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Charles Flaxman was granted land in the Barossa Valley covering the future village of Tanunda on 30th May, 1842. He laid out the town with a central square known as Der Ziegenmarkt, later called Billy Goat Square and now Goat Square. This was a meeting place for bartering goods including livestock. No doubt they traded wine, with Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro amongst the first varieties planted in the region.
NEWSLETTERS
Wednesday, 20th July 2016
Todays three red wine specials for $85 tell a lot about the Glug approach to wine. We like the business advice of Charles Humbert (1877) to his daughter and son in law as told by Julian Jeffs in his book on Sherry: You must, therefore, succeed, and I am sure the way to do it is to sell good wine at a reasonable rate of profit more...
Monday, 18th July 2016
Anyone comfortable with wine will agree that better wines cost more. At this point I remind you that 'better and cost' cannot be defined. When you do not know what you are drinking even the professionals only have a rough idea of what the wine cost. If they hazard a guess it is actually an expression of what they think the wine should cost, which is rarely the same. more...
Saturday, 16th July 2016
I often reflect on the fashion business and wish we could introduce a bit of that theatre into the world of wine. Fashion moves fast with new ranges to catch the eye appearing every season as new talent presents new looks. I suppose without constant refreshment the theatrics of dressing up just dies. more...
NEW WINES
Shearers Lament 'The Bluey' Adelaidean Dry Red 2011
Benjamin Parker Creates a Cote du Rhone
Shearers Lament 'The Bluey' Adelaidean Dry Red 2011
Region: South Australia
I got great satisfaction in watching this wine being composed over several months. We had the building blocks of Shiraz and Cabernet from many South Australian premium regions so the base was easy but then the object is to build up further interest and complexity and this is done with other varieties and  more detail...
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Stratus Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Striking Display of Adelaide Hills Flavour
Stratus Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

Complex differences in the tastes of wine is really the prime reason to drink this wonderful beverage. In about1978 New Zealand launched the vibrant tastes Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying river flats of Marlborough at the northern end of the South Island. Not much was grown in Australia  more detail...
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Ariadne Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
New Vintage from the High End
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Region:Adelaide Hills, SA

The 2016 is sourced from the same Adelaide Hills vineyards as previous vintages. The town of Woodside is centrally located in the Adelaide Hills at a height of about 370 metres.
The grapes for the Ariadne are sourced from further west, well into the climb up the Basket Range, which is the hot place  more detail...
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WORDS FROM DAVID FARMER
'I might mention that all the effort of wine writers and show judges is expended on finding what are the best wines which makes it very easy what to recommend if you wish to spend $50 on a bottle. Try approaching it from the other end and find a wine for $70 a case which will delight and surprise you.'
BEST SELLERS
Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013
Cool Climate with Elegance and Flavour
Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
The winemaker Benjamin Parker and the consultant Nicholas Bourke discovered an accumulation of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills Chardonnays, stored in McLaren Vale, in mid-2015. They later purchased the full collection. Steadily these been prepared for bottling and released under a number of labels. This  more detail...
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Light & Finniss Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Dual District Blend of Superb Quality
Light & Finniss Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Region: Currency Creek / Barossa Valley
The winemaker Benjamin Parker picked up a mixed lot of 2012 reds and these have now been reworked to create several brilliant wines. I use the word brilliant to mean far more than the taste as creating a great taste is the easy part while the secret is keeping the cost down which is the hard  more detail...
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P.B. Burgoyne Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Brilliant Blend from Premium Vintage 2012
P.B. Burgoyne Currency Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Region: Currency Creek, Barossa Valley, SA
This is a brilliant effort and the winemaker Benjamin Parker has pulled off perfectly the blending of the coolish wine from Currency Creek with the boldness of the Barossa Valley. He was very fortunate to discover a few parcels from the great 10/10, 2012 vintage and these have combined  more detail...
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