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Orlando

www.orlandowines.com

via Jacobs Creek, Rowlands Flat

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 8521 3000

Orlando wines from the Padthaway region

Orlando wines from the Coonawarra region

Orando wines from the Eden Valley region

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Orlando founder, Johann Gramp's 1840s house at Jacob's Creek.
orlando label

One of the giants of the Australian wine industry with a huge portfolio of wines and vineyards.

It was started when German immigrant, Johann Gramp, settled at Jacob’s Creek in 1847 and started making wine. Orlando emerged as a large corporate winery in the early 20th century under Johann’s son, Hugo.

Hugo was killed in an air crash in 1938 along with Barossa legends Tom Hardy and Sid Hill Smith. The company remained in family ownership for a few more decades but has more recently ended up owned by French Pernod Ricard.

The most famous brand is budget Jacob’s Creek range, the quintessential cheap Aussie wine available in nearly every export market. Those of us who grew up in Adelaide will no doubt remember the ubiquitous Coolabah casks and Carrington sparklings at student parties.

Orlando rarely wins top prizes regularly at the wine shows as they once did in the 1970s. However, there is some top quality for the serious wine buffs in the St Helga (Eden Valley), Lawsons (Padthaway) and Steingarten ranges.

The Jacobs Creek brand has also been revamped to include some of the super-premiums alongside the mass of $10 cheapies that flood the retail chains of the world.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Orlando Gramp Barossa Valley Grenache 2009

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, while this is quite ripe and spirity (15% alcohol) this has better fruit definition and structure than the 2008, warm, forward and dense blackberry pastille and prune with pepper and cinnamon notes, some firmish chewy tannin is sticking out on the back end, creamy mocha-vanilla oak, firmly in BBQ wine territory (***)

Orlando Grampís Barossa Valley Grenache 2008

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, rather forward and shows the impact of the hot vintage, ripe raspberry and plum with some dead fruit aspects, modest spice, cinnamon and clove from the creamy sweet oak, hot 15.5% alcohol shows on finish, fine savoury tannins (**1/2)

Orlando Gramp’s Barossa Valley Grenache 2004

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, sweet plum and raspberry nose with some musky and prune features, very concentrated and porty mid-palate leads to a savoury, smooth finish (***)