Orlando Cabernets of the 1950s Reborn
Glug 'The Rainbow Suit' Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
The growth of the Australian table wine industry since the 1960s reads like a wonder story.
Cabernet was one of two major varieties (Chardonnay the other) in short supply when the table wine boom began in the 1960s. While plantings increased, they were pushed to a higher level in the 1980s such was the demand.
Many of these new plantings were in cooler regions like the Limestone Coast, Yarra Valley, and Margaret River though all regions increased Cabernet plantings.
Because of this rapid expansion, and with so many regions now promoting the charms of Cabernet, this meant that Cabernet from the old, traditional region of the Barossa Valley fell from favour.
Take advantage of this anomaly as Barossa Cabernet is of premium quality yet the wines are very well price, well below those of the new regions.
I have fond memories of the Orlando Cabernets of the 1950s and Glug wines are made in this same traditional style.