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There are but two winemakers who can lay claim to a staggering four Jimmy Watson Trophy victories. Wolf Blass was the man behind the label. John Glaetzer was the man behind Wolf Blass. While working for Wolf, Glaetzer was moonlighting on his own brand, applying the same extravagance of technique to the pick of Langhorne Creek fruit. Perfection in the form of black bramble fruit, muscular yet affable tannins, all framed by the luxury of ebony oak. Aspirants of the great Black Blass Label fables of 1974, 1975 and 1976, are privately advised to avail themselves of John's Blend, Cabernet or Shiraz. Crafted from the same parcels, in the same way, by the same hands, that collaborated to create, the most celebrated triumphs in the history of our nation's highest accolade, the Jimmy Watson Memorial.. Timeless mystique of langhorne creek»
Stephen C. Pannell is one of Australia's most decorated winemakers, Jimmy Watson and twice Max Schubert Trophy winner, London International Winemaker of Year and Chairman National Wine Show. Pannell grew up amongst the illustrious plantings of his parents vineyards at Moss Wood, he established the profoundly artisanal Picardy of Pemberton and found time in between tours of duty at Wirra Wirra, Tintara and BRL Hardy, to do vintage in Burgundy, at the illustrious Mouton Rothschild and amongst the grand old vines of Barolo. Whatever the brand, regardless of vintage, S.C. Pannell's extraordinary wines are all distinct for their remarkable splendour, beguiling multi dimensionalism and breathtakingly seamless complexity... Peerless value by our nation's finest»
Torbreck of Barossa are one of Australia's great export brands, synonymous with luxury and excellence throughout the world of wine. Crafted from the fruit of old and ancient vineyards, the opulence and exclusivity of Torbreck's painfully limited production challenge the primacy of Grange. Established by a share cropper in the 1990s, its precious range has risen to the status of First Growth amongst the community of ardent international advocates. Woodcutter is the entry level, assembled from parcels which may have been destined for some of the brand's lofty icons, an essential experience for all enthusiasts of compelling Barossa Shiraz... Chew a chop of woodcutter's wine»

Castelli Empirica Tempranillo CONFIRM VINTAGE

Tempranillo Geographe Western Australia
Crafted from parcels of hand picked Tempranillo grapes, grown to the exquisite Mazza Vineyard at Donneybrook, an hour's drive northeast of Margaret River. The greater Geographe region has been an essential component in west coast wines for many vintages, the quality of harvests rival her salubrious neighbours. An eloquent articulation of a splendid terroir and the fruit of closely cossetted vines, its classic old world savouriness, gardeniere complexity and light fresh tannins make Empirica the first choice alongside crackling pork or supple lamb recipes.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$335.00
Castelli have chosen to fashion their harvest in a manner which highlights the bright berry fruit aromas and showcases the lovely savoury tannins which define Tempranillo. Parcels of hand picked fruit are crushed into small open top fermenters for several days of cold soak maceration. Batches are hand plunged twice daily for gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. Upon completion, ferments are transferred to a selection of two and three year old French oak barriques for fifteen months maturation, integrating the wine while taming the tannins. A minimal influence of oak is essential to the style, seasoned oak achieves balance and structure while preserving the elegance of fruit.
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