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Autumn is upon us already, and, wow, what a Summer it’s been! After nearly two years of living in a pandemic, I don’t think an explosion of COVID-19 cases and a return to tighter restrictions was what anyone had hoped for, particularly over our balmy holiday season. But much like the first cool stirring of Autumn after prolonged heat, the peak of the wave seems to have passed, and we, as a community, are gradually adjusting to life with the virus. So far this year, I have swapped my desk in a busy regional newsroom for a laptop and a view overlooking blonde fields of stubble and the steady chatter of Little Corellas in the surrounding trees of my home. As I sit here, I reflect on just how adaptable we’ve all been forced to become. The way we work, learn, communicate and socialise has changed so much over the past two years. For many, it’s brought opportunity or a new way of looking at life. For others, a deep sense of weariness. In this edition of The Barossa Mag, there are stories of resilience that remind us how strong the human spirit can be. The Raven’s Palour Bookstore owner, Annette Gilbert tells of the recent loss of her husband, Tony and how her beloved store helped her cope with grief.
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From penniless beginnings in the rough suburbs of Melbourne, Light Regional Council Mayor, Bill O’Brien shows how he’s learned “life as life’s hit me”, armed with a kind heart and common sense. Despite living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, Marananga man, Matt Nitschke doesn’t focus on his disability, rather everything he can do. Even in the stronghold of a pandemic, there are those who have continued to nurture their passions, such as former principal, Catherine Hull, who’s artistic talent is flourishing during retirement. Truro rust-a-holics, Steve Grant and Tracey Finch prove one person’s trash is indeed another’s treasure; while father and son duo, Corey and Keo Fechner show how a shared hobby can bring family together, even if it means flying around a race track at over 100km per hour. So as we press the accelerator into 2022 and square up to whatever lies ahead on this bumpy ol’ ride, I do hope these stories give you an urge to stop and roll the window down.
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Proud to be a grapegrower’s daughter, Alicia enjoys telling the stories of those who shape the region whilst adding to the Valley’s rich cultural tapestry as a brass musician.
That saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ always seemed pretty clever to Pete. He always hated writing 1000 word essays at Uni – so photography it was for this guy! 12 years in as a pro photographer, Pete loves working with a story, and getting the best out of people to create unique, artful images.
In a career spanning print media, communications strategy and public relations, Heidi’s passion for storytelling has never wavered. Away from the desk she watches the seasons change in a small patch of century-old Grenache and tries to satisfy the enquiring minds of the little people in her life.
What started as a hobby in the early 2000s, Sam found that his passion for taking photo’s was only the beginning. Sam now focuses mainly on Commercial and Bottle Photography as well as capturing people’s special moments. Away from the camera Sam enjoys water sports and exploring the country side, usually with a camera close by!
If words were thread, Mel would have sewn a thousand dresses throughout her lifetime, having been a keen story writer since childhood. After a career lighting the stage and sailing the world, she returned to her Barossa roots in 2018 with her husband and son. She considers it a privilege to be able to share the stories of this special community as one of The Barossa Mag’s staff writers.
With Barossa connections dating back to the settling of Hoffnungsthal, John Krüger has been shooting as a freelance photographer around South Australia for the last 17 years. His favourite subjects are amazing food and interesting people. John loves positive stories as well as how his photos can bring them to life.
Nikita has been writing since her departure from the womb and now works as a communications officer and freelance journalist. As a writer, she loves delving into the nitty-gritty bits of gender, sexuality and culture to make people just uncomfortable enough to challenge their perceptions. You can read more of Nikita’s work via her website.
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Get ready to rock n’ roll with Acoustic trio, The Fret Society at Barossa Valley Brewing in Tanunda on March 5 from
The World of the Musicals concert, presented by Rokitz Entertainment, is a show tailored for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favourite and muchloved musical songs. On March 19 from 7.30 p.m. secure your seats to a show inspired by many, but unlike any other.
4.30 - 7.30 p.m. as they play cover songs, original songs, blues, grunge and country music live.
From the best of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables to We will Rock You, Sister Act and many more, the World of Musicals delivers a stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound – from the opening song to the final medley of classics.
MARCH 11 | WHISTLER WINES Get your picnic rug ready for an evening of great food and great wine at Whistler’s fifth Summer Session at Whistler Wines, Greenock from 5 p.m. Whistler’s wines will be available by the glass or bottle for you to enjoy while kicking back on the lawns eating
Mexican food by Taco Cat. Free entry, but limited capacity – first in best dressed! BYO picnic blankets and chairs. No BYO food, alcohol or pets. Card only event.
BAROSSA ARTS FESTIVAL APRIL 1 - 30 | TANUNDA Be inspired by creativity and colour at this year’s iconic Barossa Arts Festival throughout the month of April. The event is highlighted by a Meet The Maker long weekend where you’ll be immersed in creativity watching artists working live in their chosen medium.
There are over 60 artists involved, across 40 venues and with over 20 art workshops, scattered amongst 8 different towns in the Barossa and Light regions. Turn to page 12 for more information in our Community section.
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Join the team at Whistler Wines on Easter Sunday from 10.30 a.m. till 5 p.m. for great wine, live music, hot coffee and delicious food available from a professional caterer, and a
fundraiser barbecue. There’ll be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including some surprises especially for the kids! Strictly No BYO alcohol, food or pets.
THE SQUEEZE 2022 APRIL 10 | PETER LEHMANN WINES The iconic outdoor summer concert, A Day on the Green is teaming with chart-topping band, Lime Cordiale for their annual travelling festival, The Squeeze on April 10 at Peter Lehmann Wines, Tanunda. The Squeeze 2022 will feature Lime Cordiale’s, Oli and Louis Leimbach gather in a stellar line-up of Australian
talent, including Thelma Plum, Client Liaison, The VANNS and more. The concert will also feature Melbourne’s Teenage Dads and merci, mercy from Sydney. Gates open from 12.30 p.m. Arrive early to discover your favourite band.
APRIL 18 | ROWLAND FLAT Get ready to experience all things Barossa with local’s night at Lou’s Place at 1876 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat every third Monday of
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The event attracts runners from right across the world wanting to challenge their fitness levels in the marathon (42.2km), half marathon (21.1km), 10km and 5km events. The course is very flat, perfect for those wanting a quick time or ‘personal best’.
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Spotlight on Barossa villages, towns and trails
Ashton Hurn, Mayor Bim Lange and Stephan Knoll.
Windfall for local sports facilities New changeroom and clubroom facilities are on the way at Tanunda Recreation Park as part of The Big Project.
and cricket in South Australia.
The $4.6 million re-development will include shared clubrooms with seating for 280 people, plus a public lounge; changerooms and umpire rooms; new toilet facilities; and spectator viewing to the oval and tennis/netball courts.
“This project will deliver contemporary facilities to support local participation across men, women and junior competitions, and also attract regional, state and national sports tourism events for the Barossa region,” he said.
It’s part of a shared vision with SACA and SANFL to develop the Barossa as the best regional sports event tourism destination for AFL
The project received $1.5 million funding from the State Government’s Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing.
The Villages, Townships and Trails project is a $20,000 initiative to develop enticing and engaging new digital and print marketing material including maps, inspirational videos, and suggested itineraries. This latest collaboration between The Barossa Council and Tourism Barossa appeals for people to explore the Barossa, one town at a time. The townships, villages and trails
supported in the project include Angaston, Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Southern Barossa (Lyndoch, Williamstown), Eden Valley, Bethany to Vine Vale trail and Mount Pleasant. The project seeks to support volunteers and community groups to promote local attractions and tourism products, with the overarching goal of encouraging visitation and experiential tourism.
Barossa Mayor Bim Lange says it’s a big win for grassroots sports and the wider community.
New inclusive playground for the Barossa Work has begun on a new inclusive and intergenerational playground for the Barossa, an investment of more than $1 million as part of The Big Project.
Barossa Mayor Bim Lange said the play space has a focus on inclusion and equipment that supports all-access participation.
Based on nature play elements such as green space, water, light and shade, the playground will be located adjacent Bilyara Road to activate the Tanunda Recreation Park precinct.
“We wanted to create a playground that is intergenerational, where people of all ages can engage in the space in a way that suits them and above all have fun outdoors,” said Mayor Lange.
Key features include adventure and creative play, facilities for people with mobility and sensory needs, youth activities and social spaces.
The project received $330 State Government funding through the Places for People programme.
Barossa to host 2023 country football championships SANFL has announced The Barossa Council as the successful bidder for the 2023 SA Country Football Championships. Barossa Mayor Bim Lange welcomed the announcement, saying events like these re-confirm the Barossa as a premier sports tourism events destination. “We’re excited to be partnering with the SANFL to deliver the 2023 event
and will be working collaboratively to identify potential event locations, taking advantage of the significant investment we’ve made in local facilities and venues as part of The Big Project,” he said. Mayor Lange expects the 2023 event will attract an influx of players, spectators and visitors, creating great spin-offs for local businesses and service providers.
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Photo Credit: Liz Krahge Photography A collection of artists and their work, on display as part of the Barossa Arts festival. Garry Duncan, Liz Krahge, Karen Nickels (seated), Catherine Summers, Tricia Matthews (seated), Carol Newton, Jill Allanson, Sally Caston, Matt Sheehy, Di Robertson, Avylon Magarey, Barbara Palmer, Deborah Haden, Tania Kunze
barossa arts festival set to spark creativity For the entire month of April, get ready to be inspired and experience the creativity of 60 artists at this year’s Barossa Arts Festival. The annual festival is an artist led initiative, which is aimed to increase awareness of South Australian artists by providing them with an opportunity to showcase their creative work. Partnered with regional and local businesses such as wineries, restaurants, cafes and art galleries, the Barossa Arts Festival has enabled community members and locals to stimulate creativity. With more than half of the artists being locals, the arts trail will also exhibit at 43 different venues across seven towns in the Barossa and Light regions. Ms Karen Nickels, founder of Art Innovations art studio in Tanunda said the festival has over 30 artist led workshops to entice Festival goers and get them being creative. “These cover a range of art mediums and are suitable for the complete newbie to the more accomplished artists,” she added.
“The emphasis on live art is something that is really unique and the collaborations between artists and local wineries, restaurants, breweries, etc. along with musicians, has created some lovely new business relationships and networking. “From this there has already been some ongoing employment opportunities which is great and exactly what I was hoping for. “It is the first time for the region to have an arts trail and besides wineries and breweries etc. this also includes local art galleries and some open artist’s studios.” A major highlight of the festival is the ‘Meet the Makers’ weekend held on April 1 to 3, where artists will be creating their work live in their chosen mediums at different venues. Art mediums in the Festival Trail include: pastels, oils, watercolours and acrylics, metal and mixed media sculptures, hand-blown glass, jewellery, mosaics, felting, printmaking, photography, textiles, ceramics, encaustic wax, ecodyeing, tattoo art and street murals.
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Down the track Corey Fechner has family history embedded in the dirt of Robinson Park. But it’s the present connection he cherishes most.
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Keo Fechner’s mind is clear. Behind the polychromatic glint of his helmet visor, the 15 year old’s smooth face is set, his dark eyes focused ahead. He breathes. Grips the wheel. With a sudden spurt of grey smoke, he accelerates into the hectic fray of gokarts swarming the track at Robinson Park, Nuriootpa, home of Barossa Go Kart Club. For the next eight laps of his heat, it’s just Keo and his kart, singing around the crescendo of turns; chasing the competitor in front and escaping the one behind. “Being so close to the ground while going so fast with heaps of people, it’s just so thrilling,” he says. “You’re just thinking of that and nothing else.”
From the sidelines, father, Corey watches on with a mixture of excitement and scrutiny. He’s observing the kart; the way it’s performing on the track under the specific conditions of the day. As Keo’s mechanic (“for lack of a better word”), that’s his job. Momentarily, the flash and jostle of karts and the addictive waft of two stroke breaks Corey’s concentration to stir fleeting memories of standing at this same track some forty years ago. “If you’re going to help me, you need to stay in the booth,” Corey hears his maternal grandfather, William Ramsey shout to his four year old self. Reluctantly, young Corey tears himself away from the high-speed spectacle to return to the ticket booth where “Poppa” is collecting entrance fees.
It wasn’t until many years later, when Corey started Keo on karting and saw his grandfather’s name on the club’s honour board next to the likes of the track’s namesake, Kirkby Robinson, founder of The Leader newspaper, that he learnt the extent of his grandfather’s connection to Robinson Park. “From what I understand Kirkby donated the land, and then I think my grandfather donated his time and machinery to create the track,” explains Corey. Indeed, William Ramsey’s Life Membership certificate, dated March 7, 1964, decrees him as “Architect of the Track”. Interestingly however, it was not through William that Corey got his proper start in motor sport—though those early days spent on Poppa’s knee at the track surely had their influence.
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“We loved the car side of things because it would take us places and we would get to see things that maybe we wouldn’t. It was the spark that lead us somewhere.” - Corey Fechner
Rather it was thanks to his own father, Brian “Nipper” Fechner, a man better known around the Barossa for having flour on his apron more so than engine grease. Second and third generation bakers at Apex Bakery, Tanunda, Brian and Corey followed in the footsteps of patriarch, Keith, who purchased the business in 1948. In Apex’s kitchen on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Bilyara Road, the original 300 loaf wood-fired oven is still filled up to two and a half times per day, baking recipes Keith developed more than 80 years ago.
in the delivery van,” Brian recalls with a chuckle. “Dad would check the vehicle when it came back in and he’d see the grass stuck in between the rim and the tyres. I just loved driving.” In later years, Brian got into Supersprints and Hill Climbs. He also has a deep affection for BMWs, being a founding member of the first BMW car club in South Australia, and its only Life Member.
But it was Brian who first introduced motor sport to the Fechner family.
Such was Brian’s obsession with motoring, Corey and his sister, Nicole’s formative years are peppered with memories of car events and race meets.
“On bread deliveries, when I was about 15, I’d be sliding around on the back roads
“Our childhood consisted of picking up cans at Mallala race track to try and make
a bit of money, or travelling around to the different national car club events at Easter time,” Corey says. “We loved the car side of things because it would take us places and we would get to see things that maybe we wouldn’t. It was the spark that lead us somewhere.” Taking up Supersprints and Hill Climb like his father, Corey’s foray into motor sport offered him an adrenaline rush away from long hours at the bakery, and a shared interest with Brian. It was only natural that in time, Corey would want to share that interest with his own son. “That’s what I really enjoy about it, is I get to spend so much time with Keo,” he says.
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T H E B AROSSA MAG | 17 “I know that sounds weird, we do spend a lot of time together anyway, but it’s something we share a passion for. We’ve got a similar goal.” Corey turns his attention back to the track, where Keo is flying at close to 115km per hour.
34 people at his first senior event,” remarks Corey.
communication that not many other sports require,” says Corey.
“But we do it for the fun. If it leads somewhere, it leads somewhere. If it doesn’t, there’s no pressure.”
“It’s that real close knit between driver and mechanic.”
It’s only been about 18 months since the teenager got seriously into the sport, but already he’s shown plenty of ability.
After a day on the track, father and son debrief on the day’s events in a squat, unremarkable shed just metres from Apex’s faithful oven, surrounded by tools of the trade and towers of used kart tyres.
“In that time he’s moved up three classes and he’s won a state title in one class, and in the Australian class he came 12th out of
“Finding what he’s feeling and getting that information out of him so we can make changes to the kart requires a level of
For those who love this sometimes under appreciated sport, they will tell you that it is all about family and fun, as much off the track as on. “A lot of time our connection is always while he’s at work or something,” adds Keo. “But going to the track when it’s just him and me is different. It’s something that we both love.”
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Growing your own herbs at home Widely used in cooking, herbs are a great and easy way to elevate your home cooking to the next level. If you have ever bought herbs from the supermarket you know they can be pretty pricey and if you are anything like me, you often only get one use out of the bunch before they wilt and become inedible. The solution? Grow your own! Herbs are so easy to grow and freshly picked herbs from the garden are packed with so much more flavour than store bought. An endless supply of fresh flavour at your doorstep, no more wilted herbs forgotten in the fridge. There are so many different types of herbs available, all with different uses ranging from eating, to healing, to drinking (teas etc), to repellent. To get you started I’m going to look at a few of the best kitchen herbs: BASIL Nothing beats the smell of fresh basil. It’s a staple in pasta and Mediterranean dishes and takes tomatoes to the next level of tastiness. Grow basil outside in an open sunny position in pots or the ground.
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Basil is a seasonal herb grown over the warmer months (hates the cold).
Mint grows year round and does best in a part shade position.
It tolerates full sun but prefers part shade in the heat of summer.
Liquid feed regularly and nip off flowers to encourage new growth.
Oregano is a hardy and easy to grow herb.
Being a woody herb rather than a leafy herb, rosemary lends itself to dishes with a longer cooking time, think roasts, stews and soups.
CORIANDER A little herb that has people divided. You either love it or hate it. Perfect with Asian and Mexican dishes and widely used as a garnish. All parts of the plant are edible (roots, stems, leaves and seeds). Coriander prefers cooler temperatures. If you plant it in summer be sure to give it a part shade or cooler position and pick leaves regularly otherwise it can go to seed quickly.
Rosemary is very hardy and can be planted in pots or the ground. It also makes a wonderful and fragrant hedge. PARSLEY The ultimate garnish and great in an array of dishes, it also boasts a lot of health properties. Grow parsley in pots or the ground.
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Parsley enjoys a nice rich soil.
Mint has such a fresh flavour and is great in salads, with fruit, smoothies and juices.
I find it does better in a part shade position over the summer months, but will tolerate full sun for the rest of the year.
There are many different types of mint available e.g. common mint, chocolate mint, apple mint, Vietnamese mint, spearmint peppermint, etc. With all mints make sure you always plant in a seperate pot on its own. Mint has the tendency to run and take over if put in the garden or in a pot with other herbs.
Parsley is available in both flat leaf (Italian type) and curly leaf varieties. OREGANO
Chives are a member of the onion family. They have a similar but more delicate flavour. They taste great in any French dish, egg, potato or cheese recipes and who doesn’t love cheese and chive muffins? Chives are a perennial herb, meaning they die down a bit over the winter months before shooting back in spring. Choose a sunny position in a pot or the ground. As with most plants, to get the best results, be sure to always use a premium potting mix in pots or to mix plenty of soil improver into the ground at planting time. Regular feeding with a liquid or good pellet fertiliser will help maintain plant health and encourage plenty of new, tasty leaves.
With its bold flavour, it’s the perfect accompaniment to many Italian meat and pasta dishes.
Water your herbs well over the hot months and you will be rewarded with tasty, fresh herbs at your fingertips, anytime you need.
Grow oregano in pots or the ground in a well drained soil.
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If Annette Gilbert’s life story was a work of fiction, it would almost certainly be a best seller; she, the compelling protagonist in a melodrama punctuated by loss and love. As it turns out, truth is stranger than fiction, and Annette has more stories than would fit comfortably in her Tanunda bookstore, The Raven’s Parlour Bookstore. A former performer of Australian stage and screen, Annette’s professional career took her to Sydney and London as a classical ballet dancer and later, a singer, but it was literature that was her mainstay. She credits her father with her rapacious love for the written word, and her formative years were shaped by literary giants. “I came from a family, on my father’s side, of readers, and writers too. So I grew up reading many of dad’s books, all the Russians, Dostoyevsky and Turgenev,” recalls Annette. “Dad’s war friend worked at the Parliamentary Library – it was formal and silent – and he would bring me a book every fortnight, and it would be just a fantastic book or an unusual book. “I read every book by Dostoyevsky; when I read ‘The Idiot’ I actually bit it because I was enjoying it so much – I loved the intensity of it.”
Her love affair with literature continued during her relationship with wellestablished jazz pianist, Tony Gilbert. “We always read, Tony and I, even though he was a jazz musician and I was a classical dancer. “It was music that bought us together, but it just happened that we both read,” Annette recalls. It wasn’t long before their respective careers took off, Annette working tirelessly to perfect her ballet technique. “I trained with Leslie White (Royal Ballet School London), then Joan and Monica Halliday. “I’m not naturally turned out, so I had to work harder. Everyone else could work four days a week but I had to work six,” she recalls. Her professional career began at the age of 17 with Australian Dance Theatre, which, at that time, performed classical and modern. She appeared as one of six dancers on the Reg Livermore Show and then on Bandstand, just as newcomer, Johnnie Farnham was premiering with the nowfamous ‘Sadie’. When the alluring lights of London beckoned, Annette chased her dream,
landing a coveted spot with a Swedish ballet company. She never saw the plot twist until it was upon her, forced to make a heartwrenching choice between career and love. “There’s a movie called Turning Point where one marries and one continues – I married,” Annette says. “When I said I would marry him I cried for six weeks because I knew subconsciously it was the end of my career. “The bond with Tony was too strong and I came back home.” With her trademark resilience, Annette reinvented herself and made her debut as a singer, cleverly employing the ‘fake it till you make it’ tactic to hide her inexperience. “I went to work with Wally Carr and before I knew it, I found myself on TV. “They looked at me and said, this is Tony Gilbert’s wife, she must be terrific – I made all my mistakes publicly,” laughs Annette. A natural talent, she went on to make regular appearances on Channel Nine variety show, Adelaide Tonight, performing both solo and back-up vocals, as well as a series of radio programmes.
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“That was fun, great fun,” says Annette. “In the end I sang professionally longer than I danced, although I never felt as at home as I did with ballet. “It was a fantastic life.” Breaking stride to start a family with Tony, Annette joined an amateur ballet company after the birth of Sammi, staving off the “terrible” fate of becoming a suburban housewife. When opportunity knocked in the form of a second-hand bookshop in Angaston, Annette pivoted once again. “We started in a back shed in Blee Street and gradually took over the gallery (in Murray Street) and it became Timeless Books. Peter Goers loved the shop – you either
loved it or hated it because it rambled,” she recalls fondly. Annette admits she didn’t do “a bit of research”, instead trusting her instincts, and she now lays claim to one of SA’s most successful regional retail bookstores. On reflection, the bookstore was her saving grace when she lost Tony seven months ago to leukaemia: “That’s what saved me,” she says simply. The success of The Raven’s Parlour Bookstore is due in no small part to her team of knowledgeable staff and her loyal repeat customers. “Ours is quite different from city bookshops. We’re lucky because the Barossa is quite literary and just a little bit more sophisticated,” Annette says.
“Our customers read all sorts of things – history, military, crime, science fiction. It’s just something you get to know, it’s very nuanced. “Also, it’s very social, our shop. We ask customers what they’re reading – that’s the critical question – and match the customer to the book. That’s the fun part!” However she’s quick to debunk some common myths about running a bookstore, pointing to the 17 boxes of books that arrived earlier in the day. “Most people say ‘it must be lovely owning a book shop’, imagining you just sit there and read,” she laughs. “It’s a lot of work but I have no regrets – I love it every bit as much as dancing or singing.”
Annette's current pick I have just read The Magician (Colm Toibin), the story of Thomas Mann – it’s very informative and it’s very literary."
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>> Left: 1953 Mobile Store calendar and Kroshel’s kerosene bottle. Right: Collin Kroshel inside his Mobile Store c.1950s. Inset: Kroshel’s Mobile Store in parked in front of Kroshel’s Barossa Store, Fifth Street, Nuriootpa c.1950s
Kroshel’s Mobile Store WORDS LUKE ROTHE The concept of home delivery was fairly common in the 1900’s with bakers, grocers and butchers each delivering goods to your doorstep. However, Barossa local, Collin Kroshel (1921 - 2017), took this idea to another level with his dream of creating a mobile store to serve the needs of the local community.
then covered with Masonite. The front panel, which included the windscreen and side windows, was completed in Adelaide. The van was driven to Collin’s home at Ebenezer to finish the interior with help from his father-in-law, Alf Maywald, a local carpenter and cabinetmaker.
After serving the RAAF as an aircraft mechanic during WWII, Collin became a domestic broom and brush salesman.
The mobile store was painted by Collin, and a signwriter was engaged to add the finishing touches.
In October 1948, Collin purchased a Bedford bus chassis from E. Schrapel & Sons at Tanunda after realising that his mechanical skills and travelling salesman experience could be put to good use.
By early 1950 the glass cabinets and shelves were fully loaded with all manner of groceries, medicines, clothing, haberdashery, footwear, hardware and even a rack of seed packets.
In April, 1949 he used the machinery at Schrapel’s workshop to start construction. Aluminium sheet was screwed to a tubular steel frame to form the body of the vehicle, with the interior insulated and
Butter and other foods needing refrigeration were stored in an ice-chest, cooled by large blocks of ice purchased from Appelt’s ice making facility in Nuriootpa. S
The van had two skylights with additional lighting for dull days, and two small fans for the hot weather. Kroshel’s Mobile Store called on regular customers in Nuriootpa on a weekly basis, with surrounding areas up to 15km away being visited fortnightly. The Bedford clocked up 100,000 miles (160,000km) during almost 30 years of trading. The Mobile Store was given to the Birdwood Motor Museum, but unfortunately is not on public display. The early success of the mobile venture led Collin and his wife, Edith to open ‘Kroshel’s Barossa Store’ at 36 Fifth Street, Nuriootpa on September 11, 1953.
were decantated from drums into paper labelled bottles. For several decades Kroshel’s Barossa Store served as a convenient and friendly shop for people living in that part of Nuriootpa but was then sold in 1980 to Ken and Fay Prosser. “Collin Kroshel’s shop was part of our community. “Every Christmas he would hold a Christmas party at around 6pm in late December, and give out ice-creams, printed pencils with ‘Kroshel’s Serv-Wel Store’, lots of soft drinks and lollies.
Many early stores bought goods in bulk.
“Max Kuchel’s son would deliver Father Christmas to the shop front, and you can guess who Father Christmas was! The well-rounded Collin Kroshel. A very well respected and kind man.”
Grocery lines such as flour, sugar and rice were then packed into small paper bags, while kerosene and methylated spirits
(Memories from Steve Hausler, as a child living in Fifth Street, Nuriootpa, 1960s/ early 1970s.)
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Tattoos and ties Bill’s marathon trek to Mayor WORDS ALICIA LÜDI-SCHUTZ PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN KRÜGER
Bill O’Brien doesn’t mind being called a peace-loving hippy. In fact, the Light Regional Council Mayor thinks it probably suits his character quite well. But if you call him by the name written on his birth certificate, he’s unlikely to respond because even he barely recognises it nowadays. Born in WA as “Garnet Edward” (a favourite jockey of his father’s), the name never stuck and “Billy Lid (The Kid)” eventually changed it by deed poll to reflect what everyone called him from “day dot”. Plus, seeing the initials “G.O.B.” on official documents always made him cringe and people wondered who this Garnet chap was. Mayor Bill still laughs at the thought and there are many more memories the 75 year old responds to in the same jovial manner as he reflects on his life. Wearing open neck shirt, shorts and thongs, he sits inside the enclosed pergola of his “mud brick place on 6 acres” at Kapunda, the historic cottage he and wife of 55 years, Marilyn share. There’s a computer, mobile phone and ring-binder of Council agendas on a table surrounded by lush green plants that are flourishing in the light-filled space. This is Mayor Bill’s home office and he looks very content, yet life hasn’t always been this idyllic.
Raised in a broken family and growing up penniless in the rougher inner suburbs of Melbourne instilled independence at early age as well as a strength of character bent on honesty, mateship, loyalty and keeping the peace. “I don’t like conflict, I hate it,” he says. He admits to being a product of his environment which led him to take up smoking “far too young” and tucking into the booze. Those habits are now well and truly “kicked” and childhood illness stopped another in its tracks. “I got my first tattoo when I was 13 years old - I got nine in a row. But, by the time I was fourteen I never had another one,” Bill explains. “I was going to get a big one on my chest then I got a bad dose of pneumonia…. I never got another tattoo, thankfully that broke the addiction. “Everywhere I went I had to role my sleeves down. Every job interview!” His work ethic and love of sport replaced any notion of becoming an academic. “I skipped school pretty much, wasn’t interested in it at all. Unfortunately, they weren’t terribly interested in me either!” he says with a wry smile. A “plethora of jobs” peppered his young years. He even started an apprenticeship as a tailor
but “sewing wasn’t his thing” despite his love of fashion. Bill talks of “doing the milk round” before school, running to and from the milky’s horse and cart to make deliveries in the back streets of Collingwood and Fitzroy in the dark of the night. “It was bl**dy scary but I think it was about 10 shillings a morning and that was big money back then.” Those early mornings cemented his fervour for long distance running and he’s since clockedup 65 marathons and dozens of triathlons. Finishing marathons in under three hours; cycling, kayaking and running around the state in a six day triathlon and participating in the Big Red Run through the Simpson Desert are “real highlights”. He still runs every morning. “Sport has been there all my life. I love those multi day events, it suits me better because I’m not quick, but I’ve got a bit of stamina. It’s in your head too, you’ve got to be dumb!” he laughs heartily. When he was barely twenty, Bill married Marilyn. She had just turned 17 and they lived in her home state of South Australia. “Then I got called up for National Service – pulled out of a hat which I just vehemently disagreed with,” says Bill.
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28 | T HE B A R OSSA MAG “Die Gallerie restaurant was about to open and David Hardy, Rod Schubert and Roger Teusner asked me if I would like to work there - it was the first bistro in SA, well ahead of its time.” Others noticed his prowess with people and he heeded a call to Seppeltsfield Winery to work as a tour guide which launched a career in the wine and tourism industry, leading him to Rutherglen, where son Pete was born, then back to the Barossa to expand Leo Buring. Yet Bill’s fondness for fitness never waned, and eventually he and Marilyn decided to open “Tri-Sports” in Tanunda. “I loved being able to relate to people and just seeing the smiles on kid’s faces getting their new boots!” he says. “We ran the store for about 8 years and transferred to Nuri in the end. We were really kicking against the breeze though, it was not easy.” A job in tourism development at the old District Council of Kapunda that then amalgamated to form Light Regional Council, started Bill’s career in local government. There were exciting projects to be managed before politics reared its ugly side and it angered Bill to the point where he left in frustration. “A job in Wilcannia came up for a Tourism and Economic Development Manager in the Central Darling Shire Council. I thought I’d give that a go! “The first day I drove into the place I saw a major brawl in the street. I thought geez here we go!” Serendipity took control again, albeit tragically. The General Manager died in a road crash and it was pure luck Bill wasn’t in the vehicle - he was meant to be. Before he knew it, he was appointed General Manager of a council area the size of Tasmania. “At that stage, I would have had a first aid certificate and driver’s licence, that was about it,” Bill recalls. “I thought I would learn life as life hit me and hopefully look at things with common sense and in a kind-hearted sort of a way. I think that’s done me well over the years. “It was only then that I realised just how horrendous the job was going to be. Council hadn’t put an annual report in to the Department of Local Government for four years!” Despite the pressures, Bill overcame the challenge with his team of “fantastic staff”. “Within 3 years, we won top shire in the state...I was absolutely staggered!” His eight year contract complete, Bill returned to Kapunda where he and Marilyn had bought their house years earlier. Then the local IGA came up for sale. “I had tried to join the army earlier and it was made quite clear that I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t qualify then, and now, all of a sudden I did?
“We took it on...In the first year we upped the sales by 73 percent! “We were employing people and it was a lovely place to go to work. I didn’t like getting up early for the milky though!”
“I was pretty determined not to go away with a whole lot of people who didn’t want to be there.”
During the four years owning the store, locals encouraged him to run for Council and he “didn’t want a bar of it”.
He ended up in the Air Force which he found to be “a pretty reasonable option”.
“I said I would only stand as Mayor because I knew how hard it was to get anything done as a single elected member. You can be a rebel, you can be whatever you like and nothing happens.”
“I was a Leading Aircraftman, didn’t want to do my Corporal’s exam or anything else, I just wanted to do my time and get out of there. “I was in air movements, around the Vietnam conflict and I had a passport to go. We could have gone any second because we were in Darwin. Fortunately, from my point of view, we didn’t. “I enjoyed the comradeship but I was a bit of a rebel. I wouldn’t cut my hair and I’d have the warrant officer shaking his fists at me!” To this day, Bill still refuses to have short locks, thinks he’d “look like Prince Charles”. Working behind the Airman’s Bar on weekends did, however, open doors to a future in hospitality. “We came back to SA after I got out of the Air Force. We had our son, Paul, who was born in Darwin, a red setter dog and a red RX3! So we were fit for the world with a pocket full of memories!” says Bill. Picking up work as a wine waiter at the Weintal in Tanunda paved a new direction.
Twelve years on, he still relishes his role as “Mayor Bill” and if he has his way, he’ll keep putting on his tie for one more term before happily “passing on the baton”. He’s fired up, ready to take on any competition that comes his way and the fact he’s overcome major health scares, including a heart attack, proves he’s a fighter. “Kapunda, the sleeping giant, is waking up” he likes to say and he can’t believe he’s been part of the process, given how his life began. “I’m a great believer in what’s meant to be will be. Things have happened that I would never have given the faintest thought about. Yes, I took chances, but why not? It’s another experience that is only going to do good.” Bill does, however, have one regret. “I didn’t pay enough attention at school, not that I would have been a good student anyway, it’s not my cup of tea,” he smirks. “I’m not a silly person but I’m not terribly bright either. Even so, I reckon I’ve done alright.”
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Choose household cleaning products that are natural and eco-friendly. LIFT YOUR SPIRITS! Essential oils encourage detoxification and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Try tea tree oil for its powerful antifungal and antiviral properties; eucalyptus oil, which has a strong affinity with the immune and respiratory systems; and frankincense, which is said to strengthen the body’s physical and spiritual defence systems. Support detoxification and improve circulation and skin health with daily dry skin-brushing. For two minutes before your morning shower, use a long-handled, natural-bristle brush to gently brush upwards from the feet, over the legs, towards the heart and chest, and then brush from each hand to the armpits and up from the buttocks to the back of the neck. Thinking differently can ease negative thoughts, fears and worries. Affirmations – simple, short statements of intent, such as “I am loved” or “I am safe” – help to retrain the subconscious mind by harnessing the power of positive thinking. Using affirmations in conjunction with healthy changes and regular supplementation is a potent mind detox tool.
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After a broad career in teaching spanning five decades, Catherine Hull is demonstrating that her talents lie far beyond the academic. Catherine is a sixth generation Barossan, growing up on the family farm in Daveyston and living in Greenock for most of her adult life. She began her teaching career in 1977 at Nuriootpa Primary School and taught
Reception to Year 7 classes in the Barossa and Gawler areas for 44 years, including several years as a specialist art teacher. She retired a year ago after working as Principal at Moculta Primary School for three years, then Keyneton Primary for eleven. In the mid-1970s, Catherine studied art at Teacher’s College, dabbling in printmaking, sculpture, painting and majoring in pottery.
Art then took a backseat to teaching and raising a family until 2006 when she began working in watercolour and acrylics with Angaston artist, Dianne Leslie. In 2007 and 2008, Catherine exhibited her art during SALA, selling several textured, abstract landscape pieces, and from 2013 until 2016, worked with Adelaide Hills artist, Liz Hirstle, focusing on more realistic landscapes inspired by local, national and international holidays.
T H E B AROSSA MAG | 33 It was here that she realised she needed art as a place of calm in her busy life as a school principal. For her 60th birthday, Catherine treated herself to an art holiday with Artable, a northern NSW-based art company that specialises in art holidays and retreats. “I didn’t know anything about soft pastel painting but took a chance that, after spending quite a large amount of money on expensive new art supplies, I wouldn’t be ‘really bad’ at it.” In February, 2017, she attended a ten-day art retreat in Tasmania with world-renowned American pastel artist, Richard McKinley, and her love of soft pastels was ignited. Here she worked en plein air, learning to appreciate the subtleties of light, colour and contrast in the landscape. “I came home truly inspired and consider myself privileged to have made my first ventures into soft pastels with one of the best pastel artists in the world, who also happens to be the most generous and passionate teacher.” Catherine attended workshops with several Australian pastellists in 2018, at the first Australian Pastel Expo in Caloundra, Queensland. This was followed by a week-long workshop with American artist and former president of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, where some new pastel techniques were introduced. In 2019 Catherine joined Artable and Richard McKinley in Tasmania for another 10-day retreat where her pastel skills were further developed. When Catherine was preparing for her retirement at the end of 2020, she knew that art would be a focus and that she’d be spending time in her studio, attending the occasional art workshop or retreat, and possibly exhibiting in SALA, but she had no idea of the opportunities that waited just around the corner. In a serendipitous moment, a school colleague mentioned that a new gallery was opening somewhere in the Barossa, and they were looking for artists. The Monday after school finished, Catherine met Adele Butler, whose dream was to open a gallery in what was originally the Keightley Watchmaker and Jewellery shop in the main street of Angaston.
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Without hesitation Catherine joined the Barossa Art Collective and her new life as an artist began.
This was a huge success and Catherine slipped straight back into teaching mode, offering watercolour activities.
Through her connection to the Angaston gallery Catherine was invited to join the Arts Collective Clare Valley.
The Collective is hopeful that this can be organised again in the future, possibly linked with SALA.
Now that she is a year along her chosen path, Catherine plans to make her time in the studio more structured, with a focus on improving her art practice.
Her work can also be found in The Art House at Clare.
Barossa Art Gallery and Gifts opened in January 2021, showcasing the work of eleven local artists.
She will take the opportunity to study with some of her favourite Australian and international pastel artists.
She volunteers in both galleries several days a month where, in quiet moments, you may find her making gift cards, painting in watercolour, or sketching. In the September school holidays last year the Barossa Collective organised art workshops for children. The aim was to encourage budding artists, giving them the opportunity to experience various, and perhaps new, art techniques and then to showcase their work in an exhibition at the Barossa Central Mall.
Catherine’s display includes predominantly landscape paintings, fine art giclée prints of some of her paintings, and hand-made gift cards featuring prints of small watercolours. Much to her delight, Catherine sold her first painting on the second day of opening. That was just the beginning of what was an unexpectedly busy and fulfilling first year of retirement. Catherine’s paintings are now on walls in every state of Australia, and she has some
collectors who have returned to purchase a second or third painting.
She has her fingers crossed for a ten-day masterclass in Tasmania in November with her first pastel teacher, American, Richard McKinley. Further into the future, perhaps she will offer small-group, relaxing art workshops in her studio. “Given the sudden and unforeseen change of direction my life took a year ago, I’m content to wait and see what happens at the moment.”
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Anna Lindner ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Grief’ SBS TV. Excitingly, Barossa’s own Anna Lindner has been on the set of her very own TV mini series - soon to be released on SBS. Anna is the creator, writer and lead actor in this drama comedy series about death, grief and one's identity. The series, heavily based on her lived experience, tells the story of a young woman who suddenly finds herself alone and rapidly spiralling out of control, after returning to Australia to care for two terminally ill parents. Anna takes a somewhat dark comedic view in telling her story, presenting a lighter side of what is such a difficult topic. The writing and creation of this series has been a cathartic exploration for Anna, who has experienced something many of us will have to deal with - the loss of family. But Anna is a strong believer that grief and joy are designed to breathe together, and now also finds deep fulfilment in supporting others who find themselves coping with loss. Personally, the timing of this story, meeting and capturing Anna has a quirky synergy, …… RIP Dad - now with your wife again. …and I’ll leave the closing lines to Anna herself…. Pete Thornton Death is tricky business; it is confronting, messy, traumatic, sacred and beautiful. We avoid the subject wherever we can, but overlook the invitation it offers us... nothing calls you into presence faster than when death is near. It pulls the veil from our eyes and asks, 'So dear human, what are you doing with your time? Are you pouring it into that which you love? Do you really see what you have? Have you shown courage enough to look into the eyes of another today and dared to say, 'Do you know how much I love you'? Or are you under the illusion that you'll get around to that tomorrow?' Anna Lindner A Beginner’s Guide to Grief will be available on SBS and SBS On Demand late 2022.
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Your dog ate whaaat? Dogs are special creatures when it comes to putting things in their mouths; the things they choose to chew on and swallow will never cease to amaze me.
However, some foods to be wary of include chocolate, sultanas/grapes, onion and anything with significant amounts of fat. All of these can cause significant gastro upsets and potentially make your dog seriously unwell.
One of the most common questions we receive at the clinic, especially through the after-hours service are about silly things that dogs have eaten.
If the item ingested is inedible; think bed fluff, plastic, rope toys, garden pots, glass (!!), then there is more cause for concern.
These phone calls range from the obvious like a whole steak off the kitchen bench, to things as bizarre as a wine glass or an ear pod!
If you see them eat these items or know they have within several hours of ingestion, the best option is to call the vet who will make your dog vomit.
So when do you need to be worried? If the item a dog has eaten is a normal food item, like steak, bread or most vegetables there is little cause for concern.
This removes the foreign item from their system and eliminates the chance that it gets stuck on the way through.
Their digestive system is strong and will handle most of these without too much trouble.
If it has been longer than 3-4 hours, then it becomes a matter of monitoring your dog closely, specifically their
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Many things will pass, and people have stories about all sorts of gross things coming out of dog’s bottoms, but if your pet is one of the unlucky ones and it gets stuck, surgery is the only way to fix it.
So check with your vet if you have any concerns.
The final big one to warn you about is
If the item is a household product that may be toxic like Round Up, washing liquid, car oil or paint then washing them thoroughly with water, especially their mouth and calling immediately for advice is the best option. Products like Round Up are minimally toxic once dried on the plant, but if ingested in large quantities from the bottle are more dangerous. If your pet does ingest something weird
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So if you are ever in doubt and can’t get a hold of your vet, then this is a great resource.
corn cobs and socks. These are the two most common foreign objects removed from dog’s gastrointestinal tracts and both can be bad news. So next time you enjoy a corn on the cob, make sure it gets safely to the green bin and if you are missing a sock, then watch your sock stealing puppy closely!
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Autumn Ready Who doesn’t love the warm, sunny days and the crisp, cool nights of autumn? Autumn is that sweet spot, a mix between seasons where the sun’s lost the intense summer heat and just cool enough at night to gather with family and friends for a combination of summer’s favourites and a hint of comfort food to come. When it comes to home décor, the throw blankets are coming out of storage and making their way back to the lounges and beds, and the windows are spending more and more time closed in favour of a warm, flickering candle on the table. Decorating your home for the change of seasons doesn’t have to cost a fortune, it’s the little touches that make the most difference! By simply tweaking a few things here and there in your home, you can have any space autumn-ready in no time. COLOUR PALETTES Changing with the leaves are the colours we decorate our homes with. Summer is all about embracing the sunshine and vividness of the outdoors, while autumn celebrates the in between, while preparing for winter. Autumn brings with it some of the warmest, earthy and most vivid colours.
Just look at the falling leaves outside and this will give you the kind of colour range we work with in this season. Colour palettes with reds, oranges, yellows and browns with just a little touch of the greens of summer. Those bright, colourful cushions in blues and yellows that are designed to bring a pop of colour to your lounge in the summer? Swap them out for warmer colours like tan, terracotta, mustard, blush or plum to work beautifully with the changing leaves and bring autumn indoors. Tip: There’s nothing better than a long warm bath in the colder months, so look to refresh those bath towels on the rack. Rather than changing colours with every season, stick to a neutral base set, and switch out trend colours as feature towels to pop in the bathroom with every season.
WORDS DONNA O’NEIL BAROSSA HOMEWARES chunky cable knits, which will add elements of interest and texture, as well as some extra warmth on those chillier autumn nights. Pom poms and tassles can also add a bit of fun! Those colour palettes for the living room?
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Incorporate them into the bedroom as well, and add layers to your bedscape.
Candles are essential for year-round décor, and will bring that natural warm glow to your home.
Adding a coverlet, a throw at the end, and a mix of cushions will turn your bed into a cosy retreat for the colder months.
Scent is one of our strongest senses and can evoke our most important and special memories.
Tip: Drape a throw over the end of your bed or over the back of your living room sofa (or both!)
While long summer nights spent outdoors are more for fresh citrus candles flickering in the breeze, the colder nights of autumn call for introducing earthy and spicy scents like vanilla, sandalwood and musk.
Not only will this bring a very on-trend decorative accent to your space, it’ll also ensure you have that extra layer of warmth at hand should you need it. THE TABLE
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Now that the nights are gradually getting shorter and cooler, a perfect autumnal touch to your faithful comfy lounge is the classic throw.
The summer tabletops are usually too full of entertaining spreads and many hungry hands for there to be much need for a tablecloth.
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For the love of all things rustic WORDS NIKITA SKUSE PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN KRÜGER
Steve Grant and Tracey Finch are sat on a row of old, weathered chairs ripped out from a theatre somewhere, they’re not sure where – “maybe Kapunda?” This pew once might’ve had an exciting life – days spent entertaining guests with popcorn stuffed down its cracks and young lovers sharing saliva atop it as the credits roll. Now though, the material is torn through like a patient on an operating table, guts and bones in the shape of foam and steel on full display through the gashes. To the wrong eye, it looks like something long past its used by date, destined for the scraps.
To Steve and Tracey, owners of Scullery Day’s Vintage, it’s anything but. It’s potential. “It’s all about having an eye for what someone will eventually use it for,” Tracey says. This couple has always harboured a love for antiques, but Tracey had magpie eyes focused on all things shiny before she moved to the Barossa. “When I moved here, the rust kept talking to me though, so I started buying it,” she says. “Once you love rust, you get addicted to it. You can’t stop.”
The persuasive rust pointed her in the direction of Steve, who was himself collecting the auburn treasure and selling it at garage sales. They quickly became each other’s most prized picks. “I met Trace and then one day I said, why don’t we just do this together?” Steve says. “And now here we are.” “Here” is a tin shed on the outskirts of Truro housing everything from mannequins to gumball machines, cogs to car bodies. An abundance of items so plentiful they spill out the shed door and creep all the way down to the back of the property.
Everything has one commonality, that deep orange tinge of rust the pair can’t get enough of. They describe their goods as “rustic, bygone wears” and go to great lengths to find them. “We travel across the country, knocking on doors, getting call outs, stopping wherever things are being sold. Just trying to find anything with history,” Tracey says. “Now that a lot of the main thoroughfares are all picked out, you’ve got to get off the beaten track and bounce around a bit to see what’s down there,” Steve explains. “That’s what we like doing, we find a road we’ve never been down and just keep driving until we find something.” When they arrive at a property, it’s not all easy pickings though. “Dealing with old blokes, guys that have had stuff on their property since their grandparents were alive, usually they’re relatively well off financially so they don’t need the money,” Steve shares. “So, when you go knocking on their door to try and buy stuff, they say, ‘Nah it can stay there. Grandad had it there, dad had it there and the boys can have it there when I’m gone.’ “By letting them know that we will be saving these things and getting them to a good home rather than off to the scrap market, a lot of the time that will sway people’s minds.” And making every effort to save these things is what they do best. With all the gems they gather on the road, Tracey and Steve hold a Shed Open Day once a month at their property, take appointments for people to look around in between those days, have an online store, and also have a few selling spots across the border in Victoria and New South Wales.
“When I moved here, the rust kept talking to me though, so I started buying it.” - Tracey Finch
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They’ve found a real uptake in people wanting projects in the past few years, giving exciting new lives to objects that would’ve otherwise faced a scrapyard sentence. “Because people aren’t tripping around the country or overseas, they are interested in buying a project to do with that money they would have otherwise gone on holiday with,” Steve says.
Tracey agrees, noting, “That’s become more of a focus. “The idea that, really, what you’ve got in the end is your home so it may as well be how you like – making it into your palace.” Corroded car bodies have been restored to their former glory, scrap bits of metal have been melded into works of art, and a row of former theatre chairs, just like the
ones Tracey and Steve are sat upon, have found their way into the home theatre of a National Trust house. “A lot of rusty bits and pieces we pick up, we can’t necessarily say what it once was, but we know someone will come in with a creative idea and suddenly see something they can do with it,” they say. “It keeps it alive.”
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Loyal to the game WORDS HEIDI HELBIG PHOTOGRAPHY SAM KROEPSCH
It’s midday on a Tuesday and Matt Nitschke is holding court in the lunchroom of The Barossa Council, enthusiastically dissecting the weekend’s local sports results with his colleagues. It’s a much-loved weekly ritual for this one-eyed, unfailingly loyal grassroots sports supporter from Marananga. In winter, it’s the Nuriootpa Tiger’s football team who dominate the conversation, while the hot topic in summer is the fortunes of the Greenock ‘Schlungers’ or the Nuriootpa Bowling Club. The discussion gets particularly heated if
it involves Light Pass, the cricket club Matt loves to hate.
Greenock, and mum played netball for That Other Team,” quips Matt.
“Everyone hates Light Pass,” he grins. “I’m not going to say the real reason – it could get me into trouble – but yeah, we just love to beat them!”
“Mum’s side is pretty much all Tanunda…I live with it!”
Matt’s love for sport has been part of his life for as long as he can remember, following in the footsteps of his dad David, mum Ann, Uncle Peter (Wooley) and brother Sam. “Dad was a premiership player for Nuri in A grade, B grade and colts. “Sam played footy for Nuri and cricket for
Not just an avid spectator and clubman, Matt has made valuable contributions to the respective clubs in various roles, including interchange steward, entering the day’s results from every grade, scorer and regular match reporter in his dad’s coaching days. “Life is interesting…challenging,” says Matt. “But I’ve learned ways to get around the barriers.
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“I don’t see me as having a disability, I suppose I see it as ability. Instead of looking at what I can’t do, I look at what I can do.” It’s this attitude that has helped Matt meet the many challenges of living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid on the brain that is managed through a semi-permanent shunt. Matt has seen the inside of more hospital rooms than he cares to remember, and has the ongoing challenge of 30 per cent lung capacity due to repeated bouts of pneumonia.
But he’s grateful for every day, with good reason.
funny side of most things,” he says. “My funniest saying is half man, half car.”
“I wasn’t expected to live beyond the first three months of my life,” explains Matt.
He’s referring, of course, to the set of wheels that is crucial to his mobility, equipped with a Smart Drive motor to give him a boost when he needs it.
“Mum and dad were travelling up and down every day from the Barossa to the Women’s and Children’s, not knowing what to expect, if I was alive or not. They were quite worried, the doctors and mum and dad.” If that’s an understatement, it’s also characteristic of Matt’s ‘dialled-down’ approach to life. “I do take life seriously, but I can see the
“I control the speed through my smart watch,” Matt explains. “The top speed is 10 kilometres – I haven’t got it up there yet,” he says with a grin that suggests he’d certainly like to. Having this independence is vitally important to Matt, who politely declines offers of help whenever possible.
T H E B AROSSA MAG | 53 “A lot of people come up and say do you want to be pushed? I don’t take offence, but that’s a last resort, because I like to get around myself,” he says. “Education and disability awareness is better than it used to be, but you do get people who don’t really understand.” High-profile advocates like world lawn bowls champion, Liam Buckley and Australian tennis star, Dylan Alcott are helping bring visibility to the lived experience of people with disability. “I think that’s inspirational,” says Matt of Alcott’s Australian of the Year Award. “It’s big for disability.” Matt too is an advocate for the disability sector, as a member of the Barossa Disability Access and Inclusion
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inaugural wheelchair football league season!” Played on a basketball court, the modified rules include a handball for a kick, an underarm throw for a handball and a touch on an opposition player for a tackle. Matt describes his first goal of his career as a memorable one: “I came off the bench and I was so hyped up, I went BANG and it got through!” His newfound sporting status is not lost on Matt, who never misses an opportunity for a jibe. “I say to my parents, I’m the only league footballer in the family! Dad just says ‘tickets’ and laughs,” grins Matt.
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Those who have thought about writing a book or are Monday 16 May, 10.00am The Gawler Civic Centre will be home to events, exhibitions, workshops, films and book launches If you’re Saturday Slowdown Mindful Journalling interested the process, are for encouraged to join inor event, lookinginfor a unique space your next meeting come and–discover the Gawler Saturday 21 May, 10.00am Centre. throughout May as part of the 2022 South AustralianCivicthe discussion. Monday Showcase – Worry Dolls History Festival. A month-long exhibition dedicated to Gawler’s Monday 30 May, 10.00am The Civic Centre is an ideal venue for all things natural history will showcase the environment Youth Space Term Programs heritage and its multi award-winning refurbishment of Gawler and its surrounds prior to the arrival of Tuesdays – Dramarama Wednesdays – Comic Writing / Yu-Gi-Oh of State Heritage-Listed buildings ensures history colonists in the nineteenth century. Thursdays – Gawler Youth Band buffs can have their fix in comfort. gawler.sa.gov.au/recreation/youth-space Cultural Heritage Centre Coordinator, Ms C ULTURAL HERITAGE GALLE RY Guided tours at the centre include the new Heritage Our current exhibition is Fire the Cannon. Skateboard Lessons Jacinta Weiss said “Recent history can be just as Saturday 19 March, 9am-12pm Gallery exhibition’ Behind the Scenes; the History of interesting as times long past”. Saturday 16 April, 9am-12pm Theatre and in of Gawler, well astoworkshops On 30 MayMusic 1870 all Gawleras stopped join the celebrations at the laying of the foundation stone of the gawler.sa.gov.au/recreation/youth-space “The Gawler Public Library will be presenting ‘2020, on family and caringThis for exhibition treasuredcelebrates items. that day and the 13 years of community fundraising, Gawlerhistory Institute building. Skate Park Event Why We Needed It!’ by local author Tegan Tiss,” she whichlaunch enabled it to happen. Saturday 30 April, 11am-4pm The film ‘Gawler: A Grave Situation’, will gawler.sa.gov.au/recreation/youth-space explore what is involved in restoring historic graves, said. “Tegan will argue that we need to reframe how Behind The Scenes Exhibition a renovation rescue for the dead. C ULTURAL HERITAGE RESE ARCH CE NTRE March onwards we think about crisis and turn to pioneering new A panel discussion by Heritage three noted academics will Official Opening Friday 8 April Housing the Gawler Collection together with digitised editions of The Bunyip and multiple gawler.sa.gov.au/cultural-heritage-centre reveal what itfor takes to write about historical resources the family researcher, student orfigures academic.solutions that offer hope. 2022 History Festival including the joys, and the challenges. “During the History Festival, there is even the 1-31 May Visit the Gallery and Research Centre in person or now online: www.gawler.sa.gov.au/culturalheritage opportunity to attend a historical pub crawl with Award-winning authors all published by Wakefield Explore SA’s and Gawler’s places, spaces, stories, collections and ideas that make us who we are. The 2022 the Gawler Visitor Information Centre which will Press, Dr Anne Black, Dr Philip Butterss and theme is reimagine – be bold and reimagine! gawler.sa.gov.au Professor Philip Payton will present ‘You can’t Make offer a guided tour with morning tea of the many historic hotels of Gawler.” This Up!’
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RECIPES // T H E B AROSSA MAG | 55 This cocktail is the perfect household entertainer – made with common ingredients. It’s simple to create and easy to drink. Jam is the key ingredient in this recipe and whilst we use raspberry jam, it’s delicious with mulberry, blueberry, blackberry or fig jam (what have you got in the cupboard).
RECIPE BEC HENDERSON SEPPELTSFIELD ROAD DISTILLERS
This recipe uses the Seppeltsfield Road Distillers Musician’s Cut Gin which is a higher strength gin. However, the Seppeltsfield Road Distillers Barossa Dry Gin would also work.
INGREDIENTS 45ml SRD Musician’s Cut Gin (2 shots for lower alcohol gin) 30ml Lemon Juice 2 teaspoons raspberry jam
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice
Shake hard to combine all ingredients
Fine strain into a glass – ideally a coupe or martini style
Garnish with fresh berries or lemon rind
NOTE Don’t have a cocktail shaker or utensils at home?
How about a protein shaker or a Tupperware container with a no drip lid? Strain with a fork and tea strainer.
CHICKEN & MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLE TRAY BAKE WITH QUINOA RECIPE SUZANNAH SMART SMART DIETETICS 5 PORTIONS | DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE
Super simple with minimal washing up, this recipe is a very easy healthy mid-week meal! INGREDIENTS 500g skinless chicken thighs (fat trimmed), diced 1 large red onion (240g), skin removed and diced 1 large eggplant (600g), diced into 2cm cubes 3 red capsicums (500g), deseeded and diced
2 zucchinis (400g), diced 2 x 250g punnets cherry tomatoes 1 cup (140g) seedless olives 2 tbsp mixed dried herbs 1 tbsp (20ml) olive oil 200g quinoa
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place all ingredients except quinoa into a large baking dish and toss through the herbs & olive oil. Bake in oven about 45-60 minutes, or until all ingredients are cooked.
Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to packet instructions.
Serve with the cooked chicken and vegetables.
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SERVES: 16 SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE PREP/COOK TIME: 50 MINUTES + CHILLING TIME A sticky, scrumptious Char Siu BBQ pork filling is wrapped up in flaky, buttery puff pastry goodness to create this simple, Asian-inspired canape that packs huge amounts of umami flavour. Guaranteed to become a firm family favourite, adults and kids alike will be begging you for more! METHOD
RECIPE CLAIRE WOOD CARÊME PASTRY
STICKY CHINESE PORK PUFFS
Preheat oven to 200°C (220°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
FOR THE FILLING: 2.
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat, then add the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is tender.
Add the pork, Char Siu sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil, stirring to combine. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then add the cornflour mixture, stirring until the mixture thickens.
Once thickened, remove the mixture from the heat, then spread it out on a tray and place into the freezer to chill for 20 minutes. TO COMPLETE THE DISH:
Unroll the pastry, place it onto a lightly dusted work surface, then dust with flour and roll it out to a thickness of approximately 2mm.
Using an 11cm round cutter, cut 16 rounds (8 from each sheet). Place 1 tablespoon of the chilled filling in the centre of each round.
1 egg, lightly whisked
2 (375g packets) Carême All Butter
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
Puff Pastry, defrosted
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds.
Brush the edge of the pastry with the whisked egg, then fold the pastry over the filling to enclose, pressing the edges to seal. Using a fork, crimp the edges.
FOR THE BARBEQUE PORK FILLING
1/3 cup Char Siu sauce
Place the puffs onto the lined baked tray 4cm apart, then brush the tops with whisked egg and sprinkle sesame seeds over the tops.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the puffs have risen and the tops are golden.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 small brown onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 clove garlic 400g Chinese barbecue pork, finely diced
1 tablespoon cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water.
SERVING INSTRUCTIONS Serve with Hoisin or BBQ sauce if you like, but they’re amazing on their own!
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FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY Words Alicia Lüdi-Schutz
>> Brockenchack’s founding generation: Marilyn and Trevor Harch.
When it comes to family endeavours, the name says it all for Trevor and Marilyn Harch, owners of Brockenchack Wines.
and when an opportunity rose to secure my own piece of paradise and craft my own wines, I couldn’t help but chase it!”
A combination of letters from their four grandchildren’s names, BROnte, MaCKENzie, CHArli and JaCK, adorn their labels, with the brand not only celebrating the couple’s inspiration, but also providing a glimpse into the future of their vision turned reality.
The Barossa Valley was a favourite destination for the couple and Marilyn recalls many a conversation being had about moving to the Barossa one day, after falling in love with the region following numerous holidays there.
“This is Trevor’s passion, we came here because we were following a lifelong and shared dream,” Marilyn says of the reason they sold their home in Queensland and moved to the Barossa to pursue their winemaking venture.
“He always said he needed to have his own vineyard and winery and while I’ve always tried to be supportive of his dreams, I didn’t think he’d actually go ahead and do it,” Marilyn says.
Trevor knows a thing or two about business. His success in the building industry as well as a range of others, including an avocado and persimmon orchard on the Sunshine Coast which exports to Asia, has allowed him to invest in something that’s been pulling at his heartstrings for years. “What brought me into this industry was that I love wine!“ he says with a broad smile. “I started drinking wine a bit later in life I suppose, I was 30. I went to different places around Australia tasting, went to New Zealand, California and France trying wines. “I’ve always loved Barossa wines and loved the region,
Trevor purchased Tanunda Cellars in 1999 and renovated it over three years, developing the historic building into the thriving business that stands today. He also opened a second bottle shop in Maleny, Queensland and started a wholesale company which now employs over 70 staff. But the dream of owning a Barossa vineyard didn’t eventuate until 2007 when a friend, who knew of Trevor’s aspirations, phoned to say he thought he had found the perfect property at Pub Road in the Eden Valley wine district. Trevor was quick to act, he had a Barossa contact in winemaker, Shawn Kalleske and rang to see if he had heard of the site. While Shawn hadn’t, his friend,
grapegrower Joel Mattschoss, had worked in the area and had given it “a big thumbs up”. “Trevor came down to have a look at it on the day of the auction. He fell in love with the location and bought the property after just one look because Shawn said Joel said it was perfect!” laughs Marilyn. Back then, the 66-acre property had two acres of Riesling and six of Shiraz. It now has 20 acres under vines including Pinot Gris, more Riesling and Shiraz; Cabernet and Pinot Noir. When the neighbouring property went on the market in 2010 with its one acre of Riesling and seven acres of Shiraz, Trevor added more to Brockenchack’s holdings and planted Chardonnay and Grenache along with extra Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Shiraz. Fourteen wines are now made from fruit grown in the cool climate, single vineyards with nearly every one of them named after family members, including their flagship Shiraz, William Frederick, after Trevor’s father. “We have 41 acres under vine now. While we’ve grown considerably from the mere 37 dozen of wine in our inaugural vintage back in 2008, we are still a boutique vineyard and place the same importance and love into every bottle of Brockenchack Wines crafted,” Trevor says. “We’ve ended up buying more land on Mount McKenzie
>> Brockenchack’s next generation: Bronte and Mackenzie Naylor with Charli and Jack Pollock.
Hill just here and some more from another neighbour in 2020 so now we’ve got 300 acres of land and about 100 head of Black Angus cattle.” With every property came aged buildings and Marilyn knew her husband could never leave them as is. “Having broken or somewhat run-down houses doesn’t sit right with his psyche, he just had to fix them up and repair them. Then, what do you do with these houses? “So from the wine, somehow we’ve now got three B&B’s! I never realised it would come to this but it has and I never thought we would be working so hard, but we are!” Both now 75 years of age, there is little sign of either of them slowing down as the founding generation of Brockenchack. “I reckon I’ve got a good 20 years in me yet, I’m going for 103!” laughs Trevor.
their place in the business, moving Brockenchack into the next generation.
“Jack is keen to continue his learning too and will be a key player in the success of our own winery.”
“Mack is currently based in our office in Buderim, Queensland and with our other assets and businesses we have, he will become our Chief Financial Officer. He’s incredibly savvy and has hit the ground running in the short time he’s been working with us.
The excitement is palpable and it’s clear Trevor can’t wait.
“Jack works with us here on the property. He has a natural passion for the operational side of things and certainly isn’t one to shy away from hard work. He manages our cattle herd and the fact that he can’t sit still certainly works to our advantage - it’s in his blood! “We are very fortunate to have these young guns as a vital part of our business. Building up the next generation and giving them the opportunity to excel is what drives me and is something I’ve strived to implement throughout all my businesses.”
And seeing grandchildren taking active roles in the business including eldest, Mackenzie, with his business degree and natural business nous, as well as his cousin, Jack who has an affinity for working on the land, adds further motivation.
Another chapter in the Brockenchack story is about to begin and it’s the crowning glory in Trevor’s vision.
“They are both 21, very street smart, exceptional workers and wise beyond their years,” adds Trevor.
“It’s either the ’23 or ’24 vintage, or a bit of both, and we will then do all our own here with Jo Irvine as our winemaking consultant and Shawn Kalleske continuing to create our Pinot Noir.
“Over the next five years they’ll be trained up to take
“We’re building a new winery here on-site, that will commence operation next year,” he says.
“That’s the ultimate, having a winery, it’s more or less the icing on the cake!” he says. “We are steering this ship in the right direction and in ten years’ time, the grandchildren will just add to it. We’ve got all this here and you can’t stop. You’ve got to keep going.” Trevor is proud of his Lutheran heritage and with 23 years of Barossa business under his belt, he feels he’s found his passion in Brockenchack as he continues to grow the brand locally, interstate and internationally. “I’m thrilled to have a great team around me who work hard, share my vision and also love a glass of wine or two,” Trevor smiles. “Brockenchack Wines might be a young brand compared to our neighbours in the region, however we plan to be around for countless generations to come – this is just the beginning!”
by Tyson Stelzer PENFOLDS ST HENRI SHIRAZ 2018 The darling of the current assemblage of Penfolds heroes, the Barossa takes the lead in this effortless and unassuming style of self-assuredness. Accomplished, spicy, glossy black fruits of grand integrity unfurl to magnificent effect in the glass, contrasting a fine-boned frame of rigid yet graceful, powder-fine tannins, carrying a finish of long-lingering line and alluring appeal. An adorable St Henri that exemplifies all that this label stands for, I look forward to spectating from the sidelines as it continues to grow in magnificence over the decades to come.
LAUGHING JACK CARL ALBERT SINGLE VINEYARD BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2018 With a lifted violet air and layers of mixed spice, this high site lends a measured tone to the palate, streamlined, focused, and guided equally by energetic natural acidity and fine-boned, powdery, well controlled tannins. There is a delightful detail here uncharacteristic of the far western Barossa. Great potential.
ORLANDO BUNGALOW BAROSSA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 A powerful Barossa Cabernet of deep blackcurrant and blackberry fruit is a fitting tribute to the great 2015 vintage. Solid dark chocolate and coffee bean backing from new oak scaffold finely poised tannins, making this a vintage for the medium term.
WORD PLAY 41 ACROSS BAROSSA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017 The cool 2017 season coaxes out a panoply of varietal distinction in crunchy redcurrants, roast capsicum, bay leaf and cedar. It culminates in the ripeness and density of cassis. Furry tannins will come together in sufficient time - it holds the line, length and integrity to go the distance. A side project for Seppeltsfield winemakers Fiona Donald and Matthew Pick, this is a generous and characterful take on Barossa Cabernet.
$75 YALUMBA BAROSSA BUSH VINE GRENACHE 2019 All the plump strawberries, raspberries and rubarb that lend varietal succulence are tactically held obediently in line thanks to a brilliantly managed trail of super fine tannins. From vines at least 35 years of age, this is a quintessential Barossa Grenache.
WINE REVIEWS // T H E B AROSSA MAG | 61 ST HUGO SUB REGIONAL EBENEZER BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2017
TORBRECK HILLSIDE VINEYARD GRENACHE 2018
A classy and exact take on the fabled Ebenezer district of northern Barossa, this is a consummately ripe and pure expression of the cool 2017 season. A deep, vibrant purple hue is infused with pristine blackberry and black cherry fruit. At once plush, polished and scaffolded, it is carried very long and accurate by intricate tannin filigree and bright natural acidity.
Elegant red berries and spice are accurate and captivating, but it's the supple mouthfeel and intricate texture that really stands out here. Perfectly ripe, polished red cherry liqueur fruit is impeccably set off by the creaminess of large oak foudres. Tannins sit so comfortably in this interplay that you'd forget they were here at all, yet they hold a very long finish. This is signature Barossa Grenache, carefully executed in a strong season.
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QUIN WINES BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2018
HUTTON VALE FARM EDEN VALLEY BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2017
Black and red fruits of all kinds, mixed spice and an enticing violet fragrance, nicely lifted by a careful touch of whole bunch. Dark chocolate French oak sits squarely behind the fruit. Balanced acidity and medium-grained tannins coast through a long finish. The spicy, characterful mood of Greenock Creek comes alive in the great 2018 harvest.
HUTTON VALE FARM EDEN VALLEY BAROSSA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017 An approachable vintage for Eden Valley Cabernet, rounded and complete, yet with the fine tannin poise and natural acid line to hold for the medium-term. An eloquently savoury and lifted mood typifies the cool 2017 season, exemplified here in fresh bouquet garni. Crunchy, sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit is well backed by supple milk chocolate French oak.
The developing style of this cool vintage lends layers of sweet leather to a long finish. The star of the show is dense blackberry and blueberry fruit, met evenly by generous high cocoa dark chocolate and coffee bean oak. Firm, fine tannins will hold it for the medium-term.
ST HUGO BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2018 Leading out with a full, vibrant purple hue, a deep and compact yet bright core of crunchy blackberries, black cherries and satsuma plum hails a great vintage in the Barossa. High cocoa dark chocolate French oak has been strategically and expertly deployed for long-term endurance. An impressive vintage for St Hugo, possessing impressive promise.
PENFOLDS BIN 138 BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ GRENACHE MATARO 2019 A blend that leads out with inviting appeal and concludes with the structural framework that declares Penfolds. Bathed in glorious black fruit depth, trumping drought season dryness; the tannin sophistication on display here is rarely seen in this blend, a super fine splay of mineral texture that weaves a fabric of endurance, drawing out a finish simultaneously graceful, confident and enticing.
95 POINTS $50
HENTLEY FARM THE QUINTESSENTIAL BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ CABERNET 2019
HENSCHKE MARBLE ANGEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019
The blackcurrant crunch of Cabernet is the perfect foil for the spicy, dark berry breadth of Shiraz. Generous and ripe proportions push into prune fruit and hot alcohol on the finish, though it upholds line, length and integrity. Shiraz and Cabernet are made for each other in the Barossa, and wines like this exemplify why.
93 POINTS $75
HENTLEY FARM CLOS OTTO BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2019
HENSCHKE THE ROSE GROWER NEBBIOLO 2017
A powerful and dense Barossa Shiraz of full impact and vibrant purple hue. Sweet, ripe, spicy berrry fruits are lifted by nuances of exotic spice, even fruit mince spice. Firm, extractive, blocky tannins conspire with solid oak to lay out a rigid framework to a long, sweetfruited finish.
Rose hip, red cherries and savoury, sun dried tomato notes are carried by tart morello cherry acidity and nicely presented, fineground tannins. Sensitive winemaking has fostered harmony, balance and allure, without downplaying the natural tension of the season, assuring medium-term longevity. Nebbiolo's more elegant side has been coaxed out to refreshing effect by the cool 2017 vintage.
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All the hallmarks of Cabernet are on parade, framed in the dusty, rustic dryness of a drought season that immediately transports one back to a summer's afternoon outfacing the north wind in the back blocks of Light Pass. Serious tannin architecture begs time. A Barossa Cabernet that speaks of its place, its season and its variety with unbridled clarity.
YALUMBA VINE VALE GRENACHE 2018 From a single site of 1949 vines, this is a Grenache of complexity, dimension, elegance and grace. Supple berry fruits have taken on savoury character of dried herbs and game, enhanced by 8 months in old French oak hogsheads. Fine-grained tannins and bright acidty complete an unashamedly medium-bodied finish.
PINDARIE SCHOFF'S HILL BAROSSA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019 Skilful winemaking has made something impressive and varietally accurate of drought season fruit. A contrast of the less ripe end of the Cabernet spectrum of leafy/grassy/ green capsicum tension with the full alcohol and cassis character of ripeness. Fine-ground tannins and balanced acidity both display impeccable ripeness, well supported by dark chocolate French oak.
93 POINTS $75
CURATOR WINE CO MARANANGA VINEYARD BAROSSA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
QUIN WINES BAROSSA VALLEY GRENACHE 2019
Brassy, bold and brooding Barossa Cabernet of full red purple hue. Loaded with mocha and coffee bean oak. Layers of liquorice, cassis, coal and cherry liqueur. Firm, medium-grained tannins, warm alcohol and chunky oak speak louder than fruit, yet it nonetheless holds its form and persistence.
92 POINTS $85
The potpourri, rose petal and dried herb spectrum of whole bunch fermentation brings an impressive overlay to the elegant raspberry, strawberry and raspberry jube personality of Grenache. Tannins are slightly sappy, yet fine and confident.
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WORDS RUBY STOBART BAROSSA AUSTRALIA “Understanding traditions and cultures brings us all closer together, and food is always the key,” Chef Mark McNamara Here in Barossa, we know well that mastery takes many forms. Our community of artisan food producers, generations of grape growers and well-heeled winemakers are constantly driven to improve and master their crafts. It’s this continual search for excellence and a love for the finer details that make Barossa a destination for wine and food aficionados. We’re bringing the masters and their crafts to you, in a series of studio lunches at The Barossa Cellar. Local chefs are banding together with
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winemakers and sharing their love for all things flavour! In the bright and breezy space of The Barossa Cellar, with its elevated views across the Barossa Valley floor, Mastery Studios are an unparalleled opportunity to connect with Barossa’s winemakers and food personalities. Limited to just 12 people in The Barossa Cellar’s Grand Hall and kitchen, guests will learn directly from our food and wine heroes.
commented, “Whether it’s growing grapes, making wine, farming crops or crafting food, the sharing of skills is an inherent part of Barossa culture, not only from generation to generation but with anyone enthused for knowledge.” Mastery Studios conclude with a generous lunch hosted by your chefs and winemaker, guiding you through a paired selection of wines alongside plentiful tasty dishes.
The local tips, methods and skills for creating delicious, share-worthy dishes passed down like the generations that have come before.
The 2022 Mastery Studio season opens with Ode to Japan on Sunday, March 13, hosted by Ryan Edwards (Artisans of Barossa), Kyle Johns (Appellation / three75) and Wayne Ahrens (Smallfry Wines).
Winemaker, Troy Kalleske (Kalleske Wines) who will join the studio
This studio celebrates the Japanese art of craftsmanship handed down through the
centuries and the slinky, textural Barossa wines designed to match. The Mastery Studio 2022 season will also feature: • That’s Amazing Dahl! Lifting the lid on real Indian cuisine. • Dude Food – ribs, rubs, fire and flame: all things smoky and barbecued. • Where the Wild Things Are: a masterclass and lunch celebrating the hunter. Mastery Studio lunches run 10a.m. – 3p.m. once a month at The Barossa Cellar. Prices range from $190-$240 per person, including workshop and generous winepaired lunch. Tickets are available at Barossa.com, just search Mastery Studio.
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Nicole Draper and Luke Snowden Married at Rogasch Cottage, Tanunda January 22, 2022
The love story of Nicole Draper and Luke Snowden began at Faith Lutheran College, Tanunda where they first met during high school and have since spent seven years together. Nicole describes Luke’s proposal as low key and perfect during a morning walk at Middleton beach. Their minimal, natural-toned wedding was intimate. The couple marked their life-long commitment with 20 of their immediate family members present, as COVID-19 restrictions forced the pair to heavily reduce their guest list. Nicole and Luke chose to use vendors they know personally, including catering by Forage Supply Co and O’Leary Walker and live music by Matt and Chelsea Alexander, of Chelsea Grace Music,
to celebrate their special day. The bride wore a Georgie V2 gown by Made with Love Bridal, accompanied by a longembroidered veil, while the groom wore a linen jacket and navy pants. Nicole’s cousin, Alana Shannon created the vanilla sponge, with butter cream icing and raspberry filling for the wedding cake. For Luke, his favourite moment of the day was when he first saw the bride, while photos in the rain before the ceremony was a memorable moment of the day for Nicole. The couple returned to Nicole’s favourite place, the family beach house in Middleton for their honeymoon.
Nicole is the daughter of Tracy and Guy Draper, of Tanunda, and Luke is the son of Jennifer and Jeremy Snowden, of Tanunda.
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Renata Brook & Rowen Nicholas Married at Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard November 20, 2021 A healthy competition at work was the beginning of Renata Brook and Rowen Nicholas’ love story. The pair met while working for the same marketing company in Adelaide in 2015. In June 2020, a romantic proposal at sunset overlooking Henley Beach from Seamore’s restaurant sealed the deal of their life-long commitment. Their rustic boho styled wedding, with 92 guests, was held at Mounty Lofty Ranges Vineyard, in the Adelaide Hills, where the sun came out just in time for the ceremony and the vows. Renata wore a Louie flowy gown with a matching veil from Made With Love, while Rowen wore Peter Jackson pale blue jackets and beige linen
pants with open white shirts. The bride’s attendants were Chelsea Brook, Tayla Wardle, Ashlee Campolina and Karli Nicholas, with flower girl Charlee Campolina. The groom’s attendants were Malcolm Karpany, Jordan Nicholas, Daniel Kurtzer and Brayden Dahlitz, with page boy Koen Karpany. A white chocolate mud cake with lemon curd created by Jenni Schrapel of Truro was accompanied by white pearl glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme. The couple travelled to Port Douglas in far north Queensland for their honeymoon and now reside in Aberfoyle Park. Renata is the daughter of Janine and Chris Brook
formerly of Truro, now residing in Evanston Park, and Rowen is the son of Tamra Stringer and Darren Nicholas, of Moonta.
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Declaration of Vintage SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 The wine fraternity Barons of Barossa hosted a much smaller Declaration of Vintage at The Barossa Cellar on February 20. Due to Covid restrictions this is the first time the event was not open to members of the public. 1.
James and Jill Mader with Paulene and David Boerth and Amanda and Mark Mader.
Jill, Mark and Amanda Mader with Prue
Danette and Toby Mifflin with Ruby Stobart.
Huw Thomas, Grant Burge and Amelia Thomas.
Lucy, Matt and Sally Pellew.
Andrew and Katrina Cockram with Imogen and Michael McNamara.
Photography Tony Robinson 3.
New Neutrals. This year’s newest colour trend for autumn – chocolate! The perfect neutral for the cooler months ahead. Melbourne based Sass Clothing are dedicated to searching the globe for fashion inspiration, and are all about creating fun collections full of fun and exclusive prints and silhouettes. Committed to making a range that isn’t just for a season, but for life, find your wardrobe for the cooler months at Orchard Lane.
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Gibson Wines Sunday Funday SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20
A good attendance of local people and visitors enjoyed the weather and atmosphere at Gibson Wines’ Sunday Funday at the winery grounds, Light Pass on February 20. Visitors had the choice of purchasing a cheese platter, Kransky or plain sausage while enjoying a glass of wine from Gibson’s. Entertainment was provided by @ All About Her Music. 1.
Helping to serve food were Evie Dew, Indi Moroney and Eve Jansen.
Preparing the food were Dave and Kim Jansen with Adam Fiegert.
Sue Wuschke, Bill Woods, Sue and Brad Southam and Mary-Lou Atkinson.
Sue Lowke and Rosalie Neldner.
Ed Lachlan, Giaana and Seth Koch, Deanne Saunders and Rachel Beetles.
Sharon and Tom McGoran.
Heather Kurtz, Helen and Bronte Weedon and Mike Kurtz.
Andrew Baldino, Carla Tsimopoulos and Brayden Leske from a All About Her Music.
Photography Tony Robinson 5.
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