Golding 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.

p7My first impression of the winery was WOW! Blue sky, pretty flowers and autumn leaves.

There was a tour group doing wine tasting when we reached. However, we managed to find a cosy spot for ourselves.

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p7The little baby also found a good spot for himself.

p4A nice background for photo and a good  promotion strategy. Double win!

 

Our purchases:

p8Lil’ Late Harvest

The parcel of fruit for our 2013 Lil’ Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc was the last arrival at the winery for Vintage 2013 after being left on the vine to mature until early May.

The extra time ripening under the late autumn sun intensified the fruit characters, delivering an elegant wine with luscious mouth feel.

On the nose it has lifted aromas of apricot and guava. The palate is laden with tropical fruit flavours, followed by a bright and crisp finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

p9The East End Rose

Made from 100% estate grown Pinot Noir, this gorgeously crisp Rosé sits pretty in the glass with a pale salmon hue. On the nose you will find the classic Pinot characters of strawberries and cream, while the palate remains savoury with a mouth wateringly crisp and dry finish.

Ticking all the boxes for a delicate cool climate Rosé, this Adelaide Hills drop has Friday night drinks written all over it. Ice it down, drink it up and exhale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website: Golding Wines

Opening Hours: Open from 11am – 5pm daily. May close early on days when there is a private event held at night

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The Whispering Wall

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The Whispering Wall is the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir. Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam has surprising acoustic properties. Sounds at one end of the dam can be heard clearly at the other end, more than 100 metres away. Its curved, slender shape and quiet location induces conditions that contribute to the transmission of sound.

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It has always been in our plan to visit the Whispering Wall but our schedule was so tight that we just can’t seems to fit it in. We decided to go on our way to Cape Jervis and we were glad that we did. It was quite early when we arrived and there was no one around except us.

p2Enjoying the calmness

As we were the only one around, we had a great time “whispering” to one another from the one end to another. We tried, tested and confirmed it works!

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To visit the Whispering Wall, travel to Williamstown in the Barossa Valley and follow the signposts from the main street.

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 4

We woke up super early as it was a long drive from our accommodation from Barrosa Valley to Cape Jervis Port for our ferry ride to Kangaroo Island.

With some good planning, we managed to squeeze in some sightseeing and visit a winery along the way.

p6The Whispering Wall

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The plan was to have our lunch at Golding Kitchen. We read good reviews of their wood-oven pizzas. However we didn’t realize that the kitchen was only open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and most public holidays. Sadly, we didn’t get to eat the pizza but we had a good wine tasting experience.

p9Doubling up my coat as a rain coat

SeaLink, Kangaroo Island’s vehicle and passenger ferry service operates daily (except Christmas Day) between Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. The whole journey took around 45mins.

IMG_9551See how closely the cars are parked but stressful drivers

p12The ride was super choppy due to the earlier rain

There were 5 of us (4 adults and 1 kid) and 3 were suffering from sea sickness (I am not one of them :P). When we reached Kangaroo Island, our main priority was to get some food for our dinner and get to the accommodation as quickly as possible.

We finally reached our accommodation after a pretty long ride and called it a day.

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Charles Melton 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.

5One of the wineries that left me with a deep impression

1. The Outdoor Area 

One of the greatest biosecurity threats to vineyards in South Australia is Grape phylloxera (Daktulsphaira vitifoliae). This tiny insect pest destroys grapevines and ornamental vines by feeding on their roots. Almost 75% of vines in South Australia are susceptible to attack. Once vines are infested, they will die within six years.  There is no eradicative treatment, so infested vineyards must be replanted on phylloxera-resistant or tolerant rootstock.

Most owners will not allow you to step into their vineyards worrying that you might spread any pest from other areas to their vineyards.

p1This is how close we can get to the vineyard

2. Staff 

Generally, all staff at the cellar doors are very friendly. They have great knowledge on their wines and have good recommendations on other wineries to visit. However, I especially like the girl that was serving us at Charles Melton. It was a plus that she knows where is Singapore as her dad worked in MBS. It’s like talking to a friend over wines.

3. The name of the wines 

p3When you have a Father in Law, it’s only right to have a Mother in Law (La Belle Mere in French)

I guess it is pretty obvious which wines that we bought.

Father in Law – Lovely deepish colour. Good bright purple hues. A touch of sweet tar and roses on the nose with a whiff of vanilla bean. Quietly aromatic at the moment the bouquet will sweeten further and gain volume with some time in the bottle. A beautiful smooth entry into the mouth with red berry soft fruit flavours on the mid palate and just the slightest grip of proper tannin. Mid to longer term potential if you wish but a rounded composed drink now.

La Belle Mere – Gentle floral musky/quince nose with a dusting of toasty oak sitting lightly alongside. A soft plump mid palate with a touch of traditional Barossa ripeness and some Christmas cake spice and dark fruits. A finish of rounded tannins and smoky sweet fruit. Will richen and build with a few years in the cellar.

Website: Charles Melton Wines

Opening Hours: Open from 11am – 5pm daily

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Grant Burge 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.

Grant Burge wines can be bought in Singapore and our friends had tried them before. Hence, they were pretty excited about the visit. On the other hand, I am not a big fan of red wines so I didn’t really go for the tasting.

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Our purchase

The Holy Trinity is a richly flavoured and elegantly structured GSM that continues the long and lauded heritage for this traditional blend in the Barossa Valley. The nose is awash with ripe plums, Christmas pudding and liqueur cherries with sweet spices and a hint of savoury, earthy notes that add to the complexity. The palate is rich and juicy with vibrant flavours of fresh plums and berries, chai tea and fruitcake, with fine tannins that run the length of the palate. The dense, mouth-filling mid-palate and long, textural finish combine to create a wine that is rich and elegant, sweet and savoury, and will sit beautifully on any table now or cellar gracefully for the future.

Website: Grant Burge Wines

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

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Kellermeister 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.

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We bought the most expensive wine of the trip here. Before we get to that, let’s appreciate the nice scenery.

2Gloomy weather but the scenery is still beautiful

8The outdoor area. It was a pity that it was drizzling lightly if not, we would love to spend more time here.

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I just got suck into all the bubbly wines throughout the whole trip. The Pink Mink Sparkling Moscato is light and refreshing with summer berry flavours. This wine is elegantly balanced with fine bubbles and a crisp finish.

Even though it is a moscato, it is not too sweet. Prefect with barbeque.

 

 

 

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The most expensive wine of the trip. It was a beautiful mistake; My sister thought the wine was on discount so it would be a super good buy. Wild witch is one of the icon wines of  the winery. However, to get the discount, you need to get at least a dozen. We didn’t get the discount but the birthday boy got to enjoy a good wine on his birthday.

Wild Witch showcases the most magical Shiraz of each Barossa vintage – and only if the quality is truly exceptional. The intrinsic power, dimension and surprising elegance of this wine inevitably brings even the most indulgent connoisseur under its long, intense, and luxurious spell. Discover the magic.

The 2013 bottle that we bought won 97 points from James Halliday and Gold Medal from Vienna IWC.

 

Website: Kellermeister Wines

Opening Hours: 9:30am to 5:30pm, seven days a week

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 3

Our last full day at Barossa Valley. We started the day with shopping at the mall, followed by more wineries visiting. It was a pretty short day as we had to leave early the next day to catch our ferry to Kangaroo Island.

7Our first stop – Kellermeister Wines

4The next winery was just within walking distance away. Grant Burge Wines

5 The last and final winery – Charles Melton Wines

6Time for a change – Meatballs vegetable soup for dinner

A planned early night ended even later than the previous nights. We had too much fun taking tonnes of silly photos with our empty wines and beer bottles.

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