"Hello Everyone, my name is John Samartzis and I would like to welcome you to One Lonely Barrel."
I knew a lunch involving tasting John's wines at Rigoni's wasn't going to be too hard to take but I didn't expect it to be so much fun. John, your wine is lovely and it was interesting to compare with other 2012 shirazes. I learnt stuff and enjoyed wonderful company. Thank you for the opportunity. Skana.
A group of 13 of us were lucky to have good food & wine with host John Samartzis @Rigoni's. John's wines fared very well against established labels. Great entertainment. David Johns...
Enjoying my 1st. Bottle of the 2012. Drinking well. Possibly too well as I need to be able to put some down. Cheers Greg Royans
What a great lunch last Friday - reminded me of pre FBT days when serious business (I think that's how I remember it)was conducted over a long lunch. The elements were good company, tantalising meals, great wine, but above a will to want to spend an afternoon away from work with people you don't know (but want to know better)and a table Captain of the calibre of John S. Thank you John for organising it all - I think this is the start of a great club.
All the best with up coming events.
Cheers for now.
Manager Consulting Division
Herron Todd White
Great food, great company and even greater wine (OLB)
Recommend this wine appreciation lunch in a great Adelaide bistro.
You're right, John, it's all about sharing !!
Cheers John - enjoyed the lunch, tasting and the company.
Urban Directions (Aust) Pty Ltd...
An absolute pleasure to attend... beautiful wine, company and conversation. I only wish I could have remained longer.
Warmest regards | Nikki
It was a fantastic lunch and I had a wonderful time meeting interesting people, having fantastic food and enjoying fine wines.
Thank you for the opportunity to join this event.
On Monday the 3rd of June the long awaited release of my Personally Produced Barossa Shiraz 2012 finally happened!!
72 wine lovers received their pre-order during the week and I have already had many positive comments on the vintage, with some ordering a second and third case!
Prior to release on Friday 31st May, I held a 'blind tasting' resulting in more exciting results. This is an extract of the email I sent to my first group of One Lonely Barrel Club Members.
I am excited to report that last Friday, 31st of May, I held a Blind Tasting to test my promise of 'producing a wine that was most approachable when you receive it and is sure to improve markedly with age'.
My 2012 and 2011 Shiraz was amongst 6 other 2012 SA Shiraz'. Wines ranged from $18 to $36.
My Personally Produced Shiraz 2011 was the outright Winner on the day well ahead of the $36 wine, a benchmark Shiraz from the Barossa.
You could imagine how excited I was with the result!
I have purchased another set of these wines, will put them away and perform another blind tasting in 12 months' time to see how our 2012 Shiraz shapes up against these wines over this time.
However, the real test rests with you. I am hoping that it will meet and hopefully exceed your expectations.
My aim with the wine that I Personally Produce (250 cases) is to create a One Lonely Barrel Syndicate or Club amongst a network of wine lovers that I know and in turn you may know.
Ideally, in the longer term, my aim is to attract 250-300 wine lovers who purchase 1 to 3 cases at each vintage. I plan to limit production in line with the needs of my "Club Members." Therefore currently purchase is limited to 3 cases per customer. The second and third case can be purchased @175.00 per case when purchased by EFT only]
It's all About Sharing!
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On Friday the 3rd of May, my first commercial Vintage will be bottled and released on the market during the first week of June! I am holding the wine for 3 to 4 weeks to ensure that if it has any "bottle shock" it will dissipate by then. Some of you may not be aware of what bottle shock is so here is a brief explanation:
Bottle shock or Bottle sickness is a temporary condition of wine characterised by muted or disjointed fruit flavours. It often occurs immediately after bottling or when wines (usually fragile wines) are given an additional dose of sulphur (in the form of sulphur dioxide of sulphite solution), and are subject to other forms of handling and transport. After a few weeks, the condition usually disappears.
If you haven't secured your case by now, do so before the end of May and your case will be delivered during the week commencing Monday the 3rd of June!
Meanwhile my One Lonely Barrel 2013 Vintage is well on its way. Handpicked 2 weeks earlier than last year, most wine growers reported low yields (approx. 60% of what they would normally expect), however the quality is great once again.
Over the last 8 weeks my 2013 Personally Produced Barossa Shiraz, after being carefully hand picked, crushed, pressed, taken off the "Gross Lees" (see racking clip on website) and gone through malolactic fermentation as described below.
Malolactic fermentation (or sometimes malolactic conversion or MLF) is a process in wine making where tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid. Malolactic fermentation tends to create a rounder, fuller mouth feel. It has been said that malic acid tastes of green apples. By contrast, lactic acid is richer and more buttery tasting. Grapes produced in cool regions tend to be high in acidity, much of which comes from the contribution of malic acid. MLF is also thought to be generally enhance the body and flavour persistence of wine, producing wines of greater palate softness and roundness. Many winemakers also feel that better integration of fruit and oak character can be achieved if MLF occurs during the time the wine is in the barrel.
As my 2012 Vintage came out after over 12 months maturation in French oak, my 2013 Vintage was transferred into the maturation vessels for a quiet sleep over winter. A short video clip will soon be available for you to see the journey so far...
Until then, remember it's all about sharing and my wine is highly recommended to be enjoyed in moderation with your favourite foods...