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2018-10-07 17:23:44 - David An extract from Parkers letter on the 25th Anniversary of the Wine Advocate. He explains well why the premium regions of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty region are unique. When you can buy well made reds from these regions at Glug prices you are buying well. ‘In addition to the coming of age of California and the exciting developments in Argentina, the giant down under, Australia, began to finally export to the USA many of its finest wines, which had never before appeared on our shores. Thanks to the cutting edge work of some innovative importers/brokers, particularly Dan Philips of the Grateful Palate, John Larchet of the Australian Premium Wine Collection, Rob McDonald of Old Bridge Cellars, Ted Schrauth of Old Vines Australia, and more recently, Benjamin Hammerschlag of Epicurean Wines as well as Ken Onish and John Gorman of Southern Starz, Australia became akin to a runaway locomotive, offering industrial quantities of tasty reds as well as limited gems made from old vine Grenache and Shiraz, especially from South Australia. Regions largely unheard of became household names among wine connoisseurs. The Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale's wines of massive richness and intensity gave consumers something they could not find anywhere else in the world. Not everyone thought this was a positive sign as these were the antithesis of European-styled delicacy and nuance. Yet they offered an important option, impressive but differently styled wines of enormous power and intensity. Additionally, some of the cooler climate areas in Victoria and Western Australia, particularly the Margaret River region, proved that surprisingly elegant wines could also be made’. Robert M. Parker Jr Wine Advocate 1/12/2003.
2012-03-06 16:10:45 - Ben The inaugural vintage of Brutus Shiraz Durif, the 2008, is nearly sold out. Today tweaking the 2009 for bottling will be released in June/July after it settles down in the bottle.
2012-02-23 17:08:13 - Ben Tasted some barrels with Abel Gibson of Ruggabellus. The man is the real deal. I think the wines are sold out but you may find some out in the trade. One to watch.
2012-02-11 11:38:34 - Ben Knocked down a Teusner 'Albert' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2004 last night with Kym. Amazing. Still showing bright fruit and that crazy eucalypt character that comes from that specific Riebke block. Not a eucalypt tree in site though so the scientists will have to work this one out.

We bring you birds of Australia courtesy of Singer Sewing Machines and this is matched with Ben's award winning Kookaburra photo taken at Lakes Entrance in 2009.


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