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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»
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»

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Wrattonbully South Australia
Tapanappa acquired and renovated the precious Whalebone Vineyard at Wrattonbully in 2002. The thirty year old Shiraz and Cabernet vines have responded magnificently. The paradox is that despite being cooler than Coonawarra, the fruit ripens earlier and more completely. The still air, cool night and warm days particularly suit the rejuvenated vines. The quality of fruit is ideal for a masculine Medoc style, not surprising given the similarity of soil, geology and climate to that of St. Emilion in Bordeaux. By maestro Brian Croser, only a few hundred cases are made.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$305.50
The precious grapes are hand picked and vinified in separate batches. Grapes are de-stemmed, partially roller crushed and chilled to 2°C in one tonnes fermentation tubs. A four day cold maceration precedes fermentation by native yeasts and bacterial strains, hand plunged twice daily to break up the cap of skins. At the peak of vinification, temperatures reach 34°C before fermenting to dryness. The wine and skins are sealed down for a further week of maceration before draining and gently pressing into French oak barriques. Upon completion of malolactic, batches are sulphured and racked several times over a period of fifteen months maturation, to be bottled unfiltered after a light egg white fining.
Dark garnet/ ruby colour. Intense black currant, dusty herb and spice edge of Cabernet, the anise and blackberry of Shiraz. Intense but refined flavours, the freshness and vibrancy of Cabernet accentuated by the smoky and minty hallmarks of Whalebone terroir. Significant tannin structure before an even, mouth coating savoury finish. To accompany spring lamb or rare pigeon breast with fines herbes.
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