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It was a matrimony between an American biochemist and the founder of Margaret River Devils Lair, that set the scene for one of the nation's most illustrious estates. A member of the Top 1OO Wineries of World, Giant Steps were established 1997, with a view to assembling an elite range of limited release Yarra Valley vintages. Crafted from the fruit of superior sites, some yielding just a few hundred cases each year, these are exclusive editions from bespoke parcels of elite terroir, bearing the curiously cryptic monikers of precious blocks of vine, Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Fashioned for aficianados of the euro style, defined by their winsome fruit and graceful tannins, the Giant Steps single vineyard range are all distinct for their expression of place, each articulate of a unique soil and influence of clime... Big wines from little vineyards»
A living legend and bespoke savant of the Australian wine industry, Geoff Merrill began his career in 1973 at Seppelt & Son, before completing tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella. Geoff acquired the historic Reynella wineworks in 1985 and has continued to craft many of McLaren Vale's most memorable vintages ever since. Mr Merrill has claimed countless industry accolades and many of our nation's most prestigious awards, including the hotly contested VISY Great Shiraz Challenge and the illustrious Jimmy Watson Trophy. Merrill offers a range of artisanal, limited release wines, of timely age, extravagant oak and sound value... The advanced age & luxury oak of mclaren vale's quiet achiever»

Zilzie Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
After three decades of growing grapes for some of Australia's most esteemed labels, Zilzie began bottling the pick of the crop under their own own. Many years experience means that they know how to produce great wines while keeping them as accessible and easy to enjoy as possible, it's a delicate balancing act. Zilzie make a salient expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit grown to Coonawarra's rich red iron soils, as distinctive for it's vigorous perfumes as it is for it's generousity of flavour and integration of French oak with stylish tannins.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$209.00
The team at Zilzie take a world's best practice approach to winemaking, while the winery may host the latest technology, they still believe that it's the quality of fruit and the human element which produces a truly memorable wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from choice Coonawarra vineyards, each separately harvested to a schedule based on full physiological ripeness, the individual parcels are separately handled. Batches are vinified in static and rotary fermenters to achieve optimal extraction of colour, good varietal definition and ripe tannins. Upon completion, batches are drained and pressed, followed by transfer into a selection of French oak barriques for a year's maturation.
Deep red with purple tinges. Vibrant Coonawarra nose of blackberry, cassis and plum characters, dark fruits and a touch of mint combined with sweet vanillin oak tones. A generous palate showing layers of rich dark berry fruit, complex and expressive, superbly balanced with a firm structure and soft, velvety, fine grained tannins over subtle oak. Ideally served with char grilled beef and rich jus.
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