South Australian Shiraz and blends dominate the Classification, and always have. Beyond the icons, SA is known for value and at Langton's value is first a measure of quality.
Full Price $386~
Shareholders Price $156*
This mix contains one bottle each of:
Artisans Of Barossa Small Batch Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2017
Chris Ringland CR Shiraz, Barossa 2017
Mitolo Wines Jester Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2016
Turkey Flat Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2015
Kilikanoon Parable Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2016
Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2016
Plus a Bonus Magnum of Hewitson Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvèdre, Barossa Valley 2008
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South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.
Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.
The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.
It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's