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Winemaker Benjamin (right) and Greg the assistant winemaker (left) make sure every bottle you buy is the best possible. They do not sit still for long and currently things are very busy.
NEWSLETTERS
Saturday, 20th August 2016
In the 1970s and 1980s I was a regular visitor to the wine regions of France. By this time Australians had discovered the joys of table wine and in Canberra where I had a shop the customers showed immense curiosity about what was happening. more...
Friday, 19th August 2016
The only point in being a retailer of nuts and bolts is to say to customers, come shop with me as I offer better value and you will save. It follows that the only reason to be a wine merchant is to sell wines which are always the equal of others and are much cheaper. more...
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
I reckon I have two advantages over customers. Having drunk well for a long time I'm likely to be ahead in knowing what a good wine tastes like. This is valuable as it helps in sorting out wine facts from fiction which I might para-phrase as spotting which of the thousands for sale are mutton dressed up as lamb. more...
NEW WINES
Crayford Barossa Valley Grenache 2013
Warm Full Bodied Rich
Crayford Barossa Valley Grenache 2013
Region: Barossa Valley
Grenache is one of the founding varieties of the Australian wine industry and while it was commonly used in dry red blends its release as a varietal only dates back to the 1990s. We are champions of this variety and you will find it slots readily into those expectations of Barossa, warm, full-flavoured ripeness.  more detail...
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Philip Schaffer ‘The Vineyard’ Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
Sparkling for All Occasions
Philip Schaffer ‘The Vineyard’ Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
Region: Australia
Australia has a long history of making sparkling wines and at Great Western you can still visit the winery and vineyards of one of these pioneers Hans William Irvine. Another famous maker was Leo Buring who worked at Minchinbury, though now consumed by Sydney suburbia. History shows these pioneers struggled in the long  more detail...
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Ariadne Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2015
Triumph of Adelaide Hills
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2015
Region:Adelaide Hills, SA

New in store is this quite stunning Tempranillo. The Adelaide Hills wine region is right in the heart of possibly the greatest sweep of wine country on earth. The 350 kilometres of long scarps and valleys, rocks and soils, extending south from the Southern Flinders, curving past Adelaide and out over the  more detail...
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WORDS FROM DAVID FARMER
'I might mention that all the effort of wine writers and show judges is expended on finding what are the best wines which makes it very easy what to recommend if you wish to spend $50 on a bottle. Try approaching it from the other end and find a wine for $70 a case which will delight and surprise you.'
BEST SELLERS
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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Shearers Lament 'Blades' South Australia Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
New Shearers 2012 Brilliant
Shearers Lament 'Blades' South Australia Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Region: South Australia
This is the fourth vintage of Shearers and is of much higher quality than those first releases. Back we knew what we wanted but used contractors to make the final blends. All I can is ‘no more and never again’. Now winemaker Parker is fully in charge the quality has lifted and perhaps, just a  more detail...
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P.B. Burgoyne Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Brilliant Blend from Premium Vintage 2012
P.B. Burgoyne Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Region: Currency Creek, Barossa Valley, SA
This is a brilliant effort and the winemaker Benjamin Parker has pulled off perfectly the blending of the coolish wine from Currency Creek with the boldness of the Barossa Valley. He was very fortunate to discover a few parcels from the great 10/10, 2012 vintage and these have combined  more detail...
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