2015 Stage Door 'Front and Centre' Shiraz


REGION Eden Valley, Barossa  I  ALCOHOL 14.7%  I  pH 3.35 I  RESIDUAL SUGAR 1.20

HARVESTED 8 April 2015  I  BOTTLED 20 July 2016

TOTAL PRODUCTION 18,274 bottles

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The 2015 growing season started well with above average early winter rains that filled the soils and dams, however it was dry from then on. Temperatures were above average in spring allowing the vines to get away to a good healthy start.

The dry weather meant that when the night time temperature dipped there were again late season frosts, but thankfully not damaging at Avon Brae. Summer was generally mild with the exception of a few days of extreme heat after New Year that were associated with the outbreak of the Sampson Flat bushfires in the Adelaide Hills on 2 January. The damaging fires burned for seven days in the Adelaide Hills and despite some anxious days, the fires were far enough away that they had no impact on the Eden Valley.

Thirty millimetres of rain on 8 January helped quell the fires and refreshed the vines. Near perfect ripening conditions followed leading into an earlier than usual harvest.

The Grüner Veltliner was first to come off, handpicked by our extended family, Riesling and Viognier were next with it all picked by the second week of March. Shiraz and Cabernet ripened at the same time this year and were harvested around Easter.

2015 was a cracking vintage in pace, yield, and above all quality and is likely to surpass the 2002 vintage in greatness.

Eden Valley, SA

2016 Big Easy Radio 'Perpetual Holidaze' Grenache


2016 Big Easy Radio 4 an end to: the 9 to 5 McLaren Vale Grenache


We, here at Big Easy Radio are dreamers. We dream of one nation under a groove. And when we rise up and are appointed El Presidente, one of the first items on our agenda, besides appointing you dear reader, as the Minister of Wine & Cheese, is to take a blowtorch to the traditional working week.

We all long 4 an end to: the 9 to 5 and our perpetual holidaze bill will cover all bases and have you ditching the brogues and stilettos for barefooted freedom in no time at all.

McLaren Vale Grenache will play a starring role in our proposed bill. Wine isn't meant to be hard. Getting up for work on a Monday morning is hard, abstract algebra and quantum physics are hard; wine is just meant to be delicious. That's it.

What's it taste like we hear you say? Think of it as a Pinot Noir with cojones. It has that same weightless flow across the palate. The kind of flow you exhibit as you sashay up to a sun-lounge near the pool without a care in the world on a Monday morning. Exotic spice? yeah. Pure, ripe red berry fruits? yeah. Pure unadulterated badass smashability? you bet.

It is a wine that has a wonderful eidetic effect that propels you into the nearest David Hockney-esque scene of shimming blue water and clean white poolside tiles; the sun glistening off the oiled bodies of those that are at ease with the concept of perpetual holidaze.

It's worth repeating that wine, and for that matter, life is not meant to be that hard. Drink Grenache. Big Easy Radio. Tune in, drop out. Perpetual holidaze. You know it makes sense. Dare to dream.

McLaren Vale, SA

2016 Small Change Shiraz

Small Change Wines

2010 Barrat 'The Ambrose' Merlot

Barrat Winery

2014 Heartland Sposa e Sposa

Heartland Wines

2016 Minnow Creek 'The Black Minnow' Sang/Cab

Minnow Creek Winery
Sangiovese, Cabernet

2014 Charles Melton 'La Belle Mere' GSM

Charles Melton
Grenache, Shiraz, Merlot

2013 Bogle Phantom Cab Sav

Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers.   Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone.
Wild berries, black pepper and hints of juniper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices with a hint of toasty vanilla. On the palate, the entry is explosive, supported by chewy, chalky tannins that will age this wine for decades. The lingering, complex finish leaves one in anticipation of the next sip.
Welcome the winery ghost into your home again with this latest vintage…before it vanishes again.
Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 42˚ South Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

2016 Heartland 'Foreign Correspondant' Dolcetto Lagrein


The brightness and depth of Lagrein complement the floral and fruit driven Dolcetto. Deep ruby in colour, it enjoys all the aromas of a garden in Spring. The soft palate offers blackberry, liquorice and violets and a long savoury finish.  This is the most versatile wine in the Heartland range for food pairing.  

Langhorne Creek, South Australia
50% Dolcetto, 50% Lagrein

2015 Hahndorf Hill Blaufrankisch


Blaufrankisch is a red grape variety that produces wines of superb quality in its homeland of Austria, where it ranks as the pre-eminent grape in the red wine province of Burgenland. Hahndorf Hill Winery was the first producer of Blaufrankisch in Australia, with our debut vintage being in 2008. This wine has a hauntingly beautiful nose of rich blueberry pie and black cherries. The palate is silky smooth with a tumble of berries, gentle spice and a smudge of caramel, all perfectly wrapped in generous yet gentle tannin. Match this beautiful wine with duck, quail, lamb and venison - and if you ever need to enjoy a red with your favourite seafood, this is it! 

Hahndorf, SA

Wheaty Red

Wheaty Red
Clare Valley, SA
85% Shiraz, 15% Mataro

2005 d'Arenberg 'The Coppermine Road' Cabernet Sauvignon

d'Arenberg Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Scorpo Shiraz

Scorpo Wines