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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 perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular Coonawarra way, the Balnaves brand endures in the tradition of world class vintages grown to Terra Rosa soils, enriched by generations of happy and healthy Coonawarra sheep.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
Sandro Mosele is one of Victoria's most accomplished vignerons, his celebrated editions of Kooyong and Port Phillip estates are amongst the most cherished renderings of Burgundy styled Pinot Noir in the nation. Mosele has applied his art to a precious parcel of fruit, picked off a single, modest block of vine, grown to the fully fertile soils of a lamb and beef stud, on the brisk, maritime blown coastals of Gippsland South. This is not Pinot for profit, Walkerville represents an aesthetic appreciation of fruit from the farmer, invigorated by the blessings of providence and consecrations of local livestock. A cornucopia of comely characters, forcemeats and fennel, pectins and pith, Walkerville make Pinot Noir as it should be, bucolic, pastoral, articulate of the land whence it came. Partisans and purists of bespoke presentations in Pinot, are quietly advised to pool their pesetas and avail themselves of a case or two Walkerville Pinot Noir, a mere few hundred.. The grazier's garden of gippsland»

Pennys Hill Specialized Cabernet Shiraz Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot McLaren Vale South Australia
Penny Hill's proprietary red blend, the enduring Australian cépage of Cabernet and Shiraz, softened by the genteel plummyness of Merlot, for a wine which defines all the vinous endowments of McLaren Vale. A fully engrossing palate is supported by showroom oak and the silkiest tannins, brimming with layers of lush fruit flavours in abundance. Merlot delineates the concord, moderating the power of Cabernet and piquancy of Shiraz.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are harvested from the narrow planted, hand managed, high density vines of Penny's Hill, combined with parcels of Merlot from vines on Malpas Road, grown to unique black, cracking Bay of Biscay and brown loam soils immediately south of Penny's Hill. Fruit is destemmed and crushed, prior to varietal components undergoing separate primary fermentation for seven days on skins. Post pressing, each separate batch is transferred to a combination of new and prior use French and American oak barrels. The wines are assembled after a year, as the integration of fruit, oak and softening of tannins are complete.
Deep, dark purple colour. Ripe plum, spice and floral notes with distinctive McLaren Vale earthiness and subtle tobacco/ chocolate qualities. A veritable starburst of fruit, Specialized bursts onto the palate with lively, crunchy, berry flavours, a harmonious balance of tasty oak, acid and tannins, texturally rich with savouryness on a finish of splendid length.
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