The 2008 vintage growing season was defined by below average rainfall. Organic mulch applications and soil moisture monitoring assisted strong vine canopy growth on the Balthazar vineyard so that the Shiraz crop was only 10% below average yield. Harvest was three weeks early, with the House Block parcel picked February 20 and the Hill Block component harvested February 28, luckily, just before a sustained two week heatwave in early March.
Degustation feasts, eucharistic tastings, mythical press reviews, wine show trophies, medals and other gongs, terrestrial vintage reports and biblical Barossa trivia…
August 12, 2013
Welcome to the new Balthazar Barossa website. Dedicated to my father, Johann Schwarzl (1925-2001) who was born on this day in Graz, Austria.
July 28, 2013
Balthazar 2009 Shiraz scores 5 stars/95 points in the 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. At least Balthazar is consistent with James giving the last 5 vintages 95, 95,94,93,95. www.winecompanion.com.au