New Release Small Quantity
Goat Square Ziegenmarkt Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Making a premium wine which sits in price above the standard brand we found requires a big step up in our fruit sourcing and practises in the winery.
The first Goat Square Shiraz was the 2006 but the first Ziegenmarkt did not appear till the 2013 vintage making the 2015 the third release. Benjamin believes there will be a 2016 but is cautious predicting after that.
These are my previous comments. ‘Knowing the source of the grapes, the weather at harvest and how the grapes ferment tells you quite quickly which batches are destined to make the best wines. Indeed up the road our large neighbour Seppeltsfield has hundreds of ferments underway at vintage and the senior winemakers tell me they know after 5 days which batches will fetch the most money-as their business is selling the young ferments to others.
Many years back the winemaker Benjamin Parker noted something similar with our intake and this developed into isolating batches for a future premium Shiraz. He called it the Ziegenmarkt, after the old market place at Goat Square, where the farmers gathered to exchange goods back in them good old days’.