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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
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Penfolds 76 Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa McLaren Wrattonbully South Australia
Originally released in 1976, the Koonunga Hill range has established a sound reputation for quality and consistency, while availing red wine enthusiasts of the opportunity to approach the enduring Penfolds style. The inaugural 1976 vintage of Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet was a legendary wine, still drinking well at Penfolds red wine recorking clinics. Reissued under the Seventy Six moniker, it has attracted a tremendous amount of critical acclaim, twice recipient of the highly prestigious Wine Press Club Trophy for Best Dry Red Wine.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
A mostly Shiraz wine with a vital component of good Cabernet, assembled from harvests grown to choice Penfold vineyards, owned and operated by the most dedicated growers. Penfolds have had greater experience with Cabernet Sauvignon than any other Australian winemaker, the development of Cabernet vineyards in Australia is due in no small part to their efforts. Vines are trained and pruned throughout the growing season, allowing optimum ripening conditions for maximum flavour, fine tannin structure and balanced acidity. Fruit is treated to a temperature controlled fermentation and full malolactic, followed by fifteen months in a selection of seasoned and new American oak hogsheads.
Deep, darkly coloured core, purple robes. Brooding dark fruit nose, stylish oak with elements of char. Mocha, dark chocolate, liquorice, aniseed and black olives gives way to more savoury notes of demi-glace and lamb. A rounded, balanced palate with generous plush fruits. Texturally appealing, excellent grip and fine, pronounced tannins in support of red berry and cranberry fruits. Ideal with beef, lamb and Mediterranean recipes.
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