Bernoota is a classic Australian red. The blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Australian style, and Langhorne Creek is the backbone of a lot of great Australian wines. Ripe, rich, bold and flavourful. Red and blueberries, a fair lick of oak and an eye to long term development.
At this price, you should buy a dozen bottles of Bernoota and drink a bottle every 15 months. Pair with roast beef or a barbecue.
For 120 years the Follet family has been growing grapes. Their winemaking history goes back 25 years and has furthered their reputation. Of the vast vineyard holdings, Lake Breeze selects only the best 20% of the fruit from the older vines on the property to create wines with amazing depth of flavour.
The region that has done so much, for so many but never truly recognised for its efforts. Dry, hot and disease-free, there are some lovely reds being made here or used to blend into and bolster bigger brand wines. Whites are just finding their feet too. There are a handful of excellent quality producers to watch.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. Long aging is definitely on the cards with Shiraz but it equally lends itself to be drunk at any time of its evolution.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Often blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz will fix the hole Cabernet has in its middle palate.