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Perfect Expression of Traditional Style
Old Moppa Road Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region:Barossa Valley, SA

Blending the varieties Shiraz and Cabernet has a long history in Australia or should I say South Australia and such blends appeal to us from taste, value for money, and by offering a wide range of variations to customers.

If you travel north from the Barossa, to say Kapunda or Clare, there is a fast road that runs up the centre of the Valley. Much more enjoyable is the dirt track of Old Moppa Road which winds its way past abandoned farm houses and historical old ironstone barns and sheds. At one point you pass the famous Penfolds Cabernet vineyard Block 42 which was planted back in 1882. Some of the all time great Australian wines have come from that block.

There are Barossa Cabernet plantings dating back to the 1890s though Cabernet fruit only became plentiful in the 1980s. By then numerous other new regions were producing other Cabernet styles and while these are exciting I believe they have pushed Barossa Cabernet, which is a warmer style, off to the side. This means wines like the old Moppa offer very great value and will reward the experienced drinker.


Full Flavours Returns with Second Bottling
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Shiraz (Second Bottling) 2015

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I have to go back to 2012 to find the last time we sold a Barossa Valley Shiraz of this quality at this price. Indeed this Burgoyne is all we like and look for in a wine.
The origin is the most sought after region in Australia - the Barossa Valley, the grapes were grown by well-known farmers, the wine maker Benjamin Parker prepared the wine for bottling which is a critical job and we supervised the bottling locally.
The wine was not made by us but on the bench against comparable samples this wine stood out as a grade above the others the and as you do we pulled the sample forward. The transaction was done and here it is released under the wine-merchant label of P B Burgoyne.
Burgoyne commenced business in 1871 as a UK importer of Australian wines and strode like a colossus across our landscape.
We hope he is pleased with our efforts and I am certain customers will be. At this introductory price this should become the bread and butter red yet with the knowledge you are drinking a very high grade. This is what we are good at and is very close to our ideal of vineyard, grower, maker.


Amazing Value What a Wine!
Barbarossa Benjamin Parker Single Barrel Selection Valley Blend No.2 Barossa Valley 2013

Region: Barossa Valley
This single barrel is an early creation which was isolated and left to rest in better oak. There are 33 cases. This is what I wrote a year ago about the general concept.

'It is natural for the winemakers to want to experiment. Some of these are released as Bin Numbered Red Trials. When satisfied things are right a new brand is created. This is the second Barbarossa and like the 2012 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 which move away from single variety wines. I like the term of Valley Blend or Field Blend, less mono-culture and more as grapes were once grown as in old vineyards where the varieties are mixed and enter the winery already blended.

Shiraz has moved to very high prices so the Barbarossa is built around full flavoured varieties like Mataro which are cheaper plus others we accumulate which have no natural home. The European have been making similar combinations for hundreds of years and the Barbarossa is inspired by the field blends of the Cote du Rhone.

The wine drinks well now but has the depth to be put aside for many years should you wish. All up the winemaker Benjamin Parker has done a terrific job.'


Intense and Full Bodied
Glug 'The Accord' Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
The blending of Shiraz and Cabernet in our warm climate regions such as the Barossa Valley goes back to the 1940s.

It makes less sense in cooler regions as the divergence between the flavours grows and the varieties are no longer comfortable together. In this way it was natural that Benjamin and Greg began Trials of the two varieties back in 2016. This blend began as Trial Bin 5632 and because it clicked has been released as The Accord or a coming together.

Recall in a wine like this we follow tradition meaning we wanted to create a full bodied red with ripe flavours. The more we see of the 2015 vintage the better it looks so this wine will improve in a cool storage place.

The wine was bottled a few months ago and the quantity made was 50 cases.


Dark Matter Depth and Flavour
Glug 'The Black Rider' Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2015

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

Continues the fascination Benjamin has with blends of Shiraz and Durif. Many trials have lead to wine which will be called Black Rider. When you buy the Glug trials you save lots of money and a few cases are left.


Best Value on Glug
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Limestone Coast, SA

The south-eastern corner of South Australia is known as the Limestone Coast. It extends from the Victorian border west to the mouth of the Murray River. I know the country well and the beaches on a warm, gentle day are paradise. Mostly though the winds from the great mega Southern Ocean sweep this country and lets just say it is bracing.

The attraction for vineyards is this cooling aspect and a range of interesting wines come from Robe-Mount Benson, Mount Gambier and more famous regions like Coonawarra and Padthaway.

We find very good value in the reds offered from this region and these we hold in mature oak and when stocks have built make a blend which is released under the Princeland brand. We have been pleased with our last few releases and again strongly recommend the 2015 as you get a lot of complex flavours for a modest price.


Should Have Been a Harem – So Good
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Rose 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Wine begins as confusing and ends up simple. I’m now at the simple stage. If it tastes good and the price is right I will enjoy it.
Everything else makes little sense and its only how long the journey takes you, that will be the issue. Which brings me to Barossa Valley rose. I have been attracted to the style for many decades but found few that fitted my expansive viewpoint which has a narrow definition. In a nutshell the wines were too sweet and too expensive.
The Barossa Valley was also used for many decades to make popular styles like Kaiser Stuhl Gold Medal Rose and in the process the craftsmanship got lost. Its back with a wine like the Kaldukee which was made from the best Cinsault and Grenache to offer a point of difference.
Note this is not like a chilled white with a bit of pink colouring, it’s the real deal and worth every penny. To hammer home the simple point we are not interested in making a coloured, crisp, cold alternative to sauvignon blanc but an alternative taste without much skin contact-though the wine should be served chilled.


So Fresh Perfect
Parawatta Eden Valley Riesling 2017

Region: Eden Valley, SA
The perfect expression of Eden Valley Riesling must show that long, ‘rapier’ like fine, fruit note of pure, green citric intensity which travels along the palate and never quite expires. Well this wine has it.
I spent many years in my early life as a wine merchant exploring the lanes and by-ways of France looking for the authentic country wines which was training for the greater pleasure of searching across Australia.
To still be at it and discover wines like this is where the pleasure is found. The last Parawatta Riesling was the 2013 though it sits as a gold medal curiosity in my memory as it was nor true to style, indeed it led to lively discussion with customers, and shows though what the weather can do.
We can see from the 2017 that any description must say it was a classical year meaning you will get what you expect from the Eden Valley. In many ways almost perfect and will bring joy.


SA Reds Selection

Glug South Australian All Red Selection Series 1

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Big Savings on Big Red Mix

Glug BIG RED Mix 15

We move on to the No 15 with plenty of highlights though I still favour the Village Belle Mourvedre which is still with us though in second place comes the Langdorf Barossa Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the Trennert McLaren Vale Cabernet and the rish, full flavoured Kitts Creek Cabernet. The joy of buying a mixed dozen is keeping up with what we do and concentrating on what is in each bottle plus the price is attractive.

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