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Chateau Tanunda is so named after the building that centrally occupies the property, which itself is regarded as Australia's largest Chateau (and dates back to 1890) and is one of the most historic in the Barossa Valley. The wine side of the business is also steeped in history, with a whole slew of famous winemakers having worked at the Chateau over the years, including:
- Professor Soebels – the first qualified oenologist in Australia
- Bill Seppelt
- Jack Mann
- Max Schubert
- Grant Burge
- Geoff Merrill
More recently the Chateau fell into something of a state of disrepair, until the Geber family took over and revitalised both the building and the wine business. This revival was topped off with the completion, in 2006, of a modern basket press winery.
Chateau Tanunda Vineyards
The first recorded vines in the Barossa Valley were those planted by Auguste Fiedler in 1843 on the foothill of the Chateau Tanunda estate. Since then the Chateau Tanunda plantings have expanded to over 100 hectares in the Vine Vale, Bethany, Tanunda and Eden Valley subregions.
The fruit off this plantings is then coupled with fruit from growers throughout the valley to craft what is a quite large range of traditional Barossan wines.
Chateau Tanunda Winemaking
Proudly honouring the traditional winemaking methods, the winemaking here favours hand picking, open fermenters and small batch winemaking, utilising a fabulous revivalist basket press that is the envy of many Barossan winemakers.
Chateau Tanunda Wine Styles
Whilst the range is utterly Barossan in it's bias, it is also a broad one, spanning many varieties and styles. These include crisp unoaked whites like Riesling, Pinot Grigio and a Sem/Sauv Blanc alongside more traditional Barossan styles such as lightly oaked Semillon, Grenache Rose, Grenache, Cabernet Merlot, a GSM and some classic full bodied Shiraz and Cabernet. There is also a cheeky Barossan Pinot Noir for good measure!
|Wine Region||Barossa Valley|
|Address||9 Basedow Road, Tanunda, SA, 5352, Australia|
|Phone||(08) 8563 3888|
Medium red/purple colour. Toasted nut aromas, a faint hint of spice, and then a sweet fruit entry and middle palate. Soft, fleshy and fruity, with a touch of firmness on the finish. Has more weight than many 2011s.
Good colour for the vintage; from an estate vineyard in the Eden Valley, open-fermented before 16 months in new and used French and American oak; has a mix of black and sour cherry fruit on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate, tannins and oak wel...