Last month, I shared a post about the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction organised by the Barossa Grape and Wine Association and supported by Langton’s. This is a unique opportunity to create your own extraordinary Barossa wine cellar direct from the vignerons’ cellars.
As part of the auction, I have provided a magnum from each of my single vineyard wines from 2012. You can click on the wines below to see tasting notes and the auction catalogue is here (Schwarz Wine Co is on page 63).
Before the online auction opens on 7 April, I wanted to share a little bit about each of the vineyards.
Thiele Road Grenache
The family Grenache block on Thiele Road in Bethany remains one of my favourite blocks. The gnarled, old vines were planted in 1941 and they produce fantastic fruit. The grapes are hand picked before the short trip to the winery (about 2km).
Nitschke Block Shiraz
The Nitschke Road Shiraz block was planted by my mother and father in 1968 in Bethany near the base of the Eastern Barossa Range. The vineyard is still pruned and picked by hand and the soils of loam over brown and red clays results in a wine of considerable concentration and drive. Rich, opulent fruit is the reoccurring theme with this vineyard and it always seems to show great balance and texture year in, year out. The Nitschke Block Shiraz was the first wine from Schwarz Wine Co back in 2001.
This sixth generation vineyard at Hallett Valley in the Barossa is owned by the Schiller family. After a last minute reprieve from the bulldozers, the 400 Shiraz vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller in 1881 are something to be treasured. As you’re drinking this wine, please think about the generations of pruners and pickers that have trod these rows over the last 130 years and raise a toast in their honour.
Head over to the Barossa Wine Chapters Catalogue, register for the auction and happy bidding!
And if you are visiting the Barossa for the Vintage Festival, you can buy tickets for the auction lunch here.