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I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Has Gone
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. Spring E Bass Offer Buy 3 bottles of Shiraz Tempranillo and 3 bottles of Eden Valley Riesling for $99 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) www.adayonthegreen.com.au www.peterlehmannwines.com.au Barossa Farmers Market Date: Every Saturday 7:30am-11:30am Contact: Maria Yfantidis Market Manager (M 0402 026 882) firstname.lastname@example.org 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) www.bikesa.asn.au 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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