The fruit for this wine is a combination of relatively young, mature and older vines of Mataro, Shiraz and Grenache grown by the Hoffmann family.
In the glass, after a judicious decant or decades in the cellar, the wine deep, decadent and juicy with a obstinate intensity that runs the length of the long palate. If the O’Callaghan name wasn’t enough, the fruit is grown by Adrian Hoffman and sourced from their eponymous family vineyard. The exquisite fruit for this wine comes exclusively from vines tended to by the Hoffman family for six generations. These two names are inextricably intertwined within Barossa folklore.
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.