So in anticipation of Australia day we will be staring a Blog series on Australian wine regions- yes yes i know its New World, and most people prefer Old World… but for those of you who have never dared to experience the delights of Australia then we are planning something small for the big day itself! We’ll keep you posted on that over the next couple of weeks.
Region by Region- Australia: Barossa
January 11, 2010
But now its back to the business at hand, and we’ve got some business at hand! Australia isn’t necessarily the biggest producer of wine in the world- I’ve heard Bordeaux actually produces more wine than all of Australia… But after all its Quality not Quantity! Now i’m not claiming that the Quality in Australia is better than Bordeaux- but what i am saying is you shouldn’t ignore Australia just because its New World. In fact Barossa boasts some of the oldest vineyards in the world- so stick that in your pipe. But what is it that makes Barossa so unique? Well the area itself is divided up into 2 sub-regions one is the warm and dry valley which is ideal for Shiraz. The other is 250 meters above sea-level and is cool with more rain which suits riesling down to the ground. They’re the basic facts- but that doesn’t answer the question. The answer lies in the terroir (a word i hated when i first started writing these blogs- but now i get it… its not just the french being pretensious and wanting to lump all the different characteristics of wine into one word- its about the personality of the wine! A bottle of wine should have a beggining middle and an end- no overly complicated plot twists, but no satic characters in it either!) So whats the Barossan terroir like? well from what i gather (from reading about it, but also listening to Louisa Rose- a prominent wine maker in Barossa) its all about nature mixed with science. The older vines are grown without irrigation- which leaves them entirely at the mercy of nature- and that can be a major gamble, but when both elements work in harmony you get truly unique wines! Wines which have that begging, middle, and end!