AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN REDS AT $15

Affordable Australian shiraz wins big in London.
Wine commentators around the globe are telling us we’ve entered a golden age of affordable wine – with advancements in winemaking technology, you can now find a drop that hits all the right notes for less than the price of a movie ticket.

International wine awards are also recognising consumers’ appetites for affordable bottles of quality wine, and at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards, held in London, the Barossa Valley’s Tanunda Hill 2014 Barossa Shiraz, showcased this perfectly – winning the Platinum Award for Best in Show for the under £15.00 category.

The only Australian red wine to win the award this year – out of over 16,000 entries worldwide – founder and owner of Blaxland Vineyards, who produce Tanunda Hill, Mr Ron Collins, said that the win is a major coup for the Barossa grape growing company, which only began producing and selling wine 10 years ago.

“While we’ve been growing grapes at our premium Barossa Valley vineyards since the 1990s, we’re still a relatively small wine producer,” Mr Collins said.

“This award is an outstanding achievement for us, which highlights our evolution from vineyard owner and manager, to an award winning Barossa Valley wine producer.”

 

Following the appointment of Craig Thomas as Commercial Director in 2011 Blaxland Vineyards has gone from producing grapes for a number of Barossa brands, to selling their own wine to over seven countries in 2015.

“Our focus over the last four years has been to move up the value chain, away from just being a grape grower, to developing our own brands and selling our own wine, both domestically and internationally,” Mr Thomas said.

“It’s a decision that has paid off with our wine sales increasing by $2.5 million over the past five years.”

From the development of Tanunda Hill and Barton Steer Limestone Coast brands, to their recent acquisition of established and much loved brands Duck Duck Goose and Domain Barossa, Blaxland’s wine brands provide a perfect cross-section of boutique Australian red wines at competitive prices.

“While we’re still relatively small, we’re committed to providing local employment and we’re also planning on re-opening the Domain Barossa Cellar Door in the main street of Tanunda in August, which will see further growth.”

Coupled with a 95 Point Gold Medal win at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show last year for their 2014 Barton Steer Limestone Coast Shiraz, Mr Thomas is confident that Blaxland is producing the competitively priced and great tasting wines Australian and international consumers are looking for.

“The Decanter World Wine Award is the wine industry’s equivalent to an Oscar, so it really is a great honour to be seen as one of the “best” in this category,” he said.

 

Looking for the perfect Australian red wines for your cellar? Try Blaxland’s top 5 picks for $15…

 1. Tanunda Hill 2014 Barossa Shiraz

 
This award winning Shiraz is ripe and full-bodied, fashioned from the warmer climate of its vineyard. Exuding rich characteristics of spice, blueberry, mocha and dark chocolate, this sumptuous Shiraz lingers on the palate.

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2. Barton Steer Limestone Coast Shiraz 2014

 
Rich flavours of ripe berries, plus a hint of black pepper and chocolate are balanced with rich tannins and a long lingering finish. From carefully selected grapes gently pressed ad slowly fermented aged with American oak for 12 months to allow the fruit aromas to develop and tannins to naturally soften.

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 3. Domain Barossa Black Tongue Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014

Dark ruby in colour with a distinctive berry and plumb fruit nose, lifted by French and American oak, this classic Barossa Shiraz is full-bodies, with fruit flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate, pepper and blackcurrant, combined with a sophisticated, fine and savoury tannin profile.

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 4. Duck Duck Goose Shiraz

 
Rich, ruby red in colour with a vibrant toasty oak bouquet this Barossa Shiraz is abundant in plum and cheery flavours, lifted berry characters with delicate spicy oak. Seasoned in French oak for 12 months, it’s ready to drink now but will cellar well for up to 4 years.

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5. Domain Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This fruit-driven Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a bold red colour and purple hues, has a rich flavour of ripe berries with a refreshing hint of mint and luxurious chocolate, balanced with chalky tannins giving it a long lingering finish.

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