Bin60 #1 of 17 Million

Barossa winemaking barons Rob Gibson and Ben Glaetzer are in rare air. The two currently share the highest-ranking wines on the world’s most downloaded wine review app, Vivino. 

Their respective top drops, Gibson ‘Bin 60’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz and Glaetzer ‘Eye of Ra’ Shiraz, have commenced the year holding the equal 1st rating, reviewed by consumers, on the Vivino app. The two Barossa bottlings sit atop 17 million wines on Vivino. 

Vivino has become the most prevalent wine app globally, with more than 67 million users. The platform enables consumers to scan any wine label on their phone, to instantly access tasting or food pairing information, or to post their own review. Users can also purchase wine directly from the app. 

Gibson and Glaetzer each hold 4.8 out 5 Stars for their Barossa cuvees. The Vivino user-review rankings are equal top with a Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottling by French vintner Pierre Usseglio, of which just one barrel is made. 

2008 Gibson ‘Bin 60’ Cabernet Shiraz is similarly as scarce – under 100 bottles remain from the winery’s Cellar Door for $385 each. The wine, of which Rob Gibson crafted initially as a legacy bottling for his 60th birthday, is now in a ‘peak drinking’ window, after 16 years of bottle maturation.  

Glaetzer’s ‘Eye of Ra’ Shiraz is Ben Glaetzer’s mission to “create the perfect wine”. 2018, the second release, highlights Northern Barossa fruit, specifically Shiraz from the Ebenezer district. The wine sells for $650 per bottle and is limited to three per customer. 

Others in Vivino’s top ten include two from Australia – Penfold’s Grange and Torbreck The Laird, as well as fine wine collectables from Schrader (Napa Valley, USA) and Antinori (Tuscany, Italy). 

Rob Gibson, who is soon to commence his 51st vintage, remains characteristically humble about the Vivino ranking. “To be honest, we weren’t even aware of it until a long-term collector of ours pointed it out”, said Rob. “I guess what is special, is that our down-to-earthiness can match it with the best of 245,000 other wineries of the world on Vivino”.  

Ben Glaetzer said, “It took over 30 years of learning, hard work and discovering the potential of the vines before the Eye of Ra became possible.” “I always knew it would be hard work, but well worth the effort. I’m glad that other wine lovers agree”, he added.  

Maggie Island Brewery

A great venture and a great client over on Maggie at Picnic Bay. Well worth a visit.

Maggie Island Brewery

A stylish venue that offered a mixture of different foods, drinks, entertainment, beauty, and art close to the beach at Picnic Bay. The brewery has quickly become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike with and now offers locally crafted beers, American BBQ style food all in a relaxed beer garden setting!

More information here

Apr/May 22 Halliday Wine Companion

SUSTAINABILITY is transforming South Australia’s Riverland. A sweeping embrace of alternative grape varieties has brought kudos to a raft of growers, which is changing the way their vineyards are managed and resources are used in the region. Ultimately, this results in a league of exciting wines that are changing the Riverland’s reputation.

The efficiency of drought-tolerant grape varieties, popularised by the likes of Ashley and Holly Ratcliff through their network of 10 Ricca Terra vineyards at Barmera, means profitability can come. from smaller vineyards. These grapes are commanding higher prices than Riverland’s historically infamous bulk fruit. Due to this economic shift, Ashley believes the region will be a more concise grape-growing area in another 20 years, enjoying greater efficiency, productivity and quality.

“if we take the macro approach to observe Riverland vineyard management, I can see we’ll be be growing grapes on less area to make a decent living – and therefore we’ll be using less water, and less inputs of every type to make high-quality wines”, Ashley says. “Climate-appropriate grape cultivation equals truly sustainable wine regions”.

LG and The Crossings.

LG Wine & Liquor are pleased to announce another distribution partnership. Adding a distinctly classic set of wines for The Crossings Vineyards in the heart of the well known Marlborough region of New Zealand. Boasting an award-winning portfolio, The Crossings produce some exemplary varietals from its three estates Brackenfield, Willow Flat and Medway. The crossing provides consistent and premium vintages featuring the region’s ever-present Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes. To arrange a tasting or for more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Laurie or any other member of the friendly LG team!

Ricca Terra wines now in NQ

Exclusive to LG Wine and Liquor Ricca Terra wines are now in NQ.

Aligning climatic conditions with alternative grape varieties that allow for sustainable farming and the crafting of premium wines is the core philosophy that drives Ricca Terra’s vision of creating one of Australia’s great vineyards.

“There wine have been a smash hit here in FNQ” Says Laurie Greenwood Director at LG Wine & Liquor.
“The wines sit beautifully in our unique climate and pair beuatifully with our region cuisine.

Look out for a Ricca Terrra wine tasting near you…

d’Arenberg scores high at The London Wine Competition

At the London Wine Competition d’Arenberg have taken out the following;

·         Wine of The Year – 2017 The Dead Arm Shiraz (scoring 97 points).

·         Best Wine By Quality – 2017 The Dead Arm Shiraz

·         Winery of The Year – d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale.

This year’s competition saw 1,000 entries from more than 43 countries. There were 198 wines from Australia that this scooped the pool for.

The Dead Arm – Shiraz 2017 McLaren Vale, Shiraz (100%) won the best wine of the year scoring 97 points at the 2020 London Wine Competition.

Australian winemaker Chester Osborn, the man behind the d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz which got the top score at the 2020 London Wine Competition.

This year’s competition saw about 1000 entries from more than 43 countries which also included new wine-producing countries like India.

The top 5 varieties that were in the competition were Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (121), Chardonnay (97), Merlot (70) and Sauvignon Blanc (63).

There were 198 wines from Australia, 126 from Italy, 124 from France, 101 from Spain making them the top 4 countries that entered in the 2020 London Wine Competition.

The biggest improvement in the score by country was in the United States which had the highest average score by country followed by France.

Here are the highlights of the 2020 London Wine Competition.

·         Wine Of The Year – The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017, Australia, McLaren Vale

·         Winery Of The Year – d’Arenberg, Australia, McLaren Vale

·         Best Wine By Quality – The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017, Australia, McLaren Vale


The Dead Arm – Shiraz 2017 McLaren Vale, Shiraz (100%) won the best wine of the year scoring 97 points. The results of the third London Wine Competition show a resounding success for Australia as the country offers more quality for the money. The awards were introduced to represent how consumers buy wines, based not just on their quality, but what they look like on the shelf, and what value for money they offer.

This wine will have you second-guessing as it skips between red fruits and lifted spice notes on the one hand to more brooding, dark, ashen, earthy aromas on the other. A sign of the vintage no doubt. The seasonal conditions are even more evident on the palate where flavour, tannin and acid are in perfect balance. There is an impressive amount of concentration in this wine but at the same time, it feels somewhat more restrained compared to other more in your face, rustic Dead Arm vintages. Particularly when we look at the tannin profile which is a relatively fine example for this wine. 

More information from The London Wine Competition.

LG Wine of The Month

McWilliam’s Single Vineyard Chardonnay

Region: Tumbarumba, NSW 

Vintage: 2018

Bottle Size: 750ml

Case Size: 6 bottles

The Single Vineyard range is site specific, showcasing individual style and personality, delivering wines of terrific nuance and detail. The McWilliam’s winemaking team continually strive for quality, pushing the benchmark for Australian winemaking to new heights.

The Single Vineyard Chardonnay displays clean fruit characters of grapefruit, green apple and white nectarine are lifted and given complexity with notes of fennel, some barrel-derived cashew nut and subtle struck-flint aromatics. Pristine, green citrus and melon fruit; built on a spine of mouthwatering acidity and wonderful texture. A wine of purity with intensity length and flavour.

Awards / Reviews: 

Gold – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018

LG Supplier Focus – Bird in Hand Winery

We began Bird in Hand in 1997 with the ambitious goal of making wines that rank among the world’s finest. Inside of a generation, with four tiers of wines for every occasion, we have achieved our objective, more or less.

Along the way, we’ve learned so much about everything else we love. We’ve discovered great art, and commissioned some of our own. We’ve collaborated with some of our favorite fashion designers, created a line of luxury accessories, home goods and tabletop treasures. We run a farm-to-table restaurant and sipping cellar and host some of Australia’s best loved musicians for outdoor concerts at our farm. We also host parties as far away as The Hamptons. Every day, we meet incredible people, who we continue to bring into our world as friends and collaborators. To us, wine is a vehicle, a connector. It opens up other worlds.

We’ve found that life is good, but that wine makes it even better. And vice versa. It’s why we wake up every day and breathe the same air as our vines. We walk the fields and soak up the abundant South Australian sun. We stoop down and scoop up the soil of the Adelaide Hills and let it sift through our fingers, just to experience its distinctive texture one more time. There is nothing like it on earth.

Here, from the land we love, we create cool-climate wines with a global reach, each its own special tribute to pleasure. We like to think we’re giving the world a taste of the good life. The world seems to agree and reward us well.

Experience Bird In Hand


Bird in Hand began in earnest in 1997 when our founder, Andrew Nugent, and his father Michael Nugent, happened upon a run-down dairy farm in the emerging Adelaide Hills wine region of south Australia. The site of a gold mine in the late 1800s, its 80 fertile acres enjoyed the ideal growing conditions for stellar cool-climate wines. The seaside influence of the Gulf of St. Vincent, the cloud-trapping rise of the Mount Lofty Ranges and plenty of Australian sun all combined to create a special diurnal temperature shift that our grapes love.

An agricultural college graduate and vineyard apprentice who grew up next to Penfolds at Magill and spent his formative years in McLaren Vale, Andrew wanted winemaking to be his life’s work, and he had a strong feeling this was the place to do it. He was correct.

Today, we make four tiers of wines. Shiraz, of course, but also pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, and Italian varietals like nero d’avola, montepulciano, and arneis.

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