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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»
Just three kilometres from Young along Murringo Road, planted to a brisk 500 metres above sea level, Grove Estate was originally sown to vines in 1886, by Croatian settlers who brought cuttings from their farms on the Dalmatian coast. Some of these ancient plantings, emigrated at a time when much of Europe was ruled by Hapsburg emperors, remain productive to this day. Newer blocks were gradually established around these priceless parcels, ostensibly with a view to supplying leading national brands. The quality of fruit became so conspicuous that Grove Estate sanctioned industry celebrities from Ravensworth and Clonakilla to begin bottling under their own estate moniker. The greater Hilltops region is renowned for elegantly structured Cabernet and Shiraz. Grove Estate go one better, they deliver harvests of the most.. Quiet consummations of grove estate»
Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»

Pirramimma Stocks Hill Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Geoff Johnston has a penchant for making his Pirramimma reds in the grand, old world style of Le Medoc. From mature vines that have consistently produced the highest quality fruit, comes a McLaren Cabernet that's elegant and stylish with a seamless balance of oak, splendid tannins and superb varietal definition, the lifted Cabernet fruit combines with oak to build a wine of great complexity and length. Stocks Hill carries the prestige of an exclusively Pirramimma estate wine, always a good finisher on the national wine show circuit.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$233.00
Alexander Johnston purchased ninety seven hectares of land in 1892 which he named Pirramimma, an Aboriginal phrase meaning the moon and the stars. At Pirramimma, the harvesting is targetted to the winemaker's preferred scheduling as opposed to mother nature's dictates. The exactingly husbanded vines have been trained for generations to yield fruit that receives the highly polished, father to son winemaking traditions with elacrity. Grapes are harvested at full maturity, pressed and vinified, followed by a year's maturation in American oak barrels under the winery's naturally cool rammed earth warehouse.
Deep brick red in colour. Rich red cherry, spiced blackberry and cedary oak, cocoa, vanilla and light clove. Complex barrel characteristics, the palate shows a mosaic of dark berry fruits, briary blackcurrant, mulberries and chocolate complemented by toasty oak and integrated with hints of mint and tomato, a ripe tannin backbone all adding to a silky voluptuous mouthful. A rich firmly structured wine with all the elements in complete harmony.
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