ARTISANS OF BAROSSA Small Batch Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Artisans of Barossa is a group of six like-minded producers who have co-located their cellar doors -- John Duval, Spinifex, Schwarz,, Hobbs, Massena and Sons of Eden. They also make wines under the Artisans of Barossa label as part of a shared commitment to protect and promote small-batch, sub-regional winemaking. The particular character of this Shiraz will vary from vintage to vintage depending on the maker and exactly where in the region the grapes are sourced.
The Artisans say: ‘What binds us together is a commitment to making inspirational wines that uphold the culture and traditions of Barossa. We will make products that excite, inspire and delight our customers and each other. Above all we must maintain a sense of pride and fun in everything we do.’ Whoever makes it, Artisans of Barossa Small Batch Shiraz will be a delicious, rich, flavoursome and beautifully balanced wine.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.