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Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world,.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally remarkable for their individuality, they speak of little places, husbanded to artisanal winemaking practices, the most wonderful expressions of Mornington... Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»
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»

Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Yarra Valley Victoria
Agincourt is one of the more sheltered blocks at Yarra Yering, vines were established circa 1990 and yield the finest harvests of Malbec anywhere in the nation. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a quarter of the gentle Malbec, grapes are all hand picked, crushed and destemmed into good old fashioned, half tonne open top fermenters, manually plunged twice daily and treated to extended time on skins for a softening of tannins. Batches are delicately basket pressed into seasoned French oak barriques for malolactic and twenty months maturation.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$587.50
Dark scarlet red. Perfumed nose of cherries and bramble, dark currants and varietal leaf, a distinct herbaceousness which speaks of terroir. The classic Cabernet black and blue berry palate, black cherry and robust plum, cassis and leafy herbal notes, Malbec playing its part with inky robust fruit, vibrancy and ample tannins, exquisitely balanced.
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