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Xavier Bizot can make wine anywhere he pleases, he is a Bollinger and grew up amongst the Vignobles Superieurs of Champagne. Bizot has chosen to make wine alongside Brian Croser's family, from grapes harvested off three magnificent sites, on two paradoxically varied terrains. Planted to the salubrious Terra rosa soils atop an invaluable archeological dig at Wrattonbully, rich with the undisturbed fossils of ancient Cenozoic sea animals, Crayeres Vineyard was established right across the road from Tapanappa's illustrious Whalebone. The weather here is astonishingly similar to Bordeaux and makes an awesome Cabernet Franc. Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser are also fortunate to take their pick of properties in Adelaide Hills. To wit, Charles (Chilly) Hargrave's distinguished old vines at Summerton and a highly opportune slice of a slope on the lofty altitudes of Piccadilly Valley. It is here within the cooler climes where Xavier Bizot has found a terroir to emulate the Grand Cru of Vallee de la Marne & Montagne de Reims. Simply stellar harvests, where vigneron de Champagne met the gifted grower from Adelaide... The twin tales of terre a terre»

Brands Laira One Seven One Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
From fruit grown to one of Coonawarra's most eninent small vineyards, the superior Brand's Laira Block 1, planted in 1971. The precious vines yield scant harvests of the most extraordinary quality grapes which translate into the most remarkable wine. McWilliams reserve the elite parcels from this treasured viticultural asset to construct a pure single vineyard wine, one of the nation's great editions of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$479.50
A no expense spared approach to vineyard management leads to a selective harvest of the highest quality fruit, all conducted by hand and sorted bunch by bunch. Components are fermented on skins and treated to daily pumpovers ensuring optimal extraction of flavour and colour. Batches are pressed off skins while still slightly sweet and pumped to new, fine grained French oak barriques and hogsheads for completion of ferments, followed by racking off lees and return to the same barrels fortwo years maturation. Barrels are periodically rack and returned to achieve clarity and contribute to the wine's development. A further term of bottle age serves to integrate the wine and tame the tannins.
Deep crimson red. Brooding nose of brambleberry and dark currants, full of cassis and spicy cedar notes underpinned by dried herbs. A rich and complex fruit driven palate displaying sweet, dense, dark berry fruit characters and some chocolate mint notes. The flavours seamlessly integrate with vanilla and mocha oak and flow through to a long, fine and lingering, fruit filled yet savoury, silky tannin finish.
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