Barossa treat for UK wine appreciators
A classic late autumn day in the Barossa. It was overcast with occasional showers, the vine leaves turning orange, and the great Barossa cellar doors had their open fires roaring. The cooler months are sometimes the best in the SA wine regions. The misty atmosphere and the warm fires are always a welcoming feature. The vintage is all but over, and the hospitality is always a little better when its less busy.
Soon to be moving to Adelaide, UK expats Ruth, Gwill and Richard, all true wine appreciators wanted a very special Barossa tour, taking in some of the small boutique wineries, along with some of the large brands they know of from back home, and then experience the historical side of the region.
Of course, Europe’s history is much richer than the 1840s settled Barossa, but they were greatly impressed by the stately buildings of Yalumba and Seppeltsfield, along with being able to see some of the oldest commercial vines in the world.
The favourite wines tasted on the day were at the snmaller wineries of Henschke, Kaesler, Rockford and Kabminye, but Yalumba also impressed, as did the fortifieds of Seppeltsfield.
Adelaide Minibus had specially arranged a behind-the-scenes tour of a local vigneron’s premium vineyard and the trio enjoyed a tasting of 2011 Grenache, one of their favouritre varieties, straight from the barrel. “We will be back. The tour was amazing and we were surprised at the different styles and classiness of the wines available here”