Making our Fine Wines
Our philosophy is simple; nurture the vines and concentrate on preserving the complex balance of flavours and acids as the grapes mature.
At Hobbs we make three red wines and three white dessert wines all from grapes grown in our own 15 acres of vineyard here in the Barossa Ranges. With Shiraz vines planted over a century ago, our vineyard is old, and our yields are low. Nature and the seasons dictate our production; the amount of wine produced is limited by the yield of the vines. Each year we produce approx 600 dozen bottles of red wine.
Our Shiraz Wines
We make three styles of Shiraz wines – at Hobbs it’s something of a specialty.
The ‘Amarone style’ Shiraz is produced by hand-picking the grapes, then placing them onto racks and semi-drying before fermenting.
Our fine Shiraz Viognier is created using fruit sourced from selected vines in our Viognier block, co-fermented with the Shiraz to make a wonderfully complex ‘Rhone style’ wine.
Our Dessert Wines
The dessert wines we make are by nature even more exclusive, limited in volume not only by low acreage, but by the drying process used to concentrate the flavours.
There is no botrytis or fortification used in our dessert wines
In 2005 we intensified the dessert wine style to match the German and Austrian styles of sweet wines. Each year the berries are dried yet further to achieve a higher baume. This in turn increases the concentration of natural flavours within each shrivelled berry, producing an intensely concentrated, rich wine. This sweet flavour comes at a cost in terms of volume - from each tonne of grapes, we make only around 200 litres of wine in this style.
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