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Bright fruits of plum, blueberries and red currants.
This traditional Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is medium bodied with fine velvety tannins length and depth of flavour. Subtle oak brings depth of flavour to the dark berry fruits of mulberry, plums and hints of mint.
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Nestled among gum trees on an ancient flood plain between the Bremer and Angas rivers, Langhorne Creek is one of Australia’s best-kept viticultural secrets. Its deep, alluvial soils and the surprisingly cool influence of nearby Lake Alexandrina produce soft and fragrantly elegant reds with distinctive mintiness.
Above average winter rains ahead of a dry and warmer than average summer resulted in solid vintage conditions for Langhorne Creek. Winter rainfall was above average, leading to a number of floods through the older floodplain vineyards. Spring rainfall was around average, while Summer rainfall was relatively low keeping disease pressure under control. Temperatures were higher than average, with a number of short heatwaves across South Australia, but Langhorne Creek vines suffered only a little, receiving welcome relief thanks to the reliable cooling southerly breezes most evenings during the summer and autumn ripening periods. Langhorne Creek red harvesting commenced in earnest in early March. Overall an excellent vintage for wine quality; the wines are more fruit focused than floral, with excellent tannins structure and palate length.
Growing up in the Barossa Valley, winemaker Richard Mattner was never far from wine. His grandfather's vineyard at the highly-regarded Light Pass district was Richard's playground during the school holidays. Upon leaving school, Richard gained employment as a cellar hand and began a career in the wine industry in 1993. Richard was destined to be a winemaker and in 2004 he graduated from Charles Sturt University with Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science). Richard says winemaking is an art and just another way of creatively expressing himself. In addition to his passion for red wine, Richard has a keen interest in all things sports and loves nothing more than to relax with friends and enjoy a char-grilled scotch fillet on the barbeque perfectly matched with a bottle of wine, of course.