Why is it that a district that makes excellent wines fails to gain consumer recognition?
The first vines were planted in Langhorne Creek in the late 1850s some twenty years after McLaren Vale so it has history. Nothing happened till the 1970s when the German winemaker Wolf Blass, a man with no baggage, saw what others had ignored.
A series of stunning reds made from Langhorne Creek fruit plus other districts swept all before them in the Wine Shows in the 1970s. The Blass style of richly flavoured, soft, supple reds altered the way wines were made and that should have been enough to put Langhorne Creek on the map. It was not to be.
The large online retailers Cellarmasters were strong supporters of Langhorne Creek though by the mid-1990s they had conceded defeat.
We made our first Andrina from the 2005 vintage and have been pleased to note a steady acceptance of the district for premium reds of the Barossa Valley type.