Benjamin Parker Creates a
Shearers Lament 'The Bluey' Adelaidean Dry Red 2011
Region: South Eastern 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 regions. It is also where we go to the pantry looking for the sauce selections as tiny amounts shift the palate even further. Thus we had purchased a big, heavy Grenache which had far to much oak and it became the sauce Ben added. Note large companies do what we do but at this price point the minimum make would be 100,000 cases. We made 297; why the great shearer Jackie Howe took the wool of more sheep than that in one magnificent day. Also note since this is a blend of many regions I have coined the term Adelaidean for reds made with wines from the Clare to Currency Creek.