Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cellar Door & Vineyard Hopping - The South Australia Experience (Part Four)



It was a Saturday and our last day at Barossa before we made our way to McLaren Vale. After packing up, we headed for the Barossa Farmers Market which opens only on Saturday. Here is where the locals gather their weekly supplies of fruit, vegetable and much more.

The market was smaller than what I had expected but the produce was fresh. The growers at the Barossa Farmers Market often pick their lettuce and tomatoes and other produce just the night before market, sometimes even that very morning. Many of them grow organically.

The kids and wifey were fascinated by the cupcake designs available at couple of the stalls. 

It was crowded on the wet morning and we left after 30 minutes to pick up some cheese from the Barossa Valley Cheese Company before visiting our first cellar door of the day at Saltram.











Saltram Wines
We planned to have lunch here but was fully booked. What a pity as the restaurant setting and the menu looked good. 

Nevertheless, tasted their signature No. 1 Shiraz. Deep, dark red and offers a full and powerful palette, the No. 1 Shiraz is a sumptuous wine with soft ripe tannins and great structure.







Yalumba
Our last stop at Barossa - the Yalumba cellar door. Due to the tight schedule and the wet weather, it was a short visit and only CJ and I went in for a quick tasting of their signature - The Signature. Grabbed a bottle for our session that night.

The Signature is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Deep and intense, the wine displays full palate weight with powerful fruit and soft American oak which was hand-coopered at Yalumba - a wine made for longevity, very much The Signature style.






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