa Vintage Festival which runs from Wed. 24 to Sun. 28 April. The Festival Parade is on Sat. 27 April, and goes right past the Vino Lokal front door. Catch the parade, then stay on to enjoy some Artisans of Barossa wine and a spot of lunch before heading out to experience more of our beautiful region.
If you prefer to miss the crowds, why not sneak away mid-week for our new Wednesday Kitchen Table Nights. Book early to snare a seat at the long table, and if you feel like a sleepover, contact the Barossa Visitor Centre or Getaways Reservation Service who can help you find a cosy B’n’B nearby.
Make your lunch or dinner booking by calling 08 8563 3935 or book your seat at the Wednesday Kitchen Table here.
See you in April!
Visiting Barossa over the Summer Break? We'd love to see you at Artisans of Barossa and Vino Lokal.
Artisans of Barossa
Tasting Room & Cellar Door
Open Dec1 - Jan 31: 11am to 6pm
Closed Christmas Day December 25
Wine Tastings are available between 11am and 6pm.
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corner Light Pass Road & Magnolia Road, Tanunda
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The Artisans of Barossa Grenache Project is an exciting initiative that brings together each vintage six Barossa winemakers and a single Grenache vineyard in a brilliant showcase of individual expression in the art of small batch winemaking. The 2017 vintage sold out in six weeks.
The 2018 Grenache Project features six individual wines produced from the same Barossa Valley Grenache Vineyard. The wines are made by Peter Schell of Spinifex, John and Tim Duval of John Duval Wines, Jason Schwarz of Schwarz Wine Company, Greg and Allison Hobbs of Hobbs of Barossa, Jason Collins of Massena, and Simon Cowham and Corey Ryan of Sons of Eden.
Each winemaker was allocated a single row of 60 year old bush vine Grenache in the Kylie’s Garden Vineyard at Stockwell in the northern Barossa, and presented with a simple brief – make a Grenache you’d like to drink. The results are outstanding and a superb reflection of the 2018 vintage which is considered to be a standout year for Barossa red wine. And whilst through each wine you can taste the consistent thread of the vineyard, each stands alone as an expression of six individual approaches to making Barossa Grenache.
The Grenache Project is an experiment designed to explore the influence of winemaking on the terroir of a single vineyard. The first vintage release in 2017 received acclaim from Australia’s most respected wine commentators.
“Grenache is the grape of the moment, at least in the warmer regions of South Australia… The Artisans of Barossa Grenache Project is in many ways the culmination of this obsession. The wines sold out long ago, but the six winemakers who share the Artisans of Barossa cellar door released six 2017 grenaches which demonstrate just how strongly the winemaker’s thumbprint can trump terroir, at least while wine is very young… Each treatment yielded a wine that is different from every other wine. All are interesting, several sublime.”
Huon Hooke, TheRealReview.com, April 2018
“There are all manner of groups and initiatives that have proposed a collective yet individual approach to a winemaking schemata, but by my reckoning none so far where a single vineyard of grenache has been explored through the lens of six, diverse winemakers.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, January 2018
“Artisans of Barossa are a bunch of like-minded souls from six wineries who share a goal to “promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. They collaborated last year on Grenache Project 2017 – an experiment designed to explore the role of terroir. And let me tell you, they made six glorious Grenache.
James Halliday, Weekend Australian Magazine
Each pack contains a single bottle of each plus an exclusive storybook detailing the story behind the Project and each wine.
Price is $250 per pack plus $10 delivery.
Congratulations to John Duval Wines whose 'Plexus' Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre has been awarded in the recently released Langton's Classification VII.
Plexus SGM is one of only 12 Barossan wines selected in the Excellent category which is for "Australian wines of consistent merit. Steadfast, popular and expressive".
The Barossa Grape & Wine Assocation (Barossa Wine) says "The Langton’s Classification, now in its 30th year, bases eligibility on how well a wine performs on the open auction market; the volume of demand it attracts and the prices it realises. Revised every five years, Langton’s comments “ultimately, the reputation of a wine is based on its auction pedigree, the record it builds up, over time.” The success of Barossa’s wines in the Classification underlines the exceptional quality of both the region’s viticulture and winemaking."
Barossa continues its reign as the highest represented region" representing 28% of the Australia-wide list.
Purchase your John Duval Wines at our online wine store .
Langton's image courtesy Barossa Grape & Wine Association
We've been working on some new projects here at Artisans and we're very excited about our new collaborative winemaking project - Artisans Of Barossa Small Batch Wines.
The Artisans collaboration of John Duval Wines, Spinifex Wines, Schwarz Wine Company, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Massena and Sons of Eden gives unparalleled access to the cellars of some of the Barossa best small winemakers. Our winemakers are able to hand select individual barrels and small parcels of wine to craft these Small Batch wines.
The first wines in the Small Batch series are made by Sons of Eden Winemaker Corey Ryan. Winemaker and self-confessed wine tragic, Corey lives and breathes wine, having worked in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. Whilst equally comfortable crafting cool climate Pinot Noir as he is signature Barossa styles, it was Corey’s time as Winemaker for iconic Eden Valley producer Henschke that established an appetite for Barossa wines that is now his passion as co-proprietor of Sons of Eden.
The Small Batch wine series includes a Rosé, Graciano, Grenache and Shiraz. We have a limited amount of Small Batch reds available in a six pack (see below for details).
2016 Artisans of Barossa Small Batch Grenache.
The approach in the winery is very much around preserving and promoting varietal character, and ensuring the wine is an honest showing of its Vine Vale locale. There’s lifted fresh maraschino cherry with spicy cinnamon and clove aromas and the palate is loaded with delicious, juicy, fleshy & succulent Grenache flavours with terrific depth and richness
2016 Artisans of Barossa Small Batch Graciano.
Growers Simon and Kendy Cowham from Light Pass are producing outstanding quality fruit. This is an exciting wine for us given the rarity of this variety in Barossa. The wine features blueberry and lifted sour-cherry aromas, a richly concentrated and rounded mid-palate framed with focused acidity and freshness. We recommend enjoying this as a young wine when the fruits are bright and fresh.
2017 Artisans of Barossa Small Batch Shiraz.
A delicious, rich, flavoursome and beautifully balanced wine.
The pack features two bottles each of the Small Batch reds and can be delivered to you for $160.00 ($150 + discounted shipping of $10) saving you over $75. Inside the case, we'll include Corey's tasting notes on each of the wines
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Secure your Small Batch special offer at our online wine store.
We welcome some new releases from Schwarz Wine Company to the Tasting Room (and our online wine store) this week.
The Chenin Blanc is bright, fresh and laden with tropical aromatics. It is a wine to enjoy now, not deliberate over. Chill, pour and relax!
The Rosé is equally delicious and would be perfect to enjoy with an antipasto platter (or on its own 😉 ).
Both wines are now available for tasting at our Tasting Room (11am-6pm every day) or purchase through our online wine store.
Get yourself to Artisans.
Every Friday from 4.30pm ‘til sundown.
Great a seat with the best views in town.
Drink wine from big glasses.
Graze on bites from the sunset menu.
Set your gaze to the west.
Across the rolling vineyard landscape.
Bathe in the glow of the setting sun.
EAT. DRINK. SUN. SET.
Wines by the glass from $10
Casual eats from $12
Bookings are appreciated, but not required.
Best seats in the house available on a first in, first served basis.
Wines by Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Massena, Spinifex Wines, Sons of Eden, John Duval Wines and Schwarz Wine Company.
Food by Harvest Kitchen.
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