Weekend in the Barossa…purchases plus some CD impressions, too long winded for a seperate June purchses thread.At Rockford
03 Rod & Spur Cab Shiraz
04 SVS Hoffman & Flaxman Shiraz
09 Rifle Range
11 White Frontignac
Rockford Relish (goods with almost anything)
Did the Stonewall lunch, was a fantastic experience. The food & wines were excellent, and the host and Cellar door staff were superb.
The wines inc….94 Black Shiraz (magnums), 06 Semillion, 08 Frugal farmer, 03 Rod & Spur, 02 Basket Press, plus some tawny & port back by the fire in the tasting room. Still cant give the 02 BP much love, having had several bottles now, but the 03 Rod & Spur was particularly good.
I wanted to write a separate piece on the day….purposefully took the menu list home, but it’s been misplaced since. In short, we had a great group of 16 easy going randoms, lots of banter and the 5+ hour lunch was a genuine privilege to be a part of.At Elderton
I cant remember what the names of the range or vintage (website’s not much help either), but bought a few very nice early drinking @ $17 each, plus Rieslings, botrytis and olive oil.
The nicest wine I drank all weekend was the 08 Ashmead Cab Sav ($85)….OMG, was superb, however I hesitated as I’d never followed Elderton before and wasn’t sure if I could get the wines significantly cheaper in Sydney. I regret not buying.
FWIW…this cellar door was a real highlight. We were the only people there, person serving was great and the wines genuinely surprised me, as I’ve never really liked the few Eldertons I’ve tried previously. Plus the Command vineyard is adjacent to the cellar door, adds to the experience. Yalumba:
Beautiful grounds, unfortunately limited tasting options for non-VIPs. Didn’t buy anything but liked the 06 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling. Really nice staff too.Henschke
09 Keyneton Euphonium, very young obviously, but seemed like an good future awaits.
The little CD was bursting at the seams, a victim of the public holiday weekend, didn’t hang around long but staff were great despite the crowds. Gomersal:
09 Gomersal Shiraz
I’m delighted to say Ians (aka Ticklenow) taste in wine far exceeds his taste in football clubs! Didn’t get to meet the legendary Barry, but totally see your point on the 09 Shiraz. We were all blown away by it and stocked up. The CD is a bit out of the way, but well worth seeking out. Thanks for a great tip Ian (you sure you’re not a secret Man U fan?
). Bought some Riesling too, which was pretty good. Penfolds supermarket:
I didn’t taste or buy as having previously tried several times and prices are crazy. A tick in the box visit for our friends. Excellent staff though.Torbreck
09 (?) Fishys Shiraz ($25)….wine was great, and is dedicated to a staff member who tragically passed away way too early. Think it’s a single vineyard label, with all the proceeds being donated to the Flying Doctors. Only available at CD, and there are selling out quickly.
Cant say enough about the Torbreck cellar door. Teaches many wineries a lesson or 2. Everything is on taste (except the Laird), Riedel glasses etc, the charge is $5, however they don’t seem fussed about collecting it, and it comes off any purchases. Great staff too. Love visiting here, and would buy loads if I was rich! Really liked the 07 Les Amis Grenache, but at $185, I should expect to. Turkey Flat
Surprisingly cranky staff person resulted in a poor experience and no purchases, didn’t really bother me (as I had stopped tasting by then), however my brother-in-law and his partner are big TF fans, so were disappointed and didn’t buy. Artisans of the Barossa
11 Teusner Empress Riesling… juicy lemony Riesling, quite refreshing, and I’m looking forward to watching these evolve, if I can keep away from them.
09 Sons of Eden Romulus…bought them blind (as in they weren’t on taste
), 08 was my wifes favourite wine, so we took a punt on the 09s and weren’t disappointed. More fruit forward than the 08s, raspberries and cherries, but lovely oak & tannin keeping it in check.
Also got to taste the Hobbs Amarone…first time i’ve ever tried an Aussie version…enjoyed the experience but wouldn’t pay the premium price ($135). To be enjoyed in moderation and with food.Charles Melton:
We stayed at the Kirche (highly recommended) and popped in for lunch on Saturday. I liked the 09 Cab Sav, and the 09 Grains of Paradise shiraz. Tasting room was packed so didn’t hang around too long after lunch.
Finally, had dinner at Ferment Asian (Tanunda) on Sat night, very enjoyable Thai food and a good selection of reasonably priced wines, with a byo option also available. Recommended.
Didn't get to Kabminye or Dutschke unfortunately.
A great weekend, and softened the blow of watching Ireland get spanked in Rugby and football. It was expected, but seriously, you’d think I’d be used to it by now.