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A living legend and bespoke savant of the Australian wine industry, Geoff Merrill began his career in 1973 at Seppelt & Son, before completing tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella. Geoff acquired the historic Reynella wineworks in 1985 and has continued to craft many of McLaren Vale's most memorable vintages ever since. Mr Merrill has claimed countless industry accolades and many of our nation's most prestigious awards, including the hotly contested VISY Great Shiraz Challenge and the illustrious Jimmy Watson Trophy. Merrill offers a range of artisanal, limited release wines, of timely age, extravagant oak and sound value... The advanced age & luxury oak of mclaren vale's quiet achiever»
Established 1976, Clairault are one of the pioneering estates on Margaret River. A tastefully limited range, from elite vineyards within the very dress circle of prestigious wineries at the heart of Margaret River's most illustrious precincts, Wilyabrup, Yallingup and Karridale. These are the dearest winegrowing terroirs in the Australian west, a place of auspicious soils and stimulating climes, the motherlode of environmentals which yield the most august vintages on the continent. The team at Clairault take a decidedly pastoral approach, biodynamically grown and environmentally sound, a sanctuary to native flora and fauna, their vineyards are managed to a completely natural agriculture. So exclusive.. The kindly cabernet of clairault»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally remarkable for their individuality, they speak.. Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

Chain Of Ponds Amadeus Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide Hills South Australia
Amadeus Francis Symonds was a local preacher, Justice of the Peace and chairman of Para Wirra district, he took up land at Chain of Ponds in 1848. The first bible christian Methodist services in the district were held at his old farm house, continuing until he laid foundations for the local church. One of the earliest vineyard wineries ever mentioned in the local Adelaide Hills papers, much of the fruit grown to Chain of Ponds has been a component of Penfolds most memorable vintages, the finest parcels are set aside and vinified under the estate's own label.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$191.50
Chain of Ponds was the first major planting in the northern Adelaide Hills. Today the vines are husbanded by one of the regions most eminent growers, planted to salubrious soils and trained to Scott Henry trellis. Grapes for Amadeus are picked off two elite sites at Charleston and Kuitpo, only a small selection of fruit is chosen for inclusion. Grapes are destemmed and cold settled before vinifying in traditional open fermenters, skins and cap are hand plunged and pumped over twice daily. Ferments are completed in a combination of mostly new Fench and American oak, followed by twenty months maturation in same barrels. Amadeus is bottled with minimum filtration and may produce a slight crust.
Deep brick red with an inky hue. Intense blackcurrant, dark chocolate and ripe plum aromas, followed by sensual sweet, nutty oak. Liquorice and earthy overtones continue to mellow after years of bottle age. Flavours of black olive, spice and liquorice give a wonderful mouth feel and lingering aftertaste. The tannins at the back of the palate have developed beautifully and continue to soften. The Cabernet of choice to accompany lamb with tarragon, venison or hare.
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