The Barossa Mag - 19 - Winter 2021

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PROVIDING A VOICE Abbey’s passion for inclusivity

CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY Turning craft into conversation

EXPLORING ART Renee’s inspiring journey



PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Darren Robinson PUBLICATIONS MANAGER Jordan Stollznow EDITOR Tony Robinson CONTRIBUTORS: Catherine Harper Jess Greatwich Bec Henderson Heidi Helbig Kristee Semmler Peter Clarke Lee Teusner Luke Rothe Suzannah Smart Claire Wood Todd Kuchel Nikita Skuse Mel Jaunay Alicia-Lüdi Schutz McKenzie Thompson Tyson Stelzer Kerrie-Anne Wager Krista Wohlstadt Kyle Johns DESIGN Ashleigh Seedsman Matthew Webster Ruby Schutz Ryan Dart

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Welcome to the Winter edition of The Barossa Mag The days are shorter, the nights are cooler and the warmer clothes are beginning to emerge from my wardrobe again. Winter has definitely arrived. Okay, so it may not be everyone’s preferred season but if we were to look back at this time last year, I think we can all appreciate the position we're now in. Hot tip – prepare yourself a hot drink, find the most comfiest seat in the house and come on a journey with us as the words flow from the pages to inspire your day. I guarantee your winter will be so much warmer. The theme of this edition is inclusion. Whether it be advocating for more inclusive play spaces, the many benefits of collaborating artists, and promoting camaraderie through gender-inclusive places. This edition is a celebration for all. I am proud to announce Abbey Underwood, the 2021 Barossa Young Ambassador who is using this platform to highlight important issues in our community.

PHOTOGRAPHY Alicia Lüdi-Schutz John Krüger Pete Thornton Sam Kroepsch

The nineteen-year-old disability advocate shares her passion for accessibility and inclusivity.

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Understanding that creativity is in everyone, Renee has created a canvas so others can create in our community.

We also learn of Renee De Saxe’s artistic expression which lead to her winning the Barossa Regional Gallery 2021 Vintage Festival Art Prize.

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Then there’s Sam Crowley – a Paediatric nurse, illustrator and storyteller who has created Art classes and workshops to help inspire the next generation of artists. We also learn about the Tinkers Shed, established in 2009 to address social isolation. Discovering that it’s so much more than tea and bickies, it provides members with a connection to the community and a place to continue a life-long talent, or develop new skills.

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However you’re planning to enjoy the new season, I hope that you find warmth in the stories that our team have enjoyed compiling for you.

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OUR COVER: Michael & Barbara Ludlow Photographed by Sam Kroepsch

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QUE SHIRAZ SHIRAZ WITH ERIN JAE JUNE 13 | ANGASTON Cosy up with friends and family on June 13 at Thorn-Clarke Cellar door as they are set to host musical talent, Erin Jae. From 1 p.m. enjoy the live music and some great wines by the team at Thorn-Clarke. Barossa Produce Boxes will be available on the night as well as a vegetarian

option, guests are permitted to bring their own food. As a family friendly event, there is plenty of open space for the children to enjoy themselves! Limited spots are available so make sure you book to avoid disappointment.

JULY 17 | NURIOOTPA a high energy show featuring country and Rock n Roll music. Doors open from 5.30 p.m. and meals will be available for purchase on the night. Contact Sue on 0419 856 138 to secure your ticket.

ELDERTON IN-DEPTH: AN ELITE TASTING EXPERIENCE JUNE 7 - JUNE 28 | 3 TANUNDA ROAD, NURIOOTPA For the month of June, each Monday the team at Elderton invite you to a unique and in-depth Elite tasting experience. Here you can immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Elderton Wines.

JUNE 12-13 | TANUNDA Barossa Regional Gallery is set to host a two day felting workshop with Igora Lucyna Opala on June 12 and June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Igora is recognised as a pioneering felt designer and fabric artist whose creative work has been recognised not only in Australia, but throughout USA, Europe, Central Asia and China. This two-day felting workshop is designed for absolute beginners.

You will discover the wonderful quality of Australian wool, learn how to make basic fabric, using only felt and your hands. The end product of the workshop will be your own unique creation, in the form of a scarf, or a small wall panel. The workshop allows participants the opportunity to develop skills and work closely with the artist. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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BAROSSA AREA FUNDRAISERS FOR CANCER PRESENTS: RODNEY VINCENT & WAYNE HORSBURGH On July 17 gather to get your groove on with music legends, Rodney Vincent and Wayne Horsburgh at the Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel, Nuriootpa presented by Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer. Join in with your family and friends for

TWO DAY FELT WORKSHOP AT BAROSSA REGIONAL GALLERY

Visit the 120 year old Command vineyard, whilst tasting many of the Elite wines in the range including rare museum releases paired with a selection of locally crafted cheeses. Tickets are limited and tours are at various times.

WINTER CURRY DINNER AT KELLERMESITER JUNE 25 | LYNDOCH Kellermeister will keep you cosy and entertained on June 25 from 6.30 p.m. to 10. 30 p.m. at their mud-brick cellars with their sensational heart-warming curries and live music. As usual, there will be award winning wines and cider available on the night. Live music by Adam Moffatt will be played in the ambient setting of the Kellermeister Barrel Hall. Bookings prior to the event are essential.

GOLDEN HOUR YOGA AMONGST THE VINES JUNE 25 | CALABRIA WINES For those interested in health and wellbeing, get your body moving with a peaceful yoga experience amongst the vines on the lawns of Calabria Wines on June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wind down your week the right way surrounded by vineyards and stunning

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VINTAGE CHEF CO: AFTER DARK ON FIRE JUNE 19 | LYNDOCH Following the first successful After Dark event, Vintage Chef Co is set to put on another great night to remember. On June 19 from 5 p.m. at 159 Hermann Thumm Drive, gather your friends for a night of dining, dancing and drinking in the Barrel Hall near the beautiful Chateau. Tickets include live music by Hill Valley

Adelaide followed by DJ Chris Akos. A photobooth by Hashtag Instaprints and complimentary drink card is available on entry. A Charcoal cocktail menu by Vintage Chef Co will also be included. Tickets are available online. 18+ only event.

A LITTLE MORE BAROSSA …. A FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

SALA FESTIVAL AUGUST 1-30 SALA festival is a popular annual celebration of South Australian visual artists which begins August 1 and carries on throughout the month. Throughout the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and beyond the SALA Festival celebrates extraordinary exhibitions through a range of media

platforms such as: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital media, moving image, glass, ceramics, textiles and more. Get out and about to explore what the state has to offer at this year’s SALA Festival.

FRIDAY LONG LUNCH HOSTED BY THE VINTNERS JULY 9 | VINE VALE bread together, the Vintners ancestors’ dedication to the land and their historic 50 miles by barrow monthly journeys. Hosted by vintners, Michael and Alisa Hart, this unique dining experience is offered for a maximum of 12 guests at a time. Bookings are essential.

Stay tuned for the full program to be released on June 21.

Join the Vintners at the Tasting Shed for the purest wine and authentic farmgate experience on the second Friday of every month. Pairing Hart-family organically grown, handcrafted wine with a bountiful harvest of local produce, the Long Lunch celebrates the ‘Fine H-Art’ of breaking

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AUGUST 1 TO AUGUST 31 Ignite your senses as you uncover new experiences, new tastes and new flavours during a month long celebration and showcase of Barossa’s wine and food, the people and their stories. A little more Barossa … a food and wine festival will serve up a series of enticing events with everything from long lunches, degustation picnics,

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masterclasses and workshops, mystery picnics and self-discovery food journeys at wineries, cellar doors, restaurants, cafes and dedicated workshop hubs.

JUNE 13 | STONE WELL After a hiatus on events last year, Whistler Wines are back this June long weekend with their annual Stew & Shiraz event. Pop along on June 13 from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and get stuck into a heart-warming bowl of stew served by Vintage Chef Co washed down with a glass or two of Whistler shiraz. Live music by The Good Old Fashioned Way will provide the perfect atmosphere for the day. Hot and cold beverages will also be available from Barossa Bean Bar. This is a free, family friendly event and no bookings are required. Get in early to avoid disappointment! You are encouraged to bring your own tables and chairs. No BYO Food, Alcohol or Pets.

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Time to capture ‘your Barossa’ Entries for the 2022 Barossa Photographic Calendar Competition are now open! Every year we look for images that capture the many dimensions of the Barossa, including our rich food, wine, history and culture to iconic landscapes, festivals and events. Just like ‘Stunning Steingarten’ by Natalie Chumbley, which featured in the 2021 calendar, this is your chance to show off your eye for detail.

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Mayor Bim Lange and Member for Schubert Mr Stephan Knoll at the new Lyndoch facilities.

Major sporting boost for Southern Barossa If you’re into your sport or just love to have a hit or a kick, you’ll welcome the upgrades to sporting facilities at Lyndoch Oval as part of The Big Project.

The upgrades also support moves by Barossa District Football and Netball Club to relocate from Williamstown to more inclusive facilities at Lyndoch.

The $660,000 investment is now complete with new LED lighting on the oval, four new cricket nets plus oval upgrades that support a turf wicket.

Mayor Bim Lange says it’s great to see the oval being used to its full potential, and clubs say they now have extra flexibility for training and playing.

It’s great news for local cricket, rugby, athletics, football and netball, as well as occasional users of Lyndoch Recreation Park.

More fun on the way at Tolley Reserve The playground at Tolley Reserve – affectionately known as the Nuri Train Park – is set for a major upgrade.

replaced with contemporary play equipment to challenge balance and mobility.

The $100,000 investment in new equipment focuses on inclusivity to cater for a wide range of users, including children with disability and sensory needs.

New features include swings, rocker, balance beam, stepping stones, seat glide, spinning sonic and sensory board.

Key features include a new orbit carousel that is wheelchair-friendly and greater integration between the liberty swing and surrounding play spaces. Existing equipment at the northern end of the park will be completely

Mayor Bim Lange says the play space will be expanded to accommodate the new and upgraded equipment. “We’re proud to be delivering a play space that supports inclusion and accessibility and encourages children to be active,” he said.

The project is proudly delivered by Council and co-funded by the State Government as part of its strategy to make sport and exercise as accessible as possible.

Changing places for people living with disability The construction of a 24/7 accessible Changing Places bathroom is well underway at The Rex on Magnolia Road, Tanunda. In line with national Changing Places specifications, the facility has been especially designed to provide a suitable space for people who can’t use standard accessible toilets. It will become one of 172 Changing Places facilities across the country, widening the boundaries experienced by people with severe physical disability by providing greater social inclusion and choice of places to go.

Local construction company BGi Building Group was awarded the tender to construct the facility, which is expected to be complete by end of June. The project was made possible with $100,000 in grant funding from the South Australia Department of Human Services, supported by $150,000 from Council. For more information about the Changing Places initiative, and where to locate Changing Places facilities around Australia go to changingplaces.org.au


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Culinary hotshots reunite at Harvest Kitchen After ten years culinary hot shots, Pete Little, Jamie Wall and Charanjit ‘Sunny’ Chawla have again joined forces at Harvest Kitchen following extensive experience in various restaurants.

Sous Chef, the pair said ‘going after Sunny for the job was a no-brainer’.

With the trio back together, they are bringing something truly special back to the kitchen.

“I feel that the stars aligned and we have been able to bring the band back together,” Pete said.

Previously, Pete worked at Appellation as the Director of Food and Beverage, Jamie was Sous Chef and Sunny was Chef De Partie.

“We connected all those years ago while working at one of Barossa’s finest restaurants, and working together again has been seamless, it’s as if no times passed at all.”

Jamie joined Pete at Harvest Kitchen as a chef in 2019, and when the opportunity arose to seek out a new

Founding Director of Harvest Kitchen, Pete, is now joined by Jamie as Head Chef and Sunny as Sous Chef.

In the years following their time together at Appellation, the pair

remained in contact, as Jamie went off to work as the manager at Barossa Fine Foods and Sunny had a stint back in India before returning to the Barossa to work at St Hugo, again with Mark McNamara. After spending years working under Mark McNamara at Appellation, it came as no surprise that both Jamie and Sunny share a similar vision in the kitchen together. While it’s only been 10 weeks that the team have been back together, it’s clear to see that this dynamic trio are destined for great things.

Stage One of Krieg Park Snapped up by Buyers The very first release of allotments at Nuriootpa's new address Krieg Park sold out in a matter of several weeks. The site which was historically used for farming in the 19th century, purchased by the Krieg family in 1881 has turned into hot property. Krieg Park Marketing and Sales Director, Mr Richard Osborne said they weren’t at all surprised by the demand for the first 6 allotments off Oswald Street given that the land is right next to Murray Street and only a minute’s walk to everything Nuriootpa has to offer.

“Lot sizes in the first stage to range from around 500 m² to over 760 m²,” he said. Mr Osborne said that plans were well advanced for the balance of the development and that it was hoped that the next stage of land for release would occur around the middle of 2021. "We currently have plans for the rest of the site in with Council for approval and we will be announcing the release of the next stages as soon as possible" Mr Osborne said. People can register their interest for future land releases at Kriegpark.com.au


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Goodbye Neighbours Do you get on well with your neighbours? Or maybe not so much? Whatever the case, sometimes it’s nice to have a little privacy in your yard. Of course fences are great for this, however, I’d much prefer a ‘green wall’ to look at. Hedges and screening plants come in all shapes and sizes and colours and can be a real feature in the garden. They can provide privacy, shade, interest and appeal in the garden and I’m going to look at a few of the best: Best privacy hedges: okay, so maybe you like to do a bit of naked gardening on the weekends (yes it’s a thing!), or you just enjoy your privacy and want to block out anyone and everyone. Complete privacy using a thick hedge is a great way to go. The best hedges for privacy - tall and thick growing - include; Cupressus Leightons green conifer; this fast growing conifer grows tall and dense. It can grow well over 10 metres (up to 20 metres) if left unpruned but can be kept as low as 2-3 metres when kept pruned. It is frost and drought proof once established and grows really well here in the Barossa, although it enjoys a well drained soil (not waterlogged). Another great large and dense hedging plant is Photinia robusta. Photinias will grow approximately 3-4 metres once established. They have a dense habit, great for privacy, and also sport bright red new growth and white flowers in spring. There are many great examples around

the Barossa (Langmeil Winery in Tanunda boasts a beautiful example). Best native hedge: In my opinion, you can’t go past Lilly Pillys as the best native hedge. With the right soil preparation, Lilly pillys are fast growing and provide a dense cover. There are so many sizes and varieties to pick from these days with many featuring stunning red or bronze new growth. Lilly Pillys are easy care and low maintenance once established.

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fragrant fruit that tastes like pineapple and guava is an added bonus of this attractive plant. This thick growing shrub grows up to 4 metres in height but can be kept smaller with regular trimming. Best flowering hedge: there are many lovely flowering hedging plants available, but the best one in my opinion that suits Barossa conditions (hot, dry summers and cold, frosty winters) is viburnum. In particular Viburnum tinus.

Lilly Pillys can be a little bit frost tender while young, however once established, they will tolerate our winters with no issues. Spraying with Droughtshield or Envy before winter can help protect young plants from frosty conditions.

There are great examples all over the Valley because quite simply, it does really well here.

Another great native hedge or screening plant is grevilleas. In particular, I especially think Grevillea olivacea makes a great native hedge. The flowers are bird and bee attracting and like most natives they are tough and easy to care for.

It grows up to 3 metres (can be kept smaller with pruning). Once established viburnums are seriously hardy and low maintenance. They look great in formal or cottage gardens. A real winner.

Grevillea olivacea can grow 2-4 metres and responds well to regular trimming to keep it thick and bushy. Best fruiting hedge: Often, when people think of olives they think of trees, but actually, olives make a great hedging plant. Their stunning silver grey foliage makes a beautiful feature in the garden and their fruit has so many uses. Olives are Very drought tolerant and hardy, which make them ideal for low water use gardens. Another great fruiting hedge is the Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava. Highly

This bushy shrub gets clusters of pinkishwhite flowers from winter through spring and beyond.

Indian hawthorns (Rhaphiolepis) are another great flowering hedge. They tolerate full sun or part shade, all soil types and are another hardy option for our conditions. They aren’t quite as tall growing as some of the other hedges (1-2 metres) but are a great option for those wanting a shorter hedge. There are pink and white flowering varieties available. I couldn’t finish this piece without a shout out to one last plant. Oleanders, more often than not get a bad rap due to their toxicity.

Yes they are poisonous if ingested and may not be suitable for everyone (people with dogs or young children), however they can make a wonderful, informal screening plant in the right situation. They are long flowering and come in a wide range of colours, they have dense, dark green foliage and provide great privacy. Oleanders are very hardy & drought tolerant and will grow in full sun to part shade. Maybe not for everyone, but oleanders will add a beautiful Mediterranean look to a garden and perform well in all seasons. Dwarf varieties are also available. Hedges and screening plants provide privacy and cover for unsightly areas. They define boundaries and can be a huge feature in almost any garden. There are so many great options out there to suit every style and situation, this list is just a small representation of some of my favourite hedging plants that suit the Barossa climate. However, like with all plants, my best advice for a successful and fast growing hedge is to always do your ground work before planting. Plenty of compost into the soil and feed & water well over their first summer or two to get the plants established. Do this and you will be surrounded by a dense hedge, enjoying your own private garden in no time. Happy gardening!

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Taking care of your joints

WORDS LEE TEUSNER GO VITA TANUNDA 10 SIGNS YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR JOINTS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

Osteoarthritic joints tend to tighten during periods of rest and regain their mobility after a little movement.

It’s easy to take your joint health for granted in your younger years, but as we get older, most of us become increasingly aware of how precious our mobility is.

• Your joints click, crack or grate when you move them: These sensations in the joints are called crepitus, and when they occur frequently, may indicate that joint damage is present.

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent agerelated joint problem, affecting around one in five women and one in 10 men over 60 years old.

Luckily, there are a number of strategies you can adopt now to help maintain your existing joint health and/or manage your osteoarthritis symptoms, which may be particularly beneficial if you’re affected by any of the following 10 issues:

• Your joints are tender to touch: Do one or more of your joints feel sore and tender when you press down on them? This may be an indication that swelling, and inflammation are present. • It takes you a while to get moving:

If one or more of the 10 warning signs above apply to you, here are some simple steps you can take to look after your joints:

• Your joints aren’t very flexible: A reduced range of motion is a common feature of arthritic joints, and over time, may impede your ability to perform certain tasks or retain your balance.

It typically develops over an extended period – some experts estimate at least 10 to 20 years.

• You’re experiencing joint pain: you may feel your knees complaining when you’re carrying a heavy load or walking up or down stairs. You might also find that your joints ache for a while after you’ve used them.

If your parents had osteoarthritis significant enough for them to need joint replacement surgery, it’s possible you may develop osteoarthritis too.

• You’re overweight: Being overweight strongly increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis. • Your work has had an impact on your joints: People who’ve worked in jobs that subject their joints to repetitive heavy loads have an increased risk of osteoarthritis. • You’ve participated in high impact exercise: Football, running and netball are all renowned for the heavy load they place on the joints. Unfortunately, these high impact sports increase your likelihood of developing joint issues. • You have a history of joint injury: Past joint traumas may increase the subsequent likelihood of osteoarthritis developing. • Your parents had joint problems:

• Lose weight if necessary: Every kilogram of excess weight you shed, reduces the working load on your knees equivalent to four kilos. Losing just 5% of your body weight may be enough to start relieving symptoms of joint pain but losing 10% could have even more significant benefits. • Be active: The more active you are now, the happier your joints are likely to be in the future –choose low impact exercise (like swimming or cycling), try to incorporate aerobic, strengthening and flexibility-building exercises into your routine. • Treat yourself to regular massage and stretching exercises: The muscles around your joints play an important role in their stability and functioning. Regular stretching and massage may help relieve osteoarthritis symptoms. • Consider curcumin: Curcumin is a naturally occurring substance found in turmeric that has potent antiinflammatory properties, and may help to relieve the pain, stiffness, and

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Where the wind goes Once you take off, you never know where you might land. Michael and Barbara Ludlow are glad their journey has carried them to the Barossa.

WORDS MEL JAUNAY PHOTOGRAPHY SAM KROEPSCH

It’s still dark as the cruiser pulls up to the launch site, a pocket of grassy earth in Tanunda, poised on the brink of dawn. The vehicle shudders to a halt and passengers alight one by one through the rear barn doors, an occasional nervous chuckle drifting out over the pre-dawn silence. An LED test balloon is released, a tiny red speck that twirls and drifts north-east, rapidly climbing towards the waning moon. It is this device that gives hot air balloon pilot, Michael Ludlow final indication that today’s chosen launch site is suitable. “You can always tell a balloonist by the crick in their neck,” he quips, his gentle

humour a soothing antidote for any growing anxiousness amongst the guests. “I’m happy to go from here this morning.” The ground crew spring into action, skilfully tipping the hefty wicker basket from the cruiser’s trailer with a thud. The balloon itself is drawn from a vinyl bag across the damp grass, with two large fans positioned at its gaping mouth in readiness for the first stage of inflation. Cold air roars into the nylon envelope, its rippling, pulpy mass gradually heaving to life like a giant red lung. With a final hot blast of LPG, the balloon

totters upright, towering some thirty metres above its passengers, who scurry like ants over the basket’s side at Michael’s swift direction: “Passengers in!” Working the burners with the subtlety of a concert pianist, Micheal guides the balloon upwards, an occasional roaring dragon suspended in golden stillness, some 4,000 feet above the ground. Below, the valley floor unfolds in rows and blocks and swirls, an artwork so familiar, yet so transformed by this lofty vantage. “I have no steering wheel on board, we go where the wind takes us,” says Michael, eyes sparkling.


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It’s almost impossible to remain nervous in the company of this unflappable skipper, who has piloted balloons in three continents, navigated exciting drag landings and precision standups, and twice flown over the English Channel. But no matter how many times he’s flown or what conditions the heavens throw down, the 59-year-old’s enthusiasm never dulls. “I love it. This does not feel like a job to me,” he says. “I’ve been doing this for thirty years and I still get a buzz out of every single flight.” Back on the ground, in a rare moment away from her usual daily duties at the Ludlow’s Seppeltsfield home base, Michael’s wife, Barbara sips coffee at one of the bar tables in the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort’s restaurant. It’s a place familiar to the many grumbling stomachs of Barossa Valley Ballooning passengers, with a sumptuous champagne breakfast served here at the conclusion of every tour. With today’s euphoric guests dispatched back to their various lives, Michael joins Barbara for a warming brew. Down here, it is she who pilots the course, flexing a memory as sharp as her elegant appearance. “We have a boundary, it’s probably about 50 feet up. He’s the captain up there, and I run the ground. It suits us,” explains the woman who once gave up a life and career in the UK to run away with her handsome balloonist to exotic Australia—spiders under toilet seats and all. Both hailing from Kent, Michael and Barbara met in 1997 by chance when Michael attended a private inspection of Barbara’s house, listed for sale. Initially bonding over a love of Formula One, Michael didn’t buy the house, ending up with something far better: the woman who would three years later become his wife, and encourage him on to a life of full-time ballooning. Up until their first adventure to far north Queensland in 1998, where Michael filled a summer contract as a relief pilot, he had only ever flown part-time, working the remaining hours of his week, he reluctantly admits, in insurance. “I wasn’t enjoying the insurance, my heart was in the aviation side of things by that time and it was actually Barbara’s suggestion to balloon full-time by finding a six month contract somewhere else,” says Michael, who earned both his commercial fixed-wing and balloon licence in his late twenties, inspired by a longstanding family affinity with aviation.

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only ever dreamed of in the UK, so they relocated permanently, only moving from Queensland in 2008 to be closer to Barbara’s son, Alex, who by chance had met, and ultimately married, Tracey, a South Australian working in London. With Alex and Tracey living in Gawler, Barbara and Michael moved to the Barossa to start over once again—this time without plans of ballooning. That quickly changed. “He’s a pilot. Pilots don’t sit on the ground,” says Barbara, casting a fond glance at the man she describes as having his “head in the clouds”. “We were going to come down and be close to family and he wasn’t going to fly, until we got on the ground and the realisation hit him that he was no longer going to fly. “And from that came the seed of starting our own company.” It’s been nearly twelve years now of 4.30 a.m. starts, with flights open for booking seven days per week year round, minus only ten days over Christmas when the Ludlows allow themselves a precious break. And while Barbara no longer needs to crew for flights as she once did in the early days, she’s kept furiously busy as full-time on-call general manager. Pair that with the unsociable working hours of her Chief Pilot, and she jokingly refers to herself and Michael as having “the social life of an amoeba”. “Because the decision to go flying is never made until the day before in the afternoon, we can’t very well book other things in advance,” she explains with a raspy chuckle. “We don’t go out very often, and most things we do are spur of the moment!” Fortunately, the Ludlows credit a close circle of understanding friends who are prepared to drop a roast in the oven at a moment’s notice should the weather ground the following day’s tour. They also cherish their time with Alex and Tracey, and two grandchildren, Henry, aged 11, and Lily, 8. It’s a life they wouldn’t have any other way, at least not for now. “We’ll do it as long as Michael’s happy flying. And then when he’s not happy flying, or the early mornings are getting too much, then we will just live in the Barossa. This is home now,” says Barbara. “The pilot will decide.”

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>> TOP: Kaiser Stuhl Chateau constructed by C.O. Juncken Builders in 1973. BOTTOM: SA Grape Growers building, Nuriootpa c1950s. MIDDLE: Wine Bottles 1974. RIGHT: Shop Display 1970s.

Kaiser Stuhl – so good to share During the 1930s Great Depression one of the many industries to suffer was the wine industry. Many local grape growers couldn’t sell their grapes, or were offered 20-40% less than the previous year. This threatened the livelihoods and future of Barossa growers. A scheme to start a co-operative winery was suggested, which in 1931 was the formation of the S.A. Grape Grower’s Cooperative Ltd, subsequently renamed the Barossa Co-operative Winery Ltd. Initially six employees worked for the company. In August, 1931 the first order of export wine was recorded for 2,800 hogshead barrels all marked with the new brand name ‘Nurivin’. To create the new winery, Mr Hoffmann offered land at Kroemer’s Crossing, Tanunda; while Mr Kaesler offered land in Nuriootpa.

A strong division of opinion was recorded between Tanunda and Nuriootpa committee members, but finally Nuriootpa was the chosen site. The first cellars were built by Juncken & Co in 1933.

In 1958 the Barossa Co-operative Winery Ltd developed a new ‘Kaiser Stuhl’ brand, bringing with it a whole new range of wines, and a complete change in the marketing and philosophy of the company.

The fledgling winery struggled through the depression years and was then faced with a WWII export downturn.

Wolf Blass, a 27 year old German winemaker, joined the company in 1961.

However the post war years created an increase in the consumption of Australian wine. Fortified wines had dominated production, but in 1956 the Nurivin brand started producing dry reds, with most wines sold in half gallon flagons. Also in 1956, Orlando winery revolutionised the Australian industry by marketing Barossa Pearl. Orlando’s success led to Nurivin and other local wineries producing their own sparkling wines.

WORDS LUKE ROTHE the Chateau on March 21, 1977, enjoying lunch and a winery tour. Invitations were sent to over ‘500 shareholders, plus wives’ to have ‘a meal as similar as possible to that being enjoyed by the Queen’. The dress code was ‘A Day Frock for ladies and a Lounge Suit for gentlemen.

Wolf was in charge of sparkling wine production, with Pineapple Pearl and Cherry Pearl being the first ‘pop’ wines introduced under the Kaiser Stuhl label.

‘However, should the day prove very hot, gentlemen may remove their coats. Ladies can make their own decision on whether to wear a hat and gloves.’

Kaiser Stuhl winery continued to expand in all areas, with facilities growing to increase production.

The highs of the 1970s soon faded. The Kaiser Stuhl 1980 Annual Report stated – ‘disappointing year’, ‘increased operating costs’ and ‘poor marketing returns’, foreshadowing the sale of Kaiser Stuhl to Penfolds, announced in December, 1981.

The Kaiser Stuhl ‘Chateau’ was an adventurous building project officially opened by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on March 8, 1974. The Chateau building still stands proudly at the southern entrance to Nuriootpa. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited

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Building the canvas so people can create WORDS NIKITA SKUSE PHOTOGRAPHY SAM KROEPSCH

As the sun sets on the driest part of the country, a new light emerges from the red sand. Beams of every colour dance across the desert floor and into the night sky for Parrtjima Festival, an Indigenous celebration of light and culture in the heart of Australia. Renee de Saxe took her family on the 15-hour journey from Marananga to Alice Springs in April to explore this art event, finding inspirational art, culture and storytelling being celebrated by community and visitors. “Being completely immersed in the art … really took my breath away. It’s inspiring what is possible,” Renee says. “There are so many exciting things that we could be doing when it comes to arts in this region.” The mother of two moved to the Barossa from regional New South Wales in 2016 and hasn’t shied away from finding ways to help build our community’s arts presence. Her most recent artistic triumph was winning the Barossa Regional Gallery 2021 Vintage Festival Art Prize for her cyanotype piece, ‘Transference’. On the bus ride to Parrtjima, Renee’s phone began buzzing with congratulatory messages, completely unaware that she had been the recipient of the prize. Eventually, confirmation of the exciting news filtered to her. “I’m shocked,” she laughs. “Winning something like the Vintage Festival Art Prize is significant because it reinforces that you’re heading in the right direction.” Renee would not describe herself as a full-time artist, but definitely a full time creative.

“I find creative industry sometimes robs me of artistic expression and self-awareness, I have realised for me it’s vital to make time for art that is not commercial or industrious.” Beginning her own art practice as an emotional release after her eldest daughter was born, she understands the importance of nurturing creativity and finding ways of self-expression through artistic endeavour. “Art gave me a balance that I desperately needed, it is really what got me through having young children, when I felt completely out of my depth,” she says. “It’s sort of rejuvenating, providing a new perspective and release on whatever you are dealing with at the time. “I think everybody is creative, and even though other things become priority, we really need to nurture that artistic endeavour in us all, for our own mental health and well-being and our community’s well-being.” Renee struggled to find her way in art when she first moved to the region. She calls it a ‘fluke’ ending up at Roland Weight’s art classes in Greenock six months after she arrived. It was this class and the artists she met that led to a refocus and resurgence of the arts in the Barossa. Although humble in her own work, Renee is excitable about the work of those around her and creating opportunities for them to shine. Her network has grown and along with a group of friends and fellow artists, Renee has organised events like Wanderlust Greenock - the village that became a gallery, She Is Pop Up Gallery, Year 12 Combined Art Exhibition, 10 Barossa Digital Artists Projection Trail and 100 Barossa Artists as platforms for emerging creatives in the area.



“I think everybody is creative, and even though other things become priority, we really need to nurture that artistic endeavour in us all, for our own mental health and well-being and our community’s well-being.” - Renee De Saxe

>> Renee de Saxe. Renee says these opportunities start as morning yarns between sips of coffee and within days turn into major community feats that attracted over 10,000 people in 2020 alone. She describes this as “building the canvas so people can create”. “What we’ve been trying to do is show that visual art holds a distinct space on its own, it stands on its own two feet,” she says. “It felt like we needed to help build a foundation for people to feel comfortable to launch larger projects in the region and for business, government and investors to feel comfortable

supporting that.” Renee says these kinds of events are the perfect opportunity to push the limits of what people normally do in order to highlight amazing talent. “Having met over 200 artists in the last 12 months, the breadth of artistic talent around is exciting,” Renee exclaims.

“Only then will we recognise the huge positive impact it can have on us as individuals and a society.” As the sun rises 1,500 kilometres away from the red centre of Parrtjima, Renee is busy preparing to exhibit at Karrawatta Cellardoor for SALA 2021 and to hold her first major solo exhibition for SALA 2022 at Barossa Regional Gallery, which was part of her Vintage Festival Art Prize win.

“I can’t walk down the street or go to the supermarket now without running into an artist.

Thanks to Renee and her peers, a new era emerges from our vines.

“It’s important to appreciate that creativity is in everyone … it’s then vital to nurture it.

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fitness focussed family of people who know what it means to be part of the team. The following are some of the reasons our members love their time with Anytime Fitness: We make it a fun experience Fitness should always be a positive experience. If you get stuck with the same old exercises each time you work out, it will quickly become boring and lead to becoming unmotivated. Try and mix it up by adding variety to your workout. It might be a small change to the normal routine, or it might be something entirely new…

A genuine focus on fitness Through the regular improvement of our facilities and availability of personal trainers, we continue to offer a quality service that our members have come to expect. Exciting news for both regular and new Angaston members is a total refit is coming up very soon. Upgraded equipment and more variety is just around the corner. Keep an eye on our socials for more updates!

We offer regular in-gym challenges for our members, offering a change of pace and something new and fun to try.

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Piranesi WRITTEN BY SUSANNA CLARKE

Sixteen years after the release of the international best seller, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell, Susanna Clarke has returned with her second masterpiece, Piranesi. Piranesi is the name given to the protagonist who lives in a house, if you can call it that. Determined to explore as much of this 'house of infinite halls' he calls his world as possible, Piranesi has travelled as far as the nine-hundred-and-sixtieth hall to the west, the eight-hundredand-ninetieth hall to the north and the seven-hundred-and-sixty-eighth hall to the south. In the upper halls, clouds move in slow procession and statues appear out of the mist. Lower, are the drowned halls, where dark water covered in water lilies rise and fall with the tides, creating treacherous zones. Piranesi estimates his age to be between thirty and thirty-five, though he cannot know for sure. His memory does not delve back that far. He catalogues the happenings and discoveries of each day in a journal

and files them under reference of memorable events.

the meeting of 16 and strange discoveries lead to a realisation.

The story begins with the entry for the first day of the fifth month in the year the albatross came to the south- western halls.

So cleverly the truth behind this naive character of Piranesi unfolds as we, the readers, discover the reality behind his life in a unique way.

Although Piranesi has discovered evidence that fifteen people once existed in this world, he shares this enormous, yet enclosed world with only one other, which he refers to as, The Other.

Never do I read other reviews or want to know what the books I’m reviewing are about before I read them.

The Other has an estimated age between fifty and sixty. He believes that there is a great and secret knowledge hidden within this world that will grant enormous powers. Piranesi meets with, The Other only twice a week to discuss their discoveries and their mission to uncover the great power. Piranesi is content in his world of quarantine and values his friendship with The Other greatly. He has no intent to escape, only to discover the origin of his home. That is until Piranesi meets a 16th person. Piranesi’s thoughts begin to change with

With this one, I only wish I knew it was written in the form of diary entries. With that knowledge, you will all be able to enjoy it right from the beginning. For me, this story feels almost like the foundation of an epic character. The detail of this house alone is tremendous! We read so many stories of temples, wizards and ancient beings, but never do we delve into the private lives of these characters. In this book, I found it comforting to slow down and learn about this unique character at a leisurely pace. It’s a very intriguing read. Available from The Ravens Parlour Book Store, Tanunda.

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“When we advocate for them, and when we fight for them, we are their voice and we are saying the things they wish they could say.” - Abbey Underwood


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Making a difference where it matters WORDS NIKITA SKUSE PHOTOGRAPHY ALICIA LÜDI-SCHUTZ

For most Barossa families, a trip to the park is one of the easiest weekend outings to execute. Whilst catching up at our picnic bench though, Seppeltsfield resident, Abbey Underwood, sees past the sunshine and scenery of the area and towards the difficulties of accessing the space for those with a disability. She explains how the hilly lawns would be a nightmare for anyone in a wheelchair to manoeuvre – something many of us would never have put a second thought towards. “Everything is just a thousand times harder for these guys,” she says.

“There’s not a lot of accessibility in terms of spaces here in the Barossa.” The 19-year-old disability advocate recently took out the title of 2021 Barossa Young Ambassador after spending nine months in the programme sharing this passion for accessibility and inclusivity with the group and wider community. “Winning was so overwhelming,” she says. “I wasn’t expecting it, so it was the weirdest feeling. I can’t even put it into words.” In her short time since graduating from

Nuriootpa High School in 2019, Abbey has worked as a school services officer in the Disability Units at Tanunda Primary and Nuriootpa High, as an in-home support worker and for the Lotus Project which provides school holiday activities for children with disabilities. Now, she does relief work in schools and coaches children in Auskick and netball, all while completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Australia. Despite the busy schedule, she’s confident in her career path. “I love it. I know I’m in the right field,” she beams.

>> Abbey Underwood, with students Ayden Polley, Josh Kokegei (in wheelchair) and Reece Sutton.


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As part of the Young Ambassador programme, participants had to present a project relating to the region. Abbey’s project inspiration sprung from the comments section of a Barossa Council Facebook post about a local playground upgrade. “All these special needs parents started to comment things on the post like ‘please consider my child’, ‘please make it wheelchair friendly’, ‘make it inclusive of all abilities’,” Abbey explained. “So, I started to chat to a few mums and dads whose children have special needs and I got comments like ‘there’s not one single playground that’s totally accessible for our child here’. “Every parent just wants their children to play, and that’s just not something that they can do at the moment.” Abbey saw the unequivocal need for an inclusive and accessible playground in the Barossa and with that her project was born. “Picture who are playgrounds for?” Abbey asks. “They’re not for ninja warriors, they’re for children to enjoy and actually be successful on.” Abbey’s playground proposal includes eliminating hazards like uneven grounds and equipment that is too high and adding equipment like talking boards, low to ground obstacles, wide ramps and sensory activities that an array of children can enjoy. “Playgrounds create that community-centred space, which is what’s so important in the Barossa,” Abbey says. “If we’re leaving out a whole group of people—and that group of people being children or even young adults with disabilities that then aren’t able to play and engage safely or confidently—then we’re missing a whole demographic.” On the night Abbey was crowned Young Ambassador, she was approached to speak to The Barossa Council about her project

>> Isabel Hage reading with Abbey.

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– an invitation she sees as a hopeful step towards bringing this dream to fruition. With this invite, she also recognises the responsibility she holds in advocating for others. “I actually am speaking on behalf of families who live like this every single day. They are literally living in a community that isn’t meeting a really specific need for them,” she says. “So, it’s not just coming from me, it’s coming from them. I’m speaking for heaps of people.” Sharing the voices of those with a disability is something that has been the driving force behind Abbey’s passion for inclusivity and accessibility, inspired by her bond with a student with non-verbal autism. “She’s just amazing,” Abbey says, “and she’s at the back of my mind every day when I’m doing this work.” This student taught Abbey that many of these children don’t have a voice, but they have something to say. “When we advocate for them, and when we fight for them, we are their voice and we are saying the things they wish they could say.” Abbey isn’t set on where her future is headed just yet, but has plans to tackle additional degrees in special and inclusive education after completing her current one. At the top of her to-do list though is to continue pushing for an accessible and inclusive Barossa, which she believes will only add to the desire of the region. “The Barossa is the perfect place for it,” she maintains. “If we have people with a good, strong attitude, who are passionate to fight for this stuff and passionate to bring it to life, it will happen.”

>> Abbey and Aggie McNally.

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Sheep or goats are the new pets Pet ownership in Australia is common, and while we generally think of a gorgeous tabby cat or a bouncing Labrador, here in the Barossa and Mid North we are seeing a new kind of pet. Increasingly, clients are having pet sheep or goats. These are not your average orphaned ‘poddy’ lamb, raised by the kids because its mum abandoned it and is destined for the freezer. These animals are genuine members of the family, just like your typical dog or cat; they sleep on the veranda (or sometimes in the house!), go for walks, go to work and are an integral part of their owner’s lives. As mixed practice vets, we think this is wonderful and it is lovely to see the bond people develop with these animals.

However, their care needs are slightly different to our dogs and cats. Here are some things to remember if you are thinking about having a goat or sheep as a pet or have one already munching away on your roses: • Vaccination is an essential part of their preventative care and needs to be done annually. This can be arranged through a vet or if you have a local friendly farmer, they can often help out. • Worming is sometimes required, but given that they often live solitary lifestyles or in very small groups, rather than just drenching them, a better approach is to collect a small sample of faeces and drop them at a clinic where they can perform a faecal egg count and determine if a drench is necessary. • A health check similar to a dog or cat is a good idea. This checks their dental

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health, determines if their feet require trimming, assess their diet and overall health. It is especially helpful as they age, because they can get arthritis and age-related illness too.

Common garden plants like oleander, foxglove or lantana are all toxic if ingested so please check what is around and make sure the fences are sound to avoid upset tummies.

• Nutrition is important, especially for males. Goats and sheep are efficient animals and if are not reproducing or rapidly growing do not need large amounts of energy, calcium and protein. Too much calcium causes small bladder stones that can block the urethra and prevent them from urinating, making them sick and leading to death if not treated quickly. Too much protein and energy can cause obesity as well as inflammatory issues in the urinary tract.

This can be avoided by having adequate pasture and if necessary, feeding good quality meadow or oaten hay and avoiding large amounts of lucerne or commercial pellets.

It is also important, especially if they are around your backyard to ensure you don’t have any toxic plants in the garden.

A vet will be happy to discuss their nutritional needs with you. These animals make wonderful pets and can be extremely affectionate. If you are thinking about taking one on or have some already grazing in your back yard and have any questions, be sure to get in touch. We love dealing with large mobs, but we also love the ones with names like Smarty, Bob and Hank!


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Your guide to winter fashion

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The switch of the season also signals a few months of cosiness and comfort ahead, and you can look forward to changing up your wardrobe for something a little more layered, textured and fun.

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Blazers can be worn everywhere from Sunday brunch to Friday night bubbles with the girls!

We’ve rounded up a list of clothing styles and brands that will keep you warm and looking good this season! PUFFY SLEEVES Inspired by the 80’s and perfect for this winter is the puff sleeve.

A tailored blazer will elevate any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary, and they are no longer just for the office.

Fitted and oversized styles, to standout printed checks, the blazer is always a perfect choice. R.M. Williams’ Sheaoak Blazer pairs perfectly with causal jeans and a black boot.

Wearing a puff sleeve adds volume to your shoulders, drawing the eye up and giving the illusion of a smaller waist.

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You can create a multitude of looks, dressing it up or down when paired with jeans, pants or a pencil skirt for winter.

The sleeveless design adds versatility to your wardrobe and is one of the best layering pieces to invest in.

Absolutely anyone can wear this style, and Brave & True has puff sleeve looks from small to large so you can grow

All you need to add is a crisp white shirt underneath an Isle of Mine vest and you’re ready to go for those cooler days.

Sweater vests are not new on the scene but are a must-have this season.

They are perfect for work, home and going out of an evening. You can walk out of the door looking fabulous – feeling not only comfortable but confident. Marco Polo Ponte pants will be your new go to pants for everyday wear because you can dress them up or down. COSY LOUNGEWEAR In winter, comfort is key and with our cosy loungewear, you can stay comfortable, while also looking stylish! Jumpers and trackpants truly are the ultimate ‘at home on a rainy-day’ look. Take your pick from minimal colour ways, bold hues, printed graphics and unique textures, Gingerlilly has the cosiness to suit you. SCARVES Scarves are back in fashion this winter. Frankly speaking, they didn’t go anywhere!

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Mikiko Shimoda Japanese born and raised Mikiko Shimoda is a world travelled chef and has now settled in the Barossa and is adding yet another interesting element to our food culture. Mikiko reflects on her childhood memories of making and perfecting dumplings with her family and how it was simply part of life in a busy household - ‘to contribute and provide’. Now Mikiko finds the art of making dumplings somewhat meditative and therapeutic, and loves to pass on her mother’s skills to her own children who ‘can’t get enough’ of these tasty delicacies. Mikiko has crafted quite the following, with customers enjoying her healthy, tasty offerings throughout the valley and is branching out into many other regions and outlets where we can avail ourselves of the ultimate, easy, ‘Friday night meal’.

A ‘mostly’ portrait and ‘brief’ interview series exploring the idea that one image has the power to tell the whole story. Each ‘sitter’ suggests the next person to be photographed in this series, and thus ensues an interesting and unknown trail of Barossa identities to come. Stay tuned… Pete.

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“I think that’s the good thing about us… I feel like it’s a family.” - Kathy Piscioneri >> Back row: Keith Fechner, Guy Martin, Roger Leslie, Raelene O’ Connor, Ivan O’Hara and Peter Boschen. Front row: Ian Curren, David Johnson and Gerry Canavan.

Turning craft into conversation WORDS HEIDI HELBIG PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN KRÜGER

You know morning cuppa’s over at the Tinkers Shed when Keith Pfeiffer goes back to work.

came to the Tinkers Shed seeking both to learn and share the skills of craftsmanship.

“You’ve got two minutes to go,” Keith calls over his shoulder as he returns to the shed floor, to a chorus of laughter.

Gerry Canavan, who “helped build the place” back in 2009.

Good natured banter flows easily between these Tinkers, who come from all walks of life. There’s David Johnson, a quiet and unassuming type, who makes exquisite wooden jewellery boxes and Japanese tool boxes for friends. Peter Boschen, the Apprentice, who arrived at the Tinkers shed just a few months ago. Kathy Piscioneri, nee Meyer, daughter of a cabinet maker, who

Peter Cooper, a raconteur affectionately known as Peter Turner because of his superior woodturning skills. Sharon Arnold, who’d never picked up a drill before she set foot in the Tinkers Shed. Ian ‘Chuck’ Curren, a retired tech studies teacher who couldn’t stay away if he tried, and doesn’t want to. And chairman, Guy Martin, the chief tea and coffee purchaser on “director’s wages” who is the metaphorical glue that holds the whole thing together.


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As the group relaxes over coffee, the camaraderie and repartee is infectious. “Sometimes we don’t do any work with our hands – it’s all with our mouths,” quips Ian.

“The concept of men’s sheds is to give people who have retired or lost the shed out the back somewhere to come where they can learn, be physically active and also communicate with other people,” he says.

Their mutual affection sits comfortably alongside the impressive array of woodworking hand tools and machinery, which is the reason they’re here.

Initiated by the Lions Club of Barossa Valley with a $15,000 donation from the Australian Lions Foundation, they eschewed the ‘men’s shed’ moniker in favour of the Tinkers Shed to be gender-inclusive.

Guy explains the men’s shed movement was started to address social isolation, in the knowledge men are more comfortable talking shoulder-to-shoulder than face-to-face.

Each Tuesday the facility on Research Road, Nuriootpa opens to anyone with a project to tackle, irrespective of their skills or knowledge.


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The shed is dotted with projects-in-the-making, ranging from a small rocking horse, yoga stools and handmade gifts for the grandkids, to full scale furniture restoration projects. Occasional visitors are always welcome and pay just $5 to cover costs – Ian’s advice comes free of charge. For Sharon, the shed has been a revelation, enabling her to indulge her creative talents in a completely unexpected way. Her current projects involve making mobile phone and tablet holders to give to friends. It’s a far cry from the day she first arrived, unable to use or even recognise the myriad tools and machinery. She recalls being “very overwhelmed”, and with nerves getting the better of her, she left – but not for long. “I thought about it and bought a second hand table, and all these guys came up to me and said ‘what are we doing with this?’” recalls Sharon. “So we – being them – took it apart and modified it, and from there I have gone on to learn all the machinery with their help.” For Peter ‘Turner’ Cooper, who came to the Valley 12-odd years ago as “a visitor” after many years living overseas, the Tinkers Shed gave him a connection to community and an opportunity to share his considerable skills on the lathe. Naturally, it helped that he’s not backward in coming forward. “Everyone knows I like talking,” he says to general laughter. “I really enjoy the companionship and people I meet it’s just good fun. And if I can help people to improve their skills, I really enjoy that. “I think that’s the good thing about us,” adds Kathy, who’s found her niche repurposing and reupholstering furniture. “I feel like it’s a family. “If people have something that needs fixing, we can either help them do it themselves or do it for them.” Each Tinker has their place and role; for Ian, it’s taken the form of supervisor. “When they found out I was a retired tech studies teacher I walked out the door with such a big target on my back they couldn’t miss,” he laughs. “Not long after I became supervisor here – it’s been good.” Notwithstanding, Ian admits to having had a few close shaves: “I’m not allowed to climb ladders anymore,” he confesses, to good-natured hoots of ‘bl.... idiot!’ And now, at Keith’s bidding, the time for talk is over, and the gradual whirr of machines coming to life breaks the rhythm of conversation…but not for long, one suspects.


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“Kids have this really beautiful view of the world when they are young. The connection between them and magic is a lot closer and a lot more tangible.” - Sam Cowley

Seeking light through storytelling WORDS HEIDI HELBIG PHOTOGRAPHY PETE THORNTON

Look through a window into Sam Cowley’s imagination and you’ll discover a place of childlike wonder.

“Drawing is magical,” says the Vintage Art Prize winner. “I can literally think of anything and bring it to life.

His mind – like his sketchbooks – are filled with whimsical characters inspired by life, his three young girls, and the human condition.

“It’s not the flower, not the vase – it’s the fairy sitting on the flower, the dwarf hiding behind the vase.

“Kids have this really beautiful view of the world when they are young,” says the Williamstown artist. “The connection between them and magic is a lot closer and a lot more tangible.” Sam’s ability to tap into this fantasy world has inspired his signature characters, Little Adventurers, as well as interactive art installations like the Story Tree.

“It’s what kids see that’s not there.” Sam’s talents extend far beyond illustration and graphic design, although he’s highly accomplished in both. “I describe myself as an illustrator but at my core I’m a storyteller,” says Sam, who is dyslexic. “It’s really important to connect the images to story – that’s how you get art to people, to kids.


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“(Little Adventurers) are not connected to pop culture – they are all new characters – and they all come with a story.” While his illustrations are playful and bright, they are also a response to Sam’s life experiences and vulnerabilities. He speaks openly about the challenges of working as a paediatric nurse for 10 years, and his exposure to what he describes as “the reality of the world, the best and worst of it.” “You see cause and effect in a raw way,” explains Sam.

“To me, art is a warm space, a safe space, a place of wonder, and we make magic in it.” His characters are also a reflection of his value system and core beliefs around equality and inclusion. It’s no accident his heroines are brave, independent and adventurous. “I’m making a conscious choice to push female representation in my books, regardless of the role,” he says. “To me it’s important and it’s a standard I want to work to.”

“Some people shed that easily. I absorbed it and carried it with me. When I lost a patient I would struggle to let go of the trauma. Eventually I couldn’t do it anymore.”

He also believes art plays a critical role in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.

For Sam, art has been a way of reconciling adversity and seeking light among the darkness.

His workshops and art classes for primary school children are intended to empower, inspire and provide positive emotional scaffolding.

“It’s a very challenging space to step into,” he says. “It’s a way of dealing with that dark, the trauma and loss.

“There’s a tipping point with creativity and adulthood; we tend to take it down as we head through adolescence,” Sam says.

“My art classes are a response to that, supporting those creative building blocks that are essential to health and wellbeing. “We need to build a positive culture around art, especially in country communities. Art is for creativity what ovals are to sport.” Sam’s latest creative adventure, Wildwoods, has taken him to new territory, metaphorically and literally. The interactive installation was inspired by his family’s travels across eastern Australia shortly before Covid hit. “I don’t know what started it, but I began recording the sounds of nature as we went,” recalls Sam. “I caught a drought breaking in Goobang National Park – it was the first storm to go through in 10 years. “The country was burning and the fact that it was pre Covid added to the story…it was a time before the world changed.” Through the use of touchboard technology, Sam

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sought to recreate an immersive sensory experience of simply being in nature. “We become disconnected from going out and being silent in nature,” explains Sam. “I wanted to create that experience for families, for them to take ownership of that space and relax into it. “By becoming part of it, their story becomes entwined in it.” Sam continues to push the boundaries and redefine traditional perceptions of what art is. His current cardboard-based installation in the Art Gallery of South Australia is a reflection of that adaptive thinking; of art as an experience. “I’m also interested in that crossover between art and technology, how far we blur the lines and what the future looks like as far as art goes,” Sam says. “For me (professionally), I would love to see the interactive elements of what I do and the exhibition part of what I do really grow, to have space to push that.”

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FAMILY BONDS Words & photography Alicia Lüdi-Schutz For the footy-loving Schiller family, the adrenalin rush of finishing a hectic vintage isn’t too different from playing a Grand Final.

wine industry dipped away for a time there, then came good and now dad and I have worked together full time since 2012.”

Robert and his sons, Tom and Ben have each donned the boots for Tanunda over the years and whilst they are fiercely proud of their long association with the Magpies; off-field, it’s the land their ancestors developed through the generations that deeply connects this trio.

Tom also continues what his mother, Wendy began, planting native trees and removing exotics from the property and doing what he says is “giving back” to the land that has given generations of Schillers their livelihoods.

Wagon wheels mark the start of a long driveway through Johanns Find, the name given to the Schiller vineyards where the original homestead overlooks the North Para River. Robert is the fifth generation to reside within the home, he’s only ever spent 7 years away in the early days of his marriage to Wendy. “There is vineyard behind our house here that dates back to 1880 and those vines are still there and doing well...that’s where it all started,” says Robert. He speaks of two men named Johann, hence the property’s name, one a Grocke the other a Schiller who were integral to the original 16 acre vineyard’s history. “Originally, my great-grandfather leased this land off a Grocke for about 5-6 years, then he bought it,” Robert explains. “That’s how it started off and we’re still here. We’ve expanded across the Para and we’ve got about 160 acres now. Each generation has just bought a bit more... There’s about 65 acres of vines now and the rest is cropping with a bit of grazing land.” Robert, who has just completed his 51st vintage, has fond memories of working in the vineyard alongside his parents, Rex and Adeline and grandpa, Ben (Bernhard). “My grandma, Sophie died very young so grandpa was a widow in his early thirties and never remarried. He actually lived with us, I grew up with him, he was part of the family. “Between him and Dad and also my uncle who worked here in those earlier days, I had three mentors.” Robert now mentors his own sons who both agree working on the property is “definitely in the blood”. “It was probably in the back of my mind, eventually wanting to come back here full time,” says 36 year old Tom. “I enjoyed working with plants and farming interested me and it just followed through…I did viticultural science at Adelaide University, then came back here and worked for Lincoln Grocke for awhile - half for him, half for Dad. The

“Johanns Find” came about when Ben too was showing interest in coming home to work on the farm, with a view to growing a sustainable business to include vineyard management and contracting services as well as looking after their own vineyards and those they lease - a total area that today covers more than 300 acres. Ben, 29 says “When I was coming out of high school it would have been in that era when stuff wasn’t going all that flash... I remember Mum and Dad encouraging me to explore, to go out and get a trade. So I left school, did a vintage at Peter Lehmann’s midway through that year and started my apprenticeship as a fitter and turner in 2010.” After spending a “gap year” travelling and working a vintage in New Zealand, Ben soon discovered a passion for the winemaking process and continues to make a batch each year for the family with quiet aspirations of one day having his own label. But it was the sights and sounds of the mechanical grape harvester that first captured Ben’s imagination. “I’ve always been a machinery guy,” he says. “Machine harvesting was the thing I was into when I was a kid.” Robert knows it’s true, he remembers the eager 10 year old being a little obsessed. “Wendy often comments, back in the early days when we didn’t have our own harvester and had a contractor coming in, Ben was always keen to see this thing working. We used to keep everything quiet so he didn’t wake up. But, he would set an alarm clock and put it under his pillow and sneak out! No sooner would he turn up, he got a seat inside the tractor cab on the harvester and was quite happy to sit there for hours.” All three share memories of backpackers grape-picking and the fun-filled banter that resulted in life-long friendships. Then there are the vintages they can’t forget. “I remember back in the 70s, when we had some really wet vintages and you’d have to work your way through the mud and bog with your tractors to get everything picked,” Robert said.

“And 1983 when the flood came through. The Para was right up to the front of the house. That was quite a nightmare at the time...it was pretty devastating. Plus, it took so long to clean everything up.” Ben and Tom have to smile when they realise it’s always the bad vintages that come to mind first. “September 30, 2018, I remember waking up and seeing the place had been done in by frost,” says Ben. “It was AFL Grand Final day,” adds Tom. “We probably lost half our income that year in one day.... It’s farming I guess, you know you are going to have your good and your bad years.” Whilst there’s been major developments in machinery over the years, there’s a return to traditional vine pruning methods, something Robert finds a little amusing. “It’s gone back to rod and spur now, that’s all I was doing when I started!” Robert says. “And almost half of our blocks are hand picked now, it’s gentler on the old vines. But we machine harvest the younger vineyards - there’s a place for both,” adds Tom. With Tom’s love of nature, building nutrient levels in soils and finding ways to conserve water; and Ben’s passion for engines and machinery, Robert says he’s quite happy to be “the lacky in between.” “They each have different skills,” he says. The trio speak of the impact biscay, clay, loam and sandy soils found on their property have on fruit quality; and the grape varieties they’ve re-worked, pulled out and planted over the years. “Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, that’s your staple diet in terms of grapes,” smiles Tom. But talk inevitably returns to footy. After all, Robert has played close to 180 games for the ’Pies; Tom’s clocked up around 190 A-Grade matches and Ben’s still going, with a tally of 160 to date. Then there’s the Premierships. Robert’s won “a few” in B-Grade and the brothers have won four A-Grade flags each, as well as having the honour of captaining their side over the years. It seems that same triumphant feeling of premiership glory returns after each successful vintage, with all its frenzy, night shifts and tight winery schedules. “It’s a bit of an adrenalin rush as well,” says Tom. “You get the job done, then you can relax...just like a Grand Final.”


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Dark berry/plum fruit and liquorice of medium-bodied depth are layered with broad, over-confident sweeps of dark and milk chocolate and coffee bean oak, serving to dry out and contract the finish. The fruit holds its own under the surface. Fine, firm fruit and oak tannins demand some time to soften and integrate.

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HENSCHKE HILL OF ROSES EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ 2016 It's hilarious that even the young vines of Hill of Grace are a respectable 28 years old. Accurately articulating the graceful mood of this fabled place, effortlessly translating glossy red berry fruits and understated exotic spice, laid out in intricate detail on a powder-fine bed of magnificent tannins. Rose petal fragrance hovers motionless on a very long finish.

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MAX & ME WOODCARVERS VINEYARD MIROOLOO ROAD RIESLING EDEN VALLEY BAROSSA 2020 The small and intense 2020 harvest finds great focus and concentration here. Phil Lehmann has bottled the full presence of pure lemon and lime drops that defines the season, and achieved the tricky balance of texture and flesh without overt phenolic distraction. It's rich and ready, carried by a long finish.

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WINE REVIEWS // T H E B AROSSA MAG | 59 PETER LEHMANN WINES STONEWELL SHIRAZ BAROSSA 2013

GRANT BURGE MESHACH BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2016

WOLF BLASS BLACK LABEL CABERNET SHIRAZ MALBEC 2017

SALTRAM SINGLE VINEYARD ANGASTON ROAD BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2016

If you adore Stonewell (as I do), you'll relish this release. It epitomises the inherent contrast in this label to unite profound depth and concentration with the structure and endurance that screams out for decades in the cellar. It's dark yet vibrant, packed with black fruits yet never blowsy, framed unashamedly in French oak, yet in no way woody. In fruit integrity, engineering, line and length, this is Barossa Shiraz of the highest order. Kudos to its creators, Wigs and Honky!

The modern Meschach is distinguished indeed, a towering monument to the grand longevity of Barossa Shiraz. It achieves this in 2016 with an integrity and a vitality like never before. Monumental black fruits are backed by just the right amount of top class oak, and not a bit more. Tannins are super-fine and all-encompassing, laying out a grand finish that promises to continue to turn heads for decades to come.

The 45th vintage in the monumental legacy of Black Label is no blockbuster, rather setting a mood of enticing calm and absolute seduction. The cool, extended ripening of the mild 2017 harvest was a blessing, dialling down the volume on this mighty label. The result is more rose petal fragranced, red-fruited, eloquent and ultimately delicious than ever, driven equally by impeccably fine, supple tannins and beautifully refined acid line. It may not turn heads but it will sure win hearts. Not least mine.

Powerful, dense, brooding and enduring. Purple black, still brilliant and vibrant, even at five years of age. Coiled, compact black plum and liquorice, coal steam and crushed ants, boldly framed in strong yet ever so classy layers of French oak. Seriously engineered tannins confirm a monumentally enduring Barossa flagship.

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SALTRAM MAMRE BROOK BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2017 A colour as vibrant and full as this at four years of age is impressive, and especially so for this cool Barossa season. Testimony to grand fruit sources and no small amount of expertise in the cellar, this is a distinguished Barossa Shiraz. A dense, compact core of black fruits is masterfully framed in the cool acidity of the season, fine-grained tannins and high cocoa dark chocolate French oak. For all it represents, it's a bargain, too.

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KAESLER WOMS BAROSSA VALLEY 2018

KRONDORF OLD SALEM BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2018

Refreshing proof that you don't need to spend a fortune to fully experience the Barossa's fabled Ebenezer. Serious and sophisticated old vine Shiraz of nicely moderated proportions. Spicy dark berry fruits are met harmoniously by fine-grained oak. Classic Glaetzer polish and integrity.

Don't be put off by the name, this is again one of Kaesler's finest offerings. Cabernet dutifully steps up to brighten and structure the powerful density of ripe old vine Shiraz. Blueberry, blackberry and satsuma plums are well framed in dark chocolate oak and firm tannin grip. It may not be delicate, refined and polished, but it sure lives up to its name.

Maintaining an impressively vibrant, full purple hue at three years of age, this is a lively and youthful Barossa Shiraz. Layers of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry burst from the glass, backed by lingering fruit sweetness reminiscent of black jubes. Dark chocolate oak lingers on a long finish. Glossy fruit presence is well framed in finegrained tannins.

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DANDELION VINEYARDS MENAGERIE OF THE BAROSSA GRENACHE SHIRAZ MATARO 2019

CHATEAU YALDARA RESERVE GRENACHE SHIRAZ MATARO BAROSSA VALLEY 2016

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A beautifully toned and consummately crafted Barossa blend. The red fruits of Grenache take a calm and controlled lead, with the black fruits of Shiraz and the spice of Mataro adding depth, breadth and lift. Oak is incidental, bringing polish and integration.

The supple red fruits of Grenache (50%) take a confident lead, well supported by the dark berry fruit of Shiraz (40%) and the firm, fine tannins of Malbec (10%). The three are fused together seamlessly, well supported by oak structure that directs a finish of persistence and line. Potential.

Crunchy blackcurrant fruit is backed by dark chocolate French and American oak. Impressive bottle age has blessed it with the integration and savoury complexity of maturity, confidently sustained by finegrained tannins with plenty more potential yet.

Classic Barossa Mataro, boldly proclaiming the black fruit and liquorice density of the region, framed in varietal hallmarks of savoury personality in dried herbs, dried tomato and dried earth. Firm, savoury, drying Mataro tannins are heightened by this drought season, presenting strong on a finish of medium persistence. Drink soon.

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An impressively full, vibrant purple hue announces dense, dark, spicy berry fruits, underscored by dark chocolate oak and accented with the dry stubble nuances of a drought season in the Barossa. Fine-ground, drying tannins support a finish of medium persistence.

Voluptuous, expressive and exact, GHR captures the generosity of the 2018 harvest in all of characterful distinctiveness of Barossa Shiraz. Bathed in more milk chocolate than ever (as much from fruit as oak), it holds impressive presence of juicy blackberries, black plums and cherries. A long finish is directed by confident, finely structured tannins.

All the black fruit juiciness of Barossa Shiraz in a generous season is underlined confidently by dark chocolate oak, accented with a touch of Malbec. Juicy, supple and immediate, this is a Shiraz as playful and approachable as its name and label.

Shiraz from the eastern grounds of the Barossa. Slick and polished, with a generous smear of milk chocolate oak, built around a core of dark berry/cherry/ plum fruit, supported by fine, supple tannins.

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RECIPES // T H E B AROSSA MAG | 61

RECIPE KYLE JOHNS OF APPELLATION & THREE75 BAR + KITCHEN

BUNNY CHOW Bunny Chow is an Indian style curry traditionally made with mutton, potatoes, and beans which is served inside a hollowed-out loaf of white bread, similar to a cob loaf but better. It originated in the large Indian community of Durban, South Africa which is where I was born. The locals there would use the hollowed-out bread to put curry inside before wrapping it in newspaper as a way to transport their lunch working in the sugar cane fields. Contrary to the name, this has no bunnies involved. Although, I have made it with rabbit before and it was delicious. This is perfect for winter and can be made without meat, if that is your preference. The removed bread from the middle is served on the side and used to dip, when that is finished.

METHOD

You will need to start tearing and eating the “walls” of the bread so, eating with your hands is a must!

1. Use a large, flat pot so that there is enough space for the curry to cook.

This recipe is a favourite of my family’s and I’m excited to share it with you.

2. Heat oil and then add onion saute untill soft, then add the ginger and garlic alow to fry for a few seconds, then add all the spices – cook on low to medium heat and let the spices toast slighty.

INGREDIENTS

1 sprig curry leaf

500g mutton or lamb forequarter chops (cut into large bite pieces)

2 tsp of chopped ginger and garlic

3. Add tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in meat and allow the curry mixture to coat the meat and heat through.

1/4 tsp turmeric *4 tblsp masala

4. Add the grated tomato and half cup of water, bring to the boil then turn down heat and cover saucepan.

3 bay leaf

1 tsp garam masala

5. Add the curry leaves and simmar for 10 min

2 small cinnamon stick

6. Add more water (if necessary) and add the potatoes.

1 tsp fennel seeds

6 medium sized potatoes peeled and cut into 4 pieces

1 large onion chopped

3 sprigs fresh coriander

1 tbsp tomato paste

grated medium tomato

100ml oil 2 cloves

7. Cook until meat is tender and potatoes are soft (30 minutes or more), the potatoes should give off starch that will thicken the sauce. Season to taste with salt and sugar. 8. Cut whole loaf of white bread into quarters, hollow out the middles being careful not tear the bottom, and fill the cavity with curry.

*Masala is blend of spices used for curry, usually consisting of cumin, clove, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, fenugreek, or cardamom. There is actually no such “spice” called curry powder in India because different masala’s are used for different curry’s. Use your favourite blend, and I encourage you to make your own masala according to your taste.

9. Garnishing with coriander is a must (unless you think it tastes like soap.) 10. Serve with grated carrot soaked in white vinegar.

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RECIPE BEC HENDERSON & TEAM SEPPELTSFIELD ROAD DISTILLERS

CHEAT’S PEAR & RASPBERRY CRUMBLE

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One of our distillers got a new smoker, so we thought we would smoke and dehydrate our own chipotles (rather than purchasing them from the herb section). It was then up to Bec & the team to create a cocktail we could enjoy at this cooler time of year.

4 PORTIONS | VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, DAIRY FREE, WHEAT FREE My version of a winter crumble has no added sugar and is so easy & quick to prepare. It goes perfectly with a dollop of creamy Greek yoghurt and is delicious for dessert (or even breakfast!) on cold days. INGREDIENTS 4 pears

1/4 cup (30g) chopped walnuts

Combining the smoke from the chipotles with the herbaceous notes of the Savoury Allsorts gin and sage leaves from the garden, your palate is embraced in a rich warmth, with a spice that doesn’t leave you sweating in winter frost. Finished with lime to freshen and restore balance to your glass, this is one to revisit.

1/2 cup (75g) rolled oats

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

60ml SRD Savoury Allsorts Gin (or savoury, herb focused gin)

1/2 cup (40g) almond meal

1 tsp (5ml) olive oil

20ml Sage & Chipotle Syrup* 15ml Fresh Lime Juice

METHOD

METHOD

Preheat oven grill to 180 degrees Celsius. Slice pears and place in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Microwave for 3-6 minutes until soft then scatter the raspberries over the top. If using frozen raspberries, microwave for another minute. Mix almond meal, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and olive oil together in a bowl then spread evenly over the top of the pears & raspberries. Place under the grill for 5-10 minutes, until slightly golden brown and warm. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt (or dairy-free alternative).

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Garnish with sage leaf, dehydrated chilli or lime twist

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RECIPE PETER CLARKE VINTNERS BAR & GRILL A cold winters night screams comfort food to me and what better way to warm your insides than a delicious meal that’s slow cooked and full of flavour. Lift the experience and match this meal with a glass of Rusden’s Driftsand GSM. INGREDIENTS 100 ml Olive oil 10 Pieces sliced veal knuckle 100 g diced carrot 100 g diced onion 100 g diced celery 4 cloves garlic crushed 1 x 400 g tin whole peeled

tomatoes 250 ml white wine 250 ml veal stock 2 bay leaves Zest 1/2 lemon + juice Chopped parsley Flour for dusting Salt & Pepper

METHOD

Dust veal lightly in flour & season, heat a pan & add ½ the oil, brown veal & set aside. Add rest of oil & add vegetables, brown slightly, add white wine & reduce by half. Add rest of ingredients & bring to boil.

VEAL OSSO BUCCO

Place veal in a braising dish & pour sauce over, place in oven at 170 oc with a lid & cook for 1- 1& 1/2 hours till soft. Remove veal, strain solids out, pour sauce over the veal, serve with mash or polenta.

RECIPE CLAIRE WOOD CARÊME PASTRY

CREAMY CHICKEN & MUSHROOM PIE

The epitome of comfort food, this rich, creamy chicken and mushroom pie is full of goodness and encased in delicious sour cream shortcrust pastry. SERVES: 6 | SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE PREP/COOK TIME: 120MINS

METHOD 1.

Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced (200°C conventional).

2.

Add olive oil to the pan over a medium-low heat. Add the celery, onion, garlic and mushrooms and stir to combine, then cover and cook for 1015 minutes, or until onion is soft.

3.

Add the flour, stirring to combine, followed by the chicken stock and lemon zest. Add the cooked chicken to the pan, bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until mixture thickens.

4.

Add cream, lemon juice and herbs to the mixture, check the seasoning and set aside to cool.

5.

Unroll the pastry, place it onto a lightly dusted work surface, then dust with flour. Using a 26cm round plate as a template, cut a circle.

6.

Line a 23cm tart tin with the pastry, gently pushing it into the tin, then line with baking paper and fill with baking weights (or chickpeas), making sure you fill the weights to the top of your tart to support the sides during baking. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove weights and reduce oven temperature to 160c fan-forced (180c non-fan). Brush the base of the tart case with beaten egg and return to oven for a further 5 minutes to brown the base of the tart. Set aside to cool.

INGREDIENTS

250ml chicken stock

2 x 445g packets Carême Sour Cream Pastry, defrosted

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 egg, lightly beaten, for glaze

125ml thickened cream

2kg whole ‘cooked’ chicken, meat removed from bones and shredded

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black

7.

Increase oven temperature back to 180°C

pepper

8.

When the filling and tart case are both cooled, transfer the filling to the tart case and top with a 24cm pastry circle cut from the second sheet of puff pastry. Cut an X in the top of the pastry for venting, brush top with beaten egg yolk and milk and bake until golden (about 40-50 minutes).

9.

Remove from the oven and serve hot.

2 celery sticks, chopped 2 brown onions, peeled and chopped 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 250g field mushrooms 1/4 cup plain flour

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WEDDINGS // T H E B AROSSA MAG | 67

Samantha Neumann & Jacob Wright Married at Brides family farm October 31, 2020 A chance meeting at the local pub was the start of the relationship between Sam Neumann and Jacob Wright.

instead as the newlyweds exited, all the important women in Sam’s life presented her a ‘section’ which ultimately made the bouquet.

The couple were married on the Neumann family farm by Pastor Rob Borgas and a reception for 92 guests was enjoyed at The Barns of Freeling.

The couple wanted their special day to feel like them with good food, wine, friends and family and when they snuck out from the reception and watched from the outside - they saw friends and family having a great time.

Jacob popped the big question to Sam in the shearing shed on the farm with their two kelpies, a cheese platter and Sam’s favourite wine.

Family friend, Michelle Suters created a two tier chocolate cake.

Jaeger, Kaylene Nuske, Sophie Ball, Kurt Wright, Jack Hancock, Dwayne Shaw and Nathan East. Sam is the daughter of Jan and Neil Neumann of Angaston and Jacob is the son of Kathy and Andrew Wright of Freeling.

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Sam and Jacob share the same wedding date as Sam’s parents, who cut a replica of their wedding cake to mark their 50th wedding anniversary.

COVID did prevent some interstate and overseas guests from attending and it also sidelined a planned honeymoon.

To add to the memorable moments of the day, Jacob’s dad blended a custom wine for the couple - bringing together east and western sides of the Barossa with dinner of lamb straight from the family farm having guests raving about the food from Handmade Catering and Events.

But recording a video of the wedding via Zoom enabled the couple to watch their virtual guests’ reactions and was super special for Sam and Jacob. Their friends and family were an enormous help and made the day feel really personal.

Photography Edwina Robertson

Sam walked down the aisle with no bouquet and

Attendants were Sarah Rose-Sankey, Sammi

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Felicia Wedding and Nick Murray Married at Anlaby Station April 10, 2021 A Chinese elm tree at Anlaby Station, near Kapunda set the scene for the special day of Felicia Wedding and Nick Murray.

Just over 100 guests celebrated the marriage of Felicia and Nick with a reception at the Clydesdale Pavilion at Anlaby Station.

The couple, who are both registered nurses, first met at a set up morning tea in 2016 which was arranged by one of Felicia’s colleagues and Nick’s dad, Phil an anaesthetist.

The wedding was catered for by Handmade Catering and a three tier white chocolate and raspberry mud cake, made by Dana from Make it Yours Cakes and Cupcakes was served.

The couple instantly had a connection and it was love at first sight.

Inspired by an historic, rustic elegance, Anlaby Station also had a special connection for Felicia.

Nick popped the question in July, 2019 during a holiday to Kangaroo Island.

“My great-grandmother, Ena Marie Schwerdt (nee Callier) grew up in a small stone cottage on the property at Anlaby Station and went to school at nearby Tarnma,” said Felicia.

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“She had 12 children and lived to the age of 97. I knew her up until I was 10 years old and I have fond memories of her. She was such an inspiration to me and her family. She is someone that I always aspire to.”

Flowers Miss Maggies

The Southern Ocean Lodge set the scene one evening during their stay, when after a massage, Felicia walked over to a fire where there were canapes and champagne and Nick dressed in a suit. He stood up with one hand behind his back, gave a speech before kneeling on one knee and asking for Felicia's hand in marriage.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon to Cairns,

Daintree Rainforest and Hamilton Island. Felicia’s attendees were Sarah Martinez, Nicole Wedding and Jessica Trollope while Nick’s attendees were Sam Tomkins, Hamish Scanlon and Jesse Francis. Felicia is the daughter of Meredith and Brian Wedding, of Pinkerton Plains and Nick is the son of Jill and Phil Murray, of Hazelwood Park.

Hair & Makeup Sarah Craker Weddings Photography Zoe Campbell Photography Celebrant Victoria Blechynden, Perfect Pear Ceremonies.


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