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Charles Flaxman was granted land in the Barossa Valley covering the future village of Tanunda on 30th May, 1842. He laid out the town with a central square known as Der Ziegenmarkt, later called Billy Goat Square and now Goat Square. This was a meeting place for bartering goods including livestock. No doubt they traded wine, with Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro amongst the first varieties planted in the region.
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Monday, 25th July 2016
This week I became aware of a app that grades eggs, indicating which are the genuine, free range variety. This is a development from the consumer group Choice. The final copy reads ..we want 'free range' to mean the real deal! Now I have been working on an app for 40 years which rates the value for money of all wines, or in egg language those which are the real deal. more...
Saturday, 23rd July 2016
If I have guessed right there is just enough stock of this big red cleanskin to get through the weekend. It was last offered in mid-May. I see no point in sitting on the stock so out it goes as the Weekend red offer. You will discover it delivers a lot of flavour for a modest price and there is no need to rush to drink it. more...
Friday, 22nd July 2016
The Friday Big Red special is the Telegraph Road 2012 which is $64 a case till mid-night. This is a Benjamin Parker special with flavour depth and complexity. Making wines like this is like great cooking. Take the individual ingredients and make them bigger than the separate parts. more...
NEW WINES
Shearers Lament 'The Bluey' Adelaidean Dry Red 2011
Benjamin Parker Creates a Cote du Rhone
Shearers Lament 'The Bluey' Adelaidean Dry Red 2011
Region: South Australia
I got great satisfaction in watching this wine being composed over several months. We had the building blocks of Shiraz and Cabernet from many South Australian premium regions so the base was easy but then the object is to build up further interest and complexity and this is done with other varieties and  more detail...
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Stratus Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Striking Display of Adelaide Hills Flavour
Stratus Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

Complex differences in the tastes of wine is really the prime reason to drink this wonderful beverage. In about1978 New Zealand launched the vibrant tastes Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying river flats of Marlborough at the northern end of the South Island. Not much was grown in Australia  more detail...
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Ariadne Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
New Vintage from the High End
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Region:Adelaide Hills, SA

The 2016 is sourced from the same Adelaide Hills vineyards as previous vintages. The town of Woodside is centrally located in the Adelaide Hills at a height of about 370 metres.
The grapes for the Ariadne are sourced from further west, well into the climb up the Basket Range, which is the hot place  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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Light & Finniss Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Dual District Blend of Superb Quality
Light & Finniss Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Region: Currency Creek / Barossa Valley
The winemaker Benjamin Parker picked up a mixed lot of 2012 reds and these have now been reworked to create several brilliant wines. I use the word brilliant to mean far more than the taste as creating a great taste is the easy part while the secret is keeping the cost down which is the hard  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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