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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»
Balgownie are one of our nation's great small vineyards, pioneers of the reprise in Bendigo viticulture, with the foresight to establish vines in 1969, the first local plantings in over eighty years. Grown to terrains very near the tailings of Victoria's original gold rush, the auspicious Balgownie vines yield discreet yet exquisite harvests of the most edifying and undervalued Victorian vintages. A bespoke favourite amongst enthusiasts of the old school style in elegant and finely boned Aussie Shiraz, Balgownie represent the essential accompaniment to meaty eggplant inspired recipes, or a princely roast of lamb, the best of.. Balgownie begets the best of bendigo»

Majella Coonawarra Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
Coonawarra Merlot is every bit as elegant, fragrant and generously proportioned as the mighty Cabernet, often assembled together for a rounded, softer style of red, Merlot provides a plummy, chamois tannined option when bottled as a pure varietal wine. Majella take their duty to the soil and environment very seriously, they are as fastidious about the health of local flora and fauna, as they are about maintaining the purity and hygiene of their fruit. The dividends come in the form of an immaculate Merlot wine of faultless varietal eloquence and graceful regional charm.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$209.50
Majella are a quiet Coonawarra achiever, having provided fruit to the most prestigious national brands for decades. They decided to reserve the pick of their crop for bottling under their own estate label and have since established a peerles reputation for quality, consistency and value. Merlot is harvested and vinified before filling to a high proportion of new French oak barrels for completion of ferments, a course of malolactic and fifteen months maturation. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep, brooding red. Perfumed plum and floral nose, strawberry and anise notes over a background of suet cake and cocoa vanilla oak. A very refined and elegant wine, defining the allure of good Merlot fruit throughout the palate, varietal leaf, a little ferrous Coonawarra earthiness and forest floor characters providing interest, smooth plummy tannins in support of the excellent length and finely aromatic finish.
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