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Ultimate Reds

Ultimate Reds

Ultimate Reds – Six outstanding red wines from around Australia. 

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Cullen Wines Diana Madeline

Cullen Wines Diana Madeline

Cullen Wines Diana Madeline – Perhaps Cullen’s best-known wine, this blend was recently included in the prestigious Langton Classification of Australian Wines. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The result is a deeply coloured wine with great depth of flavour, fine grain tannins and outstanding cellaring potential.

Colour: Deep crimson hues with magenta edges.
Bouquet: Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of well ripened dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes.
Palate: Structured and fruit driven, the palate presents blackcurrant fruit and lovely spicy nuances finishing with fine grained tannins. Subtle layers of complexity arise from fruit harvested at the pinnacle of ripeness.
Cellar: 30 plus years

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Amon-Ra Shiraz

Amon-Ra Shiraz

Amon-Ra Shiraz by Ben Glaetzer from the Barossa Valley. An unfiltered heavyweight shiraz by a great winery.

The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. The family left Germany on board the Nord-Deutscher Lloyd steamer “Habsburg” and took seven weeks to reach their final destination of Port Adelaide. From here they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley

Amon-Ra Shiraz is an iconic wine that epitomises Ben Glaetzer’s passion to create wines that are full flavoured, multi layered and intense but still elegant, stylish and finely balanced.

In Egyptian mythology, Amon Ra is considered to be the king of all gods. The temple of Amon Ra was believed to be the first temple to ever plant a monoculture vineyard to produce wine for the citizens of the temple.

The eye on front of the label is the all seeing eye of Horus or wedjat (“whole one”) – a powerful Egyptian symbol of protection. It is represented as a figure with six parts, corresponding to what Egyptians regarded as the six senses; touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thought.

Ben Glaetzer created Amon-Ra Shiraz to appeal to all these six senses.

The 2013 Amon-Ra Shiraz displays a very deep purple-black color and floral notes of violets and wilted rose petals over mulberries, blueberries, star anise, mocha, fenugreek, cumin seeds, cloves and tree bark plus some toasty oak. Full-bodied and rich yet not overly so, it has refreshingly crisp acid and firm grainy tannins texturing the long spicy finish.

A great wine well worth it’s iconic status.

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Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz

Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz

Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz – Langmeil’s original vineyard, the Freedom, was planted in 1843 and survives to this day. Planted by the Lutheran forebears who were escaping religious persecution and war in Prussia, just seven years after the state of South Australia was colonised. They came to their new homeland, from Persecution to Freedom, to worship and find peace in our beloved Barossa. The Freedom 1843 is testament to the best of the Barossa, and the determination and independent vision of the Bitter and Lindner families at Langmeil, who have farmed in the district for five generations.

Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz has the following characteristics.

Colour: Deep crimson with purple hues.
Aroma: An intense aroma of ripe Satsuma plum, mocha, vanilla and savoury notes, mingle with hints of cedar and sweet spices.
Palate: Rich, sweet fruit is balanced wonderfully with briary and sweet spices and lovely, silky tannins. A full-bodied, textured wine showing great complexity with hints of cedar and allspice and in combination, flow through to the lengthy, brambly fruit finish.

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Freedom is the name of a remarkable patch of vines that have stood the test of time. Today, this vineyard underpins Langmeil’s and the Lindner family’s dedication to old vine preservation and winemaking.
Firmly planted at the heart of the historic winery site, this one-acre patch of gnarly and proud, dry-grown vines is believed to be the world’s oldest surviving shiraz vineyard planted in 1843.
Upon discovering this hidden treasure amongst the once derelict property, the vines were revived and dedicated to pioneer Christian Auricht who had fled his native Prussia for freedom from religious persecution. It was Auricht who settled the original Langmeil trading village in 1842, putting down his own roots in the Barossa soil and creating a home for his family, for generations to come. It is here that Auricht planted the Freedom vineyard as part of his mixed farm.
Predominantly planted on alluvial loam and red clay over limestone and ironstone, each vine’s roots penetrate deeply into the layers of quarry sand and gravel in the underlying water table of Barossa’s North Para River. In optimum vintages, it produces a low yielding crop of just two tonnes per acre.
From this vineyard Langmeil crafts a wine that sits at its pinnacle of winemaking, The Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz.


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Thousand Candles

Thousand Candles (2013)

Thousand Candles (2013)

Delicate structure, fine, aromatic red fruits, some smoke and spice followed by great length are characteristics of this fine wine from Thousand Candles located in Yarra Valley. The wine has received much critical acclaim, not for its power or density but for its subtlety, texture, perfume and seemless expression of its origins. 

Much revered Pinot specialist William Downie is the man behind the iconic thousand candles, a vineyard in the Southern Yarra Valley. Made from selected plots within the well-known Killara Park Estate, thousand candles is a uniquely Australian wine that speaks of the farm: the seasons that it has passed through and the care and detail of the vintage that the team has tried to capture.  
The idea is to capture in the bottle the essence of place and season, rather than be guided by or try to emulate an established style. thousand candles aims to express the character of one vintage on one farm and is a true exploration of an Australian notion of terroir. Each vintage blend varies to celebrate the best of the farm and the terroir in that year, reflecting the changeability of climate and weather.

Thousand Candles (2013) – is taken from a nineteenth century account of the local land that harks back to the country’s original, indigenous people. A ceremony granting free passage Freedom of the Bush to the lands around the property was witnessed by a European settler, who, referring to the tribesman dramatically holding aloft their firesticks, remarked that it was as if the ‘twilight of the evening had been interrupted by a thousand candles…’

Great wine from an enigmatic producer available from us in the UK. Well worth the effort.

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Thousand Candles from Yarra Valley (2013) – great wine from a great producer

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St Henri Shiraz

Penfold St Henri Shiraz

St Henri Shiraz by Penfolds is a classic Australian red wine.

“Another vintage that classically reaffirms St Henri DNA – it is not a Bin, nor RWT nor Grange-like. A unique shiraz proposition that harks back to the late-1800’s. Quality that doesn’t date.” “Recommend to decant this vintage – no ifs or buts! It will maketh the wine and reward your effort. 

OVERVIEW St Henri Shiraz is a time-honoured and alternative expression of shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak. Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Proudly, a wine style that hasn’t succumbed to the dictates of fashion or commerce. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1,460 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains shiraz.
GRAPE VARIETY 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.3 g/L, pH: 3.66
MATURATION 12 months in 50+ y.o. large oak vats
Above-average winter and early spring rainfall offered the vines in South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Late spring and summer were dry and warm with significant heat records being set. Warm weather prevailed during summer and throughout veraison, allowing grapes to develop evenly and with good intensity. The warm conditions came to an abrupt halt in mid-February with significant rainfall that allowed for a long and slow ripening of the fruit in very good conditions. This ensured balanced flavour development, fruit exhibiting a brightness endowed with crisp acid retention and impressive fruit quality.
COLOUR Deep garnet
NOSE Lifted, racy. Rhône-ish at first, South Australian upon sitting. Bountiful aromatics ascend – initially redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake mix, and then the liberation of citrus (lime peel), fennel and olive. Middle Eastern spices also present – sweet, not savoury (incl. cinnamon, nutmeg). And, not unexpected, something not present – oak!
PALATE Svelte. Nevertheless, propels assertive tannins that build – sheeted/layered in configuration. To please all tastes – the sweet – zabaglione, custard, raw chocolate (cocoa); and the savoury – (bone) marrow, star anise. Lingers, and certainly leaves a most appealing ‘residual’ impression for quite some time after ingestion. For more information go to



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Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – A Cabernet that is simply oozing class. Richly layered and densely packed fruit fills the palate with an opulent and powerful intensity. Flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry with a light lift of leafy black olive. This is classic Margaret River Cabernet with power, poise and stylish expression.

Gourmet Traveller 96 points!
“This outstanding cabernet has great colour and a multiplicity of black fruits in the bouqet with a faint tinge of dried herb and perfectly dovetailed oak. Rich, full-bodied, lush blackberry fruit takes centre stage”
Gourmet Traveller, 2014

“The full bodied palate is generous and crammed full of ripe forest fruits, cassis, and dark chocolate characters. Powerful, yet refined in structure, the fleshy fruits are complimented with an ample amount of supple tannins; all culminating together to provide a dense, persistent berry fruit finish.”

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