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One of the prettiest places in the Barossa Valley sits in hills south of the southern Barossa town of Lyndoch. I call it Karrawirra, being the local native term for ‘stands of red gums’ or karra wirra.
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Monday, 27th June 2016
Show a winemaker two samples, leave the room for a cup of tea or whatever, and when you return they will be blended because this always makes a better wine. I have my doubts about blending. Thus I confess to confusion at a smorgasbord as heaping a bit of everything on a plate; oysters with turkey and beef, I find unusual more...
Saturday, 25th June 2016
Back in my shop retailing days I was the first to see the appeal in richly flavoured, bargain priced reds and did much to build consumer awareness of Penfolds Koonunga Hill, Yalumba Galway Claret and many, many others. Thus we put a lot of effort into these styles of wines. Now that Benjamin Parker is the winemaker in charge they are getting better and better. more...
Friday, 24th June 2016
I’ll start by saying the obvious; winemakers make the wine. From this point it splits as we move from amateurs, to gifted amateurs, to self-taught professionals, to the Dux of the Roseworthy Wine Science course and on to the winemaker who has just completed 50 vintages. 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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Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Rich and Full Flavoured
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The winemaker Benjamin Parker has done a brilliant job with this Barossa Shiraz. That we can drink such riches for such a modest sum shows how blessed we are as wine consumers.
For good reason Barossa Shiraz is the most important wine made in Australia. Shiraz of course thrives in the Australian climate  more detail...
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Karrawirra Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Fruit of Our Labours
Karrawirra Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Region: Barossa Valley
The winemaker Benjamin Parker knows a lot of folk in the valley and the wine trade being a case of ‘who you know as much as what you know’ was delighted a few years back to be offered the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Schwarz Family, Biscay Road property south of Tanunda. The first Karrawirra Cabernet was the  more detail...
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WORDS FROM DAVID FARMER
'I love Sauvignon Blanc though it was not grown in the mid and late 1970s in Australia so I imported lots of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume and later sold all of the first shipment of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to Australia. And this from one tiny store in the ACT suburb of Manuka. It took another 20 years to become popular.'
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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Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Flavour from the High Country
Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
The last Darby Lane Merlot we sold about a year ago won wide favour so we kept a look-out for another. Luck came our way and we found what we wanted in a neighbour's Barossa winery. Ben Parker did the preparation of the wine though he was helped by a winemaking colleague Phil Lehmann. The Adelaide Hills wine  more detail...
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