During her 20-year career at Yalumba, Louisa Rose has become one of the world’s most respected winemakers – forging an identity for Australian Viognier, challenging perceptions of Barossa Shiraz, leading her viti- and vinicultural teams to ever greater heights and giving up her nights, weekends and spare moments for the betterment of Australian wine.

Louisa Rose is one of Australia’s most experienced and talented winemakers. Put simply, she’s a rock star.

Louisa is also no stranger to the Barossa Wine Auction, having filled her cellar from the auction in previous years. So, be warned, you may have a worthy opponent for Louisa’s picks below!

 

  1.  Lot 38W JOHN DUVAL WINES ENTITY SHIRAZ VERTICAL

I love the wines that John makes, he has a magically light touch with the reds of Barossa, resulting in seamless velvet-like wines that are always delicious.  I have bought the similar lot of John’s wine in previous Barossa Wine Auctions and have never been disappointed.

 

  1. Lot 61W PENFOLDS BLOCK 42 KALIMNA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004 MAGNUM

Not a variety that is as immediately associated with the Barossa as Shiraz is, but if you know where to look there are some great sites in this region for Cabernet Sauvignon.  Block 42 in the Kalimna vineyard is one of them.  From seriously old vines planted in the 1880s, the wine is living history. The few times I have been lucky enough to try this wine it has capitated me; rich, harmonious and concentrated.

 

  1. Lot 7S PETER LEHMANN – WIGAN RIESLING PRE- RELEASE VERTICAL 

Gone are the days when only a couple of us were bidding for Riesling at the Barossa Wine Auction and you could pick up a bargain; Riesling is now recognised as one of the great varieties of the region and rightfully fought over in the bidding.  Wigan is one of the great Rieslings of the Eden Valley and worth every cent.  It will last for years – or minutes – depending on when you want to drink them(!) and will always reward you when you do.  With this lot you would have a unique opportunity to taste the wine through its early development, something that is usually only something the winemaker sees.  Created by and named after the great winemaker Andrew Wigan.

 

  1. Lot 2L CHARLES MELTON WINES 2014 NINE POPES GSM 6.0L IMPERIAL PLUS ‘AN ALMOST RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE’

Charlie is one of the most thoughtful and expressive winemakers in the Barossa.  He has led the way for many with his championing of Grenache and similar varieties.  A great big bottle of Nine Popes is something special on its own (I know because I bought one at the last auction) The chance to spend time talking to Charlie and Virginia over a meal is something most can only dream of.

 

  1. Lot 27L THE BAROSSA CELLAR EXPERIENCE, 6L OF WINE, PLUS A VINE IN THE BAROSSA CELLAR VINEYARD AND A PERSONALISED TOUR OF THE BAROSSA

I must admit to some inside knowledge of this lot, being both a Baron and involved with the building of The Barossa Cellar.  These wines don’t get made very often, a blend of the great wines from many winemakers — in the same bottle, and a big bottle at that.  Not only is the wine something unique, but this lot also includes one of the limited vines in The Barossa Cellar Vineyard, and a tour of the Barossa, personalised for you and three friends.