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Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by showroom tannins. The very elite of Frankland River Shiraz... Artisanal wines of distinguished sites»
Rockbare are raiders of precious but wayward vineyards, planted to outdated standards of viticulture, sadly unviable for large scale winemaking. These are however, precisely the nature of site that Rockbare choose to retain. Winemaker Tim Burvill worked at Wynns and Penfolds, where he refined his style alongside some of the best winemakers in the nation's history. Establishing his own label, he embarked upon a secret project to acquire parcels of prodigal Barossa vine. With a backbone of fruit grown to some of the oldest sites in Australia, much of Rockbare's fruit comes off vines a century or more of age. The intense power and complexity of Rockbare's.. Precious & prodigal parcels of the barossa»
Rolf Binder is one of the Barossa's quiet achieving superstars, recipient of the most conspicuous national accolades, Barossa Winemaker of Year and Best Small Producer, Best Barossa Shiraz Trophy and coveted listing in the illustrious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Binder's focus has always been on old vines fruit, in particular, the abstruse canon of early settler varietals which populated Barossa Valley during the 1840s. Wild bush vines Mataro, picked off patches at Tanunda along Langmeil Road, ancient growths of Grenache from Gomersal and Light Pass. Rolf's tour de force are eight superlative rows of Shiraz, established 1972 by the Binders.. Seven decades of tillage at tanunda»
Geoff Hardy's family have been making Australian wine since 1857. Geoff grew up amongst the most distinguished vineyards in our land and he knows from good red wine. He retains access to the finest fruit in McLaren Vale and is the man behind many of our nation's most memorable vintages. Undercover is a moniker that Geoff has assigned to a collation of exceptional parcels, albeit bottled behind an abstruse label to secrete the provenance of a spectacular Shiraz. Gold Medal Winner & Best Value at the hotly contested 2016 China Wine & Spirit Awards, the pick of crop this week, seriously.. Sound shiraz for the savvy & shrewd»

West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Barker Western Australia
One of the things that West Cape Howe do best, is to find the perfect site for each varietal grape and style of wine. They are certainly fortunate to be based within Australia's largest and most propitious winegrowing region, but their viticultural team demonstrate an uncanny feel for matching the ideal mesoclime to every wine. Mount Barker yields Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional character. West Cape Howe take the pick of the crop, to create a profoundly structured red wine, offering remarkable intensity of flavour and stately, long lived tannins.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$299.00
It is the unique confluence of sun, soil and skill, which makes the wines of West Cape Howe such a personal and moving experience. The estate owns and operates many of the finest vineyards in Great Southern, treating the pick of their fruit to minimal winemaking intervention, capturing the influence of clime on the vintage and harvest. Parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon are treated to ten days of ferment and frequent pumpovers for ideal extraction of rakish colour and sleek tannin. Upon completion, batches are pressed into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for an extravagant eighteen months. The best barrels are assembled into the finished wine and treated to a further year of maturation.
Deep inky red, crimson hue. Ripe dark fruits of plum, cherries and blackberry, undertones of dark chocolate and spice. A rich and elegant palate, displaying blackberry fruit flavours and hints of cassis. A complex and fulfilling Cabernet wine, lined with classic French vanilla oak characters and supported by firm, elegant tannins, before a persistent dark fruit finish.
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