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Heggies Vineyard-Estate-Riesling-2015-750mL

RRP: $2455
Sold by: Pack Size 6
$2155/Bottle
12% off

Jim Barry-The Benbournie-Cabernet Sauvignon-2010-750mL

RRP: $7349
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$6981/Bottle
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Yalumba-The Cigar-Cabernet Sauvignon-2012-750mL

RRP: $2695
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$2545/Bottle
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The Cigar is a name coined by Coonawarra Vignerons to describe the unique cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil. Home to some of Australia’s most famous vineyards, the secret of Coonawarra lies in the intimate bond between the terra rossa soil, limestone layers, pure artisan water and a long cool ripening season. Fortunate to be part of this iconic place, Yalumba salutes the region’s pioneers and those privileged to inherit its future.

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS:

Good winter rains replenished soil moisture level and an early burst of warm weather initiated bud-burst a few weeks earlier than normal. Shoot growth proceeded rapidly and the early head start was maintained through November and December. January and February were dry so our winemaker and vineyard manager had few concerns and held high expectations for the vintage. Their hopes were realised and the grapes reached full ripeness and maturity easily. Harvest was completed by March 30.

 

WINEMAKING/VITICULTURE:

Yalumba The Cigar is made through traditional small lot winemaking techniques.The grapes are crushed to small static fermenters, ensuring good extraction of colour and tannin. The grapes stay on skins for around seven days, though some tanks are given extended skin contact before pressing.The wine is matured for 22 months in mainly French oak hogsheads and barriques; 28 per cent of them new.

 

TASTING NOTES:

This wine has a full nose with intense savoury blackcurrant fruit and cherry ripe highlights. The wine’s palate shows a warmer vintage and opens with cassis and ripe cherries. There are layers of plum and cherry fruit entwined with middle weight tannins, giving a lengthy savoury textured finish.

 

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Yalumba-The Scribbler-Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz-2012-750mL

RRP: $2499
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$1875/Bottle
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Signifying Yalumba’s commitment to Barossa Shiraz, this is a truly individual wine, handcrafted, handmade and matured in fine French oak and Yalumba coopered American octave barrels. These unique barrels, which offered inspiration for the wine’s name, are just one of the many harmonious components in the symphony that is Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz.

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS:

Vintage 2012 in the Barossa could be summed up as a vintage without extremes. La Nina conditions moderated throughout 2011 leading to good soil moisture at the beginning of the growing season. Average temperatures through spring and early summer enabled the vines to flourish giving healthy balanced canopies and good fruit set. Mild conditions through January to March allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes to ripen in ideal conditions producing fruit with outstanding depth of flavour.

 

WINEMAKING/VITICULTURE:

Select parcels of grapes (both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) were hand picked and crushed to eight tonne open top stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation and cap/skin management was controlled by the Yalumba designed cap plunger, irrigating the fermenting wine over the skins or draining all the wine away from the skins and then flooding back. These different options allow us to optimise each individual batch/ ferment to make a wine with excellent depth of colour, richness, texture and complexity.

 

TASTING NOTES:

The wine opens with floral notes of red compote berries. Very coastal aromas, and a fresh palate, with a very direct line of fruit running through and hints of cool mints and rich midpalate textures. This is an energetic wine, with a mouth coating powdery tannin finish.

 

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Yalumba-The Signature-Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon-2013-750mL

RRP: $7455
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$6995/Bottle
6% off

They release their 55th iteration of Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz – a superb 2013 vintage that honours Andrew Murphy. they raise a glass of this wine to celebrate Murph’s years of service, commencing in the Cellar he rose to Cellar Manager, qualified as a Winemaker, was promoted to Operations Manager in 1992 and today is Director of Wine.

 

Terroir & Site:

The Cabernet Sauvignon components were sourced entirely from the Barossa Valley, with five main vineyards selected. The vineyards of Trevor Fromm, near Williamstown, the Brooks vineyard at Gomersal, the Cowham Light Pass vineyard and the Crown Village vineyard, in the Krondorf foothills. These components all provide the rich lifted Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics and palate structure that The Signature is known for the majority of the Shiraz comes from the Schiller family vineyard north of Nuriootpa on the Barossa Valley floor. Four blocks were selected with vines planted between 1925 and 1969. These blocks provide the Shiraz sweetness, fullness, depth and add many layers of complexity.

 

Winemaking & Viticulture:

Dry and warm conditions during the 2013 growing season produced Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz crops with smaller bunches and berries full of concentrated flavour. All parcels of fruit were fermented separately in either eight-tonne open fermenters or six-tonne static potter fermenters using wild yeasts. These wild yeasts have helped contribute individual complexities to the wine, creating richness and fine textures. 

 

Tasting notes: 

The colour of The Signature 2013 is almost impenetrable, this is a wine of aromatics and fineness with great depth of concentration. Showing dark red powdery currants and the leafy freshness of mint and cool spices, the aromatics are complex Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is all about Shiraz with dark plum, licorice and a potpourri of berry fruits, round, rich and complete with an ironstone depth of tannin, giving the support that will take this through the cellar for a very long time. Not to be opened for at least 5 years, but if you weaken, enjoy with a char grilled rump steak with all the extras.

 

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