Taste of the Grampians
In its twenty-six year history, the Grampians Winemakers Shiraz Barrique Auction has been both a focal point of the festival and an integral part of winemaking in the region.
The idea behind the barrique was conceived by winemakers Trevor Mast, Viv Thomson and Ian McKenzie. In 2015 particiapting wineries, Montara, Best’s Great Western, Seppelt Great Western, Grampians Estate, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mountainside Wines, Miner’s Ridge and AT Richardson Wines, selected some of their very best shiraz to be blended together to make a truly special one-off regional shiraz.
The Barrique is a rare and unique wine that is a celebration of winemaking in the Grampians and the quality of Shiraz it produces. Valued by collectors for its complexity and longevity, it is auctioned in small lots of bottles and magnums, allowing a broad cross section of people to bid for a ‘Taste of the Grampians’.
The 2015 barrique has been blended by Justin Purser, from Best’s Wines and is reported to display Fragrant aromas of pastille, sweet spices, green peppercorns, musky florals and red fruits.
Wine writer for Sydney Morning Herald Good Food, Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, Decanter Magazine and Australia’s Wine Communicator of the Year in 2008, Huon Hooke, is one of the first to taste the 2015 barrique and has as few tasting notes to share…
Good depth of colour with a youthful tinge of purple, the bouquet peppery and aromatic, with lots of cool climate spiciness. The wine is medium-bodied and very soft, with mild tannins and gentle acidity making for a good early drinking style that will also age well for a decade or so. A very attractive, accessible shiraz.