Soul Growers stands for everything that is great about the Barossa Valley: shared wisdom, new ideas and a passion for making and enjoying great wine. With this in mind, the winery strives to make wines that emphasise the regional and varietal flavours of the beloved Barossa Valley.
The winery’s philosophy is to produce exceptional wines using traditional techniques that preserve the character of each vineyard. Soul Growers’ winemakers are able to accomplish this by exhibiting a range of different characteristics in each type of wine it produces.
Specialising in Eden Valley riesling, shiraz, cabernet, grenache and mataro, Soul Growers has produced approximately ten wines per year since the winery opened its doors in 1998.
The award-winning micro-winery handpicks the majority of its fruit from vineyards that range in age from eighteen to 125 years. Producing predominantly red varieties, Soul Growers’ fruit is destemmed in open fermenters that hold anywhere from half a tonne, to five tonnes. After seven to ten days of fermentation, the fermenters are drained and placed by hand into basket presses. The fruit is then gently pressed for about eighteen hours to ensure the flavour and aromas are carefully extracted, without releasing harsh and bitter tannins.
After pressing, the winemakers settle the wine in tanks before filling the barrels ready for ageing. The winery’s renowned reds generally spend eighteen to twenty-four months in oak. To round off the process, each barrel is blended and benchmarked prior to being settled in bottles, without any fining or filtration.
According to the Australian Wine Review, “the wines are all open-fermented, basket-pressed and usually spend plenty of time in oak (yet rarely look oak dominated. There is a skill in that). Think Rockford with a sprinkle of Torbreck sexiness and you’re on the right track”.
⇐ 2017 Kroehn Single Vineyard Shiraz
The Kroehn family has farmed their land in the high elevations of the Eden Valley for six generations. Descended from original settlers, the family takes great pride in producing superb quality grapes that reflect the hard and stony ground.
⇐ 2017 Hampel Single Vineyard Shiraz
The Hampel family has tended to their land in the northern reaches of the Barossa Valley for six generations. The family takes great pride in producing sublime grapes that reflect the red soils that abound in the northern grounds.
⇐ 2017 Gobell Single Vineyard Shiraz
The Gobell family’s vineyard lies in the Stonewell portion of the Barossa Valley, with an east-facing aspect that catches the morning sun. This release faithfully shows the blue and red fruit characters that are typical of Stonewell shiraz. Deeply perfumed, rich and intense, this elegant wine has a lingering taste of fruit and gentle French oak.
⇐ 2017 106 Vines Mourvèdre
In the 1880s, on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley, a vineyard of mourvèdre was planted in light, sandy soil over clay. Only 106 vines of the once-majestic vineyard survive today, with the rest lost to urban development. The resilient vines have survived more than 128 years to produce a wine that is pure history – the very soul of the Barossa Valley.
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