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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»
By those wonderful folks who bring us Shaw & Smith. Tolpuddle was planted to vine in 1988, on a highly precious site along Back Tea Tree Road, just outside of Hobart. The inaugural vintage claimed Tasmanian Vineyard of Year in 2006. The illustrious Messrs Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith acquired the property in 2011, with a view to elevating the excruciatingly limited release Tolpuddle to the status of a national Grand Cru. A singular experience in new world Pinot Noir, Tolpuddle unravels endless layers of pastoral complexity, powerfully structured yet elegant, immaculate and poised... From little vineyards great wines grow»

Fowles 490m Cabernet Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Strathbogie Victoria
Cabernet and Merlot perform brilliantly on the Strathbogie Ranges. Assembled into a single wine, they capture the heart of suitors in search of a soft, early drinking table red. 490m is an inspired effort by the team at Plunkett Fowles, who consumate the most gratifying wines from within the environment of their high altitude home. A vibrant accord of fruit, supported by the most congenial tannins. Soft and approachable, keen to cultivate your friendship, 490m loves pizza, a shared bowl of pasta or a quiet drink by the fire.
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Perched on a hill at the edge of Strathbogie Ranges, the stunning Plunkett Fowles wineworks with its arching roof is a local landmark visible from afar. This sizable operation is the result of a merger between Plunkett Wines, Dominion Wines, and Strathbogie Vintners. The partnership between the Plunkett and Fowles families came together in 2005 with the acquisition of a new and beautiful winery. The Plunketts bring practical ability in making brilliant wine with their skill at vinification techniques, Fowles bring a wealth of experience in the arts of management. Following the harvest and crush, inoculation and vinification, 490m was treated to a term of age and development in a combination of tightly grained oak barrels.
Bright scarlet colour. Rich and dense bouquet, complex aromas of liquorice and ripe plum, cherries and chocolate, violets and spice. Essentially dry on the palate but is rich with sweet fruit characters, damson and black cherry, blueberry, brambles and cassis. 490m is supported by a length of ripe tannins, kept invigorating and vital by refreshingly light acids. To accompany veal tortellini or eggplant, mushroom and spinach lasagna.
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