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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»

Tait Basket Pressed Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
The old fashioned practice of treating ferments to a manually operated basket press, preserves the elemental rectitude and textural integrity of good wine. Bruno Tait sources a unique parcel of Shiraz from a single vineyard at Rowland Flat which yields a meagre tonne and a half per acre. The precious old vines are seventy years of age, they are consulted by Bruno twice a week at vintage time to determine the perfect day for picking. The vinification is wholly natural and very old world in style, an extremely limited 240 dozen are produced.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$275.50
The time of vintage is crucial for such a generously high alcohol wine, Shiraz is picked only when fully physiologically ripe, as natural fruit sugars and juicy esters are at their peak. Grapes are de stemmed into open vessels, pH is adjusted and the musts are vinified at 24°C over the course of ten days. Ferments are treated to a regimen of plunging and pumpovers three times daily for optimal extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. Upon completion, juices are given passage through an old fashioned basket press into a selection of seasoned American oak barrels for malolactic and maturation, rack and returned over a term of eighteen months to achieve a natural filtration. Alcohol 16.0%
Deep black purple. Intense aromas of blackcurrant, stewed plums and cherry, chocolate, allsorts and carob. Full bodied, berry filled palate layered with black bramble characters, drenched with cherry liqueur and compote reduction, its ripe substantive tannins and elegant oak frame a carriage of warming plum suet fruit flavours, before a long, sweetly everlasting finish.
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