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It's the second week in January 2017 and, like most others, these vines still need to go through veraison and ripening before they are ready to pick..
NEWSLETTERS
Monday, 16th January 2017
I received this email a few days ago; such a simple request to which there is no simple answer. more...
Saturday, 14th January 2017
The Barossa Valley winemaker Benjamin Parker approaches his craft differently to other winemakers. Most of the wines you buy are made at large wineries where each vintage they take in thousands of tonnes of grapes. Inevitably all of the small parcels of grapes end up in large blends. more...
Friday, 13th January 2017
Tasting notes, yeah I've written a few. The highpoint was in the late 1990s when describing the differences between New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. more...
NEW WINES
Barbarossa Valley Blend Barossa Valley 2013
Big Red 14.5%
Barbarossa Valley Blend Barossa Valley 2013
Region: Barossa Valley
The red wine trials are progressing well and take further shape with the release of the second Barbarossa. Like the 2012 this is a heavyweight field blend packed with weight and power. It contains many varieties though the idea of the trials is to find a natural combination of flavours so we can move away from  more detail...
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Cape Geographe Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Elegance from the Golden West
Cape Geographe Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Region: Margaret River, WA
The white wines from Margaret River have enriched our drinking and demonstrate very clearly the importance of sea-side locations to produce the sappy, vibrant, freshness we enjoy so much. The oceans modify the climate, not too hot and not too cold, and when it’s right the results are startling. Like many of  more detail...
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Rara Avis Barossa Valley Mataro Grenache 2013
The Rare and Best Of Barossa
Rara Avis Barossa Valley Mataro Grenache 2013
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
This is the fourth release of the Rara Avis the others being 2002, 2008 and the 2012. An associate still has stock of the 2008 and I can relate that it is a masterpiece of great beauty. The name plays homage to all things that are rare, beautiful and perhaps extinct.
One of my favourite stories is about  more detail...
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WORDS FROM DAVID FARMER
'Selling directly to customers brings immense advantages and we relate more closely to a fresh food retailer by bringing the best of the recent offers to your home. No one sits between us and our customers which offers huge prices advantages. Cheaper yet exciting batches of handmade wine which regularly change is the way forward.'
BEST SELLERS
Salem Valley Estates Barossa Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Full Flavoured Discovery
Salem Valley Estates Barossa Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Region: Barossa, SA
In any month we taste many samples though the number varies as it depends on whether we need more wines. Basically there is little point looking carefully if you do not need to buy. At times it is best to never know what you may have missed. Thus I can say we were not looking when a grower-maker who we often buy  more detail...
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Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013
Cool Climate with Elegance and Flavour
Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
The winemaker Benjamin Parker and the consultant Nicholas Bourke discovered an accumulation of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills Chardonnays, stored in McLaren Vale, in mid-2015. They later purchased the full collection. Steadily these been prepared for bottling and released under a number of labels. This  more detail...
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Parawatta Eden Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Fabulous High Eden
Parawatta Eden Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Region:Eden Valley, SA
We are winemakers but also wine-merchants. The winemaker Benjamin Parker is constantly sampling the wines made by other small wineries looking for gems which can be added to our portfolio. A few months ago one of his many contacts offered several lots of white wines from the Eden Valley and this Parawatta was by  more detail...
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