An Australian Master from Langhorne Creek in your glass

wb-masterUntil the early 2000’s, Wolf Blass Black Label was the pinnacle of the Wolf Blass line which sported those quirky coloured tombstone shaped labels. Then came Platinum Label, a straight varietal Shiraz. A departure for the eponymous brand founded by the winemaker with the moniker of ‘the Master Blender’. Wolfgang Blass himself.

It gives a sense of continuity that this new pinnacle of the extensive Wolf Blass range is back to the original formula of a blend, albeit from a single vineyard rather than a blend of regions as well as varieties. This time 61% Cabernet and 39% Shiraz as opposed to the 51% Cabernet / 49% Shiraz varietal composition of the current 2010 vintage of Black Label. Read More

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Lake Breeze Bullant Shiraz 2013


Langhorne Creek make some pretty smart juicy reds and this one from the Follett family’s Lakes Breeze winery is a good drink.  It is like a big, juicy hug of a wine. Peppery black cherry and plums, with vanilla cinnamon caramel offer up a sweet spicy combo that joins a minty refresher as it hits midpalate.

Full bodied with smooth, generous curves and soft tannins. Simply a well judged wine that aims to please whether it be the hump of the week or an easy weekender. A lot of fun for the price.

Country of Origin: Australia   Date:  August 8, 2015   Price: $16 Drink: now – 3+ years   Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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Bremerton Special Release Vermentino 2014


The Special Release range from the Willson family of Langhorne Creek’s Bremerton Wines offers just that. Something pretty special, particularly for the price. Vermentino is a welcome Italian variety making its home here in Australia where it suits our Summer oriented lifestyle.

The nose alone breathes fun! Orange zest and blossom, nuts and apricot wafts up from the glass and ensnares your senses. Fresh acid punctuates the citrus nerve and drives the finish long in the mouth. Crisp, cool, clean and long.

As with many Italian varieties, this is a versatile wine that delivers silky texturised fruit mid palate and drinks well with a wide range of food – seafood, chicken, spices. However, it certainly does not need food to shine.

Quickie review « Summer, sand and friends in a bottle of pretty, zesty fruit.»

Country of Origin: Australia   Date:  August 8, 2015   Price: $24 Drink: now   Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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The Malbec lovers irresistible half dozen!

If you are not drinking Langhorne Creek Malbec, you should be!


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Langhorne Creek has been making some great waves with their regional offering of Malbec. This year, the Zonte’s Footstep Violet Beauregard 2013 Malbec took the trophy for the Best Other Red Varietal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015.

Alone, it is results such as this that should put the small, cohesive Langhorne Creek region on the Malbec lover’s radar around the world. Read More

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Brothers in Arms 2006 No. 6 Shiraz Cabernet


This recently released wine has been sourced from vineyards planted by Guy Adams’ great-great-grandfather William Formby, some of the oldest Shiraz and Cabernet vineyards in the world.  Aptly, the No. 6 refers to the sixth generation of the family.

Rich earthy chocolate and plummy shiraz is blended with the classic cabernet cassis, tobacco and Langhorne Creek mint. Fuller in body with silky tannins, this Shiraz Cabernet is generous but not over the top. Just moreish enough to keep you coming back for another sip. A wine that delivers so much more to your glass than the price suggests.

Date: 1 July 2012   Price: $22    Value: $$$     Drink: Now – 7 years

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