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Three Barossa Valley Gems

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For you this week, I have three Barossa Valley gems; a new favourite, a rejuvenated old favourite, and a Top 100 winner.

The New Favourite:

Barossa Valley Distilling was founded by a group of winemakers wanting to produce Gin that was “quintessentially Barossa”, and they are doing just that. Spirit produced from Barossan wine, locally sourced citrus, and a few shavings of oak from an old barrel, lay a juicy foundation that give the Gin warmth and stacks of flavour. Either neat, over a big cube of ice, or just a splash tonic, this Gin is moreish and bursting with flavour.

The Rejuvenated Old Favourite:

From Alex – Parade Cellars Beer Guru

Fresh from brand rejuvenation, the Barossa Valley Brewing Company have come leaps and bounds in recent months, and are starting to make their mark on the South Australian craft beer scene. Changing from bottles with simplistic labels, to cans with fresh, modern designs, sales of their products have increased ten-fold to a point where expansion is becoming a real possibility. The below are two examples of the exciting things now coming from their neck of the woods.

Hop Heaven Easy IPA – 5.0% – 330ml Cans
The BV Brewing take on a West Coast IPA. Full of organically grown hops balanced with delicious malts which creates a perfect balance of front palate sweetness and lingering bitterness. Sherbert-tingling flavours accompany pine needles and lemon lime characters.

Chocolate Coffee Stout – 5.8% – 330ml Cans
This beer is all in the name, Chocolate and Coffee. One of the great flavour combinations, the dark roasted malts are accompanied by cocoa nibs, coffee and even vanilla beans to make this sweet milk style stout. At 5.8% too there’s little reason why you can’t go back for the cheeky second, unlike some of its higher ABV peers.

The Top 100 Winner:

This week saw the release of Tony Love’s Top 100 Wines with only one sangiovese making the cut. The Redhouse “Mediterrane” Sangiovese 2014 shows fantastic, punchy flavour while still keeping to a medium bodied style; that of a true sangiovese. Crafted by David Ridge, this wine has been made with the intent of being bang for buck,and it is that in spades.

Sam Eads
Fine Wine Manager – Parade Cellars

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Gin, Gin and more “Bloody” Gin!

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Winter is no excuse to stop drinking Gin. Most will agree that melting into a deck chair on a summer afternoon and knocking back a classic G&T is one of life’s greatest treasures, but it seems few have ventured into the realms of other Gin cocktails or even the simplicity of Gin over ice on a stormy winter’s night. Four Pillars have a couple of new releases, including their “Bloody Shiraz” Gin (perfect over ice with a few smooshed blueberries) and Negroni Gin (no guesses on how to serve this one), that are part of the new wave of Gins rearing their heads, designed for all year round consumption. Others include KIS Whisky Barrel Aged Gin, Elephant Sloe Gin andBrockman’s Premium Gin just to name a few. If you need any advice on the perfect Gin accompaniment, please ask! We are here and more than happy to help.

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Burgundy

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As I am sure most of you are aware by now, the 2016 Burgundy vintage is going to be one of the lowest yields they have ever seen. With two major hail events and a major frost in between, the losses have been astonishing; most producers are claiming a minimum of 50%, and others up to 100%. With this news, the exceptionally high quality 2014 and 2015 vintages are beginning to surface and selling quick.

If you are a Burg lover (like most of us here), don’t hesitate with pre-arrivals of the 2014 and 2015 vintages. They will be appearing over the next few weeks and are all on a first-come, first-served basis.

On that note, some of the 1er cru and Grand cru Bouchard Père & Fils are now in store. For any more information regarding vintage and wine specifics please feel free to contact Sam, either via email (store@dev.vinoalerts.com) or in person at the store!

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By Farr – Some of the Best Red Wines

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A release that I always look forward to is the brilliant range from the Farr family. Gary and Robyn Farr first purchased the Moorabool Valley estate in 1994, now managed by their son Nick.

If you want to learn what “terroir” is, and how vintage variation should be used to a winemakers advantage, you have to check these wines out. Known for their amazing selection of Pinot Noir, the Farr’s Viognier, Chardonnay, and Shiraz are often overlooked, but for me, they are the pick of the bunch this release and some of the best red wines by farr.

It is often quipped that all the hard work of wine-making is done in the vineyard, and to a large part this can be true, but in the tough years you really get to see the depth of a winemakers skills.

The Best Red Wines From Possibly The Toughest Season?

From one of the toughest growing seasons in Australia’s history, the 2011 By Farr Viognier is still one of the most complex and truest expressions of Viognier I’ve seen from Australia, and opened my eyes to the other wines by the Farr family.

The current 2015 release shows amazing restraint, with an abundance of honeysuckle, peach and subtle spice. This wine has not been left on the vine to become over-ripe, and doesn’t smell like Gran’s “famous” apricot chicken. This is a Viognier that you can finally have more than half a glass of!

The new 2015 Chardonnay is a true expression of balancing power and length. The fruit is lifted, not hidden by the oak, giving a complex burst of flavour beautifully finished by a lingering mineral and zesty finish. This wine will only get better over the next few years in the cellar, but don’t leave it too long. The tension and excitement right now from this youthful wine is fun and shouldn’t be missed.

“The 2014 Shiraz By Farr – A red wine best suited for the cellar but enjoyable in it’s youth too…”

A silent room at an industry tasting is as rare as chickens’ teeth, but it is what we found ourselves with when the 2014 By Farr Shiraz was first poured. With a whisper of Viognier in the blend, this wine jumps from the glass with spice, florals and dark cherry. Fantastic structure, lengthy acidity, and powerful flavour, this wine is truly reminiscent of the best Côte-Rôtie. A wine for the cellar, but again, enjoyable in its youth.

The current release wines have landed, but we have some of the following beautifully cellared back vintages available too. These wines are in very short supply -less than a dozen of each.

Sangreal Pinot Noir
2011 – 97 points Halliday
2012 – 97 points Halliday
2013 – 97 points Halliday

Farrside Pinot Noir
2011 – 97 points Halliday
2012 – 98 points Halliday
2013 – 96 points Halliday

Tout Pres Pinot Noir
2011 – 96 points Halliday

Please let us know ASAP if you would like a couple bottles and we will put them aside for you.

If you need recommendations for the best red wines, white wines, craft beer or other liquor for your occasion, call our store or search from our wide online selection.

Sam Eads
Fine Wine Manager – Parade Cellars


Parade Cellars @ Norwood is an iconic bottle shop that stocks some of the best red wines, white wines, craft beers, sake and liquor labels. Visit out store today or shop online.

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Argentinian Visitors

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In a couple of weeks we have an extremely special guest flying in from the beautiful city of Mendoza, Argentina, to showcase the highly sought after, award-winning wines from the Altocedro Winery. Although Altocedro was only established in 1998, they purchased an ancient winery in Mendoza city surrounded by 17 cedros (cedar trees) and later renovated it to include state-of-the-art technology, harmonising the traditions of old and new. Karim Mussi Saffie, owner and winemaker of Altocedro, together with his family, have been part of the wine industry for over 30 years and have been leaders in Argentina’s wine export industry.

We will be joined by Federico Isgró, the winery’s General Manager, who has spent 15 years working in vineyards and wineries around the world, including 4 years in Valpolicella learning the art of making some of Europe’s best wine styles. Venturing back home to Argentina, he had only one goal; crafting ultra-premium wines with people who were just as devoted to quality as he was.

The evening will consist of tasting through their exciting range of wines, including the limited release 100 point 2009 Grand Reserva Malbec, where pre-arrival orders will be available.

Hope to see you there for what should be a fun and educational evening!

Sam Eads
Fine Wine Manager – Parade Cellars

Where: Parade Cellars
Date: Wednesday 31st August
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Cost: $15

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