Tscharke Wines

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

IMG_9214The pebble walkway leading us to the cellar door.

The Tscharke family are one of the original settling families still operating a family business in the region today. They started as a mixed farming business, including the production of grapes for on selling. The sixth-generation farmer, Mr Damien Tscharke continues the family’s rich tradition, and also become the first generation of winemaker.

 

The interior was very prettily decorated. I loved how they incorporated their branding in their decorations.

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IMG_9221Wine bottles inside the light “nest”

IMG_9218We were blessed with good weather and spent some time outdoor.

IMG_9229.JPGThe basement was converted to a function cellar for private wine tasting events.

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Whilst not certified organic, they engage in organic farming principles for grape growing. The wines are vegan friendly, no animal or dairy products are used in processing and they do not filter or fine. All wines are produced using techniques requiring minimal intervention.

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Our take home wine was Shiraz Shiraz Shiraz. The three Shiraz vineyards provide a complex, balanced wine that is layered with dark fruit and red cedar.  Rich aromas of black berries, liquorice, plum, caramel and fig are evident.  On the palate, fruit cake richness, savoury spice and dusty persistent tannins provide a refreshing display of Shiraz flavours.

The wines here are priced very reasonably. This bottle of Shiraz cost us AUD10! #goodthingsmustshare 😛

 

 

 

 

Website: Tscharke Wines

Opening Hours: Thursday to Monday, from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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Jacob’s Creek

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

Jacob’s Creek is a well-known brand internationally and we can easily get a bottle of Jacob’s Creek wine in Singapore. Our plan was to visit the boutique cellar doors and try wines that cannot be easily bought in Singapore. We drove pass the Jacob’s Creek vineyard so often that we decided to visit the cellar door.

IMG_9196The first thing that welcomed us was the massive vineyards.

IMG_9197The cellar door is inside the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre has a museum that showcase the history of Jacob’s Creek, a wine tasting area and a restaurant.

img_9203_meitu_1.jpgTrying out the white

The outdoor area was also very nicely decorated. They were puffs outside which you could laze around to have a glass a wine, enjoy the view and relax the whole afternoon away.

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We of course would not leave the place empty handed. We bought a bottle of Moscato Rose. The tasting note is light and refreshing with cool sherbet and red summer berries.

Psst… If you are interested to try this wine in Singapore, then you might be disappointed as it is only available in Australia.

 

 

 

 

Website: Jacob’s Creek

Opening Hours: Open from 10am to 5pm daily. Except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 2

Day 2 of the trip was all about finding the winery gems.

IMG_9185_meitu_1Making full use of the morning glow. A wefie before we set off.

IMG_91961st cellar door of the day – Jacob’s Creek

After visiting a super modern cellar door, the 2nd cellar door had a more family feel.

IMG_92142nd cellar door – Tscharke Wines

The 3rd cellar door is a place filled with rich history and it was also time for lunch.

IMG_9252_meitu_23rd cellar door – Seppeltsfield Wines

IMG_9254Lunch at Fino which is within the compound

The concept of restaurant is to order small dishes for sharing. We order 2 mains – mussels and eggplant with a dessert to share.

We then moved off to the last location of the day.  This time round, we visited a brewery.

IMG_9259Greenock Brewers

IMG_9267_meitu_1Trying out our beer sampler. The owner was very kind to give us a tour around his boutique brewery.

Our beer sampler consist of (1) Bunawunda Blonde (crisp malt body balanced with clean bitterness and mild spiciness), (2) Victorville Ale (citrus flavour profile with a pronounced grapefruit and a touch of passionfruit – 4.9%) and (3) Dark Ale (spicy kick with essence of citrus and fruit-like tones – 4.7%).

IMG_9264Ended our night with another round of BBQ dinner

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TeAro Estate

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

IMG_9138TeAro Estate – Our first cellar door

Established in 1919 by ancestors Charlie and Minnie Fromm, TeAro is a Maori term loosely translating as ‘Happy Home’. Under the guidance of 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation vignerons Ron, Trevor & Ryan Fromm, the vineyard portfolio of 58 hectares includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Viognier, Riesling, Merlot, Semillon, Mataro, Tempranillo & Barbera.

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The ‘Two Charlies’ were the original property owners of the vineyards. Charlie Hausler owned the Sugarloaf property which is now managed by 4th generation family member Ryan, and Charlie Fromm owned the TeAro Estate property where he planted the Old Vine Shiraz back in 1919.

IMG_9135The Two Charlies

We had a very light breakfast and the staff very kindly prepared an impromptu cheese platter for us to go with our wine tasting. The cheese platter was delicious! It went really well with the wines that we tasted.

IMG_9131Cheese platter

We had a lovely tasting session and tried many different wines. We had a great time understanding the tasting notes of each wine and how they are named after the different family members.  Since this was the first stop of our 9 days winery trip, we bought 2 for the night.

Sweet Petite: Infused with a light bubble, this semi-sweet blend displays tropical notes with a dash of apricot. Capturing the playful side of life.

Iron Fist: Hints of fresh cherries and light spice, medium bodied in style and balanced with delicate tannins and a judicious use of oak.

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Website: TeAro Estate

Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Closed on public holidays and over the Festive season.

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T4 Open House

IMG_1100_meitu_1Welcome to Terminal 4 Open House. Excited to visit the new terminal before it starts operation at the end of the year.

IMG_1101_meitu_2My “travel” buddy

IMG_1107Finally our time to board

Terminal 4 is built on a plot of land that was originally occupied by the Budget Terminal. It is the smallest terminal at 225,000 sqm, about half the size of Terminal 3. Once fully operational, it can handle about 70 per cent of Terminal 3’s handling capacity. It features start-to-end self-service systems, allowing travellers to check in, deposit their baggage and even go through immigration via automated systems.

IMG_1117Self-check in counters

IMG_1119Immigration

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IMG_1127_meitu_4Security clearance

IMG_1176Boarding

6 Airlines will be flying off from T4 – Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines.

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Remember to look out for the arts around the terminal. You will also notice that there are many greenery spanning across the whole terminal, giving the tourist a first hand experience of our garden city.

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IMG_1183Les Oiseaux – The birds

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The highlight of the tour is definitely the Heritage Façade. It is inspired by Peranakan shophouses nestled around Singapore.

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The musical, Peranakan Love Story is played on the LED screen spanning 2 shopfront bays on the Peranakan façade. Peranakan Love Story is a theatrical performance of a love story between two young adults, set in 1930s Singapore. The production is done in collaboration with Singapore’s local talents and artistes including Dick Lee, Adrian Pang, Benjamin Kheng and Koh Cheng Mun.

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You can watch the full musical, Peranakan Love Story here.

The registration for the Open House is closed. If you didn’t manage to get a chance to visit, you can read more about it here.

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Linfield Cottage

IMG_9427Our accommodation for the next 3 days

Linfield Cottage is a luxury 1900 Federation home that has been beautifully restored. The house comes with a big living room, a big dinning room, kitchen, a large bathroom with spa, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms, outdoor sitting area with bbq and a laundry room. Not forgetting the 2 fireplaces, 1 in the kitchen and 1 in the living room. The house is prefect for the 5 of us, 4 adults and 1 cute little boy.

Note: I took some of the photos from the website to give a more complete picture of how the whole house looks like.

Picture1_meitu_1The outdoor area. We didn’t spend much time here cos it was too chilly but we did make good use of the bbq pit.

IMG_9110Living Room

IMG_9117Dinning Room

Picture2_meitu_2The cosy kitchen which we spent most of our time

IMG_9116Our bedroom

Picture3_meitu_3The master bedroom

IMG_9111Bathroom with spa. The spa was little Timmy’s favourite.

Picture4_meitu_4Laundry Room. We didn’t do any washing, definitely something useful for people planning for a long stay.

The host was very thoughtful and the fridge was well stocked to ensure that we had enough food for 3 days. We did get additional food for our BBQ dinner. The rooms were clean and spacious and look just like what it was shown on the website.

Website: Linfield Cottage

Right next to Linfield Cottage is the cellar door, facing the rows and rows of vineyard.

IMG_9152Linfield Road Wines

IMG_9269_meitu_1All excited to try out the sparkling red wine

The lovely lady even shared with us spots to see wild kangaroos. If you are lucky enough, you may even spot 1 or 2 at the vineyard.

It is important to note the opening hours of the cellar door. Most of them don’t open daily. This does, open 7 days from 10am to 5pm daily.

Website: Linfield Road Wines 

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Barossa Farmers Market

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The Barossa Farmers Market is a genuine, local produce market which opens every Saturday from 7:30am to 11:30am.

You can find an array of food in the market, from fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, chicken, duck, beef, pork, lamb, specialty breads, the Barossa’s famous smallgoods, fresh milk, stunning pastries and baked goods, honey, olive oil and olives, freshly roasted coffee and blended teas and confectionery.

IMG_9098The market section

IMG_9099The breakfast section

We arrived quite late and most of the food were already sold out. We managed to grab 2 quiches to satisfy our hungry tummy. Unfortunately, the stall did not have a oven so we had them cold. We also bought some strawberries and persimmons to eat for the next few days.  They were one of the sweetest fruits we ever had!

If you are passing by Barossa on a Saturday, I strongly recommend you to check it out.

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Website: Barossa Farmers Market 

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