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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
One of the closely guarded secrets which remained cardinal to the preeminence of Grange Hermitage, was the sacred tally of exceptional vineyards which were called on to provide fruit for the new world's most stately Shiraz. The elite Grange Growers Club is one of the nation's more exclusive fellowships, an illustrious canon of distinguished wine growing families which are the stuff of Australian viticultural history. One of McLaren Vale's most eminent dynasties, Oliver's of Taranga were an essential inclusion into many of the mighty Grange's most memorable vintages. Oliver Taranga's estate flagship HJ Reserve Shiraz represents peerless value for a wine of its provenance, power, persistence and depth, $50.99 and drinking sensationally... A principal part of the great grange»
Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry, the first academically qualified winemaker to take up Clare Valley viticulture in 1949. He had an uncanny intuition for good land and established some of the most illustrious vineyards on the continent. Jim Barry is also a patriarch of the Coonawarra, in pursuit of the perfect terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon, he planted vines on the ancient Penola Cricket Oval, preserving the original pavilion for posterity. Jim Barry endures as one of the nation's most distinguished brands, renowned throughout the world of wine for decades of the most remarkable vintages, an evolving range of superior vineyard editions, defined by their penetrating fruit and seamless tannins, essential for every enthusiast of identifiably Australian, claret style Cabernet.. Salient statements from superior sites»

Pirramimma Stocks Hill Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Geoff Johnston has a penchant for making his Pirramimma reds in the grand, old world style of Le Medoc. From mature vines that have consistently produced the highest quality fruit, comes a McLaren Cabernet that's elegant and stylish with a seamless balance of oak, splendid tannins and superb varietal definition, the lifted Cabernet fruit combines with oak to build a wine of great complexity and length. Stocks Hill carries the prestige of an exclusively Pirramimma estate wine, always a good finisher on the national wine show circuit.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$233.00
Alexander Johnston purchased ninety seven hectares of land in 1892 which he named Pirramimma, an Aboriginal phrase meaning the moon and the stars. At Pirramimma, the harvesting is targetted to the winemaker's preferred scheduling as opposed to mother nature's dictates. The exactingly husbanded vines have been trained for generations to yield fruit that receives the highly polished, father to son winemaking traditions with elacrity. Grapes are harvested at full maturity, pressed and vinified, followed by a year's maturation in American oak barrels under the winery's naturally cool rammed earth warehouse.
Deep brick red in colour. Rich red cherry, spiced blackberry and cedary oak, cocoa, vanilla and light clove. Complex barrel characteristics, the palate shows a mosaic of dark berry fruits, briary blackcurrant, mulberries and chocolate complemented by toasty oak and integrated with hints of mint and tomato, a ripe tannin backbone all adding to a silky voluptuous mouthful. A rich firmly structured wine with all the elements in complete harmony.
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