5.02pm, Thursday 28th April, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston
Just wanted to let you all know that in a few years time, when some of the Barossa big red guns from the 2010 Vintage are released – all will be good. How do I know? No crystal ball required here folks, I just got back from a fabulous Vintage Festival event up in one of the BVE sheds on the Seppeltsfield side of the Valley – “Legends Behind the Barrel” – and a stack of truly charismatic and talented winemakers were showing a current wine from bottle, alongside an unreleased outstanding parcel of wine from barrel. There was a really big crowd of locals and tourists hanging on every word, because they were able to talk to the winemakers themselves – what a top way for a winegrowing region to throw their doors wide open to the people that drink and buy the wines.
Call me predictable and old school, but here are my highlights for the 2010 reds, people – think luscious dark fruitcake with cinnamon and clove spice layered over too-good-to-be-true, well-integrated-already tannins and that’s what’s lurking away in barrel right now from these makers:
- the Barossa Valley Estate E & E Shiraz presented by the man with the crazy ‘blowfly in a bottle’ energy levels – Stuey Bourne
- the Old Block Shiraz from St Hallett shown by the incomparable Stuart Blackwell;
- the Stonewell Shiraz from Peter Lehmann presented on the day by their teriffic young winemaker Peter Kelly.
It’s a good thing that we had Kev Glastonbury down there with a little barrel of his 2010 Octavius and that it sat up nicely in some pretty scary good company.
PS Also on show from Seppeltsfield – keepers of the Fortified Wine keys – was a stunning comparison of the 2010 base wine for their famous “Para” which will now not see the light of day for 100 years : and their 21 year Old Tawny. Lovely sweet fruit infused brandy spirit that I had a real job to spit out! Don’t take my word for it though, go out to that lovely old palm-surrounded building and have a look for yourself. You will not be disappointed.