Our Salt of the Earth
Goat Square Reserve "Ziegenmarkt" Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Developments are slow moving in the wine business as the single vintage a year and the need to build up stock from the first ideas takes a number of years. Last year we were able to introduce the first 'Ziegenmarkt' from thoughts that go back to 2010. The second vintage is now ready for your cellar. This is how I see the wine.
Knowing the source of the grapes, the weather at harvest and how the grapes ferment tells you quite quickly which batches are destined to make the best wines. Indeed up the road our large neighbour Seppeltsfield has hundreds of ferments underway at vintage and the senior winemakers tell me they know after 5 days which batches will fetch the most money - as their business is selling the young ferments to others.
Many years back the winemaker Benjamin Parker noted something similar with our intake and this developed into isolating batches for a future premium Shiraz.
He called it the Ziegenmarkt, after the old market place at Goat Square, where the farmers gathered to exchange goods back in them good old days. We produced 129 dozen which preserves the difference.