Farmers and Growers 'The Smithy' Victorian Shiraz Barossa Valley Durif 2009
I feel Ben and I are at our best when we can offer a big, rich, tasty red for a fair price. Indeed this is what I have tried to do over 38 years of retailing. I was the first out of the blocks to promote Penfolds Koounga Hill; I then revived the Yalumba Galway and today I direct you to a Ben triumph, the Smithy.
We found a lovely parcel of Shiraz from NE Victoria and to this base added McLaren Vale Shiraz, Barossa Valley Shiraz and to knit all of this together tossed in a goodly drop of Barossa Valley Durif, a workhorse red, full of character.
I'm sure a working Smithy would only drink Durif as they can take on a fearsome look.
The price is $5.99 per bottle
Salem Valley Estates Vine Vale Barossa Valley Viognier 2012
This is becoming the drink of the moment and Phil Lehmann has turned my doubt into a brilliant wine which has far exceeded my expectations. This is the story.
A few months ago Ben turned to me and said; "He's on the bloody phone again talking up the bloody Viognier. What shall I say?" "Tell him if he gives the bloody thing to us we will take it." Well it wasn't free but we got a good deal.
The grapes came from the Heidenreich property, on the sandy slopes of the eastern Barossa Valley known as Vine Vale. We asked Phil, a noted white wine specialist to tinker with the wine and he has done a fine job.
I rate the wine 10/10 on my value for money scale and would point it high silver. Local knowledge is always right and the Salem is all Nicole and Claire drink at the end of the day.
The price is $4.99 per bottle
Old Moppa Road Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
The moment Ben showed me this wine I knew we had a winner. Some wines just have an extra something that pushes them to the fore.
A lot of big company offerings are made to bring consistency, or evenness, to the tasting experience by filling the valleys and levelling the hills. Ben and I like the opposite and want you to experience the difference of the vintage which records of course the weather pattern, plus the vineyard. I love the colours of the 2012s and the structure of the wines and they have quite a future.
This wine is the perfect combination of exceptional quality combining with value and I have come to think this is the main reason to buy any wine.
The price is $8.99 per bottle