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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»
Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry, the first academically qualified winemaker to take up Clare Valley viticulture in 1949. He had an uncanny intuition for good land and established some of the most illustrious vineyards on the continent. Jim Barry is also a patriarch of the Coonawarra, in pursuit of the perfect terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon, he planted vines on the ancient Penola Cricket Oval, preserving the original pavilion for posterity. Jim Barry endures as one of the nation's most distinguished brands, renowned throughout the world of wine for decades of the most remarkable vintages, an evolving range of superior vineyard editions, defined by their penetrating fruit and seamless tannins, essential for every enthusiast of identifiably Australian, claret style Cabernet.. Salient statements from superior sites»

Dominique Portet Andre Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Yarra Victoria
André was Dominique Portet’s father, role model and mentor. The eigth generation in a distinguished lineage of vigneron, André raised Dominique amongst the world's most sacred vines during his tenure as manager at the illustrious Château Lafite-Rothschild. An assemblage of parcels Cabernet Sauvignon, hand picked and hand sorted from elite blocks in the Pyrenees and Yarra Valley, Andre can only ever be made from the most exceptional vintages.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$1319.50
The Pyrenees portion is picked off forty year old vines grown to gravel/quartz soils, a terroir that's ideal for elegance and structure. The Yarra Valley component is sourced off twenty year old vines, planted to propitious clay and broken rock soils, contributing mid palate flesh and freshness. An essential part of Andre's excellence is the exacting work over the sorting line, entirely eliminating green stalks and grapes which can be borderline over or under ripe. Winemaking is highly traditional, fruit is destemmed, gently crushed and treated to four weeks on skins, where it develops splendid softness and remarkable complexity, followed by a course of eighteen months in an extravagantly high proportion of new French oak.
Dark opaque scarlet. Black fruit nose, perfumed with violets and blueberry, ribena, meat grills and dark cherry jube. Blackberry and cassis palate, layered with wine gum and licorice notes, framed by a cosset of luxurious French oak, the final word in tannins, statueasque, chiselled yet affable, expansive yet reserved and refined.
Dominique Portet
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