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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River will be delighted, redolent reds which bloom with berries and violet cassis, powerfully structured whites with substantial palates and crystalline fruit, chiselled and refined, the veteran vines of Hay Shed Hill... A better block on hay shed hill»

Zema Estate Family Selection Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Zema own a precious slice of Coonawarra's remarkable Terra rossa, a thin metre of soil over deep formation of limestone, whence to source limited harvests of world class Shiraz. Family Selection is a small batch wine of great intensity and exceptional depth, superior concentration and maximum development. Spicy pepper and sweet berry fruit flavours abound, before a lingering finish on a length of firm oaky tannins, a fuller style of Shiraz with excellent balance, profound structure, elegance and poise.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$269.50
The dedicated Zema family are proudly traditional in their approach to viticulture, favouring hand pruning and dry growing vines to maximise quality. These practices are enhanced by the Zema team's three strategically selected prime vineyard locations, capitalising on Coonawarra's subtle climactic variations. Shiraz is vinified for a week on skins under strict temperature controls. A portion is barrel fermented to enhance complexity. Components are matured for two years in a selection of small French and American oak barrels, fully integrating the fruit, tannins and oak into a vibrant rich wine with profound bouquet and attractive flavours.
Rich purple colour with hints of red. Attractive with plum, dark black pepper and subtle spicy notes supported by notes of nutty, toasted oak. Concentrated varietal flavours of plum fruit with fine tannin roundness and persistence, emphasized by stylish vanillin oak. Zema recommend a glass of Family Selection with braised beef cheeks, pork belly or ripe, hard cheese.
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