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24/10/2008

Langhorne Creek Code Breakers head to Melbourne

Under the banner of 'The Code Breakers', ten of Langhorne Creek’s wineries recently joined forces to provide consumers with clues for unlocking Langhorne Creek’s secrets.

After a highly successful inaugural event in Sydney back in late June where the Code Breakers partnered up with the Vintage Cellars Wine Club, the group is heading to Melbourne on the 12th of November to reveal their treasures to Wine Society members at The Cellars in Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

“Few people realise that Langhorne Creek is Australia’s largest premium grape growing region; that it has an unmatched history as a key region supplying grapes and wine to some of Australia’s greatest labels for well over 100 years”, outlines James Hall of Brothers in Arms and convenor of the newly formed Code Breakers.

“Yet it has only been in the past few years that we are truly being discovered and receiving acclaims as independent producers in our own right. That’s because over the past 5 to 7 years there has been an emergence of some pretty smart family companies making some pretty impressive wines," Hall continues.

“Regions become known through the wineries that are championing them, and in spite of the history and pedigree the region has, it is only now that the broader wine drinker is beginning to hear more about us.”

The Wine Society, with a membership of over 65,000, clearly believes in the region, and has seen its sales grow substantially over the past two years.

According to senior buyer, Johan Axlund, the consistency and diversity of wines being produced in the region is impressive.

“We are selling Langhorne Creek wines from $10 to $50, and every time the offerings are snapped up across this price range. Their reds in particular are highly approachable, which is definitely what our members are after. These wines have concentration, balance and texture, and deliver great flavours that can be enjoyed straight away or cellared for a number of years.” Axlund explains.

The “Code Breakers” event will see participants involved in three highly interactive activities involving, winemaking, food and wine pairing with “Herald Sun” food columnist Kate McGhie, and a “meeting of the minds” panel hosted by Jane Faulkner of “The Age”.

The Langhorne Creek “Code Breakers” are Bleasdale, Bremerton, Brothers in Arms, Cleggett Wines, Gipsie Jack/John’s Blend/Ben Potts Wines, Ben Glaetzer’s Heartland, Kimbolton, Lake Breeze, Rusticana, Step Rd. and Zonte’s Footstep.

For further information about the Code Breakers, contact James Hall, general manager sales and marketing on 0403 609 757 or by e-mail ">m

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