The highly anticipated annual Grampians Winemakers Reserve Shiraz Barrique Auction
Always a hit with connoisseurs and collectors, be one of the winning bidders lucky enough to take home a rare ‘taste of the Grampians’ on the Saturday of Grampians Grape Escape.
A major fundraiser for the Grampians Winemakers, the 2019 vintage Barrique Auction will be held at 2:15pm on the Saturday in the Festival Masterclass marquee, so be sure to get yourself there to bid big and bold. Tastings will occur prior to the auction at the Barrique Bar, located close to the Masterclass marquee.
So what is a Barrique?
The word ‘barrique’ refers to a specific size and shape of oak barrel. The auction at Grampians Grape Escape provides a unique opportunity for wine collectors to invest in something spectacular as to produce the barrique, the wineries involved are to donate a limited volume of their best Shiraz from that vintage.
The barrique showcases all that is great about Grampians Shiraz. Grampians Winemakers select wines that display beautiful aromatics and lift, others that have incredible concentration and structure and others that are vibrant and have silky tannins, this process guarantees that the Barrique Shiraz will age gracefully and always drink superbly.
The job of blending ensures a wine that is harmonious and one that allows the greatness of Grampians Shiraz to shine.
This year the Barrique will be a blend of eight wineries premium Shiraz, bottled as a unique offering from 2018. This release will be the winemakers 28th since 1991, so the legend continues.
The brainchild of Trevor Mast from Mount Langi Ghiran and Ian McKenzie from Seppelts Winery back in 1992, the present day winemakers are making good on that tradition.
The wineries involved in the 2019 blend for the 2021 Grampians Grape Escape Barrique auction include:
Adam Louder Mount Langi Ghiran
Justin Purser Best’s Wines
Leigh Clarnette Clarnette & Ludvigsen Wines
Simon Fennel Montara Wines
Tom Guthrie Grampians Estate
Andrew Toomey Miners Ridge
Shane Goninon Mountainside Winery
Adam Richardson ATR Wines
Simon Clayfield Clayfield Wines
Andrew Davey Melbourne Polytechnique