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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.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
Established 1851 by the French Marist order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winery, under continuous management ever since. The city of Lyon's Society of Mary sailed to New Zealand with little more than faith, fair winds and a few healthy vines. Men of Burgundy, they knew from good wine, they chose their ground and planted rootstock near Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. Agriculture and livestock were a necessity, but the establishment of a productive vineyard was essential. The area is now known as Hawke's Bay, internationally renowned for the rich terroirs of Gimblett Gravels, home of New Zealand's most salient brands... The burgundy tradition of te ika a maui»
William James Maxwell was an architectural sculptor who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1875. He built a mock castle and established a family vineyard just outside Adelaide, which he named Woodlands Park. His son planted vines in nearby McLaren Vale and his grandson served a term as winemaker for Hardy Wines at the historic Tintara wineworks. William Maxwell's progeny remain in McLaren Vale, producing the southern hemisphere's most successful brands of Honey Mead, as well as vintages of the most extraordinary value in McLaren Vale Shiraz. But what does Maxwell taste like? Gentleman James Halliday describes Maxwell as robust, picking the eyes out of McLaren Vale shiraz; licorice, dark chocolate, savoury firm, ripe tannins, blackberry, positive oak the icing on the cake. Terrific value. Oh yes, he suggests that it.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »

Watershed Senses Cabernet Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Western Australia
The Watershed property is strategically positioned within the most precious winegrowing terroirs, along the major arterial highway for traffic travelling to and from Margaret River township. Senses has accumulated an impressive list of wine show competition awards. Watershed's vineyards are fortuitously positioned astride some of the best soil compositions in Margaret River, where the vines yield harvests of Merlot and Cabernet endowed with exemplary varietal characters, an intensity of flavour and the finest, showroom tannins.
The Watershed property enjoys the influence of balmy maritime climes, growing conditions very like Bordeaux which contribute to the statuesque Medoc style of Watershed Wine Project Cabernet Merlot. The winemaking team are highly proficient at Cabernet Merlot, having collected accolades at the distinguished Mundis Vini in Germany, the world's largest international wine show. Fruit is harvested to healthy levels of baume, crushed and vinified before eighteen months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep scarlet colour. Aromas of black currant and fresh mint, liquorice and plums over a measure of mocha and cigar box oak. An effusive palate of ripe berries, plums and cassis, velvety textures are supported by firm but flattering French cedar/ vanilla oak, all complimented by fine silky tannins which linger on the finish.
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