The latest about Barossa Valley

    Frederick Stevenson Syrah & Friends 2013

    …From Wayne Ahrens’ biodynamically grown vineyard in Vine Vale and some 140-year-old syrah vines, with the ‘friends’ being marsanne and roussanne. Some co-ferment with the white skins, is the order. Winemaker Steven Crawford explains the white skins are for subtle tannin inclusion and freshness, not for aromatics, per se…

    5 readers - By The Wine Front

    Frederick Stevenson Dry Red 2014

    …This is a blend of 45% cinsault, 45% syrah and then some grenache and mourvedre off the Ahrens vineyard in the Barossa Valley. All fermented separately, then blended for final bottling. Ahrens organic/biodynamically-farmed vineyard is increasingly a hotspot for younger wine folks sourcing a variety of grapes. Lots of interesting expressions coming off it. The [...]…

    3 readers - By The Wine Front

    Woods Crampton The Big Show 2013

    …A blend of mataro, graciano and bonvedro, ‘a classic blend’, says Woods Crampton proprietor Nic Crampton. ‘We just thought each variety would give the wine something’, he adds. About 15% whole bunch in the ferment. 366 cases made. This is the first release of this brand, new, spanking wine…

    6 readers - By The Wine Front

    Woods Crampton Bonvedro 2013

    …‘We found carignan, and then the DNA test told us it was bonvedro’… explains Nic Crampton. The vineyard was being blended away by Lehmann, paying ‘nothing’ for it. The vines are 70-or-so years old. ‘So, I like the vineyard, the variety has a legitimate claim for weight and spice’ further offers Crampton. Hand-picked, some whole…

    6 readers - By The Wine Front

    Cool Wine Video - Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz: Up, Up, & Away

    … favorite topic with something we have always wanted to try but never have...Hot Air Ballooning.  It is a cool look at what a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Barossa Valley might look like and what it looks like is whole pile of awesome!  Someday we'll do it...someday.  It's a quick 2 minutes so give it a watch: As always....Keep on Tasting! Chris & Shannon…

    21 readers - By The Unfussy Wine Enthusiasts