Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
I’m not a believer in the idea that each grape variety reaches some ideal of perfection within a narrow climate-weather range. Rather I see a broad range of flavours as best suited to the varied tastes of those who fancy good wine.
I refer of course to the view that a cool, maritime climate brings out the best in Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet I have enjoyed Lakes Folly Cabernets and the best of the Clare Valley and the Barossa Valley and the more variety the better, from warm or cool regions. Of course you must try Bordeaux, Coonawarra, and Margaret River but I have no doubt that a Barossa Valley Cabernet is also a great wine.
I have fond memories of Penfolds Barossa Cabernets, those from the Wolf Blass premium colour range, and startling mature Orlando Cabernets from the 1950s. Thus when given the chance to take a few tonnes of Cabernet from 2015 we leapt at the opportunity to increase our holdings.
The result is this fabulous wine, plush and fruity and dripping with intense flavours - how can you go wrong.
The price is $9.99 per bottle
This Kitts Shiraz is a great wine from a very special place, with winemaker Parker delivering far more than you would expect., or over-delivering as they say in the trade. Kitts Creek is in the far north of the Barossa Valley which is where the grapes also come from.
The creek in turn is named after the town of St Kitts which is on the northern lip of the valley, though the town is gone and the only residents live in the two, converted, original churches. Many good wines come from this region and an example is Thorn Clarke, a company with extensive vineyards near St Kitts and they regularly pick up trophies and golds.
While the Barossa Valley is remarkably even it does rise from south to north over 100 metres and the extra heat of the north is balanced by the cooler evenings and at times cooling breezes from the west.
What determines the flavours in your wine is complicated but whatever the reasons we are indeed blessed to be able to buy great wines like this for keen prices.
The price is $9.99 per bottle
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
The south-eastern corner of South Australia is known as the Limestone Coast.
It extends from the Victorian border west to the mouth of the Murray River. I know the country well and the beaches on a warm, gentle day are paradise.
Mostly though the winds from the great mega Southern Ocean sweep this country and lets just say it is bracing. The attraction for vineyards is this cooling aspect and a range of interesting wines come from Robe-Mount Benson, Mount Gambier and more famous regions like Coonawarra and Padthaway.
We find very good value in the reds offered from this region and these we hold in mature oak and when stocks have built make a blend which is released under the Princeland brand.
We have been pleased with our last few releases and again strongly recommend the 2015 as you get a lot of complex flavours for a modest price.
The price is $6.99 per bottle