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News & other goode stuff

Welcome to the Wangolina blog. Here is where we will be highlighting news, events and all goode stuff that has been happening around our little patch on a very ad-hoc basis.

 

 

Daniel Honan
 
13 October 2020 | Daniel Honan

Check out Gourmet Traveller wine writer Daniel Honan's article on the Mt Benson & Robe wine regions, South Australia.

ON AN OVERCAST DAY, the wind blows hard over the denim blue waters of the Great Southern Ocean, rupturing ripples into white caps, agitating waves into crests of foam. This cool breeze billows beyond the primordial shoreline of pockmarked rocks, made mostly of weathered granite, and inland to where the region’s relatively diminutive patchwork of vines share space with the scraggly, straw-green coastal scrub.

The story goes that when an ex-chairman of Southcorp first visited the region to inspect some new vineyards that had been planted, he asked, “What the hell are we doing here?”

For this is harsh country – windswept and interesting, and not for the faint of heart. Trial vines were first planted here in 1978, over shallow, undulating soils of sand and loamy clays.

Such earth was formed from ancient dune systems spread out over prehistoric limestone reefs that run right throughout the aptly named Limestone Coast; the coast is comprised, north to south, of the wine regions Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Robe, Coonawarra, and Mount Gambier.

Of these six, certainly Coonawarra is the most familiar.

Yet, it’s the lesser known – more coastally confined – Mount Benson and Robe that really ought to draw some of your attention for their wines.

Read more.

Lydia Kellner
 
13 August 2020 | Lydia Kellner

South Australia’s best wineries revealed in the latest Messenger poll

Producing some of the state’s best wines has been the lifeblood of the Potts family for 170 years.

In 1850, British migrant Frank Potts, who had arrived in SA on the HMS Buffalo just 14 years earlier, established Bleasdale, the first winery and vineyard at Langhorne Creek.

More than 2500 votes were cast by our readers in the latest Messenger poll to find SA’s best cellar doors, with Bleasdale topping the list, followed by Rockford Wines, in Tanunda, and Skillogalee, in the Clare Valley.

Bleasdale general manager Leigh Warren credited the winery’s ongoing success to its proud history, which included the production of Frank Potts Cabernet Blend, Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon and Bremerview Shiraz. “Langhorne Creek … is often overshadowed by McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, but we know that we continuously grow premium fruit which makes really good wine and I think people really like that,” Mr Warren said. “I think people also like the history that sits behind our brand with Frank Potts immigrating to Australia on the Buffalo in 1836, before building up this winery 14 years later after that. “So we got that deep, rich history, which I think sets us apart.”

Despite the winery’s longstanding popularity, Mr Warren said the business had faced a number of challenging months due to COVID-19. However, he said visitors were increasingly returning to the winery on weekends, as people sought out experiences not too far from Adelaide. “(Business) has been up and down … and we certainly had to be flexible, which I think a lot of businesses have been doing,” he said. “But since May, numbers have been pretty good as people are getting out to the region. “Sometimes, I think that there is this perception that Langhorne Creek is a long way away, but it’s really just an hour from the CBD. “With six or seven cellar doors in Langhorne Creek now, you can really make a day out of it.”

SA'S BEST WINERIES – AS VOTED BY YOU
The votes have been tallied and the results are in. SA’s top winery – as voted by you – is one with a proud history dating back 170 years. 

South Australia’s best wineries revealed in the latest Messenger poll.

SA's top three
Bleasdale – 1640 Langhorne Creek Rd, Langhorne Creek
Rockford Wines – 131 Krondorf Rd, Tanunda
Skillogalee – Trevarrick Rd, Sevenhill

Langhorne Creek
Bleasdale – 1640 Langhorne Creek Rd, Langhorne Creek
Bremerton – 14 Kent Town Rd, Langhorne Creek
Lake Breeze – 319 Step Rd, Langhorne Creek
Kimbolton – 29 Burleigh St, Langhorne Creek
Vineyard Road – 697 Langhorne Creek Rd, Belvidere

Coonawarra and South East
Wynns – 77 Memorial Drive, Coonawarra
Majella – 87 Lynn Rd, Coonawarra
Hollick Estates – Ravenswood Lane, Coonawarra
Balnaves of Coonawarra – 15517 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
Patrick of Coonawarra – Corner Riddoch Highway and Ravenswood Lane, Coonawarra

Clare Valley
Skillogalee – Trevarrick Rd, Sevenhill
Pikes – 233 Polish Hill Rd, Sevenhill
Paulett Wines – 752 Jolly Way, Polish Hill River
Taylors – Winery Rd, Auburn
Eldredge Vineyards – Spring Gully Rd, Clare

Barossa Valley
Rockford Wines – 131 Krondorf Rd, Tanunda
Seppeltsfield – 730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield
Tscharke Wines – Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga
St Hugo – 2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
Turkey Flat Vineyards – 67 Bethany Rd, Tanunda

Adelaide Hills
Bird in Hand – Bird in Hand & Pfeiffer roads, Woodside
Pike & Joyce – 730 Mawson Rd, Lenswood
K1 – 159 Tynan Rd, Kuitpo
Barristers Block – 141 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Woodside
Sidewood – 39B Sydney Rd, Nairne

McLaren Vale
Wirra Wirra – 255 Strout Rd, McLaren Vale
d’Arenberg – 35 Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale
Samuel’s Gorge – 193 Chaffey’s Rd, McLaren Vale
Vigna Bottin – 192 Main Rd, Willunga
Chalk Hill – 58 Field St, McLaren Vale

Regional SA
Banrock Station – Holmes Rd, Kingston on Murray
Bay of Shoals – 49 Cordes Rd, Kingscote; Dudley Wines - 1153 Cape Willoughby Road, Penneshaw (tie)
Wangolina – 8 Limestone Coast Rd, Wangolina
Barley Stacks Wines – 159 Lizard Park Drive, South Kilkerran

Time Posted: 13/08/2020 at 4:30 PM