Special wines released to mark Saltram's 160th anniversary

Special wines released to mark Saltram's 160th anniversary

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This year marks 160 years of winemaking history for Saltram in Angaston.

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This year marks 160 years of winemaking history for Saltram in Angaston, and to celebrate the occasion a rare anniversary edition Tawny and the 2016 Angaston Road single vineyard estate grown Shiraz will be released.

MILESTONE: Saltram's 10th winemaker Alex MacKenzie is actively involved in continuing the high standards set by his predecessors.

MILESTONE: Saltram's 10th winemaker Alex MacKenzie is actively involved in continuing the high standards set by his predecessors.

However, it was nearly two centuries ago when William Salter and his son, Edward, discovered Barossa and recognised its immense potential.

It was in these prosperous surrounds that the duo set about making exceptional wines with a philosophy that remains much the same today - to express the individuality of the vineyards and produce good wines of the full-bodied type.

Today winemaker Alex MacKenzie is actively involved in continuing the high standards set by his predecessors and is responsible for maintaining the expressive style of Saltram's wine collection.

Mr MacKenzie, the 10th winemaker for the iconic brand, says he incredibly passionate about continuing this rich winemaking tradition.

"For over 160 years, Saltram has celebrated the heritage and tradition behind the Barossa Valley, making flagship red wines of great style and taste," he said.

"I feel honoured to be able to continue this legacy that began over 160 years ago, and I want to ensure we continue to produce wines that are as superb and unique for years to come."

About Saltram

TREASURES: Historic paraphernalia on display to the public helps to highlight the Angaston winery's 160th anniversary this year.

TREASURES: Historic paraphernalia on display to the public helps to highlight the Angaston winery's 160th anniversary this year.

In 1839 William Salter emigrates from Exeter, England to South Australia, before moving to his new property near Angaston in 1844, naming it 'Mamre Brook'.

Salter formed a partnership with his son Edward in 1859, founding the firm W. Salter & Son, where they began their vineyard operations. The first grapes were crushed in 1862, producing 800 gallons (8000 litres) of a wine that was simply called "No.1 Shiraz". By 1891 the vintage had grown to 182,000 litres, 3⁄4 of which was mainly shiraz, for export markets.

Saltram has won the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show twice - in 1967 with the 1966 Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon and in 2003 with the 2002 Saltram Eighth Maker Shiraz.

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