Barossa Shiraz flies business with Emirates

The Barossa Valley’s Schild Estate is delighted to announce that Emirates will be pouring their 2009 Barossa Shiraz in business class cabins starting later this month. Quoted the Estate, “We are honoured to have been selected by Emirates, it’s a great endorsement for our wine.”

Fiona Donald, Barossa winemaker of the year

Barossa winemaker of the year, Fiona Donald, says it is an honour to be recognised by her peers.

Her award was announced at a ceremony at Tanunda at the weekend to mark the start of vintage.

Ms Donald is a senior winemaker at Seppeltsfield Winery.

She says after last year’s challenging vintage, she is looking forward to a good season.

“The crops that have set are probably on the lower side but the first batches we’ve had coming through, the colour is absolutely terrific, it’s deep and vibrant and there’s a lot of wonderful rich, you know, dark-fruited berry flavours as well, which is a hallmark of Barossa shiraz,” she said.

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AC/DC Back in Black Barossa Shiraz hits the UK

UK independent wine store Laithwaites Wine today announced its launch of AC/DC The Wine, including the Back in Black 2011 Barossa Shiraz.

Laithwaites’ on-the-ground Australian wine buyer, Dan Parrott — who travels Australia’s vast country seeking out wonderful wines for their customers — comments: “The AC/DC project was music to our ears at Laithwaites. For us, wine is about pleasure, passion and fun and AC/DC The Wine enables our customers to indulge two great passions: great wine and great rock. Our relationships with dynamic wineries, like Warburn Estate, means we can make these fantastic, fun and quality wines available to our customers. And be sure, these wines are no novelty act; we have two signature styles with the Barossa Shiraz and the Marlborough Sauvignon, with the volume turned up!’

(http://www.laithwaites.co.uk/)

Barossa’s fine Henschke Hill of Grace shiraz worth a royal toast

A SPECIAL drop from South Australia will grace the table of the Queen at Sunday lunch when an $800 bottle of Barossa shiraz accompanies a fillet of our finest beef.

The Queen, who arrived in Canberra last night, will be served 1994 Hill of Grace, the product of some of the state’s oldest vines tucked away in the rolling hills of the Barossa’s Eden Valley.

Details of the lunch at Government House have been closely guarded, with only a few of the 47 guests who will dine with Her Majesty revealed.

They include legendary actor and The King’s Speech star Geoffrey Rush.

The makers of Hill of Grace, Stephen and Prue Henschke, are not on that guest list.

The only downside to the proof their famous wine is in fact fit for a Queen is that they won’t be there to see so for themselves.

“We are delighted to hear that our Eden Valley ’94 Hill of Grace has been chosen as one the highlights of Australia for the Queen,” Mr Henschke said from the United States where he is attending a conference.

“The ’94 was an exceptional vintage in SA, wonderful fruit quality with superb flavours, structure and balance. This was one of our best years on record.

“It is drinking beautifully now and should do so for many years to come. Prue and I wish we could be there to share the moment!”

The Hill of Grace is perhaps Australia’s most famous single-vineyard wine and revered around the world by collectors of fine wine.

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Barossa Shiraz winemaker a “Dark Horse”

Renowned wine writer James Halliday has named Barossa Shiraz winemaker Rocland Estate a “dark horse” in his latest Wine Companion for 2012.

Rocland has hitherto been content to hide its light under a bushel, then it comes up with 2005 Ex Gratia Barossa Valley Shiraz that spent five years in American oak and lived to tell the tale triumphantly.

Read more at the Barossa & Light Herald.

Barossa Shiraz a highlight at Barossa Gourmet Weekend

Barossa Shiraz fans will be out in force this week as the Barossa Valley, South Australia hosts Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2011.

This year sees the introduction of some special events guaranteed to delight locals and visitors alike at several wineries known world-wide for their Barossa Shiraz wines. Take in a movie at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre on Friday 19 August, or relax with selected museum wines at the Penfolds Supper Club. For those with a culinary leaning, the Regional Cooking School at Yalumba on Sunday 21 August will be the hottest ticket in town.

For more info visit barossagourmetweekend.com.au.

2008 Langmeil Barossa Shiraz scores with Halliday

In 2010 the highest score given by Australian wine doyen James Halliday to any wine was 96 points. This year we’re thrilled to report that he has awarded 96 points to the 2008 Langmeil Orphan Bank Barossa Shiraz and – even more astoundingly – he has awarded 97 points to the 2008 Langmeil Freedom Barossa Shiraz.

Langmeil Freedom Shiraz 2008 (97 points)
“Fractionally more developed colour than Orphan Bank; likewise picked before the heat and with exceptional depth, richness and intensity to its multifaceted and layered aromas and flavours; open-fermented, basket-pressed and matured for two years in two-thirds new French barriques. Excellent tannins. Both wines have wonderful drive and length.”
Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz 2008 (96 points)
“Strong crimson-purple; a top quality shiraz, picked before the heatwave and made using the same techniques as Freedom, and has similar intensity, focus and length; here only one-third new French barriques, but the oak is a positive contributor.”

Congratulations to the team at Langmeil Winery – producers of some of the finest Barossa Shiraz wine!

Barossa Shiraz voted “World’s best”

A Barossa Shiraz from South Australia has been named the world’s best shiraz at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Chateau Tanunda’s 2005 “The Everest” Barossa Shiraz beat 450 wines from across the globe to take out the shiraz trophy in London, in what owner John Geber said was a major boost to Australia’s reputation as a producer of quality wine.

“You’re up against the best wines in the world, and for an Australian wine to win we should be very proud of that,” he said.

Mr Geber said he was particularly pleased with the win after fellow winemakers had chided him for his arrogance in naming a wine after the world’s highest mountain.

“This is the first time we’ve released it, so to have success this early we’re very pleased,” he said.

At $160 a bottle, The Everest costs more than an entire case of Jacob’s Creek, but it is also less than a third of the price of Penfold’s Grange, which typically sells for $550 on release.

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