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Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world, regularly sampled at international competitions against illustrious icons such as Romanee Conti and Chateau Lafite, Vega Sicilia and Chateau.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»
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Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
A solid regional style by one of Valley Clare cardinal winemakers, a generously proportioned Shiraz that's redolent with violet perfumes and brimming with cherry mint flavours, over a suitably soft palate of exquisite balance and sound structure. The majority of fruit is sourced from the Knappstein Yertabulti Vineyard which sits atop an elevated site just east of township Clare. Vines are planted to Terra rosa soils, naturally very low yielding, delivering harvests of Shiraz exhibiting profound regionality and irresistible varietal charm.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$299.00
Knappstein's decision to ungraft some Chardonnay in preference of thirty year old Shiraz rootstock was an unfashionable choice in the 1990s. By allowing the vines to find their natural balance, Knappstein has best been able to understand the quality and characteristics of the different sites. Of these, three 30 year old vineyards have excelled with unique characteristics and calibre for their respective variety. Fermented in static potter and open fermenters, with gentle extraction of flavours and texture through pumping over and hand plunging daily over a fortnight. The skins are pressed and the wine allowed to cold settle before transfer to a selection of fine oak barrels for an extended term of maturation.
Bright scarlet colour. A ripe Shiraz nose of coffee and chocolates, florals and subdued pepper, underlying dark blackberry and plums with an attractive violet lift. The palate displays plum and dark berries. The persistent flavours are balanced by fine sandy tannins and spicey French oak. A Shiraz with great intensity, weight and style.
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