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Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world, regularly sampled at international competitions against illustrious icons such as Romanee Conti and Chateau Lafite, Vega Sicilia and Chateau.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»

Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Zema understand Coonawarra viticulture very well, it was their first workplace and home after immigrating to Australia, they still insist on personally husbanding their vines. Subtley contrasting mesoclimes and delicate variations of soil represent a palette of terroir, from which to craft a solidly structured Cabernet Sauvignon with malleable tannins, fragrant bramble fruit character and stylish oak, the essential construct of Coonawarra. Match Zema with succulently roast garlic lamb, twice cooked duck or slowly braised cheek of beef.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$323.00
Nicola Zema started working for Wynns in 1953, hand pruning, picking and planting, a job that continued until his retirement. His passion never abated, the Zema family's consuming ambition was to one day own a piece of Coonawarra's famed Terra rossa soils so that they could create their own wines. Grapes are harvested at the very moment they achieve optimal ripeness. The musts are vinified for several days under controlled temperatures in a combination of rotary and static fermenters. Assemblage and fourteen months maturation in a selection of small French and American oak barrels have contributed to the evolution of a wine characterized by richness and intensity.
Medium red colour with purple hue. Dark berries and spice on the nose, a subtle hint of regional mint and attractive violet lift. The palate is attractively textured and complex with rich ripe fruit, bold, dark red berry flavours and hints of regional mint are supported by well integrated oak and persistent tannins, before a persistent, balanced finish.
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