Brothers-in-law Daniel Chaffey Hartwig and Theo Engela are the latest generation of the Chaffey family to ply their vinous trade in Australia. The original Chaffey brothers (Canadian Hydro Engineers) were true iconoclasts. They arrived in Australia in 1886 and proceeded (along with a number of their descendants) to make an indelible mark on the Australian wine landscape.
This wine, say the brothers, is the vinous rematch of the 1811 Battle at Barrosa Ridge where Spain fought off attacking French forces. La Conquista! pitches Tempranillo and Garnacha on the attack, ruffling feathers amongst the Barossa Old Guard varieties of French descent. The original Spanish spelling of Barrosa honours the original name given to our Barossa Valley by Colonel Light who fought in the 1811 battle.
See also: La Resistance!
This wine is made using Tempranillo from Gomersal on the Western Ridge and Williamstown in the Barossa’s southern hills. Each selection of grapes were individually matured for seven months, in seasoned American and French puncheons and hogsheads, then blended with Garnacha from 50 year old vines in the Lyndoch foothills. These were picked in late February, giving the ripe, juicy fruit needed to help out the structure of Tempranillo’s complex and savoury fruit. The final blend is 66% Tempranillo, 30% (old-vine) Garnacha, 4% Graciano.
Cherry and cola aromas mingle with hints of chocolate and spicy orals. a dark yet luminous crimson colour hints at the rich semi-savoury dark cherry and cola palate that finishes with a hint of grenache red cherry juiciness. Drink with rare lamb or homemade pizza.