Better Than The Last
Andrina Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016
Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
Oh how we love the flavours of Langhorne Creek Shiraz. Let me explain why. The Langhorne Creek region lies over the Mount Lofty range from McLaren Vale on the eastern side.
It adjoins Lake Alexandrina and the grape flavours are a mix of the inland heat flowing south and cool ocean and lake breezes flowing from the mouth of the Murray. Langhorne Creek has a wine business which stretches back to 1859 but the realisation of the brilliance of the wines has been slow in coming. Can a work of art sit unrecognised for a long period and no one understand its importance?
Wolf Blass of course made three Jimmy Watson ‘Black Label’ winners in a row, the 1973, 1974, and 1975 as he saw readily what the rest of us did not. Even that charge though was not enough and the region slid back into obscurity. The grapes of course go into many lovely wines but our wine companies sell multi-regional blends with little or no mention of the origin of the grapes so you would never know what role Langhorne Creek played.
For Andrina we use the symbol of the Point Malcolm lighthouse shone which westward across Lake Alexandrina towards the vineyards of Langhorne Creek from 1878 till 1931 and was the only inland lighthouse in Australia.