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A great Monday selection which looks at that fabulous Barossa creation, the GMS blend, then fresh and natural, richness with substance, next a really powerful sleeper you need to know about and lastly, snap and it's gone, a PPB.



Restless Farm 'The Pig' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Fabulous New Barossa Gold
Restless Farm 'The Pig' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia

‘There’s gold in them thar hills’ did not come true for South Australia although they did work an alluvial river flat not far from the Barossa Valley town of Lyndoch which is known as the Barossa Goldfields.

The real gold has come of course with the recognition of the Barossa Valley as a unique, world class, wine region.

Finding another place just like the Barossa is unlikely as while vines will spring up in many new locations my perusal of the global geography shows the location is unique. Barossa Valley Shiraz is a world class drink and when well priced is a must buy.

The range of Restless Farm wines dates back to the 2008 vintage with the first being The Goat from Padthaway of 40 cases. The other animals down on this strange farm are the Goose, the Elephant, the Camel and the Bunny.

As expected The Pig is stout, round and soft and to bring you up to date two real Bershires called Crackle and Pop have been purchased and are growing quickly. Commence drinking now though this Restless Farm Shiraz will mature over many years.

Price: $9.29

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Ariadne Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2015
Triumph of Adelaide Hills
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2015

Region:Adelaide Hills, SA
Instead of my copy I quote James Halliday from The Australian, 5th November, 2016, in which he writes about Tempranillo.
'We call them 'alternative' varieties and one stands tallest: tempranillo, with more than 740ha planted. Spain is its kingdom, with 200,000ha in the last census (2008). It is grown across the country under a host of regional names and in climates warm and cool. Given it is an early ripening variety, the cooler, higher regions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa should come as no surprise……Nor should its geographical spread across Australia.
My tasting notes made over the past two years come from regions as warm as the Hunter Valley and Swan Valley, to the cool of the Yarra Valley, Frankland River and the Southern Highlands of NSW. Whether grown in Europe or Australia, the accent is on fruit, cherry a foremost descriptor. What it often lacks is structure, notwithstanding its thick skins. In Spain, in particular Rioja, American oak has been used for prolonged maturation to fill the gap. Further north, the Bordeaux varieties have been blended for the same purpose.
'
I thank Mr Halliday, though whether he would like the Ariadne I cannot say but not to worry as I do.

Price: $8.99

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Big Red Mix No.14 from South Australia


Glug BIG RED Mix 14

A few alterations to No 13 means a change to No 14 though the highlight is still the Village Belle Mourvedre though in second place comes the Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the Trennert McLaren Vale Shiraz and the rather stout Ploughman. 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.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

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Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012
Recall Barossa from 10/10 Vintage
Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I like the full ripe flavours of the Kaldukee and the winemaker Benjamin Parker has done an excellent job.
I have always wanted ripeness in reds meaning flavour and through the 1980s was one of the few retailers still championing the reds of Penfolds.
Currently in our wine shows the judges have drifted to far from the middle ground in their praise of cool climate reds, perhaps forgetting that the most successful wine, Penfolds Grange is commonly from 90% Barossa Valley fruit.
Hence the Grenache component is a big solid ripe wine and handles well the solid Shiraz.
Thus for a pleasant richer style giving a lot of quality for the price the Langdorf Kaldukee has much which will appeal.

Price: $8.99

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Harem 'Shazada' Barossa Valley Mataro Shiraz 2012
Serve from the Best Decanter
Harem 'Shazada' Barossa Valley Mataro Shiraz 2012

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
We purchased two Mataro's which had the quality to become the Sultan and left them to develop. At our last bench tasting neither was better than the other and we felt like bottling two Sultans. We settled for making a son of Sultan, 'Shazada', but to enhance the ripe features of this wine and move it further from the Sultan profile we added a small amount of Shiraz.

If I was to offer a clue about the differences I would say the Sultan is the pure expression of Mataro while Shazada is a bold forthright Barossa red with more weight and it's much harder to call the variety. This is the red for an important dinner party as it will evolve and it would help if it can be served from a decanter. The ultimate experience would be to drink this wine with the Sultan as the evening would finish with all participants knowing an enormous amount about Mataro.

Price: $14.99

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