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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Brands Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Captain Stentiford established his Shiraz vineyard in 1896, naming the property Laira after a merchant trader. Plantings of Cabernet came much later and have since been the source of memorable single vineyard wines. Laira's exceptional character shines when the grapes are fashioned into a pure Cabernet wine, encapsulating the combination of climate and soil, aspect and fruit, that stamps this historical vineyard with individuality. The flavours are distinctly Coonawarra, but the perfume and succulent fruit characters are conspicuously Brands Laira.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$257.00
Brand's Laira is one of Coonawarra's largest proprietries with almost three hundred hectares under vine. The Brand and Redman families became bonded by matrimony in the 1940s, establishing new blocks over the years and consolidating one of Australia's great winemaking estates. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are harvested off fully mature vines, fermented on skins for a week and pumped over twice daily to ensure maximum extraction of colour and flavour. Batches are then pressed off while still slightly sweet into a selection of French and American oak 500L puncheons, 300L hogsheads and 225L barriques for completion of ferments, a course of malolactic and eighteen months extended maturation.
Garnet red colour. Pure cassis, mint and leafy fruit aromas, cedar oak and mocha notes from barrel ferments and extended maturation. A fruit driven, medium weight palate of cassis and red berry flavours, peppermint and Cabernet leaf notes. Barrel ferment and maturation have contributed mocha oak and cedar characters. A long, fine tannin finish with lingering fruit flavours.
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