Any red that is 100% Padthaway and Barossa selling for under $10 must be taken seriously.
Golly, this takes me back to the first Jacobs Creek 1973 released in 1976 which contained Padthaway Shiraz. That Jacobs became a sensation, and this Smithy will as well.
Padthaway is a forgotten district these days as wines labelled Padthaway have moved from being common in the 1980s to uncommon. Back then Hardys, Seppelts Orlando and Lindemans released a range of Padthaway wines.
The first vines were planted by Seppelts in 1964 looking to explore new areas and the district was so promising that other large companies followed. Padthaway is of course north of Coonawarra and the climate and soils were the attraction for vines and wines.
Glug knows the region well though this is the first wine we have made since our starting days. Being warmer than Coonawarra the Shiraz flavours are fuller and riper.
Add in full flavoured Barossa Durif and you have quite a red.