A bit about Winners Tank and Langhorn Creek
Although the last four vintages 2001-2004 have all been very good to outstanding, 2004 is considered to be on par with one of the best vintages in the last 20 years in Southeast Australia. Many of the wine personalities that we have spoken to this year are comparing it the blockbuster 2002 vintage, which means it may take a little time to show its true potential, you may want to cellar the best wines from this vintage for 5-8 years to let them show at their best.
The Langhorne Creek wine region is traditionally a red wine growing district well known for production of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. These two red wine grape varieties constitute approximately 70% of the total vineyard plantings in the region.
Langhorne Creek is recognized across the wine market and industry in general for its ability to produce consistent, high quality bold red wines that characteristically display delicate soft tannins that provide a unique approachability to these wines. Langhorne Creek reds provide flavorsome 'drink now' qualities yet also classically have enough structure to provide excellent cellaring potential.
The characteristics of Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon wines are classical mint, blackcurrant and chocolate. Shiraz wines from the region are typically plummy, earthy and chocolaty.
The proximity to Lake Alexandrina provides a surprisingly cool climate that also allows Langhorne Creek to produce excellent white wine. The primary variety is Chardonnay, however the region also prides itself on wonderful Verdelho, which has become somewhat of a specialty for the area.
Langhorne Creek white wines provide crisp, clean varietal aromas and flavors and can be enjoyed at any time. Regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in Australian Viticulture, Langhorne Creek is one of Australia's oldest and most significant wine regions. The area was founded on the broad flood plain influenced by the local Bremer and Angas Rivers and dominated by magnificent River Red Gums.
The name 'Langhorne Creek' acknowledges Alfred Langhorne, a cattle drover, who brought animals overland to a property known as 'Langhorne's Station' during the 1840's. The place where Alfred Langhorne traversed the Bremer River was referred to as 'Langhorne's Crossing', and from this the current name Langhorne Creek evolved.
Frank Potts, traveling through the region, recognized the potential of the area and settled in 1850 on the ancient flood plain. He planted the first grapes in the district in the 1860's at the now heritage listed 'Bleasdale Winery'.
The wine region has a proud history of family owned and run vineyards and wineries with the oldest existing vine plantings being 113 year old Shiraz on the historic Metala property. These vines still produce premium wine grapes for Metala Black Label wines.
The region originally supported quite a small yet prosperous wine industry alongside other agricultural ventures such as dairy, cereals, lucerne, fruit (including currants and sultanas), almonds, beef and wool. The total area planted to vines stabilized at approximately 440 hectares in the early 1990's until the 'secret' was discovered. The region has since experienced vast growth in viticulture and now boasts almost 6000 hectares of vineyards supplying the Australian wine industry with consistent premium quality fruit and Langhorne Creek branded wines.
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