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Petaluma Evans Vineyard Coonawarra CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
Excellent Langtons Classification. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the occasional inclusion of Shiraz or Petit Verdot. One of Australia's most revered red wines, vinified from a backbone of superlative fruit grown to the eminent Len Evans and Sharefarmer Vineyards at the heart of Coonawarra's cigar shaped strip of precious Terra rossa soils. Petaluma employs hand pruning and hand picking, foreign practices in Coonawarra, for an enduring red blend that's now an iconic Australian wine and regional benchmark.
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$617.50
Whole bunches are de stemmed, crushed and chilled into Potter heading down board or 1½ tonne open fermenters. The must is inoculated after three to four days cold soak. Potter fermenters are rack and returned each day, the juices are drained away from skins and pumped back up, refloating the cap. Open fermenters are hand plunged twice daily, ensuring the floating cap does not dry out. The sugar dry batches are drained off, skins gently pressed and the combined wine gravity fed with full lees to a selection of seasoned and new, French oak barriques. Upon completion of malolactic, components are rack and returned for an extended term of maturation, followed by the final cull and assemblage.
Deep intense colour. Complex nose expressing blackcurrants and plum alongside cedar, spice, classic leaf characters and graphite. An elegant Coonawarra style, the Shiraz adds a lovely sweet supple middle presence to the palate, important in a young wine. An impressive red wine to decant and to savour, the tannins are soft, sandy and abundant, a big brooding dry red which will sit happily alongside the best Coonawarra vintages.
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Established by Brian Croser in 1976, Petaluma is one of Australia's most prominent wine companies.

The pre-eminent quality of Petaluma's wines is based on distinguished vineyard sites for each of the chosen varieties, in four important South Australian wine regions - Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills, for the Rhone varieties Viognier and Shiraz - Clare Valley, for Riesling and - Coonawarra, for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

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A distinguished site is a unique site, which by virtue of its natural attributes, consistently produces distinctive wines of the highest quality. A defining moment for a winemaker is the discovery of the special chemistry between a distinguished vineyard site and a noble grape variety. Petaluma has invested in distinguished vineyard sites in South Australia in order to produce wines of world class standard.

Petaluma has two vineyards in the Coonawarra, known as the Sharefarmers and the Evans. Due to heat summation, Coonawarra is ideally suited to the Bordeaux varieties and is one of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon regions with wines having uniquely fine-grained tannins.

The climate is dominated by the cool winds from the ocean and is moderately maritime despite being influenced by the hot air of the flat plains to the north during summer. The fabulous Terra Rossa red soil family of the Coonawarra ridge has been formed on an ancient sand dune. The calcrete limestone deposit below the Terra Rossa soil was formed by the action of rain on calcium carbonate marine deposits during the soil genesis.

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The Clare lies in a valley at the northern extension of the Adelaide Hills, 145km from Adelaide. Clare Valley arguably produces Australia's best Riesling and Petaluma's Hanlin Hill Vineyard provides the fruit for Petaluma Riesling, recognised in Australia as the best of this traditional dry style.

Hanlin Hill vineyard is on the eastern escarpment of Clare, at 1,670 feet (509m) above sea level compared with 1,330 feet (405m) for other vineyards and receives the maximum benefit of altitude and the cooling afternoon sea breezes. The Clare Valley has a warm climate with warm to hot dry days and clear cold nights during the late summer

The geology of the Hanlin Hill Vineyard is Mintaro shale, deposited as shallow marine sediments between 550 and 600 million years ago, and metamorphosed into high quality grey slate, which has weathered to form well draining, brown to red-brown clay rich soils.

Petaluma has chosen Mount Barker on the eastern boundary of the Adelaide Hills to grow Shiraz and Viognier in the B&V Vineyard. The geology of Mount Barker is based on granitic micaceous schists associated with quartzite which produce well drained sandy loams of moderate fertility ideally suited to control the natural vigour of Shiraz. The B&V Shiraz develops strong blackcurrant aromas with some black pepper and liquorice nuances. The rich ripe aromas and flavours typical of Australian Shiraz are evident but there are extra dimensions of floral and spice more typical of cooler region Shiraz.

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