93 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. All the boxes are ticked if you are seeking a refined and graceful wine that whispers its way around one’s palate. Softly-softly, classical and very fine. I enjoy the leafy / autumnal aromatics provided by the ‘little touch of Cabernet Franc.’ The plump, pillow-like shape to the wine will please many. I enjoy the menthol kick, cedar and lovely freshness. This is not a power packed wine – far from it. Neither is it a scrawny one. Everything is just right for a wine of this price and reflects the cool vintage. All-encompassing smoothness and the integration is faultless. Decanted for 2 hours (I'm not sure it’s necessary) and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking now…”
Erin Larkin, Wine Companion "Cabernet sauvignon, with 27/8/8/2% merlot/cabernet franc/malbec/petit verdot. 12 months in older oak (small component new). This is creamy, fine-boned cabernet with a cavalcade of spicy forest berries and herbs. The cabernet franc has a crunchy edge to its mulberry expression, the other varieties come together to leave a slightly warm impression in the mouth of spicy red creaming soda and salted licorice."
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
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The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Pierro Chardonnay is without question, a world-class wine and has won so many awards over the years. Moreover, it is well entrenched in the top three Chardonnays of Australia. Notwithstanding the above accolades, the highly respected American magazine Wine & Spirits voted the Pierro Chardonnay the best in Australia, which and if truth be known, does not come as a surprise to those in the know! Pierro Vineyard lies in the central Willyabrup sub region of Margaret River. The fully mature ‘Gin Gin’ clone Chardonnay vines are closely spaced which increases relative humidity. The vineyard is very stony; at night the heat radiates back into the clusters of Chardonnay effectively burning off excessive levels of malic acid. Low levels of malic acid in the Chardonnay fruit means that the complex aromas and flavours derive from malo-lactic fermentation do not smother fruit definition. The wine is vinified in Burgundian fashion with barrel fermentation in new French oak, lees stirring (bâttonage) and lees contact. Doctor Mike Peterkin is able to combine a fastidious attention to detail with a relaxed approach. Pierro Chardonnay possesses incredible intensity, generosity, complexity and concentration.
"The list of awards given to this tiny area in Australia’s most isolated region is endless and it’s no wonder that Margaret River is dominating Australia’s premium sector.."
Perched all the way over on Australia’s most south westerly tip is Margaret River. A region that accounts for less than 5% of Australia’s wine production but is responsible for 20% of the premium wines and the lion’s share of awards. Probably best known as the region that produces some of the new world’s finest Cabernet, Margaret River specialises not only in red and white, Bordeaux style wines but the region is also gaining a reputation for premium Chardonnays that rival some of the best found in Burgundy. Deep Woods have scooped up a multitude of awards across their range, and another spectacular producer, House of Cards, have created a range of single vineyard wines of exceptional quality. Flowstone’s wines have been awarded 95 points or above and Stuart Pym continually displays his craftmanship in each and every vintage he produces. The list of awards given to this tiny area in Australia’s most isolated region is endless and it’s no wonder that Margaret River is dominating Australia’s premium sector.
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