Hobbs of Barossa Ranges

South Australia | Barossa Valley

James' Review

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges is the high-profile, if somewhat challenging, venture of Greg and Allison Hobbs. The estate vineyards revolve around 1ha of shiraz planted in 1908, 1ha planted in '88, 1ha planted in '97 and 1.82ha planted in 2004. In '09 0.4ha of old white frontignac was removed, giving space for another small planting of shiraz. The viticultural portfolio is completed with 0.6ha of semillon planted in the 1960s, and an inspired 0.6ha of viognier ('88). All the wines, made by Peter Schell (at Spinifex), push the envelope. The only conventionally made wine is the Shiraz Viognier, with a production of 130 dozen. Gregor, an Amarone-style Shiraz in full-blooded table wine mode, and a quartet of dessert wines, are produced by cane cutting, followed by further desiccation on racks. The Grenache comes from a Barossa floor vineyard, the Semillon,Viognier and White Frontignac from estate-grown grapes. Exports to the US, Denmark, Singapore, Taiwan and China.

About

Hobbs Vineyard is tucked away in the rugged and beautiful ranges of South Australia’s famed Barossa Valley. Planted over a century ago the vineyard produces wines that make a statement in excellence.
Our philosophy in making our wines is simple; nurture the vines and concentrate on preserving the complex balance of flavours and acids as the grapes mature. The secrets of soil and seasons bring so much to the wines we make. Hand pruned, hand picked and hand made.
Hobbs Red wines: 1905 Shiraz: Made through traditional wine making craft from our old vines planted in 1905. The Gregor: An ‘Amarone style’ wine produced by placing hand-picking grapes onto racks and then semi-drying before fermenting. The Tango Shiraz Viognier: Created by co-fermenting Viognier with Shiraz to make a beautifully complex, aromatic ‘Rhone style’ wine. The Tin Lids: A wonderful example of the traditional Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. A bit of fun with loads of flavour. Hobbs White wines: Hobbs ....'with freckles' Viognier: Unique and distinctive wine showing characteristics of the Barossa Ranges 'terroir'. White Frontignac dessert wine; Vin Santo style. Pure decadence.
To taste any Hobbs wine is to savour the very essence of where we live.

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Winemaker Pete Schell, Chris Ringland (Consultant), Allison and Greg Hobbs
Established 1998
Dozens 1500
Vineyards (area) 6.2 ha
Opening Hours At Artisans of Barossa
Address 550 Flaxman's Valley Road , Angaston, SA 5353
Telephone 0427 177 740
Website www.hobbsvintners.com.au