Bob McLean - Wine Maker and Barossa Hero
Monday, April 13, 2015 in News
Bob McLean, who died last week of cancer, was one of Barossa’s great wine people. His contribution to the Australian wine industry’s reputation home and abroad is inestimable. His huge personality, hulking frame, warmness, sense of fun and generosity of spirit gave him a natural presence among people. His humorous and moving autobiographical obituary, which follows, captures the essence of the man. His values were steeped in family, community and place.
Collaboration, “participation” and “getting things done” were the things that mattered. He loved the Barossa and the Barossa loved him. As a young auctioneer, and part-owner of Langton’s, I found Bob’s approach to the world of wine inspirational. Over the years his opinions and guidance were always greatly appreciated. St Hallett Old Block Shiraz is one of his tangible legacies. It is one of the Barossa’s hallmark wines and a longstanding inclusion in Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine.
As a human being he was a beautiful person and someone we all looked up to. Bob McLean had a big life and big presence on the Australian wine industry’s stage. He will be sorely missed but his spirit will live on through the character and magical aura of the Barossa.
Our sincerest sympathies to his family and friends.
Andrew Caillard, MW
Read Bob’s letter here