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Decoding the Correct Aging Terms for Barossan Vines

Sourced from BAROSSA CHAPTERS: OLD VINES  Dec 2017
July 26, 2023


     Barossa Old Vine ~ Nitschke Block Shiraz

 These vines have grown beyond adolescence and are now fully mature. They have a root structure and trunk thickness that promise grapes with a diversity of flavour and character. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit for Barossa wines of distinction and longevity.

Equal or < 35 years of age.

     Barossa Survivor Vine ~ Thiele Road Grenache

 These very old vines are a living symbol of traditional values in a modern environment. A Barossa Survivor vine has reached a significant milestone, and pays homage to the resolute commitment of those growers and winemakers who value the quality and structure they impart to old vine wines.

Equal < 70 years of age.


     Barossa Centenarian Vine

These pre-phylloxera vines have been protected and permitted to mature into their thick, gnarly trunks and naturally-sculptured forms without interference. Noted for their low yields and intensity of flavor, planted generations ago – when dry-farming techniques demanded careful site selection – Centenarian Vines have withstood the test of time.

Equal < 100 years of age.

     Barossa Ancestor Vine  ~ Johann's Find The Schiller


An Ancestor vine has stood strong and proud for at least 125 years – a living tribute to the early European settlers of the Barossa. Their genetic material has helped to populate the region with irreplaceable old stocks that underpin viticultural tradition. Mainly dry-grown, low-yielding vines yielding grapes of great flavour and intensity, they are believed to be among the oldest producing vines in the world 

Equal or < 125+ years of age.


Sourced from BAROSSA CHAPTERS: OLD VINES  Dec 2017