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Country Wines of South Australia
Where Value for Money becomes Quality for Money

Richard drinking La Bise Grenache Rose 2017 at the pop-up wine bar in Tanunda before being hammered by giant Langhorne Creek Shiraz. Natasha Mooney owns the bar and makes the La Bise wines. I’m standing amongst the 105 year old vines of the Metala vineyard, Langhorne Creek.

New Release On Special This Weekend
P.B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
The brand P.B. Burgoyne we use for wines we purchase from premium regions across South Australia. They are named after the real wine merchant Peter Bond Burgoyne who strode like a colossus across the Australian wine landscape around 1900. The wines are better today and the selection far wider but his style of wine discovery resides with us.

The beauty of wines from Langhorne Creek has not yet been recognised by many consumers though it is growing as they have moved from being unsaleable in say 1995 to now being sought by smart buyers. Wolf Blass saw the potential but this did not spread far which tells us that it is not the taste that captures consumers but other indicators. I can only describe what I found when drinking a glass that this has cthe qualities of the Barossa Valley and is cheaper.


Great Red from Fortuitous Purchase
Light & Finniss Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
The first Light and Finniss was a 2007 Barossa red and there have been dozens since. This beauty is based on a collection of Langhorne Creek reds that Benjmain purchased a few months back. We rate Langhorne Creek Shiraz highly and have been consistent buyers since our start.

The position of Langhorne Creek is very special being next to the lower lakes of the Murray River yet also receives bursts of summer heat which is ideal for Shiraz.

Captain Charles Sturt reached the mouth of the Murray River on 9th February, 1830 and in 1837 Colonel Light began surveying from the other side of the range and it was not till the late 1840s that land around Langhorne Creek was ready for sale.

We find good value wines from this region and purchase of the Light and Finniss is recommended.


Better than the Last the 2013
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.


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.


High Peaks of the Adelaide hills
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.


Perfectly Captures the Climate at this Place
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
We are believers in natural wines which means for us using all the joys of science and technology to make fresh whites from minimal intervention. An absolute must is to have use of a bag press which gently presses the bunches of grapes so unwanted, tough chemicals, found in the skins and grape pips are excluded.

Next the juice should be quickly reduced to a low temperature for preservation and then a gently ferment may start. This is standard practise in small wineries but harder to do in a huge winery handling thousands of tonnes. Then since you have picked the grapes at the ideal time nature will have done its jobs and the result will be a delightful experience.

This wine does not have complex winery tricks of skin ferments, and lees stirring, indeed the oak is minimal. What could be more natural.


‘Winemaker Red Trials of South Australia 2018’ Mixed Dozen Pack

The wine maker Benjamin has begun a new round of red wine Trials a process I watch with great interest. The reasons for Trials are many but at the back of both of our minds is a quest to perfect the best ever, value for money reds. Perhaps inspired by the Penfolds Koonunga Hill and Jacobs Creek creations that were released in the late 1970 which changed customers views of budget wines from no-way to yes-please. I was excited by a number of the Trials and asked for them to be bottled so three are new. This is a fabulous mix of what we do and to make them more attractivbe have an opening weekend price of $69.90.

I call this mix ‘The Winemaker Red Trials of South Australia’ mixed dozen which contains three bottles of the following four wines:

Trial Bin 656 South Australia Adelaidean Cabernet Grenache 2013
Trial Bin 657 South Australia Merlot Cabernet NV
Trial Bin 658 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz Merlot NV
Trial Bin 576 South Australia Carbernedro 2013/2016

100% Barossa Valley - Guaranteed!

Glug 'It's All Barossa Valley - 100% Guaranteed' Mix

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Explore our Rich Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 2

The reds of South Australia are very special. The reason is the geography of the premium vineyard regions means the climate is a balance between cooling and ripening in a way which is not found anywhere else on the globe. The bunches of grapes are pulled towards the coolness of the Great Southern Mega Ocean which slows flavour development, which can alter quickly by the intense, inland, heat flowing in from the baking, red centre. It is this balance, constantly tilting, which makes complex, intense, interesting flavours which are best referred to as warm flavoured reds. Though a grower in Coonawarra may well disagree. Any-way this is the second mix of a wonderful new selection.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-


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