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Balthazar of the Barossa

Location: Barossa Valley

Welcome to Balthazar of the Barossa where
"quality is created in the vineyard and crafted in the winery."

Balthazar of the Barossa vineyard is located on Stonewell Road, Marananga - a celebrated Barossa shiraz microcosm.  

The Balthazar of the Barossa vineyard was replanted in the 1990s on what was an original 19th century vineyard . The Shiraz vines were painstakingly sourced from one of the oldest known vineyards in the Barossa Valley whose origins date to 1847.

They are embedded in terra-rossa soil on the vineyard's pinnacle sun-drenched slope, and nurtured with hand pruning and sustainable practices including organic, straw mulching and minimal irrigation from the eco-dam, to achieve premium quality wine grapes. The result is small parcels of grapes bearing rich intensity of flavour, brilliant colour, inherent balance and optimal ripeness.

The crafting of Balthazar of the Barossa Shiraz begins with vinification in small open fermenters for 7-8 days, under temperature control with twice daily manual pumping over, to extract maximum colour and flavour. The wine is then racked and transferred into French and American oak barrels where it undergoes secondary malolactic fermentation in barrel. Balthazar of the Barossa Shiraz is then racked and returned back into barrel for maturation up to 24 months, before being bottled and labeled with Balthazar's international gold award winning label.

Cheers,
Anita Bowen
Vigneron & Winemaker

Balthazar was a Babylonian King who incurred God's wrath by ordering the drinking of wine out of holy silver and gold chalices.

 

2009 Balthazar of the Barossa Shiraz

 

Rating 95. James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion

 

VITI

The 2009 growing season was hot and dry, characterised by well below average rainfall with no rain falling in January & February 2009 and a 2 week heatwave early February. The first rain event of 2009 preceeded harvest of the House Block on 5th & the Hill Block on 6th March. Yields were significantly down by 46% on average, though the smaller size & number of bunches meant above-average intensity of colour and flavour.

VINI

The 2 parcels of House & Hill block shiraz grapes were vinified separately in small, open-top, temperature controlled fermenters for 7 days & pumped over twice daily.

Racked into premium 33% new and 66% seasoned French oak hogsheads, the 2 components were matured for 25 months before blending and bottling in May 2011 to ensure bottle maturation before retail release. Closure: Screwcap

VINO

Colour: bright crimson

Nose: concentrated dark red berry fruits

Palate: juice dark berry fruit flavours ; spice, savoury balanced with great depth and length on the palate with long tannins persisting.

 

AWARDS

Trophy CozWine Trophy for Best Shiraz 2009 or older 2012 Marananga Wine Show

Gold Medal 2013 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

Gold Medal 2012 Marananga Wine Show (Class: Shiraz 2009 or older)

Gold Medal 2012 Australian Small Winemakers Show Cl55

Silver Medal 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Silver Medal 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK)

Silver Medal 2012 Barossa Wine Show Cl 11

Bronze Medal 2013 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Bronze Medal 2013 Australian Small Winemakers Show

Bronze Medal 2013 Rutherglen Wine Show

Bronze Medal 2013 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze Medal 2012 Macquarie Group Sydney Rotal Wine Show Cl 36

 

 

REVIEWS

Dense purple-crimson; from the 24.93ha estate vineyard in the highly regarded Marananga subregion, and spent 25 months in predominantly French oak hogsheads; it has power and focus to the cascade of black fruits on the medium to full-bodied palate, yet retains balance and a certain elegance.


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