5.32pm, Friday 29th June, The Cooperage, Yalumba, Eden Valley Rd, Angaston, The Barossa
Evening folks, the sky outside is clearing for what’s going to be a very frosty night, chasing a stormy old day that’s belted rain and hail into the Valley from all sides. There’s ice dropping out of the air, so one of the best spots in the Barossa to be right now is in our Cooperage. Right here, by the fire pots – that are usually used to dry out the barrel shells after they’ve initially been bent into shape and secured with mild steel hoops.
We’re all having a bit of a mid winter get together after work before the weekend – everyone from all over the winery drops in for a catch up……and tonight as a treat we’ve got Schulz’s baby bratwurst sausages in a roll with local home made tomato sauce. Yum!
And just in case you’ve not been to a Cooperage – this is where we bring Oak for making wine barrels into the country from France, the USA and Hungary, we season it in these stacks, letting the weather do a lot of the hard work…..
And then the coopers do their magic, and turn those planks into these barrels – octaves ready to use on the next vintage of our Octavius Old Vine Shiraz…..
So I’ll just grab a sausage in a roll, drown it in tomato sauce, catch up with the blokes, then it’s either over to a mate’s shed to toast my boots on their fire……or down to the Nuriootpa Tigers Football Club. They’ve got their Sportsmans Night on with the mighty Adelaide Crows champ and Brownlow medallist Mark “Roo” Ricuito and Aussie squash champion Chris Dittmar. Haven’t made my mind up yet, but either way it’s a winner Friday night on the way!
See ya when it’s the weekend and I’ll let you know who from the Australian team we’ll be following on the blog at the London Olympics just around the corner.