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Welcome to the Artisans of Barossa blog where we bring you news and events from Artisans of Barossa, Vino Lokal and the Barossa region.

 

 

Howard Duncan
 
12 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - John Duval Ebenezer Barossa Shiraz 2018

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. John Duval selected a parcel of Shiraz from a single vineyard in Ebenezer as his contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“This Shiraz was sourced from the Ebenezer district, which lies to the north of the township of Nuriootpa in the driest and warmest part of the Barossa. The landscape here is predominantly ironstone rich red-brown loamy soils over sub surface claydeposits. Formed over 200 million years ago, that positions Ebenezer amongst the oldest viticultural landscapes on the planet. The excellent water holding ability of the soils, and the east/ west orientation of the vine rows which positions the canopy to shade the fruit from the western sun ensures the vines perform well in these dry conditions.

Flavour descriptors are typically in that blackberry, Christmas cake and spice territory, with overall style parameters closely associated with the plusher, textured styles of Barossa Shiraz. This is certainly a flavoursome and mouth filling wine, yet it still reflects the Ebenezer vineyard character and echoes our stylistic preference towards wines of restrained power and fine tannins.” 

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

 

 

Time Posted: 12/07/2019 at 6:36 PM
Howard Duncan
 
11 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - John Lienert Gomersal Barossa Shiraz 2018

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. John Lienert from Jack West Wines selected a parcel of Shiraz from his own vineyard at  Gomersal on the Barossa’s western ridge as his contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“Gomersal lies at the southern end of the Barossa Valley’s western ridge. The soils here are mostly brown loamy earth, with rich deposits of red ironstone over limestone scattered across the higher elevations. Good country for bold Shiraz. What defines the western ridge is the extended exposure of the vineyards to the sun, and our vineyard possibly sees more sunlight hours each year than any other in the region. That makes for small berries and thicker skins which produce wines of great colour, intense flavour and firm tannin. For the Six Origins wine, I selected a wine displayed a  heady mix of black/ blue spiced fruits on the nose that flows through to a palate loaded with black cherry and sarsaparilla spice wrapped around a firm tannin backbone. To me, a classic expression of Gomersal Shiraz.”

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

 

 

Time Posted: 11/07/2019 at 5:55 AM
Howard Duncan
 
10 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Corey Ryan & Simon Cowham Angaston Barossa Shiraz 2018

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham from Sons of Eden selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at Angaston on the Barossa Valley’s eastern edge as their contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“We selected a wine made from fruit grown in a vineyard located on the eastern slopes of the Barossa ranges in the Barossa Valley region. The landscape here is challenging, the sub surface geology dominated by rich deposits of marble covered by thick sediments of pebble and bright red soils which have washed down from higher parts of the ranges over the last few million years. The vineyard is at 360 meters above sea level and has an easterly facing aspect, with vines planted east-west. It receives excellent exposure to the soft morning sun, with the ranges behind providing shade in the afternoon which assists with slowing down ripening. Hence whilst located in the Barossa Valley, the distinctive geography of the site results in the fruit being harvested at the same time as Shiraz from Eden Valley. What makes this wine so intriguing is that you can detect both classic Barossa Valley and Eden Valley Shiraz characteristics in a wine made from a single vineyard location. The wine smells and tastes the way it does entirely because of the unique location of the vineyard. Deep crimson in colour with a perfumed spicy mix of wild-berry and dried Spring herbs. The palate is richly concentrated with a focused red fruit core surrounded by delicious, supple layered tannins.” 

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

Time Posted: 10/07/2019 at 5:49 AM
Howard Duncan
 
9 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Greg & Allison Hobbs Keyneton Barossa Shiraz 2018

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. Greg and Allison Hobbs from Hobbs of Barossa Ranges selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at Keyneton on the eastern edge of the Eden Valley as their contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“The fruit for our Six Origins Shiraz was grown by Phil and Sarah Lehmann at their Boongarrie Vineyard in the eastern Eden Valley, adjacent the Eden Valley to Keyneton Road. The vineyard was planted 20 years ago across an undulating landscape of sedimentary soils dotted with rocky outcrops and ancient redgum trees. At 460 meters above sea level, the elevation tempers the daytime heat and provides cool airflows at night. 2018 was a great year for Shiraz in Eden Valley, with the preceding winter and spring rains topping up the dams and providing a good reserve of water to support the vines through the dry harvest season. On the nose, the wine displays plenty of fine pot pouri notes of dried flowers and herbs. The palate is full of rich black fruit and dark chocolate with red fruit nuances adding complexity. A ripe and delicious Shiraz with a plush mid-palate and refreshing minerality built around a wonderfully muscular structure.“

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

Time Posted: 09/07/2019 at 5:33 PM
Howard Duncan
 
8 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Jason Schwarz Light Pass Barossa Shiraz 2018

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. Jason Schwarz from Schwarz Wine Co selected a parcel of Shiraz from Colin Kurtz’ 80+ year old vineyard at Light  Pass on the Barossa Valley floor as their contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“Light Pass surrounds the village of the same name and sits to the north east of the township of Nuriootpa, bounded by Pipeline Road to the north, Research Road to the West, the Penrice Road to the south and Stockwell road along the eastern boundary. Afternoon easterly gully breezes descending from the adjacent foothills of the Barossa ranges are a significant influence on grown at Light Pass. At 180 - 210 meters above sea level, the vineyards floor benefit from their cooling effect, enhancing red fruit and spice expression in wines that are typically soft, supple and flavoursome. My Six Origins wine is from Colin Kurtz’ vineyard planted in 1933 in a patchwork of ancient deep red and brown sandy loam soils over subsurface clay and limestone. The nose shows a fine blend of red and dark fruits and hazelnut, with flows through to a classic ‘black forest cake’ palate of raspberry, red plums and dark cherry. Typical of Shiraz from Light Pass, this is a soft, plush and flavoursome wine with excellent length, soft tannins and a fine line of bright acid”

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

Time Posted: 08/07/2019 at 4:14 PM
Howard Duncan
 
7 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Peter Schell High Eden Barossa Shiraz 2018

 

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. Pete Schell selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at High Eden as Spinifex’s contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“High Eden is an area of approximately 40 square kilometres defined by its high altitude of 400 - 600 meters above sea level. Located in the upper reaches of the western edge of the Eden Valley, the soils here are yellow sandstone, mixed with quartz rock and decomposed granite. Annual rainfall in a typical year can be 720-750mm per annum, making it one of the wettest parts of Barossa. The poor vigour and low moisture retention qualities of the soils combined with elevated altitude and cool temperatures produce very low yields of an average of 2.5 – 3 tonne per hectare. This Shiraz is sourced from a dry grown 20 year old vineyard at High Eden just below 500 meters above sea level. It’s an easterly facing block, with the east-west vine rows adding further protection for the fruit from the heat of the western sun. On the nose there is savoury spice, and dark brambly fruits which flow to a palate of peppery spices and blue and black berry fruits - it’s cool and elegant in feel – without the overt sweetness inherent in Shiraz from warmer, lower parts of Barossa. It’s what you should expect from High Eden Shiraz, mid weight with good strong tannins, firm, fresh and athletic.”

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

Time Posted: 07/07/2019 at 4:02 PM
Howard Duncan
 
6 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa

Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine.

Our first Six Origins release is available now, and focuses on Barossa’s hero – Shiraz. Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible by the rich diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins at our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

Buy your Six Origins Shiraz here.

Time Posted: 06/07/2019 at 3:05 PM
Howard Duncan
 
1 February 2019 | Howard Duncan

Moving Time!

This Sunday marks the final day at our current home as we close the doors at 3pm and say goodbye to our time at the top of Magnolia Road.

Whilst we’re building the new home of Artisans of Barossa, we invite you to taste and buy our wines from the Vino Lokal Barossa Wine Room and Bar at 64 Murray Street Tanunda. Every wine from our artisan winemakers - John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Spinifex, Schwarz Wine Company and Sons of Eden – is available for tasting and purchase.

Vino Lokal is open from 12 noon and offers lunch, dinner and wine bar service 7 days of the week from a menu created by Director of Cuisine Ryan Edwards, formerly of the one hat Appellation Restaurant at The Louise. Check the Vinolokal.com website for the latest wine list, menu and current opening hours. Keep up to date by following us on Instagram and Facebook at @vinolokal.

We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you to Vino Lokal soon!

Cheers from the team

Time Posted: 01/02/2019 at 1:09 PM
Howard Duncan
 
28 December 2018 | Howard Duncan

What’s happening at Artisans of Barossa... and Vino Lokal

With plenty happening, we wanted to share an update on our plans for Artisans of Barossa and Vino Lokal.

To help out with a smooth transition, we’ve agreed with Calabria Family Wines to stay on at our current home until the end of January. We’ll be open every day from 11am – 6pm all through January, including the New Year’s Day and Australia Day public holidays. The only change to note is that Harvest Kitchen now has a dedicated direct phone number, and can now be reached on (08) 7523 3950. 
 
Vino Lokal is the name of our new Wine Room and Wine Bar, and this will open at 64 Murray Street Tanunda on January 4. As we work our way up to full speed, our opening hours for the first 10 days will be:

Friday 4 Jan.   3pm – 10pm
Saturday 5 Jan.   3pm - 10pm
Sunday 6 Jan.   11am-6pm
Monday 7 Jan.   3pm – 8pm
Tuesday 8 Jan.   3pm – 8pm
Wednesday 9 Jan.   3pm – 8pm
Thursday 10 Jan.   3pm – 8pm
Friday 11 Jan.   3pm-10pm
Saturday 12 Jan.   3pm-10pm
Sunday 13 Jan.   11am-6pm

From Monday 14 January, we plan to be open from 11am every day. 
 
If you need to contact us, please call Artisans of Barossa or Vino Lokal on (08) 8563 3935. For email inquiries:
 
Contact Vino Lokal at wineroom@vinolokal.com
Contact Artisans of Barossa at tastingroom@artisansofbarossa.com
 
And if you want to keep up with the latest news from Vino Lokal, then please follow @vinolokal on Facebook and Instagram. Sometime next week we’ll start to share a few sneak peaks of the Wine Bar menu which is being kept under wraps by Director of Cuisine Ryan Edwards. Stay tuned!
 
Here’s a few things we'd also like to share with you about Vino Lokal.
 
From Monday 14 January, the Wine Bar will open every day from 11am offering over 50 Barossa wines by the glass, half carafe and bottle. The Wine Bar menu is all about food to go with a glass of wine, and will feature a daily selection of small plate offerings created from fresh seasonal produce sourced from Barossa and across South Australia
 
We’ll open the Wine Room on Monday 21 January. The Wine Room re-imagines the winery tasting bar with a shift from just wine, to wine and food, and from stand up to sit down, (and sit down you will – in the most luxurious surrounds and comfort!). Open every day from 11-5, over 50 wines from the region’s artisan winemakers are available for purchase in tasting flights of your choice, accompanied by a daily selection of bite sized portions from our wine bar menu. 
 
Vino Lokal is a small and intimate place of just 50 seats spread across 2 rooms. If you plan on coming in a group of more than eight, can we ask that you call or email ahead so that we make suitable arrangements (we suppose that’s our friendly way of saying – groups of 9 or more are preferred to be by appointment).
 
We’re fielding plenty of requests for reservations – which is fantastic, and whilst we can accept bookings by phone and email for the Wine Room, we’re unable to accept bookings for the Wine Bar. We’ve also had plenty of interest in private functions for special occasions. If you could be patient, we’ll soon have details of our special events packages to share with you.
 
Vino Lokal will also serve as the temporary home of Artisans of Barossa in 2019. We’re on track to start building our new home in April which will open in January 2020. Vino Lokal will stay open, and operate in tandem with Artisans of Barossa to offer two great ways to enjoy Barossa wine, food and warm and friendly hospitality.
 
January is always a beautiful time to visit Barossa, and now you’ve got two great reasons to plan your trip. We look forward to welcoming you at Artisans of Barossa AND Vino Lokal.
 
Cheers,
 
Howard Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and the team at Artisans of Barossa & Vino Lokal

Time Posted: 28/12/2018 at 5:50 PM
Howard Duncan
 
20 December 2018 | Howard Duncan

Vino Lokal by Artisans of Barossa. The story so far.

Just four months ago we decided to open a ‘place’ in the main street of Tanunda. 

We hadn’t planned on opening a wine room and wine bar. 

And the building was still under construction. 

And we didn’t have a name. 

But the will to do it, the idea of what it could be and how it would work crystallised in an instant, and we’ve charged on at a relentless pace ever since to meet our opening night deadline of January 4, 2019. 

The name Vino Lokal seemed logical. Vino means ‘wine’ where ever you go, and this is a wine place. The Spanish origins of the word tied in neatly with the origins of ‘Barossa’, and ‘Lokal’ is a German word for ‘local’. Bring them together, and you have a gentle nod to the heritage of the region, and a clear message that this place will be all about Barossa wine… hence ‘Barossa Wine Room & Bar.’

So what can you expect from a Barossa Wine Room & Bar?

The Wine Room is our re-imaging of a winery tasting bar. A shift from just wine, to wine and food, it’s about sitting down and slowing down. 

The Wine Room will operate every day from 11-5 and offer over 50 Barossa wines on tasting from our Artisan winemakers – John Duval Wines, Spinifex, Schwarz Wine Company, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges and Sons of Eden. Wines will be available in flights of four/ six/ or eight tasting pours and will be accompanied by 4 bite sized selections from our wine bar menu. 

The Wine Bar will open from 11am - 8pm Monday to Thursday, 11am – 10pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am – 6pm on Sunday. Matching our Wine Room program, we’ll offer a similarly extravagant selection of ‘lokal’ wines by the glass, carafe and by the bottle. Grower Champagne by the glass will also be in the mix, as will a few featured imports from familiar places and friends around the world. The Wine Bar will offer a menu of 10-12 small plate designed by our Chef Ryan Edwards to match perfectly with a glass of wine.

As for beer? Yes, we’ll have one. Gin and tonics? Maybe not. Possibly. Probably. Not sure. That’s a work in progress. Can you book a tasting in the Wine Room? Of course – drop an email to wineroom@vinolokal.com and we’ll lock it in. Can I book a seat or table in the Wine Bar? Unfortunately, because we’re a Wine Bar and not a restaurant, that won’t be an option. But by all means, give us a call on 8563 3935 before you head out the door and we’ll let you know the lay of the land.

We’ll keep you updated with news as we get closer to opening day. Make sure to stay in touch with the latest news via Facebook and Instagram – head to @vinolokal

 

Cheers from the team from Vino Lokal & Artisans of Barossa

Time Posted: 20/12/2018 at 2:01 PM