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Samuel Smith migrated from Dorset England to Angaston in the colony of South Australia circa 1847, he took up work as a gardener with George Fife Angas, the virtual founder of the colony. In 1849, Smith bought thirty acres and planted vines by moonlight, the first ever vintages of Yalumba. One of his most enduring legacies were some unique clones of Shiraz, which were ultimately sown to the illustrious Mount Edelstone vineyard in 1912. Angas's great grandchild Ron Angas acquired cuttings from the Edelstone site and migrated the precious plantings to his pastures at Hutton Vale. The land remains in family hands, a graze for flocks of some highly fortunate lamb. In between the paddocks, blocks of Sam Smith's experimental vines yield a harvest of the most spectacular Shiraz to be found in all Eden Valley... The return of rootstock to garden of eden»
David Wynn introduced cardboard wine casks, flagons and the Airlesflo wine tap to the nation. He is best remembered for re packaging the Coonawarra estate which bears his name and which endures as one of Australia's icon brands. Wynn was a master of his craft and studied oenology at the world renowned Magill wineworks. An astute marketer and talented blender, he also had a keen eye for the land, investing in the ancient John Riddoch fruit colony and planting vines on a challenging site, high atop the lofty latitudes of Valley Eden. Mountadam Vineyards were built from the ground up, with a view to crafting a limited range of well structured, weighty wines, defined by fuller palates and saline, mineral savouryness. The legacy of Eden Valley vineyards planted by Wynn in the 1960s & 1970s, incorporating significant old.. The legacy parcels of mountadam vineyards»
Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by their affable excellence, sound structure and pristine, penetrating varietal fruit... Satiations from the nethermost regions»

Houghton Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
The Wisdom range draws on the deep knowledge and wise words of one of the nation's founding winemakers, the late great Jack Mann, who asserted that you can exist without wine but you cannot live! Wisdom is vinified from some of the finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon to be found in Margaret River. A sensational construct of west coast Cabernet, by one of the new world's most monumental winemakers. Enjoy alongside barbecued beef, venison steaks or a red wine and tarragon braise of succulent osso bucco.
Houghton has long been one of the leading protagonists within the hemisphere of cutting edge West Australian viticulture. Under the guidance and custodianship of many exceptional winemakers, Houghton has flourished and now enjoys an impressive retinue of vineyards across the length and breadth of Margaret River. Houghton retains access to some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere in the country. The select grapes are harvested at ideal ripeness and vinified in open and small static fermenters with careful plunging of the cap to achieve excellent colour and tannin extraction. Wisdom was then pressed directly to Bordeaux coopered French oak barriques for seventeen months maturation.
Brilliant, deep red with garnet hues. The bouquet is intensely aromatic. Lightly herbaceous with tomato leaf, mint and cigarbox complemented by clove, spice and charry notes derived from French oak. The flavoursome palate is rich with plum and cherry fruit characters, complemented by dark chocolate and mocha notes. Firm acidity and fine powdery tannins provide length and structure.
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