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Shiraz vineyard will be a real showpiece

Shiraz vineyard will be a real showpiece

As The Barossa Cellar moves closer to reality, having received more than $2.25 million in cash and in-kind donations, plans for its showcase Shiraz vineyard are underway. 

In an exciting development, local growers and wineries are being invited to nominate the best of the Barossa’s oldest Shiraz vineyards to be part of this exceptional vineyard.

Winemaker Louisa Rose is working closely with the Barossa Viticulture Technical Group (BVTG) and Barossa Vine Improvement (BVI) to develop and establish an “extraordinary vineyard that will be a real showpiece for the region”. 

The vineyard will be located immediately in front of The Barossa Cellar.

At 1.0ha, the vineyard may be small, but its significance lies in its DNA. 

Cuttings will be taken from up to 30 different old-vine Shiraz vineyards, representing some of the earliest material in the Barossa and some of the oldest Shiraz genetics in the world.

During the 2017/18 growing season, the nominated vineyards will be evaluated and tested to select the best and oldest vines. 

Cuttings will be grafted and propagated next winter and grown in a field nursery ready to plant in 2019. 

While this process is in progress, the BVTG is providing advice on best practice Barossa viticulture to design and develop the vineyard’s infrastructure.

“The result will be a contemporary vineyard that reflects everything we have learned over 175 years of grapegrowing in the Barossa,” said Louisa.

“A critical part of the vineyard planning is to ensure that best practice biosecurity is followed during the establishment of the vineyard and in the future. This means The Barossa Cellar vineyard can be visited by and inspire not only the Barossa grape and wine community, but influencers and lovers of great wine from all over the world.”

Barossa growers and wineries who wish to register their interest in nominating an old-vine Shiraz vineyard can email info@thebarossacellar.com.au.

Further information will be distributed by the BGWA over the coming months and a nomination form is available on the website.

The good news is that you don’t need to be a grower to get involved in this very special vineyard.  

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