Soul Growers was born out of a friendship of four dedicated souls who saw the opportunity to join forces and chase their dream of creating wines and a brand that reflected their view of the Barossa. Paul, Tom, Leigh and Stu had worked together previously in a corporate world but were convinced that their future would one day be an uncomplicated, hand made and lovingly nurtured winemaking enterprise. Their goal is to let the vineyards they work with show through in the wines. They strive to make sure Soul Growers wines emphasise the regional and varietal flavours of the beloved Barossa Valley.
The Kroehn family have been farming their land in the high elevations of the Eden Valley for 6 generations. Descended from original settlers, this family take great pride in producing grapes of superb quality that reflect the hard and stony ground that abounds throughout the ancient soils of the Eden Valley.
Soul Growers' fruit is destemmed in open fermenters that hold anywhere from half a tonne, to five tonnes. After seven to ten days of fermentation the fermenters are drained and placed by hand into basket presses. The fruit is then gently pressed for about 18 hours to ensure the flavour and aromas are carefully extracted without releasing harsh and bitter tannins.
After pressing, the winemakers settle the wine in tanks before filling the barrels ready for ageing. The winery's renowned reds generally spend 18 to 24 months on oak. To round off the process, each individual barrel is blended and benchmarked prior to being settled in bottles, without any fining or filtration.
A hugely proportioned, black and luscious Shiraz that packs in some density with a certain graininess of tannins and serious weight
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
20+yo vines from the Eden Valley township. Slightly lighter colour, and likewise body, the result a more elegant style. Juicy black fruits flow across the palate in convincing style. Eden Valley is key for me.'