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When to pick the grapes is vital for wine quality but also when the compromises start.

Discovery From Historic Woodside - 1850s
Stratus Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

This Stratus is the third release from the same source in the Adelaide Hills, a high altitude vineyard above the town of Woodside. To bring out the best of Sauvignon Blanc you need a cool climate and to get this coolness in Australia requires elevation or a southern cool region like Tasmania.
Around 1978 New Zealand released the cool tasting Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying, river terraces of Marlborough, located at the northern end of the South Island. At this time little was grown in Australia but gradually the plantings expanded. The wines from low lying land, even when close to the cooling ocean are not as complex as those from the higher altitude vineyards.
At this stage some of the best come from the Adelaide Hills and in this large region I think the ‘best of the best’ come from the region near Woodside called the Basket Range.
Differences in climates and winemaking methods from each region means those from Adelaide Hills have similarities and differences to those from New Zealand. With the Stratus you will discover a steelier, tight complexity when compared for example to fruitier wines.


Deep Rich Full Bodied
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley

Crayford is a classic range of 100% Barossa Valley wines, meaning they display bold, rich flavours made without tricks, offering what the majority of customers expect, deep colours with Barossa warmth. They became an early part of our catalogue with the first being a Shiraz Mataro 2007 and a Barossa Sangiovese 2006.

Oh boy how we would like to sample a range going back to the start as we have none in the tasting archive. The 2016 sits nicely with previous vintages though at this stage appears to have more weight suggesting a bright future.

From 1842 when the first settlers arrived in the Barossa tiny settlements proliferated as each group settled as a unit and it was much later before these communities became absorbed into bigger towns like Tanunda. Crayford dates to 1846 when a cluster of farms developed along the banks of Tanunda Creek and is now part of Tanunda. Glug has developed the brand as a tribute to those early pioneers.


Old History Brought Alive
Stonevale Wines Red Barn Bin 606 Barossa Valley Winemakers Dry Red Blend 2012

Region: Barossa Valley
The last release of the Red Barn was in March, 2014 which was a Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2011; made from a trio of varieties which are of great interest to us.

They are what I term the heritage varieties and date back to the first plantings made in the 1840s though recall vineyards did not really expand to a significant size until the 1870s-1880s.

After 1960 new varieties were introduced into the Barossa Valley though only two Cabernet and Merlot have reached a significant acreage.

There are though another 20 varieties that can be offered and we are very keen on the Portuguese port varieties. This Bin 606 then experiments with many varieties though the base goes back to the heritage varieties.


Source of Impeccable Breeding
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Semillon 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I rate Barossa Semillon highly as many wines achieve the gold medal level. Today in a sea of alternative whites such as New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and cool climate whites from W.A. and the Adelaide Hills this variety now suffers from lack of attention.

Semillon is a curious variety as it also ripens in cool climates where it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced from a warmer region the volume of taste increases and since I like wines with flavour, well-made examples such as the Burgoyne appeal.

I like the wine for another reason as it explains well my thought that drinkers should concentrate on what is in the glass and not jump to conclusions about what they think the taste might be.

Follow that thought and you will drink better and save a lot. I have many memories of delicious examples from the Barossa and when this lot was offered from a source with impeccable breeding for making Semillon, Benjamin had no hesitation in saying, yes please.


Another Bargain from Adelaide Hills
Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

Region: Adelaide Hills
Adelaide sprawls along a coastal plain with market gardens to the north while south are the coastal vineyard districts of Reynella-now housing - and McLaren Vale.

The eastern back drop to Adelaide is a rapidly rising fault scarp that lifts to 400 metres and further east peaks at 727 metres at Mount Lofty.

With some vineyards as high as 600 metres this provides a wonderful contrast in flavours to the vineyards of the warm coastal plain.

In general consumers favour whites from cooler regions which are crisper and lighter and retain natural acidity.


SA Reds Selections

Glug South Australian All Red Selection Series 3

Before late 2015 many of the experiments and special parcels made by the wine makers were blended away. Steadily through 2016 even tiny amounts were bottled and this process accelerated when we began our own in-house bottling from September, 2016. It is wines such as these which make up the South Australian Selections Series No 1. The winemakers place a great deal of effort into making what I call, kitchen reds, and this mix shows the results.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Big Savings on Big Red Mix

Glug BIG RED Mix 18

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