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I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Has Gone

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									                I Can See Clearly
              Now The Rain Has Gone
To be able to stand out the front of a cellar
door and gaze out across the Barossa on
a spring day – surely must be one of life’s
simple pleasures.
Winter rains have been better than we have seen in
the last 3 winters, with above average rainfall to the
end of September.
This augers well for our thirsty vineyards, and should
set them up beautifully for a growing season aimed at
a flavour filled 2010 vintage, come autumn next year.
With pruning all finished before the end of winter,
those first few signs of spring heralded yet another start
in the journey that culminates with that one great day
– harvest in a little Barossa vineyard.
The hills around us are green, blossoms abound and           A fabulous result for all of us here at BVE and further
grasses are growing, whilst the wind tussles the heads       testimony to just how great this region is, with many
of the wheat fields. Soon the green will be replaced         of our neighbours also achieving 5 star status.
with brown, but until that day I see very clearly, now
                                                             As I now contemplate the start of the cricket season
the rain has gone.
                                                             and the weather starts to warm up around here, I wish
Although we are very used to growing grapes in the           you all the best in the run towards Summer with
Barossa Valley with only minimal water, the fact that        plenty of good wine, good food and good company
the rain has fallen is a blessing for us all. Again, what    to share it all with.
a beautiful time of year!
                                                             Cheers, Stuey B. (Winemaker)
At a quick backward glance, all of the 2009 red wines
are now resting peacefully in barrel and I am delighted
                                                             PS Golf swing still very rusty
with the results seen in these young wines. Although
                                                             after winter, and raw talent
they are all a long way off a release date, I wanted
                                                             is my only companion, so may
to give you a heads up – the 2009 reds will be a joy
                                                             well be sighted more often out
to behold one day in the future, but more on their
                                                             on the Barossa golf courses in
maturing and development at a later date.
                                                             the brilliant sunshine!
Just recently we received great news, that our James
Halliday winery rating is a 5 star result, and many of
the individual wines scored points well into the mid 90s.
                                        E Bass Offer
                                         Buy 3 bottles of Shiraz
                                       Tempranillo and 3 bottles
                                       of Eden Valley Riesling for
                                         Price includes complimentary
                                             freight and insurance.

We’re proud to offer our mailing list
customers the first chance to purchase our
                                                                        NAB Barossa
two newest wines from the E Bass Range –
the Shiraz Tempranillo and the Eden
                                                                        Gourmet Weekend
Valley Riesling.                                                        22-23 August 2009
The 2005 E Bass Shiraz Tempranillo is the first step                    The Barossa Gourmet weekend was again a huge
in our winemaking journey in identifying specific grape                 success with more than 1000 visitors coming
varieties that complement beautiful Barossa Shiraz.                     through our cellar door over the weekend to enjoy
In future vintages it is our goal to push the stylistic                 the food, music and of course the wines.
boundaries of the Barossa Valley and explore a                          Our creative kitchen team decided to show what we
number of specific varieties and blends.                                can do using only the freshest Barossa produce by
The Tempranillo is a vibrant purple red with a                          serving hearty regional platters and warm soups.
nose showing lifted plums, violets and spices, with                     The sticky date pudding and white mud cake with
some beautifully integrated nutmeg oak sweetness                        warm quince tarts were favourites with the punters.
enhancing the long finish. You can put this one
                                                                        We’re blessed in the Barossa to not only have great
down for a while or jump into it right now with
                                                                        food and wine but also great musicians. The crowds
a big bowl of slow cooked lamb shanks or your
                                                                        at BVE were entertained by local acoustic duo, Becky
favourite Asian dish.
                                                                        and Damien with their modern chilled out style
The 2009 E Bass Eden Valley Riesling is our first                       covers and originals.
white wine in the E Bass range. This wine has been
                                                                        It was a cold weekend, but nothing that a big Barossa
traditionally crafted with purity of fruit and vineyard
expression at the forefront of its style, with minimal                  Shiraz couldn’t fix.
intervention techniques being used. This is a great                     We hope you can join us next year.
example of Riesling’s ability to express the altitude,
climate and hard soils of the Eden Valley.
Enjoy now with white meat dishes, shellfish and
delicate seafood.
                                 @ the bench with Stuey
                                 Welcome to the tasting bench, that           was done for a couple of weeks before
                                 lovely part of the winery where we           settling, filtering and then bottling.
                                 analyse, dissect, blend, monitor, sniff,     Once bottled in early winter, it was
                                 swirl, taste and otherwise look at our       left to settle down in the bottle before
                                 wines in progress as they mature             a spring release. Riesling is the most
                                 towards a final release.                     pure expression of a vineyard given
                                 This time I wanted to actually look at       that there is very little, if none at all,
                                 a very recent release, the 2009 Eden         influence by the winemaker.
                                 Valley Riesling, whereas future articles     As the days are warming up, expect
                                 will be more about wines in progress.        to see me more often snuggling up
                                 This little beauty started life high up      to a glass of “Rizzer” with some fresh
                                 in the Eden Valley at a little grower’s      cooked fish fillets. Simply put – yum!
                                 block happily entrenched in the harsh        This photo from the bench is easy to
                                 and stony ground this valley is              explain, it’s simply me tasting the final
                                 renowned for.                                bottle release on the bench, and making
                                 Harvested in the cool of night, we           sure all looks good prior to release.
                                 pressed the fruit at sun up before           Watch for further episodes from the
                                 settling the juice for a day under           bench, with things such as blending
                                 refrigerated conditions. A slow, cool        and maturing being topics for
                                 ferment in stainless steel, so as to         consideration.
                                 capture all of the freshness of the fruit,

Up and coming events in the Barossa...
A Day on the Green - The B-52s And The Proclaimers
Date: Saturday 5th December 2009
Contact: Peter Lehmann Wines (08 8563 2100)

Barossa Farmers Market
Date: Every Saturday 7:30am-11:30am
Contact: Maria Yfantidis Market Manager (M 0402 026 882)
Real food from the homes and farms of the Barossa. A food only market with food especially
associated with the heritage and traditions of the region. Located in the sheds behind
Vintners Bar & Grill, at the corner of Stockwell and Nuriootpa Roads, Angaston.

Bicycle SA – 2009 Tour comes to the Barossa
Date: Saturday 3rd - Sunday 11th October 2009
Contact: Bicycle SA (08 8168 9999)
Explore on your bike some of Australia’s premier wine regions, as you meander amongst the vines
in the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Clare and McLaren Vale. This is regional South Australia like
you’ve never seen or tasted before. You can ride the whole Tour, or join in for one of the Short
Escapes. To view the itinerary contact Bicycle SA. Numbers are limited to 200, so book early
to avoid disappointment.
                                      In the vineyard with Geoff and Tim Neldner
                                      The Neldner family have been living at     so we planted bush vines. The 1970s
                                      their Gomersal homestead and farming       was a boom period and we all planted
                                      their property on the western ridge of     heavily but that didn’t last long and
                                      the Barossa Valley for 143 years.          we were then paid by the Federal
                                                                                 Government to rip out vines in the
                                      Third generation Geoff handed over
                                                                                 80s,” Geoff recalls.
                                      the homestead just last year to his son
                                      Tim. Together Geoff and Tim run            “But history always repeats itself and
                                      their mixed farming enterprise with        after we all had it pretty good in the
                                      sheep, vineyard and broadacre crops.       1990s we are now faced with a surplus
                                                                                 of fruit and vineyards again.
                                      The first vineyards were planted on
                                      the property in 1891 and consisted         “We’ve seen it worse and we’ve seen
                                      of long forgotten varieties such as        it better but that’s farming for you,
                                      Semillon Blanc, Tokay, Doradillo/          Tim has it all ahead of him now,”
                                      Blanquette, Muscat and Pere Rouge.         says Geoff.
                                      As one of the Valley’s long term grape     Today the vineyards produce varieties
                                      growers Geoff Neldner recalls many         from Chardonnay, Semillon, Mataro,
                                      ups and downs in the wine industry.        Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and
                                                                                 Shiraz. BVE is a huge fan of their
                                      “In 1931 most wineries were offering
                                                                                 Cabernet, so please think of their
                                      just £3 per tonne of grapes, then in
                                                                                 hard work when you next sip on
                                      the war years we couldn’t afford wire
                                                                                 a BVE Cabernet.

James Halliday’s ratings from the 2010 Australian Wine Companion
2004 Ebenezer      2004 E&E           2005 Ebenezer        2005 E&E             2005 Ebenezer       2006 E Minor
Cabernet           Black Pepper       Cabernet             Black Pepper         Shiraz              Cabernet
Sauvignon          Shiraz             Sauvignon            Shiraz               92 Points           Merlot
94 Points          96 Points          93 Points            94 Points            The colour is       93 Points
Complex            An immaculate      Holding purple       Retains              still bright,       Deep colour;
Cabernet;          representation     hue; shows what      good hue; a          and the wine        masses of
dark chocolate     of pure Barossa    can be achieved      sumptuously          is developing       blackberry fruit
and mocha          power and grace;   with Barossa         rich and velvety     slowly but          along with
wrap around        dark fruits are    Cabernet if the      wine that has        impressively;       dark chocolate
a generous         laced with red;    alcohol is held      waves of black       there are notes     and a touch
palate driven by   the fruit on the   in check; has        fruits, chocolate    of spice and        of liquorice; a
quite luscious     palate is pure,    good structure       and mocha            licorice behind     tribute to the
blackcurrant       bright, focussed   and clear varietal   supported            the blackberry      ‘06 vintage and
fruit.             and incredibly     expression.          by fine, ripe        fruit of the        the winemaking.
                   long and                                tannins and          medium-bodied       Tip-top value.
                   harmonious;                             good oak.            palate, which
                   made with                                                    has a fresh
                   precision, skill                                             finish.
                   and great care.

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