Celebrating The Barossa
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Today is Barossa Valley Day

Six Barossa Specials

One Red One White One Rose
The Barossa Valley is our most remembered wine region, so I have made today Barossa Valley Day to celebrate. I have chosen a favourite Shiraz, and two other startlingly original wines that will surprise on the up-side; a Barossa Rose and a Barossa Semillon. The Barossa is now a smart place to visit and the wines have never been better; yet on a world scale, measuring quality they are remarkably low in price. Here are three of the best to kick off Barossa Day.

P. B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Rose 2017

We buy great wine when offered regardless of whether it conforms to expectations. Thus I waver between calling the Burgoyne a Rose or is it more a light red style, without the tannin of course.

Whatever please note this is a full on serious effort. Buyers will find they have done very well and I confirm my very high score.

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Goat Square
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2016

We came to live in the Barossa Valley to make wines like this.

Use the best fruit, capture the Barossa flavour, keep costs tight and deliver what we know is world class value, directly to customers.

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Barossa Valley
Semillon 2016

We look for unsung heroes and clever customers will understand from the first sip that this is a great discovery.

Smart, elegant with flavour and shows the rethinking underway to redefine the famous Barossa white of the 1970s-1980s.

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Colonel William Light rode into the Barossa Valley on the 14th-15th December, 1837, allowing us 181 years later to celebrate Barossa Valley Day. The Barossa is Australia’s best known wine region, yet the wines are most affordable indeed they are the best value wines being made.

Let’s call today Barossa Valley Day. The reason; because I know of no other region making such ‘recognised’, tasty wines, which are so affordable and that’s worth celebrating.

It nudges ahead of the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley and Langhorne Creek because it is the only Australian region that overseas drinkers can recall. I’m not sure why this is because Barossa wines are not widely available in retail stores and restaurants around the Globe.

Recognition is hard to get even at home and consider this snippet; ‘at the Wine and Spirit Merchants 29th annual dinner at the Hotel Australia (Sydney) in 1955, only imported wines were served, Gewurztraminer and Liebfraumilch with the main course and Bollinger and Heidsieck with dessert’.

Serious attempts to make local wine began in the 1820s though well into the 1960s we were suspicious of our own wines and those with money looked overseas.
Times have changed, but not enough for the rest of the world to appreciate how under-priced are the agreeable wines of the Barossa.

Of news and worth applauding are the new Barossa whites and Roses. The textural feel of the whites has changed, partly from careful selection of picking times and using gentle air bag wine presses, to create lightness and delicacy.

This has made Benjamin and I enthusiastic supporters. Try a Barossa Rose or Barossa Semillon from today’s selections and you will be pleasantly surprised.

30 Day Pricing Guarantee:
After buying wine it is most annoying to find it cheaper shortly afterwards. Currently Ben and I find selling on-line most turbulent. To hold our ground I confess to moving prices around far more than usual. Please notify Nicole or Claire of any upsetting price moves and they will then issue a credit.

October Wine Tasting and Sales Event
26 - 28 OCTOBER 2018:
The October, 2018 Wine Tasting will be held on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October. All welcome with a range of great specials. Chat with the winemaker Benjamin Parker and sample over 50 wines. At the Glug winery, 95 Samuel Road, Barossa Valley.

Preserving the Difference

Crayford Barossa Valley Graciano Cabernet 2014
For us winemaking is preserving the difference and this blend turned out to be a surprising triumph. We had a small amount of Graciano left over and wondered how it would taste with a Cabernet addition. The result was sensational so we sent to bottle this tiny amount. Still a few cases left.

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Langdorf Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
You can never have too many Barossa Shiraz’s for sale so with vintage changes, and hundreds of different farms growing the variety we have no concerns if the list grows to a hundred. We do not like blending different parcels so that is why you have Crayford, Goat Square, Langdorf and many others to choose from.

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Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
I like the price to quality point ratio of this wine which is right in the sweet spot. You will pay $21 or so at Dan Murphy for a Pepperjack Barossa and this Barossa is in my opinion far superior.

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Exploring the Full Favoured Reds of South Australia No.1

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 first mix of a wonderful new selection.

Each dozen contains one bottle of the following wines:
Stonevale Wines 'Red Barn' Bin 606 Barossa Valley Winemakers Dry Red Blend 2012
Cameron Country 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Crayford Barossa Valley Cabernedro 2016
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015
P. B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Light & Finniss South Australia Adelaidean Dry Red Blend 2012
Mount Eagle Eden Valley Shiraz 2013
Kincraig Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 x 2
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012
Village Belle Barossa Valley Grenache 2016
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It's All Barossa Valley - 100% Guaranteed No.5

The Australian press, tourist agencies and P.R. companies all agree that the most popular wine region, the most recognised, is the Barossa Valley. The late, great Chef Joel Rubuchon was famous for his mashed potatoes which contained 25% butter. ‘No one who tasted his recipe, made with 25 per cent butter, could forget the experience’. This reads like a proxy for the Barossa Valley, not just a warm climate red but one exploding with 25% more flavour.

Each dozen contains one bottle of the following wines:
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Karrawirra Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2015
Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016
Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache 2016
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012
Crayford Barossa Valley Mataro 2014
Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro 2014
Glug GH22 Single Barrel Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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