Myth 3 - AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALITY - EVEN BETTER THAN ITS REPUTATION
The Visitors Center at Jacob's Creek is worth a visit even for the non-wine drinkers. A beautiful modern building set on lovely grounds and displaying the rich history of Barossa Valley. The tasting of over 30 wines proved to be very taxing but a pleasure none the less.
Peter Lehmann Winery and the person himself were absolutely phenomenal. A real life wine hero with his very interesting wife showing us their great wines and offering us their Guest House for Monika, Jakob and Wolfgang for 4 days proved that when the songs of praise for Aussie Hospitality were sang they were "off key". More later!
Penfolds - well there had to be a dark cloud somewhere and unsurprisingly it was here at Penfolds. BUT -
Myth 4 - THERE ARE NO CELLARS IN AUSTRALIA
Ron and Janet Liebich rolled out the bandwagon just for us for a more than memorable evening. A small, very, very small winery with loads of personality and heart! Ron started opening up wines from the 70's, 80's and 90's - some better some worse but all very interesting and educational. Clare Riesling, White Burgundy was one wine that neither was made from Riesling nor from Burgundy's white variety Chardonnay but rather from Crushon - a grape variety from the Pyrenees in France and no longer planted with any success. The dining room was in a old cellar - below the family house with thick field stones, candles galore and a delicious meal made from ingredients from the family farm - Lamb/Beets/Potatoes/Leeks/etc...
well, I left the festivities around 11pm - after almost falling into my dessert - but the rest of the group stayed till after midnight singing and dancing to Blueberry hill and enjoying old Fortifieds out of Rons stash ;-))