Monday, 10 October 2016

Barossa Valley Wine & Food Tour, Adelaide SA

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Pour that wine


Because this post is about wine, wine, and more wine.

Before we start, an important disclaimer: I am not a huge wine drinker. And by that I mean that I have never really enjoyed drinking wine let alone being able to point the differences between the various types. I do love moscato, though.

You may ask, why did I go to a wine tour if I do not even enjoy wine? Well, the guy and I were already in Adelaide and we thought the tour would be interesting enough without being being the ultimate wine experts.

So I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I believe I would only be embarrassing myself if I tried to describe how each wine taste as I only took 1 sips of each that were offered.  

We went with an intimate 8 people with a guide tour (from Taste the Barossa) in a rainy, cold July day. We went to four great wineries; each with their own unique wine products and signatures.

The sight seeing tours was also made really enjoyable with glorious views of the wineries, although the vines were mostly dormant in winter. Each winemaker either has their own vineyards or get their grapes from the wine/grape farmers. Each vineyards, despite looking very similar, may grow different types of grapes specifically grown for specific types of wine.

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Vineyards. Pretty vineyards.

It was pretty overwhelming to listen about the variables and points that a winemaker needs to consider before start producing the wines. Where the vineyard is located, for example, will determine which kind of grapes are best to be planted. The season also play a big role, e.g. cold season means better times for white wine. Whether the grapes need to be hand-picked or machine-picked, the price will differ significantly in the end.

The weather can also be a bitch to these wine producers, as slight change of the wind or temperature can totally change the whole flavour of the wine. They also have to consider the market - the wines that are being popular right now, or if they can make one type of wine shine through and hence increase the sales.

It's so complicated. Not only they have to think about the mother nature, they also have to keep up with the social trends of wine.

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Yaldara Wines (1847 Wines)

 If there is one thing exceptionally unique to this winery, it is their grandeur building of Chateau Yaldara. The 'Yaldara' name itself means sparkling, and they offer Barossan experience with hand-drafted wines and artisan food.

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Chateau Yaldara.

The trends these days are the sparkling red wines. They have slightly heavier taste than the white counterparts, but the fizz makes them very interesting.

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Wines for tasting from Yaldara Wines. Sparkling petit verdot, rose, and sauvignon blanc were on the list.

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Glasses of wine tasting.

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30 year old Yaldara Tawny. Matured wine with smooth and sweet notes, easy on the palate, but you may have to drink this responsibly as it has 21% alcohol.

Their underground wine room was impressive to say the least; full of vintage wines and liquors, barrels and old wine bottles.

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Vintage wines and liquors.

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Old wine bottle rack.


Peter Lehmann Winery

Built for over three decades, Peter Lehmann is a respected and very well-known name in the wine industry. Some ups & downs of wine making has been seen and survived by the company, and legacy of the man lives through the beautiful winery and the surrounding vineyards.

It was our second stop and we were warmly welcomed in the brick house with a warm fireplace and a few bottles of wine sitting politely on the wine tasting table.

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Peter Lehmann wine tasting. Peter Lehmann's favourite shiraz inspired by the music he loves, 8 Songs, was among the tasting. Along were Stonewell shiraz, cabernet souvignon, and The Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz.

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Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz. Favourite of the group.

It was lunch time and included in the tour is Peter Lehmann's Weighbridge Platter.

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Lunch of Wighbridge Platter.

The big plate for 2 includes Linke Meatwurst (German sausage), Lachsschincken (German style smoked meat), beetroot relish & dill cucumber, Kurianda pear chutney, kalamata olives, local almonds, crusty bread, matured cheddar cheese, Barossa Valley Cheese Company's 'Baby Bert', and hand made Lavosh.

I was secretly hoping for a warm soup for lunch, but this platter was surprisingly much more satisfying than I thought it would be, especially with the flavoursome cured meat, tasty chutney, and creamy camembert cheese.

The Black Queen sparkling shiraz is totally recommended for this platter.

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Weighbridge Platter.

After lunch we were treated with hot coffees and teas, and we also had time to witness the beauty of the vineyards nearby.

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Peter Lehmann's vineyards.


Langmeil Winery

Home to the oldest shiraz vineyard in the world, this one is not to miss. The vineyard is big and gorgeous, and not to mention the giant wine barrels warehouse. Their little house is warm and welcoming to tourists and wine admirers.

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Langmeil vineyard.

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Wine barrels.

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Langmeil winery wine tasting. We get to choose from their list of wine. Mataro, Three Gardens (Mataro, Shiraz, Grenache), riesling, and chardonnay were enjoyed by the group.

As for their wines, I personally recommended their 20 year shiraz tawny that has very rich and sweet taste, almost fruity. Perfect for a sip or two after a meal.

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Langmeil's vintage collection.


Murray Street Vineyards

Apart from the breathtaking view of the hamlet of Greenock, Murray Street Vineyards was probably the most elegant winery we visited that day. The design and surroundings are more on the modern side, but don't get me wrong, they still do their wines very seriously.

We tasted their wines in the intimate cellar door with wine barrels and a huge table. So pretty.

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Cellar door tasting spot.

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2012 Benno Shiraz Mataro - combination from their shiraz & mataro vineyards

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All in all, it was an absolutely great day. I learned a lot about wines and grapes, and I know more about the types of wines, although I can't really say I can start blind tasting wine and figuring out what they are.

Definitely a tour a wine lover has to go.

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More pretty vineyards.

Drink responsibly.

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ADDRESSES:

Yaldara Wines (1847 Wines)

Hermann Thumm Dr
Lyndoch SA 5351

Phone: (08) 8524 0200
Web: 1847 Wines & Yaldara Wines


Peter Lehmann Winery

Para Rd
Tanunda SA 5352

Phone: (08) 8565 9500
Web: Peter Lehmann


Langmeil Winery

Cnr Langmeil Rd & Para Rd
Tanunda SA 5232

Phone: (08) 8563 2595
Web: Langmeil Winery


Murray Street Vineyards

Murray St
Greenock SA 5360

Phone: (08) 8562 8373
Web: Murray Street Vineyards


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5 comments:

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    1. Still good although I'm not a wine drinker!

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  2. Love the Barossa. Such a picturesque part of Oz!

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