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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
An Irish cobbler named Reilly settled into the tiny Clare Valley township of Mintaro circa 1856. He converted a stone barn into a homestead cottage. Reilly's Cottage served as the local cobbler's shop in the centre of the bustling town, which had boomed after the establishment of salubrious slate quarries. Almost 140 years later, the cottage has been restored to its former glory by relatives of Reilly, the family Ardill, once again it is a hive of activity, home to the eminent and award winning range of Reilly.. There once was a man named reilly»
Heirloom Vineyards were born of love. A romance between an esteemed wine judge and his protege, consumated by a shared passion to preserve the integrity of venerable old vineyards. A deference for the sanctity of the soil and adherence to the timeless procedures of organic viticulture, were an integral part of the vision. Their parching quest, to secure some grand old blocks of vine in the elder precincts of Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra, Barossa and Valley Eden, were followed by years of corrective husbandry, pencil label releases and bespoke vintages. The fostered old vines have now been resurrected, yielding treasured harvests of the most sublime new world.. Serenading sleeping vineyards to life»
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.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»

Penfolds Grandfather Tawny CONFIRM VINTAGE

Mourvedre Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache South Australia
The story of Australia's most revered fortified wine dates back to 1915, when an exclusive barrel of old Tawny Port, was set aside for the sole use of the Penfold family. Revered internationally as one of Australia's finest exports, perennially feted with trophies and gold, Penfolds Grandfather Liqueur Tawny is a blend of the rarest Australian old Port wines, aged in a selection of small oak casks. The rich yet delicate fruit character harmonises sublimely with evolved, aged rancio complexity into a truly luxuriously aged Liqueur Tawny.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill in 1844, with a view to producing fortified wine for curative purposes. Grandfather Rare Tawny is an assemblage of old stocks, mainly Mourvedre and Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache, sourced from vineyards which are specifically managed for fortified wine. Every year, components of the highest peerage are assembled and added to the Grandfather Solera. Grandfather is aged at least twenty years before being drawn off for bottling. During the extended maturation, Grandfather Rare Tawny develops concentration and complexity, achieving extraordinary palate weight, structure and sublime sweetness.
Deep amber mahogany colour with gold tinges indicative of great age. Extremely complex, fragrant nose, exhibiting an array of nutty citrus, leather and vanillin characters melding seamlessly with hints of raisined fruit, malt and lifted spirit. Intensely raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavours harmonise with delicate oak and rancio complexity. The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Liqueur Tawny, luscious, rich and full flavoured with mouthfilling viscosity before a long and lingering, gently drying finish.
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