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JAMES HALLIDAY 2011 WINE COMPANION

2008 The Tendril Barossa Shiraz

Good colour and depth: well structured and full of flavour: has blackberry, plum and dark chocolate aromas and flavours supported by ripe tannins. 14 % alc.

Rating 90 drink to 2016. Rated as Special Value.

Wine and Spirit Insider March 2010 has named the Harbord 2008 Tendril Shiraz as one of the " Best buys under $ 20 " currently available from small producers.

Winestate 4 Stars March / April 2010 - ' Rich, rounded, well- balanced style with butterscotch and mocha - like aromas and flavours with unctuous varietal fruit and lovely soft tannins.

Very limited cases left. Certainly will cellar well for the next 5 years.

Roger Harbord
Winemaker



Past news:

The long anticipated 2008 Cabernet Merlot has finally been released and looks like being a classic. The long dry ripening period leading up to the Harvest produced berries of textbook quality which enabled me to separate various vine patches within the vineyard.Careful "batch" fermentation and maturation in small oak casks has lead to an exciting array of Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Likewise the Merlot from the famous McKie Vineyard in Coonawarra was harvested slightly riper to ensure full depth of flavour and balance on the palate.

The final blend that I put together shows the amazing strength of the Coonawarra area.

A delightul wine that is certainly approachable now but will blossom over the next 5 years. see Tasting Notes).

Be quick to order as most of the wine is on allocation. Note FREE FREIGHT in Australia.

Harbord Wines - selected wines to the Magic Millions earlier this year.


October, 2008

We have much pleasure in releasing the 2008 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. A fabulous wine for summer, forget those tutti-frutti sweet Rose's and enjoy a REAL FRUIT BERRY wine style.

This vintage was tough with the hot weather in January and the extreme heat in March. We fortunately harvested both the Pinot Noir and Shiraz in late February which avoided the "cooking" of grape berries on the vine.

I am very happy with this years' Pinot Noir, fresh and full of attractive raspberry fruit.

Enjoy! - Roger Harbord

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May/June, 2007

Although down on tonnes for the Vintage 2007, the quality looks outstanding with all varieties, especially the Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. The ferments went through quite well and the last couple of months have seen the wines put into small oak barrels for maturation.

nwhile I have been sorting through the 2005 Barossa Shiraz barrels to blend the long awaited Tendril Shiraz. The wine has now been blended and ready for bottling. The 2005 Harbord Tendril Shiraz is outstanding and will cellar and reward for the next five years.

I have also blended the 2007 Pinot Noir which I believe is the best Pinot Noir I have made. An excellent wine which has all the characteristics of varietal Pinot Noir in a great style. Both these wines are now available in July on line and are very limited in cases

Cheers and enjoy the new releases,

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March/April, 2007.

Vintage 07 has been and gone like nothing I have seen in 30 years of making wine. Winemakers could not believe how quickly the grapes ripened and were harvested. It is very much like being in hotter areas like the Riverland and Sunraysia.

We all knew that yields were going to be done, but by how much? And what is the quality going to be like? Well, quite surprisingly the white grapes, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are very good. Good flavours and excellent fruit/ acid balance.

The reds on the other hand are not quite as good as last year. Hot weather and the drought/ frost/ bushfires etc. has seen the reds come in without the richness and tannin balance of past years. The Mt. Crawford Pinot Noir is however looking very good indeed. The Shiraz is good without the wow factor. Early days I know as the wines are still fermenting, however you will find a similar consensus throughout the Barossa, Clare and McLaren Vale.

Yields are down from 50 - 80%.

We now have to be very careful in the balance of 07 wines, thro malo-lactic fermentation and oak handling. I will keep you up-dated!

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January/February, 2007.

As heard on local radio bbbFM in the beautiful Barossa Valley, please click here to listen to a copy of Harbord Wines radio advertisement. (mp3 file, 352 kb)

(Clicking on the link above will open your default audio playing software, ie. Windows Media Player, Quicktime, iTunes, Real Player, etc. Alternatively, simply right click and select 'save as' to save a copy of the file.)

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November/December, 2006.

Harbord Wines 2004 ‘The Tendril’ Shiraz – Eden Valley

The Adelaide Independent Weekly

November 11th 2006
‘Wine’ with Phillip White

 

 

 

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September/October, 2006.

As Published in the Barossa Leader, 13th September, 2006.


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July/August, 2006.

'Roger Harbord is a well-known and respected Barossa Winemaker, with over 20 years' experience, the last ten as chief winemaker for Cellarmaster Wines, Normans and Ewinexchange. He has setup his own virtual winery as a complimentary activity; the grapes are contract-grown, and he leases winery space and equipment to make and mature the wines. Exports to the UK, and the US, and other major markets.'

Mt Crawford Pinot Noir 2004 Strong red-purple, abundant black plum studded with splashes of spice; medium-to full-bodied, with slight ragged tannins, may improve. Screwcap, 13° alc. RATING 89 DRINK 2009.

The Tendril Barossa Valley Shiraz 2003 Sweet black fruits, chocolate and mocha; ripe tannins, seems higher in alcohol than is the case. 14.5° alc. RATING 89 DRINK 2013.

 

As published in 'James halliday Australian Wine Comapnion' - 2007 edition

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May/June, 2006.

The Vintage has finally concluded and Barossa winemakers are pretty enthusiastic like myself on this year's quality. The reds are undergoing malo-lactic fermentations and once through, we will then put the wines into new oak.

I am very pleased with our quality of wines. I believe it is mainly due to the outstanding grapes and work in the vineyards of my growers Trevor Kroehn and Matt Gerlach that ensure such excellent fruit. The whites are also looking exceptional this year, wonderful fresh clean flavours and balance.

The London Wine and Spirit Fair has taken place in mid-May and was very successful. Harbord Wines was shown and there was terrific feedback especially with the Harbord Shiraz.A very busy time but worthwhile with trade importers and distributors from the whole of Europe tasting and discussing my wines. Otherwise we have been busy racking and tasting the various 2006 Shiraz batches in the cellar.

Next month we will be classifing all the wines which I am looking forward to. Lots to do still in the cellar. Also recently of note is the launch of the Barossa Small Winemakers Centre, located at Chateau Tanunda's winery in the Barossa Valley, where my you can find my wines for tasting and for sale.

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April, 2006.

The remainder of March and April has seen showers of rain and quite cool weather for autumn. Our premium Riesling was picked at optimum flavours in late March. It is wthout doubt one of the best parcels of Riesling juice i have ever seen. We picked in the cool of the night and quickly processed the fruit into juice. Baume 12.5 with fabulous levels of natural acid, TA 8.2 with pH of 3.24. Superb flavours and the wine is now in ferment undergoing a cool ferment to retain the great flavours.

A great year for Riesling. I hope to stabilise and bottle this wine in late July so stay tuned.

The Eden Valley Shiraz has been slow to ripen but we are finally harvesting on Tueday 18th. April. Fruit looks good and flavours are up to where I want them. Baume level is at 14.3.

Have a safe Easter and ANZAC day. It has been a very busy but pleasing Vintage.

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March, 2006.

Hot weather towards the end of February has seen the Baumes and flavours escalate upwards. With careful monitoring and many trips into the vineyards, I decided to pick the Barossa Shiraz on Friday 17th. March. We harvested from both the Ebenezer Block and Grandma's Block at Vine Vale on the same day. The fruit was excellent, coming in at 14.2 Baume with pH 3.7 and TA of 6.5g/l.

Fermentation was carried out in the small 5 Tonne fermenters with heading down boards.The Shiraz was pumped - over twice a day with the temperature remaining between 20-25 degrees. After 10 days the wine was pressed and I decided to put all the pressings back into the free run.

The wine is now finishing off fermentation and we will be transfering the Shiraz into oak barrels for its malo-lactic fermentation.

The wine loooks excellent.Deep purple in colour with wonderful Shiraz fruit characters and unbelievable tannin structure on the palate. Still early days yet.

We were fortunate to pick when we did as the next week saw 1-2 inches of rain fall in the valley!

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February, 2006.

An exciting month with another order of the Harbord Shiraz, Chardonnay and The Tendril Shiraz being shipped to Sri Lanka. If you are visiting this wonderful country you will find Harbord Wines in all the best wine bars. We are also about to commence exporting our Barossa Shiraz into New Zealand for the first time. A market that is dominated by large companies, it is good to get into NZ with small winemakers with variety, character and of course superb quality.

If you are travelling through the new Adelaide International Airport make sure you check out the Duty Free Stores. The 2003 Harbord Tendril Shiraz is available, so please leave those overpriced Malt Scotch Whiskies and Cognacs behind and buy a great Australian Shiraz for friends both interstate and overseas.

Vintage looks excellent at this early stage and we intend to start Harvest mid-March.

Cheers,
Roger

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January, 2006.

January started out with quite mild weather as the vines kept growing with the retained soil moisture from the late Spring rains. True to typical Aussie form, "The Heat Is On". As the vines start to undergo Veraison (change colour, berry softens and increase of sugars and flavours) the temperature has risen considerably. We have had four days of extreme temperatures of over 40 degrees (110 Fahrenheit!!). It is testing for the vines, the vignerons and all the winemakers!

Luckily there is plenty of foliage from last year's growth. We are keeping a good eye on the vines, plenty of drinks and let us hope the very hot weather stays away.

The vines are very resilient, coping with their balanced crops and foliage.The Vintage is now creeping up and not too far away!

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November/December, 2005.

Export
November was a a busy month, with Roger visiting the USA including distributors in Chicago as part of a whirlwind visit, successfully securing more export sales for Harbord Wines.

Reviews
This month Harbord Wines were reviewed in both the Adelaide 'Independent Weekly' and Queensland 'Courier Mail' 'Q' weekend section

Roger and the team would like to wish all their customers and supporters the best for the festive season and all the best for the upcoming new year! (And do remember to celebrate the new year in style with a glass of our wines!)

Cheers and regards, Roger Harbord.

Independent Review

Queensland Weekender

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October, 2005.

VINEYARDS
There has been quite fabulous winter rains throughout the Barossa and Eden Valley over the past few months. All the dams are full and the soil is at full moisture content.
The weather has been unusually cool, and with the constant cloud cover, the risk of frost has been luckily minimalised. Spring is now here.The temperature has risen significantly and Bud-burst and Shoot growth has commenced. The Barossa looks a treat.

THE 2003 TENDRIL RELEASE
I am finally thrilled to release my first Reserve Shiraz, 2003 The Tendril Shiraz. This has beeen painstackingly produced from Trevor and Grace Kroehn's single Vineyard in the Eden Valley. An outstanding wine, only 100 cases were produced. Tasting Notes and Order Forms are available on-line and will sell out quickly.

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September, 2005.


Philip White, The Advertiser, Adelaide.

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August, 2005.

4 th Australian Wine Marketing Conference - Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd August, 2005.

Harbord Wines was present at this years event, focusing on building your brand and increasing export sales. Please click here to download a copy of the summary of proceedings from the conference, from Matthew Jukes, the Chairman.

http://www.awbc.com.au/awmc/

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July, 2005

BLACK, RED AND SIDEWAYS!

Musica Viva’s Annual Fundraiser
Hilton Hotel, Tuesday July 19 at 7 pm

Musica Viva’s Annual fundraiser features Cheong Liew’s simply extraordinary food beautifully complemented by amazing wines and topped off with the highly entertaining Idea of North – with the Victoria Room awash with guests in black and red – and that’s just the beginning of the evening!

Cheong Liew OAM is an artist who takes food as his tools and cooking as his craft ….” (Australian Wine Magazine). Ranked amongst the top ten chefs of the world (US "Food & Wine") Cheong Liew’s fame started back in 1975 when his outrageous creations at Neddy’s Restaurant played a pivotal role in establishing a new era of dining culture. Since 1995 he has been the Consultant Chef to the prestigious Grange Restaurant at the Hilton Adelaide and has been continuously winning awards ever since.

Harbord Wines already gaining international acclaim, is a young Barossa Valley based winery that has another international connection. In the hilarious Oscar-winning movie "Sideways”, the Kalyra Winery where Miles and Jack meet Stephanie is actually owned by an Australian winemaker, Mike Brown. He is just as passionate about good Pinot Noir as Miles and after much searching for the perfect Pinot, he purchased all of Harbord Wines 2004 Mount.Crawford vintage with the exception of 50 cases. These have been especially reserved for guests on the night.

Idea of North - as James Morrison has said… ”When you can sing and entertain like The Idea of North, a band would just get in the way! …..they are the best a cappella group in the country”

Why not join us for what is going to be a great night!

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK RING TEENA MUNN ON 8340 2544

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June, 2005

The weather has finally turned; very cold mornings with brilliant, clear skies in the afternoon. Harbord Wines participated in the recent London Wine Trade Fair at Excel, Docklands, London. The event was a success with both the Harbord Chardonnay and Harbord Shiraz a favourite with the large trade contignent.Held over three days in Mid-May, I was personally on hand to pour my wines at the popular Wine Australia Stand with Winestyles Australia. There was a large number of wineamkers from the Barossa and Australia in general, representing all the major and small wine companies.

Following London, Harbord Wines was involved with the Winestyles Europe Tour, beginning at The Hague, Netherlands. Again, an exciting event for Trade at the Australis Bar with the opening by the Ambassador to The Netherlands, Mr.Stephen Brady.

Trade tastings continued throughout Germany, Belgium and Scandinavia. A very busy but essential and rewarding tour. Now back to the cellar and terra firma.

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May, 2005

The 2005 harvest has finally been completed .All the grapes have been picked and this Vintage looks at this early stage to be similar to 1998/2000. The big difference is the exceptional colour of all the red wines. They are honestly ink black/purple. Something I have not seen ever in all my 25 Vintages. Together with some amazing flavours, I am anticipating an unbelievable year.

The whites too, have been exciting. Fabulous bright colour and intense varietal fruit aromas and flavours have come through at such an early stage. Even the yeast can't hide the great Riesling and Chardonnay fruit.

So a shorter but full-on Vintage. The whites are now being stabilised, while the reds are slowly undergoing their essential malolactic secondary fermentation. The reds are at their ugly stage where we just leave them alone for a month and then re-adjust and classify towards the end of June. I will keep you posted.

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April, 2005

We are well and truly into the busy Vintage of 2005. The Barossa Valley Shiraz has been picked,with excellent colour and flavours already. We needed to wait to gain the desired flavours and it has been certainly worth it. It appears that high Baumes are required before the characteristic flavours of Barossa Shiraz come through.

What is well and truly exciting is the Eden Valley Shiraz harvested yesterday(April 14th). These small berries are quite outstanding, some of the best fruit I have ever tasted. The vineyard is quite small, and the Shiraz vines were planted in 1920. Concentrated purple colour and unbelievable concentrated fruit berry flavours, as the ferment begins.

Still a long way to go for this vintage, but it looks exceptional at this early stage.

I will keep you updated, time to pump over the reds.

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March, 2005

March is extremely busy with many exciting tastings and promotions happening both in Australia and overseas.

At the beginning of the month, Harbord Wines were poured at the Australia Day Tastings in Copenhagen and Stockholm. This was very successful, with many retail and restaurants keen to add the wines to their list.

Likewise Harbord Wines were very active at this year's very successful Prowein in Dusseldorf (6-8th March) in Germany. Again there was a lot of interest in both the Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Vintage has arrived. The long cool summer has resulted in excellent colour, acid balance and flavours of the Shiraz. Harvested mid-March the initial ferments look very much like the excellent 2002 Vintage. Early days yet, with the weather being warm and very dry - let us hope it stays that way.

Finally look out for the famous Barossa Vintage Festival in the last week of March. It will be an exciting week,even though we will be madly harvesting!

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Australia's national holiday, 26th January celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet into Sydney in 1788, lead by Arthur Phillip, a keen wine lover. On board were various vine cuttings that were planted in what is now the Sydney Botanical Gardens, and later Silesian immigants founded the famous Barossa Valley in South Australia.

Coinciding with this, Winemakers celebrate Australia Day and the forthcoming Vintage with trade tastings all around the world, including USA ,England and Scandinavia.

Harbord Wines visited San Francisco, Tampa and New York for the Australia Day Harvest Festival 2005. The response to Australian Wines was very enthusiastic with particular reference to the outstanding quality.

We look forward to growing Harbord Wines in the USA. Harbord Wines are excited to be exporting this month its first consignment of wines into Ontario, Canada.

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January, 2005

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December, 2004

The first shipment of Harbord Barossa Chardonnay has embarked to the Netherlands for sales in Benelux, Germany, UK and Ireland .There is growing interest back to good Chardonnays and with this particular style (with a small amount of oak maturation). I feel that this wine suits good food and good friendship. Now that Christmas is creeping up, sales have also been strong in the local restaurants both here in the Barossa and in Adelaide. A burst of hot weather at the start of December has resulted in strong stem growth, especially with the good solid rains through November. The vines are very healthy and disease free, with excellent fruit set and now we are looking forward to a good ripening period.

I would like to wish everyone a healthy, safe and joyous Christmas with close friends and family .I thank you for your support and we all look forward to an exciting year in 2005,the Year of the Rooster.

Happy Holidays!

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November, 2004

After a dry October,November has followed with cool and wet weather in the first half of the month. Luckily, the weather has warmed up to give excellent flowering conditions for the vines. The next Vintage is shaping up very well indeed. There is good strong shoot growth, with smaller bunch numbers to last year and good sub-soil moisture. All the varieties have completed Flowering and now we look to Fruit Set in December. Harbord Wines has been busy supporting the Wine for Asia in Singapore. Again, there was very strong response to both the 2003 Chardonnay and 2001 Shiraz.If you are visiting Singapore, make sure you dine at Steve Hansen's restaurants,BROTH and the Rivercafe,great food and great wine.

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October, 2004

Harbord Wines is a Wine Sponsor of the inaugral South Australian Wine and Food Exposition in Shangai, China 2004 in October. Both the 2001 Harbord Barossa Shiraz and the 2003 Harbord Barossa Chardonnay are featured in Masterclasses and Featured tastings at the famous Laris restaurant during October 2004. Ann Oliver, the world renowned Chef and Food Consultant from Adelaide has organised this major event, with winemaster Nick Jams-Martin conducting the wine masterclasses. www.sauchin04.com We hope to commence importing into China as Harbord Wines has already visited Beijing for initial wine tastings and discussions in October last year. The Chinese were very impressed with our premium wines from the Barossa Valley. So now for Shanghai.

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September, 2004.

An excellent winter has seen another year of full dams in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Cool weather with long sustained rainfall has resulted in the full saturation of all the subsoils. This will mean there will be enough moisture for upcoming flowering and fruit set of the grapes, a necessary precursor for quality berries for next Vintage. Bud-burst has commenced with a spell of warm weather pushing the bright green shoots an inflorences out already. Harbord Wines has been very active on the Export scene. More cases have beeen shipped to our agents, Winestyles in Rotterdam with new distribution occuring in UK & Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany and Eastern Europe.

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August, 2004.

A busy month with the successful Shiraz Alliance happening in the Barossa Valley. Many fascinating speakers discussing topics from the origins of Shiraz to the physical soil properties that evolve the unique characteristics of this popular variety in the wide diverse regions of Australia.

We had the who's who of winemakers discussing their own philosophy of winemaking and the pros and cons of blending options including the trendy Viognier grape. Tastings were held at the same time to reflect the opinions of the guest speakers.As well as representation of Australia, there were some very interesting and entertaining winemakers from South Africa, California, Chile, Thailand and Hermitage. So please have a look at the web-site which features the entire talks and is a great reference on its own. www.shirazalliance.com

Otherwise activities include the crucial prunig period to set the vineyards up for next year's harvest. Winter rains have again filled the local dams which is pleasing my few premium growers.

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July, 2004.

One of the most anticipated events in the winemakers calendar this year is taking place this weekend in the Barossa Valley.The International Shiraz Alliance will bring in winemakers,retailers,marketers and winewriters from around Australia and overseas.

Shiraz is undoubtedly THE variety that Australia has able to hang its hat on world-wide.This inaugural Shiraz Alliance will discuss topics from the actual Shiraz vines with planting,site selection and management to the vinification practices world-wide.

Winemakers from around the world will be speaking including Michel Chapoutier(France),Charles Black/Kevin Arnold(South Africa),and John Alban/Steve Fenell(USA)

The Barossa Valley is well supported with Stephen Henschke, Peter Lehmann, John Duvall, Grant Burge and including Roger Harbord and Harbord Wines.

Noted wine writers that will be attending include Robert Joseph, James Halliday, Philip White, Huon Hooke, Max Allen, Stuart Gregor, Peter Bourne and Christine Salens.

www.shirazalliance.com

I will report on the discussions and numerous tastings next month.

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June, 2004.

A very busy month with the harvest and pressing of the premium Eden Valley Chardonnay.The juice looks excellent and is now fermenting slowly in small oak barriques in the cellar. We also picked our Reserve Shiraz from Eden Valley,with 5 tonnes carefully hand picked and fermented on skins for nearly four weeks.Intense purple colour with exciting layers of concentrated fruit and tannins.

I have just returned from a very successful trip to Germany with the Australian Weinwoche in Frankfurt,Munich and Hamburg.A busy schedule of tastings to the trade,media and distributors occured with a strong contingent of winemakers from the Barossa Valley. Further tastings of Harbord Wines were held in the Netherlands,The Hague and Amsterdam, while the following week was hectic at the London Wine Fair.

Overall the Harbord Wines (2003Chardonnay & 2002 Shiraz) showed superb quality throughout, which will only strenghten the company's sales in Europe.

Photos show:

  • Vintage-04, Roger supervising the loading and pressing of the Chardonnay grapes.
  • Vintage-04 The Crushing of the Eden Valley Chardonnay grapes.
  • Weinwoche-04 In Munich with the SA Premier,Hon.Mike Rann,and the Aust. Governor General Michael Jeffrey.
  • Weinwoche-04 Trade and media tasting in Frankfurt.

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May, 2004.
The last of the grapes for the 2004 Vintage were crushed on the 7th May, very late but Roger is extremely pleased with the quality of all the wines.

This month sees Harbord Wines in a hectic promotional push into Europe. Teaming up with a strong contingent of Barossa Valley winemakers and the South Australian Government, including the Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Mike Rann. Locations we will be visiting include Frankfurt, Munich, Den Haag and London. There will be Tastings, including Masterclasses for Importers, Distributors, Trade, Tourism Officials, and Restauranteurs. Frankfurt and Munich is part of Weinwoche at the Intercontinental Hotels, promoting SA wine with emphasis on the best of Barossa Valley. London tastings include the London International Wine and Spirits Fair, one of the most important Wine Trade events of the year.

These visitations will help strengthen Harbord Wines Sales in Europe as well as continuing exports to USA and Asia.

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April, 2004.
The harbord Chardonnay is now fermenting in tank and looks absolutely fabulous. The grapes were harvested at peak flavours from high up in the ranges of Eden Valley. The aromas at this stage show powerful apple, pear, and peach fruit characters with strong tropical, melon fruit-flavours intertwined with the yeast characters.

The Barossa Shiraz meanwhile has incredible colours this year, ink-purple with some excellent spice length and tannin structure. I am expecting some excellent shiraz this vintage.

Winestate tasting - March/April, 2004

2003 Harbord Barossa Valley Chardonnay

An impressive result for the 2003's, with the good being very good.
"Good varietal fruit expression on both the nose and palate. Full creamy palate, hot alcohol"

2001 Harbord Barossa Valley Shiraz

At best the 2001 wine showed the richness of the Barossa Valley.
"Sweet anise and dusty oak aromas. Stewed rhubarb palate - ripe, supple and balanced with a grippy finish"

 

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March, 2004.
We are now right into Vintage 2004 and Harvesting our Reserve Shiraz from fifty year old vines.

Last year the Barossa Valley had widespread winter rains with excellent fruit set in the latter months. The ripening season has been quite cool,which is resulting in deep purple colours with concentrated flavours and superb chemical structure of the grapes.

An unexpected hot spell was initially a worry, however my source of Shiraz from very old deep rooted vines have somehow had its own protection against the elements. With good green foliage and small crop loads the vine has actually balanced itself to the heat.

The flavours are outstanding as we are busy fermenting,pumping over and nurturing the wines.

My Chardonnay will be picked in the next week,while Eden Valley Shiraz will be harvested well into April.

 

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February, 2004.
This month heralds the shipment of the first export order from Harbord wines to the USA (Our 2001 Barossa Valley Shiraz, to be exact).

See pictures to the right for shots of Roger in action packing the palette for shipment to 'Grape Expectations' in Wilson, North Carolina, USA.

 

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January, 2004.
I hope we are all getting over another large Christmas dinner and festive New Year.

I wish everyone from Harbord Wines a healthy and safe year in 2004. It looks to be an exciting year for Harbord Wines with many cases to be shipped overseas.

At the moment I am busily tasting and racking all the New 2003 Red Wines,which are looking very, very good indeed at this early stage. The Barossa Shiraz is excellent while I have also put away a few barrels of Reserve aside which is quite outstanding.

The vines are all very healthy and with the excellent winter and spring rains,we are hopeful of a unique harvest. January is presently quite cool which will certainly aid the ripening of grapes.

 

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December, 2003.
CHRISTMAS
Roger and Roz wish everybody a happy, happy Christmas and Joyous New Years!

Harbord Wines are now on some of the best tables during this festive season, including Vintners, 1918, Barr Vinum in the Barossa Valley, Scuzzi in North Adelaide and Largs at Largs by the Beach.

All the best for Christmas and Cheers,

Roger Harbord.

 

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November, 2003.
SINGAPORE AND CHINA
A very successful trip to Singapore & Beijing with Roger conducting successful Barossa Shiraz and Barossa Chardonnay Masterclasses to Wine and Food Journalists and enthusiasts.

With visitations and tastings at many 5-Star Hotels including the famous Raffles, Swissotel and the Grand Hyatt, Harbord Wines is set to become available at some seriously good restaurants. The response was outstanding with the distinct regional Barossa Shiraz and Chardonnay an absolute winner with the brilliant Asian food. Singapore is certainly on the up, while Beijing is an unbelievable city- so much dynamics with old and the new, getting ready for the 2008 Olympics.

CONGATULATIONS
Harbord Wines are proud to announce that at the recent Royal Hobart Show both of our wines were successful:

  • SILVER MEDAL,Class 49, 2001 Harbord Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • BRONZE MEDAL,Class 5, 2003 Harbord Barossa Valley Chardonnay

A fabulous result with these quality wines.

 

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October, 2003.
Roger and Harbord Wines are proud to announce their participation in the 'SA Masterpieces' wine show:

  • 23 - 26 October 2003, Grand Hyatt, Singapore
  • 29 - 31 October 2003, China World, Beijing

Over an exciting three days to be held at a single venue, this indulgence will feature extraordinary winemakers and proprietors from about 15 of the most interesting and exciting wineries to be found in modern Australia. Experience these super-novas of the Australian boutique wine scene that has taken the world by storm. Experience their creations; share their inspiration, passion and vision.

Not only does Roger have his range of premium wines of show, he is also proud to announce that he is participating in the 'Making of a Australian Shiraz' master class at both exhibitions.

More details on the SA Masterpieces wine show can be found at http://www.sa-masterpieces.com

 

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September, 2003.
NEW RELEASES NOW AVAILABLE.
The two new releases of 2003 Barossa Valley Chardonnay and 2001 Barossa Valley Shiraz are now available, just click on 'buy wines' to access these excellent wines.

Both these wines have recently gained awards at the prestigous 2003 Barossa Valley Wine Show held at Yalumba on Thursday 25th September, 2003. Our 2003 B.V. Chardonnay was judged the equal top Barossa Chardonnay in class 4, gaining a Silver medal. The 2001 B.V. Shiraz was also successful, scoring a well-deserved Bronze medal in class 9.

An excellent first up result for Harbord Wines.

 

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August 2003.
Welcome to the Harbord Wines website. Here you can find information about our company and availability of our premium Barossa Valley wines. Limited Cases of Premium Wine will be available mid August. Add your name to the Wine Club mailing list NOW before allocation and to avoid disappointment!

 

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The shortage of soaking Winter rains in 2002, resulted in reduced cropping levels, especially in the Barossa Valley. The lower tonnage with smaller berries and lower juice extraction resulted in wines of high quality, with quite concentrated flavours in both Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Luckily, there were favourable ripening conditions and we harvested the Chardonnay from Mark Rohrlach's vineyard with impeccable timing!

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