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Shiraz shines

Shiraz shines

The Barossa has recorded its highest average price for Shiraz, a Wine Grape Council of SA report has revealed.

Whilst Spring frosts in October 2014 led to successive years of shorter than desired crops in the region, “continued positive influence of artisan and corporate winemakers” has increased the demand for Barossa Shiraz.

The result is an under supply in the medium term and an Austwine Rating of “Hot” according to the 2015 industry report given at last Friday’s SA Winegrape Growers Summit held at Adelaide Oval.

Despite the Australian wine sector having many years of declining profitability, Barossa wineries seem to be bucking the trend.

Proprietor and Managing Director of Two Hands Wines, Mr Michael Twelftree said their Marananga based winery had finished the year about 18 per cent ahead in their sales budget.

“It’s a very cyclical industry….but talking to other winery owners in the Barossa at the moment….the guys at Elderton, Kaesler’s, Torbreck, ourselves, Hentley Farm, a lot of these little wineries are really having some great successes out in the  marketplace,” Michael told The Leader.

“We came off the prosperous times, we’ve gone through three or four hard years and just at the moment we seem to be turning the corner again and swinging back up.

“We’re at an interesting point in the market where the demand is for Barossa in particular. I suppose it’s interesting at Two Hands, we take grapes from six different regions, so I take fruit from Heathcote in Victoria; Padthaway, Langhorne Creek, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Barossa and out of those six regions…the one that is most tightly held is the Barossa.”

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.