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welcome to the summer edition of The Barossa Mag
CONTRIBUTORS: Adam Hunt Alicia-Lüdi Schutz Catherine Harper Claire Wood Heidi Helbig Kristee Semmler Lee Teusner Neil Bullock Sam Smith Todd Kuchel
This edition celebrates the first year of TBM and what a thrill it has been for our team to deliver the stories of the people who help to create the Barossa’s identity. In just one year, this humble magazine has already become a much-loved and highly sought-after publication. Step foot into one of the buzzing local cafés, supermarkets or lively tourist centres and it’s highly likely you’ll find a copy of TBM.
DESIGN Stephanie Gann Jessica Waldhuter
We love to engage with our readers. After all, this is your Magazine.
PHOTOGRAPHY Alicia-Lüdi Schutz John Krüger Pete Thornton Sam Kroepsch Stephanie Gann Dave Graor
Any feedback and suggestion you may have is always welcome and we encourage you to follow us on our social channels and check out the website for additional content. In this issue of TBM, we meet a local cooper that continues to honour and respect the traditional ways of producing quality, handmade barrels.
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Our cover features a local pro wakeboarder that became number one in the Australian Nationals at the early age of just thirteen and is now living his childhood dream. We also meet an intriguing young lady that perhaps, was born in the wrong era but is living a life she was always destined to live. Then there is the remarkable story of a fascinating local identity as he reminisces on a lifetime of fulfilment.
The Barossa Valley really is an electic mix of everything that defines a vibrant, opportunistic community and TBM strives to portray that in every edition. We sincerely wish to thank the people of this beautiful region for sharing their stories, the local businesses that continue to support us and the talented writers, photographers and designers who work together to help us create something so very special each season. I believe everyone has a story to tell. This is just the beginning of ours. G WITH REX REMINISCINyarn Riesling and a
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As an avid reader and film fanatic, Todd is a freelance writer with an appreciation for storytelling. From articles and reviews, to his own creative writing, Todd prides himself on the finest details.
Proud to be a grapegrower’s daughter, Alicia enjoys telling the stories of those who shape the region whilst adding to the Valley’s rich cultural tapestry as a brass musician.
HEIDI HELBIG In a career spanning print media, communications strategy and public relations, Heidi’s passion for storytelling has never wavered. Away from the desk she watches the seasons change in a small patch of century-old Grenache and tries to satisfy the enquiring minds of the little people in her life.
PETE THORNTON That saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ always seemed pretty clever to Pete. He always hated writing 1000 word essays at Uni – so photography it was for this guy! 12 years in as a pro photographer, Pete loves working with a story, and getting the best out of people to create unique, artful images.
What started as a hobby in the early 2000s, Sam found that his passion for taking photo’s was only the beginning. Sam now focuses mainly on Commercial and Bottle Photography as well as capturing people’s special moments. Away from the camera Sam enjoys water sports and exploring the country side, usually with a camera close by!
With Barossa connections dating back to the settling of Hoffnungsthal, John Krüger has been shooting as a freelance photographer around South Australia for the last 17 years. His favourite subjects are amazing food and interesting people. John loves positive stories as well as how his photos can bring them to life.
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Health and Wellbeing with Lee Teusner
Meet the Barossa’s master cooper
Pet advice with Catherine Harper
Travel inspiration with Adam Hunt
Lessons in life
Barossa’s world class champion
Gardening advice with Kristee Semmler
Doing it my way
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A Riesling with Rex
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The Generate Exhibition at JamFactory, Seppeltsfield will run from February 17 till April 29, 2018. The official opening is on February 23, from 5.30 p.m. till 7.30 p.m. Join JamFactory for a complementary drink featuring Seppeltsfield wine and Vale Ale beer, accompanied by delicious canapes to view an exclusive preview of Generate. This annual exhibition of work by JamFactory Second Year Associates showcases future directions in ceramics, glass, metal and furniture design. Featuring works by Connie Augoustinos, Danielle Barrie, Antonia Field, Jordan Gower, James Howe, Cole Johnson, Madeline McDade, Thomas Pearson, Jake Rollins, Pantea Roostaee and Emma Young. Image by Andre Castellucci
Summer Sessions are back for another year at Whistler Wines. Join them on the second Friday of each month to unwind and relax into the weekend. Each month their wines will be available by the glass or bottle for you to enjoy while kicking back on the lawns in the Summer sunshine. January 12 5 p.m. – 9 p.m./El Estanco & Forage Supply Co. February 9 5 p.m. – 9 p.m./TacoCat & Forage Supply Co. March 9 5 p.m. – 9 p.m./TBC & Forage Supply Co. Bring family, friends, chairs and picnic rugs. Please NO BYO food, alcohol or dogs.
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The Santos Tour Down Under, Australia’s premier cycling race is coming to your area in January, 2018 and there is an amazing opportunity for all children to take to the track! The first ever regional Bupa mini tour for children will be held at Lyndoch on Tuesday, January 16. Cycling stars of the future aged 6-12 will be able to ride laps of the Stage 1 finish line circuit before the pros arrive. Riders will be kitted out with an official t-shirt and rider number, riding a section of one of the official 2018 Santos Tour Down Under race route. Children will be grouped according to age, with each group allocated 20 minutes to ride as many laps of the special mini tour track as they can. This is the little ones’ big chance to show off their cycling skills while being cheered on by the Santos Tour Down Under crowd lining the race track. Entry includes: Exclusive access to either the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 circuit, or Stage 1 Lyndoch circuit; Bupa mini tour for children official t-shirt to wear while riding and to keep; Chance for the children to meet their cycling superheroes at the event launch* - Bupa Customers Only; Refreshments and gift bag. What you need to participate: A bicycle in good condition, an Australian standards approved helmet, parent/guardian permission and you can book for the Bupa mini tour for children now!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 5PM - 9PM MOUNT PLEASANT SHOWGROUNDS
The Mount Pleasant Christmas Twilight Farmers Market has gained the reputation of being one of the most popular twilight farmer’s markets in South Australia. With over 50 fresh food producers on site, many of them undercover, along the delicious dining options, and set in very picturesque surroundings of Mount Pleasant, the market has plenty to offer for a night out with the family, as well as the opportunity to stock up for your Christmas event. Free tastings, easy parking, a visit from Santa Claus for the children, along with entertainment from local musicians, opportunity to support local and regional producers makes the Mount Pleasant Christmas Twilight Market an event not to be missed. Enjoy the friendly and colourful atmosphere of a country farmer’s market. The twilight market opens at 5 p.m. and then goes through until 9pm. The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a not for profit community run organisation.
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A NIGHT FOR SHELTERBOX BY ROTARY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 6.30PM - 11.30PM CURDNATTA PARK HALL, SANDY CREEK The Rotary Club of Gawler Light are holding a fun event to support ShelterBox and local Rotary projects. The event will be held on February 10 next year at Curdnatta Park Hall, Sandy Creek. Guests will enjoy an Andrew Sisters tribute show by the Three Little Sisters and their band and also enjoy great food in a casual, fun atmosphere including tea and coffee.
A bar will be available and there will be both a silent and live auction with some fantastic items available on the night. Earlybird discount tickets are available until December 13. Rotary is a partner of ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity providing temporary shelter and lifesaving supplies to displaced families anywhere in the world.
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BAROSSA CAROLS AND TWILIGHT MARKET SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 / 6PM IMPACT CHURCH It is with great JOY Impact Church announces this year’s Barossa Carols and Twilight Market on December 17 at their family friendly time of 6 p.m. This event proudly presented by Impact has become a new family favourite. The outdoor main stage overlooks beautiful Barossa vineyards at sunset. With free entry, the twilight markets are worth arriving early. Markets not only include local business stalls to buy handmade quality Christmas gifts, but you can enjoy the car show with classics, hot rods and supersprint race cars, inflatables, Santa meet and greet, CFS, MFS and ambulance displays, art exhibition with local artists and schools exhibiting, plus prize giveaways including a HP Probook Notebook and more. There is also a chillout zone with a sensory room for children with special needs. This event has it all! Sit down and relax over festival food and drinks for dinner before the main stage entertainment from 8 p.m. Join in and sing along to family favourite carols performed by local artists and dance performers. What an amazing opportunity to connect and foster community spirit while celebrating joy and hope found in Christmas.
STAGE 1 TOUR DOWN UNDER TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 LYNDOCH STAGE 1 – PORT ADELAIDE TO LYNDOCH Historic Port Adelaide will be the setting for the start of Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under. The cyclists will ride north along the Port River Expressway and out to the Barossa, taking in scenic views of pastures and vineyards on their way to the finish arch in Lyndoch. Key race locations for prime viewing: • Subaru King of the Mountain: Kersbrook Road, Humbug Scrub (Category 2, 6.3km climb, 4% gradient). • Sprint locations: Williamstown Road, Cockatoo Valley (at general store) x 2 sprints. • Hydration Station: Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch (near Barossa Court). The Forest of the Vines event being organised by the Barossa Council will be held on the Tuesday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
TASTE EDEN VALLEY 2018 ANNUAL RIESLING FESTIVAL SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 / 10AM - 4PM TASTE EDEN VALLEY, ANGASTON
Taste Eden Valley Annual Riesling Festival is a celebration of Rieslings grown in the Eden Valley region of the Barossa. The Riesling Festival is put together to showcase the wine producers that make up the collaborative collection in their wine tasting room. Featuring over 15 artisan wine
producers with 30 various single vineyard Rieslings, it is an opportunity to meet the wine producer, sample the enormous array of wines and mingle through the cottage gardens. Live music, food by Mangia Mangia and Eden Valley Rieslings make up the perfect way to spend your Saturday.
Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under features three laps of the Southern Barossa, known as ‘the cool end of the Valley.’ Discover great spectator vantage points in the townships of Williamstown, Lyndoch, Sandy Creek and Cockatoo Valley. Lyndoch will come alive with the Southern Barossa Gourmet Village, boasting a family friendly atmosphere and gourmet food and wine. Stake your claim on the picturesque Lyndoch Village Green and get set for spectacular cycling action and a carnival atmosphere. Don’t forget to stick around and wind down after the race finish and take in the local attractions, wineries, cellar doors and cafes. The Southern Barossa is known for its premium cool-climate wines and warm hospitality.
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BEDFORD NOODLE MARKETS JANUARY 19, FEBRUARY 16 AND MARCH 23 PETER LEHMANN WINERY, TANUNDA
The Bedford Noodle Markets are back again this summer at Peter Lehmann Winery. Enjoy an evening with fabulous Asain food, fine wines and great live tunes under a lantern-filled sky. The lawns are a favourite meeting place during the summer months to enjoy balmy evenings with five family friendly Hawker style stalls with sushi, bahn mi, dumpling
and noodle dishes, as well as dessert, and all paired perfectly with Peter Lehmann wines. Live music from Very Jane and Free Genie. Friday nights from 5.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. on January 19, February 16 and March 23. Bring your own picnic rug, friends and family. No BYO, children welcome, dogs.... leave them at home!
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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TWILIGHT TASTINGS AT KELLERMEISTER DECEMBER 26 - JANUARY 1 / 9.30AM - 7PM KELLERMEISTER CELLAR DOOR, LYNDOCH
Kellermeister Wines at 1561 Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch, are opening their famous mud brick cellar door for tastings and fresh local produce platters from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Boxing Day on December 26 up to (and including) New Year’s Day on January 1. During this week the Valley is usually very busy with people visiting friends and family and taking their annual holidays. Kellermeister have found that keeping their cellar door open until 7 p.m. gives all visitors
and locals the opportunity to taste wines or enjoy a glass of wine with a freshly prepared local platter overlooking the stunning view of the Barossa Ranges as the sun sets, when all the other cellar doors and shops are closed and before people head out for dinner. The week will highlight a broad range of award-winning wines, apple cider and beer on tap, alongside a choice of three fresh local produce platters - cheese, smoked meat and smoked salmon.
CRUISE ON 2018 SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 / 3.30PM - 10.30PM MAIN STREET, TANUNDA
The 26th annual ‘Cruise On’ event for 2018 is held in Tanunda on the third Saturday in January, where the main street is closed from 3.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m. Hot Rods, American Classics and Pre 70’s custom cars line the street on display, with the event generally attracting between 400 and 500 cars from around Australia. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people attend each year, including families from far and wide who enjoy the event so much they return every single year.
Complimenting the evening are Rock ‘n’ Roll bands and dancing at each end of the street, which adds to the atmosphere. The massive event is hosted and organised by the Valley Hot Rodders and includes free admission for spectators, making it a great night out for all. There will be local catering only and proceeds from the street party are donated to local charities.
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“When I was young I always wanted to get out of the Barossa. Now it’s great coming home, I love the Barossa.
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Barossa’s World Class Champion WORDS BY TODD KUCHEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM KROEPSCH
“When I was young I always wanted to get out of the Barossa. Now it’s great coming home, I love the Barossa.” How many of us get to live out our dreams? I mean to have the satisfaction of doing what we enjoy most in this world as a living. When asked as a child what Parker Siegele would like to be when he grows up, his only answer was a pro wakeboarder. And that’s exactly what he’s become. Early on a perfect, still morning at the Murray River, with the silence broken only by the slow call of crows and the occasional splash of fish rippling the surface, I am welcomed by Parker to his family’s shack, his Malibu MXZ 22 wake boat already tied to the wharf. Growing up, Parker’s weekends were spent at the shack. He had skateboarded from a young age and at seven years old became interested in wakeboarding. At the time, his parents said that if they were going to get a wakeboard, Parker would first have to learn to ski. Parker’s first experience behind the boat was on a set of adult skis that were far too big. Still, Parker was up on his first attempt. His parents, unaware that a wakeboard’s size is determined by the rider’s height and weight, purchased a wakeboard that was not the correct size for a seven year old but one that could be used by everyone. Still, Parker picked it up with ease. Recognising Parker’s talent, his parents invited a wakeboarding instructor to their shack, who was impressed with Parker’s ability and encouraged him to enter an under nine’s competition in Murray Bridge, which he won. From then on, Parker’s family holidays were spent following the wakeboarding nationals around Australia. “I didn’t go to high school too much once I was there,” Parker admits. “But thankfully Faith Lutheran College was good about it. They allowed me to have the time off that helped me to chase my dream.” After becoming number one in the Australian Nationals at the age of thirteen, Parker’s next step was to compete in the US juniors. Parker remembers his parents’ concern when flying to Florida alone to live for six months at fifteen years of age. Parker entered the US junior circuit each year that followed, working his way to number one at the age of nineteen. It was in Parker’s final year in the US juniors that his major sponsors, Malibu, O’Brien and Fox, started backing him completely allowing him to wakeboard
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full-time for a living. The following year Parker was competing in the pro circuit and is currently ranked seventh in the world. Each year, the Pro circuit kicks off at Moomba, Australia in March, an event that attracts around 50,000 people. The second is held in April at Florida USA
before continuing throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Japan and Korea. From April, Parker is based in Florida for the following six months, where he shares a house on a lake and his US Malibu wake boat at his doorstep. Parker trains on the lake four
times a week, spends an hour in the gym three days a week then flies out to competitions each Friday to compete for two days before flying back to Florida on Sunday to do it all again. On top of that, Parker is expected to attend photo shoots, video shoots, sponsor trips, catalogue shoots and many other
commitments to promote the brands that make it all happen. Parker modestly dismisses any comment of his accomplishments but his achievements speak for themselves. As great as it is travelling all over the world, Parker is always ready to return home.
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“It’s hard, being away from my girlfriend, family and a place I love for half a year,” Parker says. “When I was young I always wanted to get out of the Barossa. Now it’s great coming home, I love the Barossa.” When he’s home, Parker spends his time training and working
on new techniques. In his effort to broaden the wakeboarding community within South Australia, Parker also enjoys coaching wakeboarding. From beginners, young kids to adults, through to experienced boarders looking to further their skills, Parker is thrilled to get everyone
on the water, at either at his family shack, or a location of choice. Recently, Parker has also begun holding weekend camps at his family’s shack. These camps include wakeboard coaching, meals, accommodation and many other activities, like yabbying and boat cruises to give the full river-
life experience. After spending a full day with Parker myself, I can highly recommend this to anyone. Parker welcomes anyone interested in being coached or interested in attending these camps to get in touch.
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Summer proof your garden
BARISTA, BREWER, WINE CYCLE TOUR WORDS BY KRISTEE SEMMLER THE BAROSSA NURSERY Hot, dry summers are typical here in the Barossa. Weeks upon weeks of hot weather with no rain is not uncommon. It can be tough for plants and gardens to survive, let alone thrive in these conditions, but there are measures that you can take to help see your garden flourish through the summer months.
Watering Obviously watering is a big factor in how well your garden does in the heat. But did you know the way you water is important? Many people will put their drippers and sprinklers on every day for 10-20 minutes through the hot weather. This is actually quite an inefficient way to water and the soil will often dry out quickly.
The best way to water is to give your garden a long, slow soaking (drippers on for four hours or even slowly overnight) once a week, or twice a week in very hot weather. This means the water will reach deep in the soil structure and plant roots will grow nice and deep and therefore not dry out so fast.
Mulch and compost Mulching makes a huge difference to how fast your soil dries out.
mixing a good compost through your existing soil. Not only does this add nutrients to your soil and improve your soil structure, but it will also help to hold moisture in the soil around plant roots.
Plant selection Plant selection and positioning in the garden is also important. Take note of the conditions in your garden.
A nice thick layer of mulch holds moisture in the soil as well as reducing weeds.
You wouldn’t put a shade loving plant in full sun, or a plant that loves water in a dry, non irrigated garden.
Mulch also helps to keep the soil cooler underneath (insulation) and therefore keeps plant roots cooler.
Even if you have a garden that doesn’t get any water besides that which falls from the sky there are plants available for you.
Water saving products Water saving products such as granular soil wetters and water crystals help to hold moisture in the soil and can make a huge difference in the need for watering. There is a product called ‘Droughtshield’, which when sprayed onto the foliage of a plant, can be described as a ‘sunscreen for plants’. It is especially useful for plants which tend to suffer or burn in hot or sunny conditions and helps to reduce transpiration in the plant’s leaves. Now is a great time to prepare your garden for the hot weather to come. Balmy summer nights are upon us.
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Doing it my way WORDS BY ALICIA LÜDI-SCHUTZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN KRÜGER
He maybe the son of legendary winemaker Peter Lehmann, but let it be clear, Dave is his own man. David Franz Lehmann is the architect of his destiny which has led him to opening a Cellar Door on Stelzer Road, Tanunda, where art, wine and history are blended as skilfully as the wine he makes just a few metres away. The sound of gravel crunching under tyres is an inviting sound along the driveway to the original 1860s cottage among the vines, a stone’s throw from the renovated bluestone home where Dave, his wife, Nicki and their three children live. There’s nothing pretentious here, apart from the million-dollar view of the Barossa Ranges beyond, and that’s exactly how Dave wants it. A chirpy “G’day” from this tee-shirt and jeans clad Barossan reveals a larrikin within - there’s no doubt he’s a chip off the old block as anyone who knew his late father would recognise. And in a nod to that self-deprecating sense of fun, a photo of Dave poking his face through a waterfall of grape juice reveals that the creator of “David Franz Wines” is fully immersed in his role as an artisan winemaker. Dave admits to “getting giggly excited” about the following vintage halfway through the previous, so it comes as a surprise to learn he never wanted to be a winemaker. “I think there was such a weight of expectation being Dad’s son; for me, it was just being bl**dy minded and saying no, I’m not doing that,” Dave says. “At Primary School I wanted to be a cartoonist and then it morphed into wanting to be an illustrator/graphic designer. That, plus music – I just fell in love with the trumpet. “I always just thought if I went into winemaking, I would spend half the time being compared to what Dad did and the other half having everyone assume it was handed to me on a silver platter because of who Dad was. “For me, it was about really desperately wanting to do my own thing. I just wanted to do something on my own terms and gain whatever success out of life off my own back.” Yet Dave is proud of his background as he tells of an “idyllic childhood”, growing up in the Valley.
“For me, it was about really desperately wanting to do my own thing. I just wanted to do something on my own terms and gain whatever success out of life off my own back.”
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>> Dave Lehmann
Born in Angaston and living at Mamre Brook House next door to Saltram’s Winery where his late father worked at the time, Dave’s Mum, Margaret worked as an English teacher at Nuriootpa High School. “I have bits of memories of crushing and open fermenters as a kid, growing up,” he says. The Lehmanns moved to The Willows, the former hospital at Light Pass, before shifting to the very house that Dave and his family would eventually buy, decades later.
From here he saw the hard work of his parents pay off as the Peter Lehmann empire grew, before moving into the homestead built close to the winery, where Margaret still lives today. “Mum had three simple rules: Look after your teeth, don’t be brought home by the police or have her hear about what we’ve been up to by someone down the street; and don’t bring a girl home pregnant – pretty simple!” Dave laughs. Meanwhile, he was honing his skills as an artist and building his portfolio.
“I got into a course called Human Environments which was a mixture between interior design and architecture. “I was away from home, chasing girls and beers. I just had a ball in my first year of uni!” A decision to take a gap year led him to working a vintage at St. Hallett’s; staying with his older sister in Queensland “vegie picking and stuff”; and working on a broadacre farm on the West coast. “I came back and decided to go back to my course, made it about
a month into that, met Nicki, then chased her!” Both lived at Lincoln College at the time, Nicki was studying at the International College of Hotel Management whilst Dave was “sort of stuttering along” in his course before launching off again. “With Nicki’s course they would do half year study, half year placement. She ticked off for a placement so I threw in my course and chased her to Brampton Island.” Although he had always planned
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>> Meet the Lehmanns: Alex, 12; Georgia, 19; Ben, 16; Dave and Nicki.
on studying graphic design, Dave never did. “I worked out if you are going to be a graphic designer, you don’t just get paid to sit around and doodle, you actually have to meet a brief and more often than not, it’s going to be stupid. I just went nah. “I completed a business hospitality course at TAFE and then Nicky and I got married after she finished her course.” Receiving “around the world” tickets from their parents as a wedding gift, the newlyweds
embarked on a working honeymoon which took them from a South African winery a year after the Apartheid ended; to England, where Dave worked in the retail side of the wine industry. “It was more about travelling and getting any job you could get your hands on.” They travelled for 11 months before they “fast tracked it” home. “When we found out Nicki was pregnant, I thought heck, life is going to get serious. I really enjoyed my vintage at St. Hallett’s
previously and I really enjoyed the actual winemaking side of things in South Africa – so it was all starting to tick the boxes.
Barossa, shifted into their current home, initially renting it from Dave’s parents, and baby Georgia was born, the first of three.
“I remember ringing Dad and saying to him, Dad, I’ve decided what I’m going to do. I’m going to come home and be a winemaker, I want to start my own winery.
Dave worked for Daryl Hearnden, who was managing the Lehmann vineyards as well as other Barossa properties at the time.
“He said no you’re not, you’re going to come home and work out in the vineyards.” That’s exactly what happened. Dave and Nicki returned to the
“I got handed the vineyard equivalent of a broom...and just started working.” After a number of years, Dave found himself managing the Peter Lehmann home block of 75-80 acres, and in 2002 he began
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BOOK REVIEW REVIEW BY TODD KUCHEL
Never Say Die ANTHONY HOROWITZ Opening with a brilliant chapter involving the heist of a US Army helicopter named the Super Stallion, this novel is immediately set at a flying pace.
Following the death of his good friend Jack Starbright, former employee of the MI6, 15 year old Alex Rider has left the life of a spy to start anew with a family in San Francisco.
He is helped trace the origin of the mysterious email to Saint-Tropez and to relate the name ‘Grimaldi’ to two remaining members of Scorpia, Giovanni and Eduardo Grimaldi.
But when a mysterious email leaves him questioning Jack’s death, Alex boards a plane to Cairo and returns to the very place he witnessed Jack’s Death. Upon discovery of the name ‘Grimaldi’ scratched into the wall of Jack’s cell, Alex is ambushed by thugs, after him for the disbanding of their former employer, terrorist
After almost defeating them with clever tactic, Alex is rescued by the Egyptian State Security Service.
On his arrival to Saint-Tropez, Alex is met by Mrs Jones from MI6 and told to return to San Francisco. Refusing to do so, Alex traces the Grimaldi name to a yacht named Quicksilver. Hoping to find Jack, he sneaks on board, only to find Dragana, the woman responsible for steeling the Super Stallion helicopter.
Attaining the Grimaldi brother’s location, Alex infiltrates their home and learns of a planned terrorist operation involving the stolen helicopter, code named ‘steel claw’ directly before being captured. After narrowly escaping death, Alex again joins forces with MI6 and sets out to stop operation Steel Claw and all that follows, giving us some brilliant surprises along the way. Never Say Die is a fantastic spy novel to be enjoyed by male teenagers or any lover of a good spy thriller. Yes, Alex Rider is a fifteen year old boy, but he achieves not with super human strength, or far-fetched abilities, but knowledge and clever tactics that will leave readers
convinced without question. It actually reads very much like an Ian Fleming novel, well-paced and concise. It’s little wonder that Anthony Horowitz was commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate to write the follow up to Goldfinger “Trigger Mortis” and is now writing his second 007 novel. This is the eleventh novel in the Alex Rider series with the twelfth currently on its way. The first, Stormbreaker, has already been adapted to film. The rest are currently being made into a television series. All eleven books in the series are now available from the Ravens Parlour book store Tanunda
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WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETE THORNTON
Stefan Ahrens, the 4th generation of the Ahrens family engineering and construction empire, rarely sits on a welding rig, getting hands on and dirty these days. Now sitting at the helm of the company, Stefan still remembers his time on the tools and firmly believes in the power of the people who work within the business to achieve great things and that you are nothing without the team behind you. Ahrens is on a massive growth curve, employing some 800 people across 24 sites nationally. What remains unchanged is a desire to be one large supportive family, where employees can see a future, feel part of something worthwhile and can contribute to creating something great. With its national head office and proud history based here in the Barossa Valley, they are proof that the old adage ‘from little things, big things grow’ remains true today.
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First impressions count
WORDS BY HEIDI HELBIG PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETE THORNTON >> Myleena Hunt
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Myleena Hunt of Angaston certainly makes a striking first impression – and not just because she appears to have stepped straight from the pages of a 1950’s Vogue.
“I thought in the Barossa you couldn’t be too eccentric or different but in my early 20s I realised it doesn’t matter what people think – if I’m happy, it’s going to make others happy.
While the 24-year-old hairdresser epitomises the style and glamour of the era – from her coiffed hair to her vintage Mary Jane shoes – her character is as authentic as the genre she has made her own.
“It was then I became the person I always imagined I would be.”
Taking her cues from Hollywood icons, Diana Dors and Jane Mansfield and movie classics Sabrina and Some Like It Hot, Myleena says it’s not a persona she adopts, but a lifestyle she was destined to live. “It was always there,” says Myleena. “I used to watch black and white films with mum and remember playing with antique toys at Angaston Abbey as a little girl. “At trade school I blossomed, when I started earning money and bought my first Wheels and Dollbaby cardigan – I saved $5 a week for a year to be able to own it.
While Myleena’s daily routine begins on her vintage boudoir stool in front of her Queen Anne dresser in her 1960s home, her devotion to all things retro is more than just fashion – it’s a sub-culture. Adopting a stage name in 2014, she regularly appears as ‘Miss Myleena May’ at rockabilly and Custom Culture events across the country, and is the reigning Miss Adelaide Rock ‘n’ Roll Club Pin-Up – the latest in a series of state and national pin-up and pageant titles. She is joined by partner, Jacob Bain, a double bass player in rockabilly band The Silverados. “Custom Culture is not just about the cars and bikes – it’s the music, the hairstyles, the fashion; the tiki bars and the old school barbers,”
says Myleena. “I didn’t realise how big the scene was until I met Jacob. “I think it’s very glamorous, especially the pin-up side of things. “It was a very classic era and it’s an interesting way of showing off the female body in an assertive way.” With a suite of props at her disposal, from serving trays to parasols, Myleena carefully tailors her style ahead of every competition, preparing themed make-up, hairstyle, outfit and poses. She credits her posture and poise to a background in classical ballet, and says the rest is play-acting. Competition judging is remarkably critical with points deducted for mixing genres; the imprecise fold of an apron has previously cost Myleena a title. She is the mistress of reinvention, slipping easily from 1950s housewife to seductive siren. “They announce Miss Myleena
May and that’s the moment everybody is looking at you and it’s an awesome feeling. I always get a rush at the end and want to run back on,” Myleena says. “It’s amazing to win but now that I have a few (titles), I would love to mentor and get others involved and show them how wonderful it can be.” It’s not lost on Myleena that social media has a big role to play in building her reputation and profile in the Custom Culture scene. “I watch documentaries on Elvis, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis, people who are still remembered today, and think how hard it would have been to be somebody back then,” she says. “Now we can just click and share and reach a thousand people. Without these people I wouldn’t be so recognisable.” Also recognisable is her archetypal cream brick home in Angaston, which Myleena says was love at first sight.
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“In my early 20s I realised it doesn’t matter what people think – if I’m happy, it’s going to make others happy. It was then I became the person I always imagined I would be”
Built in 1961, the fixtures, fittings and appliances are true to genre, from the record player belting out Bill Haley to the retro laminex kitchen table and chairs that resemble a scene from Happy Days. While running retro appliances is expensive, like her ’50s counterparts Myleena is thrifty, making her own alterations and
forever seeking a bargain. “We find the best stuff, art deco, vintage, antique,” says Myleena, the beneficiary of many giveaways from family and friends. “If you type retro or vintage into Gumtree, they immediately put a higher price on it but if you go to antique stores you can pick up an awesome buy. You just need to hunt around and find the best
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“But if I was a young woman in the ’50s and ’60s, I would be a housewife stuck at home cooking and cleaning – I wouldn’t have a career, earn money or have my freedom of speech.
“People say I was born in the wrong era, and I take it as a compliment that I am so true to vintage,” Myleena says.
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A Riesling with Rex WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICIA LÜDI-SCHUTZ
Rex Craker loves a good Riesling. The Nuriootpa 91 year old is hailed as Whistler Wines’ number 1 customer and if he’s ever seen sitting at an empty table enjoying a glass of his favourite white, it’s not long before friends start gathering and stories start flowing. Nine decades of memories seem to demand that sort of attention and with aged, work-worn fingers tapping on the table, Rex happily tells of early life growing up in the Valley. “I was born in Angaston. My Dad was the manager at Sheard’s Store in Angaston... Harold Sheard sold Angaston and bought Nuri. - where The Co-op is now. Then Dad came down to manage Nuriootpa,” explains Rex. Relocating from Angaston with his parents and two siblings, he admits to “always being late” at Nuriootpa High School, even though he only lived down the road, opposite the Nuri. CFS station. There’s still a glint of mischief in Rex’s eyes which brighten further when he explains the antics he and his mates got up to when the North Para River was in flood. After all, “you had to do something” to entertain yourself, even if it meant being on the
receiving end of “many a wack” around the ears. “We built a boat, put it in at Nuri. and finished in Gawler! I had to ring Dad up and he said where the hell are you? I said you have to come and get me, the boat won’t go up stream. That was a bit of a hairy trip!” Rex can still picture the early streetscape and the muchloved characters who made his hometown what it is today – he doesn’t realise he’s actually one of them now. “I remember when old Billy Coulthard was living in Coulthard House and Miss Brock used to be his house keeper – so called!” he says with a cheeky grin. Nuriootpa’s Murray Street was gravel back then and the first memory he shares of his earliest days in the workforce as a lad, was helping with deliveries at Sheard’s. “I used to drive a horse and cart, delivering groceries,” he says, setting the scene. “One morning, I harnessed the horse, loaded the cart and went down the Street. I’d just got up past Siegele’s, in front of Summerton’s, and the horse just stopped.”
He slaps the table for added drama, leans in and continues his story, “The horse dropped dead in the Nuri. main street! No grocery deliveries that day…” That story coming to an abrupt end, Rex moves on to the time he bought his own horse named Sam, a four-legged friend that accompanied him on many more adventures to come. “My uncle used to call me Crackers – he said Crackers, if you want to go somewhere, I’m going droving next month. If you can find a horse you can come.” Not one to miss an opportunity to get out of the house, Rex did just that. “I went and bought a horse and showed it to Uncle Bill [Shemmeld] and he said I know that horse. He spoke to it and the horse was going brrrr…brrrr. He said I used to ride that horse for Mattiske’s in the country race!” At 18, Rex got “called up” to serve in the Airforce and drove trucks. “I got as far as Darwin, that was far enough!” After driving a truck in a convoy from Darwin to Adelaide and reporting in, he was told he was “still in the airforce today
but tomorrow you’re not” and that was the end of his national service. Rex caught a train to Gawler and walked home to Nuriootpa. “I walked up the main street and my Dad saw me and said, ‘what are you doing home?’ I said, I’m finished, he said I can start work tomorrow.” A job now assured, Rex continued towards home. “Then I walked further down the street and Hugo Jaensch was out the front and he said what are you doing home? I said I was finished. He said you can start here tomorrow. I hadn’t got further than the main street and I had two jobs!” He took the job at Jaensch’s service station where he learned to be a radio mechanic. It was here that he developed a love for motorcycles and ended up buying the black Velocette that would allow him to visit his future wife, Peg whom he met whilst in Glenelg for his brother’s tin kettling. “Then Mr Jaensch said I think I might take on a tractor agency… the first tractor arrived and it was a CASE and Freddy Falkenberg bought that. The next one arrived and it was a red David Brown.”
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“I’ve had some bad moments, but bl**dy hell, I’ve had some wonderful ones!” Rex’s job was to sell and service the tractors and having now married his bride, the couple were “living in the shed” next door to where their future family home would be built.
“Back then, the best way of getting David Brown tractors was to get them sent from England in crates, straight to us. We’d put them together and sell them.”
“We used to knock off work, come home and make concrete blocks for the shed – 100 of them at a time. We couldn’t buy any foundation rods so Hugo Jaensch said there’s a couple of old car chassis down the back you can have, so I cut them up!” he laughs.
Rex designed and sold tractor implements that were manufactured to his specifications in Adelaide, believing if anyone said “you can’t build that”, he would prove them wrong.
“There’s no foundation rods, just car chassis in there.” It was when “Jaensch’s sold up” that Rex was offered the opportunity to continue the tractor agency. “I had to go somewhere, so I bought that block of land up there where Steinborner’s are now,” he explains. Craker Holdings had begun and with hard work, Rex and Peg built their venture into the reputable, long standing farm machinery business that continued for decades.
“Then we got into chain saws, lawn mowers and everything that made a noise... The family grew, everything grew!” A shack he built in “Little Barossa” on the River Murray would provide many weekends of fun, fishing and relaxation for the Craker family, which now included son, Michael, who would eventually join the business, and daughter, Julie. “Just one of each, there’s nothing else to get!” Rex laughs. Two journeys around Australia, including many others in his hand built camping trailer, and a trip to England won through David
Brown, helped Rex quell his lifelong appetite for adventure.
my son back, but I can’t have that,” he says sadly.
Back home, he gave back to his community as a Life Member of the Lions’ Club of the Barossa Valley and providing tractors to tow floats in the Vintage Festival parade. Rex was instrumental in bringing a public swimming pool to the Cambrai farming community by coming up with a fundraising idea that led to him providing two tractors and donating his time to work a vacant paddock for seeding.
Life continues for Rex who has just recently moved into the Barossa Village where there are many faces he recognises from selling tractors “out on the flats”.
“Those days, if you didn’t join the community, you weren’t in it,” he says. Whilst there have been “lots of highlights” in Rex’s long life, there’s also been heartbreaking lows. First with the passing of his much loved wife, Peg, who had to move into aged care; then the untimely death of their son, Michael a few years later. “I don’t like people dying, but I suppose it has to happen...I’d like
“I’ve got some good friends and I didn’t make any bad ones that I know of!” He still goes to the Angas Park Hotel with his mate “Big Norm” [Andrew Norman] for what he calls “Thirsty Thursdays” and every week he’s taken to Whistler’s for “Tasty Tuesday” to enjoy dinner with long time family friends, Martin and Sally Pfeiffer. “I’ve enjoyed myself, that’s the main thing,” he says. “I enjoyed work, which is a silly thing to say, but I did. Long hours didn’t worry me. “I’ve had some bad moments, but bl**dy hell, I’ve had some wonderful ones!”
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4 1. Peg and Rex Craker on their wedding day. 2. Helen Henke with the late Gilbert Ahrens and Rex Craker at Jaensch’s Service Station. 3. The Original Sheard’s Store in Angaston.
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The unexpected benefits of going to a naturopath
The human body is an amazing thing. It is made up of about 200 kinds of cells, each with a job to perform.
This knowledge includes an understanding of natural resources such as herbs, and their innate properties.
Cells form the tissue of your beating heart, the hormones that control your moods, and the chemicals that trigger thoughts in your brain.
A skilled naturopath has a strong desire to improve the way you feel in body, mind, and spirit.
Trillions of cells are performing processes during every second of your life.¹ Whenever something causes these processes to become unbalanced, the body no longer performs to precision. You may feel specific symptoms or an overall feeling of not being well. A naturopath uses natural resources to help the body restore balance so that you can achieve optimal health. These “resources” often include herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathy and dietary adjustments but they also extend to meditation, counselling, and other alternative treatments.
The role of the naturopath A natural health practitioner, or naturopath, has in-depth knowledge of the tools they use.
like allergies, food intolerances, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain and stress. These conditions are often difficult to pinpoint.
They understand the impact that your physical, mental, and emotional symptoms have on your life.
While most are not life-threatening, the symptoms you live with each day can greatly affect every area of your health and keep you from enjoying activities that are important to you.
Prevention is naturopathy.
We have seen first-hand how naturopathy can touch people’s lives.
The naturopath can look at the morphology of your blood, your genetics or energetics to assess your risk for health conditions in the future.
This example of a woman presenting with chronic recurring cold and flu symptoms over a 12-month period, making her constantly tired, fatigued, foggy and generally unwell.
They will take a very personalised approach to determining the types of treatments and therapies you need to achieve your best health and general wellbeing in both the present and the future.
What a naturopath can do for you Naturopathy is often used to complement medical treatment for chronic conditions. It may also lead to relief for symptoms and resolution of common conditions
Supported by naturopathic treatment and lifestyle advice she built up her immunity and health resilience. She has come through this winter season cold, flu and allergy free with increased vitality, energy and feeling great.
The dangers of self-diagnosis Well established in our community, respected naturopath, Peter Balogh advises that “Some of the conditions that cause a loss of well-being require some
trial and error to detect. Many conditions cause similar symptoms in spite of being quite different from one another.” This is why self-diagnosis is never a good idea, especially if you are already on medications. Making a wrong assumption or mixing herbal remedies with prescription medications can result in health complications. Instead, you should put your care into the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced naturopath who knows how to find the best solutions for you.
What to look for in a naturopath There are many levels of naturopathic care practitioners with varying areas of study. Some of the most important features to look for in a naturopath are training, years of experience, and the modalities or services specialised in by the practitioner for your individualised naturopathic treatment and optimal outcome. 1. www.quora.com/On-average-howmany-chemical-reactions-happen-in-thebody-in-one-second
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Meet the Barossa’s master cooper WORDS BY HEIDI HELBIG PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETE THORNTON
It’s a Monday morning and the sound of belly laughter spills from the open doorway of Seppeltsfield Wines’ cooperage. Surrounded by antiquated hand tools, jocularity and the unmistakable smell of caramalised sugars coaxed from yielding timber, master cooper Andrew Young is in his Happy Place. It’s a tableau that dates back to the nineteenth century when Barossa pioneers laboured to satisfy a burgeoning wine industry. Today, it is the New World of whisky production that is driving market demand and with it, Andrew’s plans for an early retirement. Not that he’s complaining. “I remember wanting to go three days a week, slow down and phase into a retirement plan but with all these opportunities it’s hard to describe how exciting it is,” Andrew says. Fresh off a trip across the Bass Strait to negotiate new domestic whisky contracts with Lark Distillery and Redlands Estate – and fulfill a lifelong ambition to sail a maxi yacht – Andrew is now looking across the Pacific. “We’re no longer just the little old Barossa Valley – we have to think on a global scale and recognise the niche industries,” he says. “There’s a huge push worldwide for anything that is quality, handmade – and when I say handmade, it has to be genuinely handmade.” The barrels that are literally rolled out of the winery workshop certainly fit the brief; Andrew has very intentionally passed over mass production in favour of hand tool cooperage. “We still sharpen our tools on the whetstone and finish on the oilstone,” Andrew says. “Some of mine are date-stamped from the 1900s and they are well worn, but they mean everything to me. “In this current era in Australia of losing manufacturing, we are more determined than ever to retain the skills we have been taught, because we feel there’s real value in that. “I’m still using the skills I was taught during my apprenticeship and upholding the honour and respect of the trade and the old traditional ways.”
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While precision is his other tool of the trade – after all, you can tell a good cooper by the size of his belly – Andrew realises Lady Luck has dealt him a fortuitous hand.
handcrafted barrels for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White.
“I was at Penfolds for 34 superb years and as one door closed, another opened,” says Andrew.
While he won’t divulge production figures, Andrew says “experimentation” has been his constant companion and has underpinned his success.
“One of the best opportunities I ever had when a guy by the name of Warren Randall turned up.
“We never talk volume – we talk about making the Aston Martins of the barrel world, not Brand X,” he says.
“People say he is a dreamer – I say he’s a strategist. If you could steal some of his enthusiasm and bottle it, you’d be a rich man.”
“We’ve got access to some of the best second wood available (in Australia) which is an essential ingredient to make a world-class single malt whisky.
Randall’s single-minded ambition to recreate Seppeltsfield as a bespoke wine and food destination is well-documented, and the execution of his plan has paid amazing dividends for Andrew.
“There’s a lot of mathematics involved and you even have to allow for the moisture content of the timber, the type of timber and how that timber will react when there’s liquid inside – all that has to be factored in.
Trade channels are opening to Hong Kong, China and India courtesy of “high net worth individuals” seeking the prestige of high-end Australian handcrafted barrels. Andrew is currently the only cooper in the world afforded entry into Chaine de Rotisseurs International Association of Gastronomy, and has personally
“It’s all about natural ingredients and timing, where nothing is forced.” The other essential ingredient, according to Andrew, is mateship. “The camaraderie here is second to none,” says Andrew. “Having confidence in one another and giving the other coopers equal opportunities to
what I’ve had – that’s the way to build a happy team.” This egalitarian attitude is the foundation of his other great passion, the Country Fire Service. The Angaston CFS volunteer has notched up 40 years of service and still remembers his first fire – “it was hell on earth” – and the Barossa ‘coffee’ they carried in the water tank to keep it cool at the coalface. Andrew also played a part in the tragic Victorian fires that redefined Australian attitudes towards bushfires. While his role has moved from the fireground to the logistics centre, he continues to be grateful for the leadership and networking opportunities he’s benefited from. Ultimately, he says, a “little bit of devil”, sense of humour and occasional tipple are the secret to happiness. He’s certainly in the right place for the latter. “I don’t have many bad days – I work in paradise – but if I do, well, I can always have a 100 year old port or a world class whisky!”
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YALUMBA THE CALEY CABERNET SHIRAZ 2012 Calm, seamless and effortless, this is the reincarnation of the 50/50 Coonawarra/Barossa blends of Yalumba of a half-century ago, lifted by a modern refinement and a precision that defines a breathtakingly fragrant style of the most elegant red fruits and a tannin structure of epic refinement, super fine-grained yet with a confidence that will energise it for a half century yet. In line, length and sheer refinement, this is the modern pinnacle of Australia’s classic blend.
TURKEY FLAT VINEYARDS BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2015
PAISLEY WINES VELVET BAROSSA VALLEY GRENACHE 2016
From a backbone of some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, planted in 1847 on Bethany Road, this is one of the greatest Turkey Flat releses yet. Mark Bulman has taken this estate to new heights and this wine is the barometer. It’s deep in colour yet vibrant, loaded with dense black fruits and black pepper, framed in finely structured yet commanding tannins. Patience.
A brand new estate from an experienced couple, this elegant Grenache is the child of 70-year-old vines in the southern Barossa. Blue fruits and spice unite in a style of impressive structure, the seamless union between bright acidity and finely structured tannins, with just the right touch of whole bunch lending complexity and integrity.
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BETHANY LE RESERVE SHIRAZ 2014
BETHANY OLD VINE BAROSSA GRENACHE 2016
Great to see Barossa Shiraz at 13.5% alcohol! An elegant and captivating take on this region, capturing the brightness of the eastern Barossa foothills and Eden Valley. Black fruits, crunchy red berries and spice unite with milk chocolate, carrying on a very long finish of fine-grained tannins that promise medium-term potential.
I have long marvelled over the stamina of 20-year-old Grenache in the depths of the Bethany cellars, so it’s fitting that this estate should conjure the first Grenache to ever take out the trophy for Most Outstanding Barossa Red Table Wine in the Barossa Wine Show. It’s quintessential Barossa Grenache, elegantly red fruited with bright rose hip notes and juicy strawberries and at the same time spicy and warm, with finely textured tannins and lingering persistence. Bargain priced, too.
PAISLEY WINES TURNTABLE BAROSSA VALLEY GRENACHE SHIRAZ MATARO 2016 An all-new Barossa blend, masterfully mixed to capture the red fruit freshness and fragrant lift of two-thirds Grenache from 70-yearold southern Barossa vines, tweaked with the spicy depth of Shiraz and a dash of Mataro. Derek Fitzgerald has masterfully honed fine-grained tannins, with just the right touch of whole bunch complexity. A newcomer not to miss.
IRVINE SPRING HILL EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2017 True to this long, slow ripening season, this is a full and fleshy Riesling of immediate appeal in its depth of spicy baked apple intensity, well balanced by the lemon and lime cut of cool nights. Acidity and phenolic texture unite in a long finish.
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PENFOLDS BIN 138 BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ MATARO GRENACHE 2015
PENFOLDS BIN 150 MARANANGA SHIRAZ 2015
A serious release for Bin 138, with more black fruit depth, high cocoa dark chocolate impact and stature than ever. Shiraz (almost two-thirds of the blend) and Mataro are very much the theme here, with just a dash of Grenache for fragrance and red fruit calm. Firm, fine tannin structure confirms more potential than ever for this label.
This is a beautifully composed Marananga, articulating the seamless, glossy, black fruit friendliness of the 2015 Barossa harvest, and supporting it confidently with fine-grained French oak tannins that furnish considerable longevity. A Marananga of definition and determination, with a strong future before it.
An immediate allure to the 2015 Barossa harvest brings to mind reflections of the epic 2010 - glossy and enticing, yet backed with beautifully enduring, fine-ground tannins. One of the greats in the RWT lineage, packed with magnificent satsuma plum and blackberry presence, underscored by classy French oak, sustained by tannins that propagate until kingdom come. It needs time, and will reward.
PAISLEY WINES SILK BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2016
The milk chocolate suppleness for which 8 Songs strives is overlaid with beautiful purity and depth of black cherry and satsuma plum fruit, riding a chassis of confident yet impeccably fine tannin structure, backed with the support of high cocoa dark chocolate oak. A great vintage, and one for the cellar.
From a cool, elevated, later-picked site in Ebenezer, its refreshing to see a Shiraz of refinement and poise from this part of the world. Black and red fruits are masterfully united with well-gauged, understated touches of whole bunch and new oak, culminating in a long and well-textured finish. Derek Fitzgerald is a master of tannin management. A name to watch.
THORN-CLARKE EDEN TRAIL EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2017
THORN-CLARKE BAROSSA TRAIL SHIRAZ 2016
Pete Kelly brings considerable Riesling mastery to Thorn-Clarke from his tenure at Peter Lehmann, and his new creation unites the enduring cut of Eden Valley acidity with the presence of a long, slow ripening season. The result is hands-down one of the longestlived white wines you’ll find anywhere at this price.
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FOX GORDON KING LOUIS BAROSSA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
FOX GORDON HANNAH’S SWING BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2014
THORN-CLARKE SHOTFIRE BAROSSA QUARTAGE 2015
A densely characterful Barossa Cabernet of cassis and menthol, packed with varietal credentials and well-crafted definition. Finely structured tannins mesh seamlessly with fruit presence and refined, dark chocolate French oak.
All the spicy, meaty personality of the Barossa Valley provides dimension to welldefined blueberry and liquorice, masterfully structured with eloquently fine tannins. A beautifully medium-bodied Barossa Shiraz that lacks nothing in character and confidence.
The crunch of Cabernet Sauvignon is lifted by the floral allure of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, fleshed out with Merlot. The result is a finely structured style of red fruit presence, classy, cedary French oak, and fine-boned tannins that will sustain it for the medium-term.
MURRAY STREET VINEYARDS BLACK LABEL BAROSSA MATARO 2015
THORN-CLARKE SANDPIPER EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2017
TURKEY FLAT VINEYARDS BAROSSA VALLEY GRENACHE ROSÈ 2017
With an overlay of white pepper and a shake of paprika, this is a Barossa Mataro with a core of blackberry fruit and oodles of character and appeal. Earthy tannins are soft and approachable, and anything it lacks in varietal distinction it more than makes up in enticing appeal.
Sandpiper captures all the presence and intensity of a long-ripening season, while upholding the tangy cut of cool Eden Valley evenings and the fragrant refinement of elegant Riesling. It’s great value, and ready right away.
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Golden Princess - a golden moment to cruise from your doorstep
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From casino gaming to relaxing options like the Lotus Spa, you’ll find an array of ways to renew body and soul.
Embrace the convenience of cruising from or to Adelaide with the number of cruise options now available to South Australia.
Featuring premium accommodations with plush lines and dreamy mattresses, and all the usual Princess favourites including Crown Grill restaurant, Sabatini’s, Movies Under the Stars and The Sanctuary – a tranquil adults only haven, you will escape completely on Princess Cruises.
Princess Cruises is no exception with their newly released 2018/19 programme featuring a selection of cruise options in and out of Adelaide onboard Golden Princess An inviting world of wonder awaits your arrival on Golden Princess. Connect with family and friends over world-class cuisine, gaze out at sea from one of 700 balcony staterooms or share new experiences with their Discovery at SEA programmes.
From the moment you step aboard, you will feel welcomed and right at home. And with attentive service from a friendly staff that knows what hospitality means, you’ll find your Princess ship truly is your home away from home. With such high demand, there is limited availability left for Golden Princess 2018
sailings. Options still available for 2018 include a two night taster cruise from Melbourne to Adelaide from as little as $329 per person twin share. The very popular cruise from Adelaide to Singapore departing in March has only two cabins left, be quick to snap this up! Thirteen nights from $2,439 per person. Looking further ahead, 2019 sailings include a 3-night Melbourne to Adelaide cruise, visiting Port Lincoln along the way. Prices start from $479 per person twin share. A 4-night Adelaide to Melbourne cruise will take you via Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island for some local sightseeing. Prices from $649 per person twin share.
An 18-night cruise from Adelaide to New Zealand return (no flying required) departing in January is highly popular. This cruise sold out in 2018! Be quick to sail in 2019. Prices from $3,299 per person twin share. If you are thinking about cruising, why not visit the team at Phil Hoffmann Travel Barossa Valley and speak with one of the CLIA accredited consultants. Mark Camilleri, Megan Hermann and new, experienced consultant, Sanna Saunders are all accredited with the Cruise Lines International Association of Australasia and are specialists in cruise holidays. You can contact them on 08 8562 3411.
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>> Dagmar Preusker
“Life is for living, you have to make the best of everything!”
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Lessons in life WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICIA LÜDI-SCHUTZ
When echidnas start burrowing under students and frogs happily hop through the classroom, why wouldn’t it be a typical day at school?
For retired teacher, Mrs Dagmar Preusker, bringing life to a lesson brought lessons to life and inspired a love of learning among the thousands of children she taught over the years.
“One of the places you keep baby possums when they are tiny, hairless things, is down your bra because of your body heat...The embarrassment of the poor old principal who looked up at the wrong time and there’s a little possum head sticking out of my cleavage! I think I was the bane of a few principal’s lives over the years with my animals!” she laughs.
The Angaston mother and grandmother says she was “born to teach” and looking back, even she laughs at her antics over her 38 years in education. With laughter and a sparkle in her eye, the 60 year old tells of many memorable moments in the classroom. Ranging from school camps at the Preusker family’s 480 acre farm on the outskirts of Angaston where 30 students hand milked a docile cow named “Princess”; to being involved with the spontaneous phone call to Marlene Steicke asking her to “bring the buses” so students could see the freshly fallen snow on the Barossa Ranges. Dagmar’s passion for nature meant the world was her classroom. “I’m hands on,” she enthuses. “I believe that experience is a better teacher than white boards and books. They have that hands-on experience and will remember bottle feeding a baby possum, possibly more than the
Speaking of possums, Dagmar is often found hand raising the baby marsupials.
Dagmar, an only child, migrated from Germany to Australia with her parents in 1961, so there is little surprise her German is perfect. She has no accent as she speaks of being born in Nuremberg, north of Bavaria, which was in West Germany at the time. “My husband, John always tells me I am one of the trials!” she laughs. “We came in the ‘Castel Felice’, an Italian ship. It was the year the Berlin Wall went up. It was fairly unsettled over there at the time, so I would say that would have been part of the reason we came here.” After six weeks in a migrant camp in Victoria, her father found work at the steelworks in Port Kembla and the family moved to New South Wales. It was here Dagmar’s parents
went their separate ways. Her father returned to Germany whilst mother and daughter clung to the support of good friends whom they followed to a property in Western Australia. Primary School education completed in NSW and Secondary in WA, Dagmar’s first connection to Angaston was when she met Pastor Theo McKenzie and his wife, Judy (nee Waechter) who had been a day school teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. “She encouraged me to have a career as a day school teacher. So I came across, through their help and support, and I got a scholarship to go to Concordia College for a year. “The funniest thing was Mum took a bus trip to see the Barossa and as we drove into Angaston through the avenue of trees...I said to mum, I’m going to live here some day!” It was during a Sunday School teacher’s event in WA when she made another connection to Angaston - Norm Auricht, the Good Shepherd Lutheran School principal at the time.
“Norm Auricht was still the principal and he knew I was finishing at the end of the year and indicated that he’d love to have me back. Then October I got the call to teach at Good Shepherd - that was 1977 - my first job. “All very, very serendipity!” Mr Auricht was a strong advocate for community involvement and knowing of Dagmar’s love for music, he encouraged her to join the “Soul Singers” where she met her future husband, John. “John asked me out and the rest is history! This city kid went to being a country farmer’s wife - I loved it! We had sheep, dairy cattle and when we got rid of the dairy cattle, we went into deer farming. ” Together the couple raised two sons, Kristian, now 35 and Klaus, 33, both now married with children.
“He said, if I ever wanted a job, see me and you can come and do your prac. teaching.”
Busy at work and at home, Dagmar also volunteered in various organisations including church, the Angaston Show Society and Angaston CFS, where she continues to this day in an administration and incident management role.
Later whilst at Murray Parks College of Advanced Education gaining her teaching qualifications, Dagmar took up the offer.
“Sewing is my other passion,” says Dagmar who would rather have the latest sewing machine than update the 17 year old car she calls her “wheely bin”.
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Yet teaching has always been “in her blood” and through life experiences, whether it was missing social cues because of the language barrier as a child or being bullied, she formed a unique ability to relate and support students.
England, teaching teachers the methodology of teaching languages whilst studying for my own German degree because it was my mother tongue and I did feel a bit like a fraud - I wanted that piece of paper!” explains Dagmar.
“This racial hatred they have these days against Muslims, it’s not that different from the 60s when there was so much hatred against Italians and Germans. It had only been 10 years since the war... German kids really copped it.
“So I was studying, teaching full time, having children, having a farm... Something eventually had to give.”
“One of the things about bullying is that a person who is bullied tends to attract bullying. I think, as a teacher, the best thing I could do was help them get out of that victim mentality.”
“I fell in a heap in 1996 and had a total nervous breakdown... I actually ended up taking an overdose, ended up in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, had my stomach pumped...Everything just came crashing down, it was just all too much.
There are many highlights in Dagmar’s teaching career, winning the award for most inspirational science teacher in SA, being the Northern Area Language Advisor and helping to create the German curriculum are on the impressive list. “For a couple of years I was guest lecturer at the University of New
And “give” it did, with life-changing consequences.
“It was stop the world, I’ve got to get off!” Dagmar couldn’t work for nine months, explaining how difficult it was just to get out of bed during those dark days.
T H E B AROSSA MAG | 57 “John was my rock, he always has been. My Christian faith helped and I have an absolutely fantastic psychiatrist who I’ve been seeing now for 20 years.” The psychiatrist encouraged Dagmar to reconnect with her father to “find both sides” of the story. “I hadn’t had contact with my dad since I was about 7 - 8 years old. I had a fantastic step father and I loved him dearly. “I rang international directory and asked them if there were any numbers for an Eduard Mödl in Nuremberg. “I made the call...It was, is this Eduard Mödl? Yes. Did you ever live in Australia? Yes. Do you have a daughter called Dagmar? Err...yes. Well, I’m Dagmar. “There was just silence on the other end of the phone. He said I’ve been waiting more than 30 years for this call!
“Then he said here’s your sister. He had two children and I’ve got two half sisters!” Glowing with delight, Dagmar’s joy was palpable as she describes how her life “was made whole” through one phone call. “That first trip to meet them and see them did a hang of a lot for my healing. Especially because I always had that disconnected feeling...I didn’t have pride in my nationality. “My father and I are so much alike. It’s funny because my sister laughs like me, my other sister’s nose turns down when she’s upset like me. “There’s all these things that are just like me and all of a sudden I don’t feel like this odd one out anymore!” More visits have followed over the years, with the most recent being an eight week stay a few months ago during her first year of retirement. It’s a taste of what’s ahead for the self-confessed “eclectic” whose personality is as colourful as the quilts she loves to sew. “Life is for living, you have to make the best of everything!”
>> Meeting again after 33 years: The late Eduard Mödl and daughter Dagmar Preusker.
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WHOLE SPENCER GULF PRAWNS, CHILLI, BLACK GARLIC AND RECIPE BY SAM SMITH SPRING ONIONS FINO SEPPELTSFIELD
THE SUMMER CUP
RECIPE BY NEIL BULLOCK BAROSSA DISTILLING CO
A great cocktail is one that pairs fabulous ingredients to the mood and the moment. There are plenty of Summer cocktails that might do the trick, but for us The Summer Cup just seems to tick all the boxes. It’s also really easy to put together!
FOR THE BLACK GARLIC, CHILLI PASTE: 100g shallots, peeled and roughly chopped 100g fresh Chilli, seeds removed and chopped (adjust depending on heat) 1 head black garlic (if you can’t find black garlic you can substitute with roast garlic) 100 ml olive oil 10ml red wine vinegar
We are pairing our own Summer Gin, Budburst with the Classic Pimm’s and Lemonade, to create a cocktail thirst quencher to beat them all. Fruity and refreshing with a depth that makes it delicious.
Gently fry the shallots, garlic and chilli in olive oil until soft. Add vinegar. Allow to cool and then puree in a food processor.
This recipe is designed for a large wine glass but if you have a group of friend’s round, dig out the water jugs in the back of the cupboard. Rinse off the dust and load them up with ice and fruit and simply multiply the quantities below to fill the jug.
FOR THE PRAWNS:
YOU WILL NEED:
8 Large whole green prawns 2 spring onions finely sliced Handful of parsley finely chopped 2 pickled chillis, seeds removed and finely sliced With a sharp heavy knife trim the legs around the head of the prawn. Hold the prawn underside up and cut through the head. Cut along the middle of the prawn making sure not to cut through the shell. Open up the prawn and crack the shell slightly so it lays flat. Remove the intestinal tract from along the centre. Leave all the messy stuff in the head, it’s the best bit. Lay the prawns flesh side up and spread the chilli paste over the prawns. Gently pan fry or BBQ shell side down until the flesh of the prawns is cooked through. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and transfer to the plate. Dress with the spring onion, parsley and pickled chilli. Be prepared to crunch on the shells and make a mess. It makes them so much more enjoyable.
A large wine glass Plenty of ice Sliced Strawberries, Orange and Lemon Mint leaves and tips for garnish 30 ml Barossa Distilling Budburst Gin 30 ml Pimms 200 ml (approx.) of a good quality lemonade Simply fill your glass with ice, then tuck in a few sliced Strawberries, a couple of 1/2 slices of Orange, a couple of 1/2 slices of lemon and 4 or 5 fresh Garden Mint leaves. Pour over the Gin, followed by the Pimms and then top up to 3/4 full with the lemonade. Easy as that. Have a fabulous Summer. Cheers!
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ZUCCHINI, GOATS CHEESE, HONEY AND PISTACHIO TARTS RECIPE BY CLAIRE WOOD CARÊME PASTRY Photography by Martin Ritzmann
375g Carême spelt puff pastry, thawed 250g goats cheese, crumbled 2 zucchini, thinly sliced Sea salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 egg, lightly beaten Pistachios toasted Good quality honey, for drizzling
Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut 4 pastry rounds out of the sheet of puff pastry and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Using a sharp knife, score a 1cm border around the edge of each pastry round ensuring that you don’t cut all the way through. Top the pastry with 1/2 the crumbled goats cheese and then top that with overlapping slices of zucchini ensuring you leave the border empty. Season with salt and pepper and then drizzle with the olive oil. Brush the pastry edge with egg and bake in the oven for 15 minutes then top with the remaining goats cheese and bake for another 5 minutes until the pastry is golden. To serve drizzle with honey and top with roughly chopped pistachio.
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Tessa Gravestock & Peter Noble MARRIED AT YALUMBA WINERY, ANGASTON OCTOBER 1, 2017 With a beautiful ring carefully hidden in the back of the ute Peter Noble and Tessa Gravestock set out on an unforgettable 6 week road trip from Adelaide to Perth, Darwin and Alice Springs. Pete knew that on the cliff tops of the Great Australian Bight at sunset was the right place and time to be when he got down on one knee and proposed to Tessa. The couple went on to be married by Father Steven De Kleer at the Yalumba Winery on October 1. Tessa chose to wear a Portia & Scarlett dress for her special day. Her attendants were Nick Ruch (man of honour) and bridesmaids Chloe Gravestock, Annie Keynes and Nicky Blenkhorn. Best man was Jake Klaebe and groomsmen were Scott Ruch and Shaun Atto. 85 guests enjoyed a reception in the Signature Cellar at Yalumba Winery with chef Peter Clarke and Vintners Bar & Grill catering. Tessa is the daughter of Ian and Gill Gravestock of Angaston and Peter is the son of Ian and Shirley Noble of Riverton.
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ANGASTON CHRISTMAS PARADE on November 24 Photos by Pete Thornton 1. Liz Alderslade, Eleanore Hopgood and Maddison Krause from The Leader. 2. Krystal Hili and Lilyahna Elvan. 3. Caroline Langford, Nate Langford, Nachi and Yuka Endersby. 4. Evonne Pritchard, Lorraine Farey, Jo Sherer, Chantel Schiller, Jen Turner, Susie Burgham and Alice Howard. 5. Serena Ahrns, Chris Linke, Jaymee Klose and Selena Grundel. 6. Evelyn and Stella Trinne.
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FORAGE SUPPLY CO’S 1ST BIRTHDAY @ THE DISTILLERY on November 11 Photos by Stephanie Gann 1. Tyler Cree, Nicola Biagi and Aaron Whistler, Tanunda.
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