Note to self: advised by the driver that the John Pilger "Utopia" documentary about Aboriginals is a must watch.
Travelled through the famous Barossa Valley to visit 4 wineries, crossing Jacob's Creek and visiting the historic town of Tanunda. Lunch at Peter Lehmann winery.
The valley has 42 different soil types and 13 micro climates so a variety of grapes can be grown different qualities in the fruit can be brought out. Some wineries have their own vineyards others buy in grapes from the growers.
Murray Street vineyard was our first stop, a newish ‘boutique’ winery. We tasted 5 wines, the best we thought was the 2009 "The Barossa", so we bought a bottle which we will drink before we fly home.
dkc-1073-052 Waiting at the Murray Street Winery
20160227_100033(Denis)Image from Phone Murray Street Winery Tasting List
dkc-1073-061-LR Our Group at Murray Street Winery
Drove through bush vines, vines which are grown without irrigation. They are over 100 yrs old, picked and pruned by hand, producing quality fruit and more expensive wine.
Continued through Seppletsfield and then onto Mengler’s Hill Lookout - a lookout point and on to the second winery.
dkc-1073-080-Pano-LR Panorama at Mengler's Lookout
Peter Lehmann: here we tasted 4 white, 4 red and a sparkling shiraz not available in UK.
13 different wines so far -my favourites are the Barossa and the sparkling Shiraz. This sounds a lot worse than it is! A small amount is poured into the rather beautiful large glasses for swirling and tasting. Spittoons and jugs of water are provided. The wine can be tasted and spat out, or sipped and swallowed pouring away an excess. Water between tastes to refresh the palate.
Lunch platters at Peter Lehmann - bread, olives, cold meats, cheese, preserves, all very tasty.
Then to Tanunda (Aboriginal name which meams "Plenty of Wild Fowl in the Creek"). Wandered along the high street and had an ice cream. Back on the coach at 2 and on to the third winery.
Hamera estate - The "Old vine granache" - was the nicest here. Forgotten how many tasted! – at least 5 I think.
Then on to the final winery: Chateau Yaldara established 1847. Another 6 wines - have no idea how many now. The nicest were a sparkling burgundy (nicer than the earlier sparkling shiraz) and a delicious port (we bought a bottle of that too but this one to take home. I am sure we will regret having to lug it about for 2 weeks!).
dkc-1073-113 Chateau Yaldara at the 1847 Winery
dkc-1073-124 Almost the last wine of the day!
On the way back to Adelaide and can't believe we are singing Waltzing Matilda, Kookaburra song, I come from the Land Down Under.!!!!
Tomorrow we are going to get the train, known as The Ghan, to Alice Springs. The train journey takes 25 hours and we have a little cabin with toilet and shower! All meals and drinks are included. There is no wi-fi and often no telephone signal as we are in the desert, so no communication will be possible.
When we get to Alice Springs, we go straight off on a trip. So, the next blog will be posted when we get to our hotel on Monday evening our time.