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Elusive Grampians Shiraz ready for auction

Wine enthusiasts and avid wine collectors will feverishly contest for 300 bottles of exclusive Grampians Winemakers Shiraz as part of the annual Barrique Auction – a major drawcard at the Grampians Grape Escape – The Food and Wine Festival on 3–4 May.

Thirteen of the region’s winemakers have sourced parcels of Shiraz that have been skilfully blended by local winemaker Simon Clayfield to produce a one-off outstanding Barrique (225 litre barrel) of wine.

Grampians Winemakers Inc Chair, Bruce Dalkin said hundreds of Festival goers attended the Barrique Auction each year to be part of, or spur on the dynamic bidding war.

“In its 16th year, the auction becomes more competitive and exciting each year as newcomers and syndicates all want a piece of the action,” said Mr Dalkin.

“With the Grampians Shiraz broadly appreciated for its complexity and longevity, this is a unique opportunity to own up to 300 bottles. The record price to date is $15,800, and with our region’s Shiraz only becoming more spectacular, it will be interesting to see if that figure is surpassed this year.”

Led by auctioneer David Preston of Elders in Ararat, this year’s Barrique Auction format will allow more bidders to participate, with a total of 23 dozen bottles to be auctioned in a number of lots:

• Lot 1–4 5 dozen each • Lot 5 1 dozen • Lot 6 6 bottles • Lot 7–12 2 bottles each • Lot 13–15 1 magnum each (1.5 litres)

The winner of lot one will have the option of purchasing one or more of the five dozen lots – a format which will continue for the remaining five dozen lots until all have sold. The remaining smaller lots will be auctioned as individual lots.

According to Simon Clayfield, this years Reserve Shiraz exhibited the elegance, power and famous regional character of Grampians Shiraz.

The wine has a deep ruby red colour and purple hue,” said Mr Clayfield, “The nose is packed with fruit and spices, fragrant with violets, black pepper and the ripe aromas of plums and blackberries. On the palate the flavours of fruits and spices are framed by fine tannins and restrained cedar/vanilla oak. This rare wine, with good cellaring, will be best drunk between 2012 and 2021.”

The Barrique Auction will be held on Saturday 3 May at 2pm in the main tent. Bidders must register beforehand in the main tent before the auction. Silent bid inquiries can be directed to Bruce Dalkin +61 3 5356 2394 before 5pm Friday 2 May.

For more information visit www.grampiansgrapeescape.com.au

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