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The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined Cabernet, generously proportioned Malbec, august Chardonnay.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»
David Wynn introduced cardboard wine casks, flagons and the Airlesflo wine tap to the nation. He is best remembered for re packaging the Coonawarra estate which bears his name and which endures as one of Australia's icon brands. Wynn was a master of his craft and studied oenology at the world renowned Magill wineworks. An astute marketer and talented blender, he also had a keen eye for the land, investing in the ancient John Riddoch fruit colony and planting vines on a challenging site, high atop the lofty latitudes of Valley Eden. Mountadam Vineyards were built from the ground up, with a view to crafting a limited range of well structured, weighty wines, defined by fuller palates and saline, mineral savouryness. The legacy of Eden Valley vineyards planted by Wynn in the 1960s & 1970s, incorporating significant old.. The legacy parcels of mountadam vineyards»
Major Sir Thomas Mitchell left more than just an invaluable bequeth of our nation's most detailed frontier maps. Mitchell distinguished himself in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic wars in the renowned 95th Baker Rifles. A gifted draftsman, he found his way to the nascent colonies of Australia, where his acumen at mapmaking won him the office of Surveyor General. During one of Mitchell's historical expeditions, he charted the fertile lands around Victoria's Goulburn Valley, establishing the colonial fruitgrowing township of Mitchell's Town. The district's auspicious orchards flourished until Colin Preece identified the region as an opportune place to grow world class wine. Vineyards thusly planted around the Goulburn billabongs, came to be known as Mitchelton. Now a half century of age, the vines remain one of.. Barriques between the billabongs»

Tscharke Stonewell Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa South Australia
The worthy vineyards along Stonewell Road at Marananga, have been source of the most memorable vintages in Barossa Cabernet. Tscharke established a smaller block of vine here in 2001, the quality of fruit however belies its teenage years. The auspicious plantings were sown east to west, aimed at protecting fruit from the parching late afternoon summer sun. The accumulated skills of six generations in Barossa viticulture, have sired a precious site which yields a multi dimensional Cabernet wine of amazing depth, structure and length.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$431.00
The later ripening Stonewell Road vineyard is planted to deep red/brown clay soils with underlying calcareous chalks, well suited to realizing harvests of well balanced fruit which are unaffected by excessive exposure to summer heat. Grapes are all picked by hand and completely destemmed, crushed into an open top fermenter and inoculated for vinification at temperatures between 22ºC and 25ºC. The active ferments are punched down and plunged over by heading down boards for optimal extraction of flavour, colour and tannin. Following two months of skin contact, batches are gently pressed into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels for an extravagant nineteen months élevage. Alcohol 14.5%
Deeply coloured crimson red. Intensely fragrant nose of stunning varietal complexity, spearmint and cassis, brambleberries and lavender, roasted coffee bean. Luscious full bodied palate of juicy black licorice and cassis, blue berries and dark Barossa chocolateyness over the length of powerful yet disciplined, chalky tannins. An august Barossa Cabernet which drinks magnificently on release.
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