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Majella Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
One of Coonawarra's leading viticultural estates and most eminent winemaking operatons, Majella has earned an enviable reputation for growing and bottling the region's very finest Shiraz. The most superior standards in vineyard management and an obsessive attention to detail make the wines of Majella, Coonawarra classics, highly esteemed by discerning enthusiasts around the world. There may not be a lot of it made each year but it is very, very good, anyone who thinks that Coonawarra is only for Cabernet needs to shout themselves a bottle of Majella Shiraz.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$209.50
Majella was acquired by George Lynn in 1960 as part of an up and coming lamb enterprise. He had always been great friends with Eric Brand, who'd just started producing his illustrious Laira label. Eventually, seventy acres of about 60% Shiraz were planted, but as the vines matured in the 1970s, demand for grapes, particularly Shiraz was very low, and there were a couple of years when thirty or more tonnes of premium grapes were left to rot. Today, Majella stands proudly in first place on the Coonawarra Shiraz dais. As always the fermentation is completed in a selection of French and American oak hogsheads, followed by an extended eighteen months maturation.
Dark red colour with purple hues. Redolent of cinnamon spice with overlays of cedary mocha oak. The palate shows great length, full of plums, cherries, blackberries and vanilla, creamy and sweet. Tannins are soft and dusty, complementing the long, lingering finish. Coonawarra Shiraz at its very best. A decadent accompaniement to cherry glazed duck or crackling rib of pork.
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