Friday, 6 March 2015

Barossa Valley Wine Tasting

Today was a relaxing day, Lau headed off to work by 9. I went for a walk around the town and then changed before meeting Lau in Chatswood Chase shopping mall at around 1:30. 
We went to a place called a The New York Cafe. Lau had a strawberry milkshake and I had freshly squeezed orange juice. 
For food, Lau had a tandoori chicken sandwich and I choose the pumpkin spinach salad with sundried tomatoes, feta, red onions, cucumber and olives. 

Lau headed back to work and I went to Coles supermarket to pick up bits and pieces for our short trip to Adelaide. 
I picked up some sushi for dinner and I then went to a gelato palour and had sticky fig and honeycomb gelato. It was gorgeous! :) 

I headed back on the train to Lindfield and managed to catch the school rush hour traffic! It was manic! 
I packed my bag and when Lau arrived from work so did she. 
We caught the train to central, and then transferred to the airport. The train took us straight into the airport terminal! 

As we checked in online and already had our boarding passes, it only took us about 5 minutes to go through security.

Lau grabbed a coffee and I had a boost orange, mango and ginger fresh juice blend. 
We got some liquorice all sorts too, our favourites! :)
We boarded the plane and the flight went super quickly! It was only 2 1/2 hours.

We arrived in Adelaide airport about 10 pm and we were greeted by our chauffeur who took us to our hotel. 

Both Lau and myself fell asleep in the car, we were both shattered! :') 
As soon as we arrived at Lyndoch Hill we both fell asleep straight away. 

The following morning we were up by 7 and had breakfast. Lau had poached eggs and I had bacon and poached eggs. We then went to reception to meet Benders Bus Tours, who were taking us around our selection of the Barossa Vineyards for the day. Sandy was our driver for the day, who is Brendon's wife. 

Our first stop was Wolf Blass, famous in the UK for there yellow label wine. 
A known fact about the owner of Wolf Blass is that he always wears a bow tie as when he wore a tie he always got it in the wine whilst trying it. 

When we walked we saw the massive wall full of there black, gold, white and yellow label wine. There was a lot of wines! 

We tried a selection of there wines, our favourites were: 
The 2014 Gold label Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 
2014 Yellow label Moscato - which had a very subtle fizz
NV Yellow label reserve Australian Tawny Port. 

When we walked back to the car, Sandy had put fresh cold waters and a selection of nibbles too, including a gorgeous smoked cheese! 

The next vineyard on the list was most definatly our favourite by far - Yallumba, a family run vineyard. 
We were greated by Tracey from Hampshire who told us about the wines and let us try their massive selection of wines.

The artwork on this moscato was beautiful.
Our favourite wines here were: 
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2014, which was a semi sweet wine with notes of Passionfruit. It's the only Riesling that I have that I really like! 
Yalumba Single Site Vine Vale Anderson Grenache 2008 - this wine was gorgeously smooth, round and full bodied. 

We then stopped for lunch at the Clubhouse. 

I choose the Tasmanian Salmon, with potatoes, asparagus and tomatoes. 

We walked around the town for a bit enefore heading to our next vineyard Langmeil. Before going to the cellar door for the tastings we went to see the guys making the wine on the courtyard. 

The smell of the grapes being produced was heavenly! :) 
We both even had a go at pumping the grape juice to make a 2017 Shiraz! 

There vineyards were so pretty too! 

In this vineyard none of the wines we sampled really suited our palette.

Our next stop was Maggie Beer Farm Shop, which had loads of little tasters of all her food, as she is a famous cook. 
Our favourite was the salted brandy caramel butter and my other favourite was pears in verjuice which was heavenly!

We had a coffee and sat outside by the lake which was full of turtles! 

Our last vineyard stop was St Hallet. 

We tried a selection of there wines, with my favourite being: 
2012 Scholz Estate Shiraz - which tasted like chocolate with lots of plums and dark berry notes! 

We arrived at the hotel at around 5 and sat by the pool. 

We walked down the main road and found out that all the restaurants were shutting at 7:30 so we quickly went to one of the pubs and we bought food from there to takeaway. 
We got back to the hotel, went to the restaurant and bought a bottle wine and asked for some cutlery. The waitress brought us the cutlery and saw our takeaway meals and had a little giggle, she found it us quite funny! 
Lau had a chicken and chorizo salad and I had a Thai beef salad with a sweet chilli dressing. 
We bought a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, which was crisp and fresh. 

We saw other people in the restaurant eating the lush dessers, so we ordered one, white chocolate parafit, with honeycomb and strawberries. It was stunning! 

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