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An Ultimate Red Selection

Ultimate Reds – Six outstanding red wines from around Australia. 

To see our full range of mixed cases go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/other/mixed-cases/

Please note that the wooden case is not included.

 

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Noon Eclipse

Noon Eclipse

The vines which produce this wine surround the house and the furthest are 500m from it, so they are very familiar in all their seasonal guises. 

The wine we produce from them reflects this vineyard and our region. Noon Eclipse is produced predominately from Grenache (80%+), with smaller components of Shiraz and Graciano.

It can be enjoyed as a young wine or cellared and consumed as a more complex and gentle older wine at 10 years plus. We find most vintages show the first signs of maturity at about 4-5 years and then go through a period during which they show aspects of both youth and maturity before developing from about 10 years of age into a gentle, fully mature wine.

Experience suggests that it is best to decant this wine prior to serving to release the flavours.

Note that there was no 2009 Noon Eclipse produced due to the drought and heat wave leading up to this harvest.

Food matching suggestions
Noon Eclipse is best served with richly flavoured foods. It is not a wine for sipping over a light summer salad lunch. It is more suited to an Autumn or Winter’s evening with some richly flavoured fare based around chorizo sausage, anchovies, olives etc.; think along the lines of hearty Mediterranean food.

The stage of maturity of the wine also has an influence on the best food pairing. As a young wine (say from 1 to 4 years) choose quite strongly flavoured more complex dishes such as wild hare or duck in richly sauced casseroles. As an older wine choose robust dishes but served simply, with minimal adornment such as char grilled steak with chips or roast chicken. For tasting notes on individual vintages of this wine click on ‘tasting notes’ above.

Varietal composition
Grenache (80-90%), Shiraz (10-15%) and Graciano (5-10%); all estate grown.

Winemaking
Noon Eclipse is usually quite high in alcohol because it is produced from Grenache grapes from low yielding vines. We do not set out with the aim of making a wine of high (or low) alcohol. Our desire rather is to harvest fully ripe fruit which best express the flavour of the grapes and the site.

Noon Eclipse is matured in seasoned 300 litre French and American oak barrels and large (Foudre and demi-muid sized) oak casks for 18 months.

The grapes are picked by hand and fermentation takes place in small open vats with manual pigeage, to help extract colour and tannins. Pressing is also done by hand, using manual basket presses which are gentle and do not extract too much bitterness or astringency.

Very little is added or taken away by modern winemaking technology. We prefer to take a minimalist approach, believing that this will deliver a wine which genuinely reflects the grapes and the site.

Noon Eclipse is grown, made and bottled on the estate.

For more information on the winery go to http://noonwinery.com.au/home.html

To see our other Noon wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/noon/

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Cullen Wines Diana Madeline

Cullen Wines Diana Madeline

Cullen Wines Diana Madeline – Perhaps Cullen’s best-known wine, this blend was recently included in the prestigious Langton Classification of Australian Wines. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The result is a deeply coloured wine with great depth of flavour, fine grain tannins and outstanding cellaring potential.

Colour: Deep crimson hues with magenta edges.
Bouquet: Fantastic complexity and vitality with layers of well ripened dark fruits enhanced by gorgeous leafy notes.
Palate: Structured and fruit driven, the palate presents blackcurrant fruit and lovely spicy nuances finishing with fine grained tannins. Subtle layers of complexity arise from fruit harvested at the pinnacle of ripeness.
Cellar: 30 plus years

to find out more about the Cullen winery go to https://www.cullenwines.com.au/

To see our full range of Cullen wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/cullen-wines/

Diana Madeline Cullen always liked the cooler seasons for Cabernet Sauvignon, especially the 1982. The cooler vintages make wines of great elegance and longevity.
The 1982 Cabernet Merlot (as it was known then) last day of harvest was the 22nd of April, versus the 12th of April for the 2017 vintage.
A great tribute to the biodynamic farming, shining even in the unusual vintages.

All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar. The wines have no additions of yeast, acid or malolactic culture, and are in this sense natural wines which express the place and land on which they are grown, the vintage and the people.

Red wine quality is defined to a large extent by the ripeness of tannin. The wine style is framed around these fine grained tannins coaxed from grapes grown on low yielding vines. This is the theme for all Cullen red wines and gives finesse, flavour and longevity.

Cullen Wines Diana Madeline – a flagship wine from a premier winery

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Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz

Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz

Sound fruit and excellent ripeness. Typical mid density colour meaning this is an elegant supple Graveyard Shiraz. The older, large format French oak integrates perfectly with sweetness and fine tannins. The fruit spectrum for Graveyard Shiraz is about red cherries and almost Pinot-like Campari notes. Medium bodied palate but with ripe tannins and a juicy acidity that will keep the wine in good stead for many years.  Drink now till 2040.

The Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine was first released in 1991 and honoured the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz with ‘Outstanding’. The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz remains the only Hunter Valley Shiraz in the Classification and was elevated to the highest category of ‘Exceptional’ and has remained for each release since.
The Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine has achieved such prestigious recognition because the criteria for inclusion are objective and market-driven, and the Classification is regularly revised and updated.

The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz was named after original plans for the site which was to be a cemetery within Pokolbin, however it was never used as such. The first single vineyard selection for the Graveyard Vineyard was in 1983.

Originally planted with Shiraz and Cabernet, the heavy clay soil resulted in vintages of low yield but with extraordinary concentration of flavour in the berries, providing a distinctive and premium wine style.
Today the 15 hectare Graveyard Vineyard comprises solely of Shiraz and is broken up into a number of blocks named in good Brokenwood fun; Pa’s, 7 Acre, Bush, Duck’s, Road, Middle, End, Kat’s and Dog’s, State of Origin, Vegas and Trees.
As Brokenwood’s flagship wine, each new release is welcomed with the annual Graveyard Launch held in May. This exclusive event in the winery barrel shed sees around 300 guests on site for a day of beautiful dining, entertainment, and the first release tasting.

To find out more about the winery go to https://www.brokenwood.com.au/

To see our full range of Brokenwood wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/brokenwood/

Exceptional – 97pts James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

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Sands of Time Grenache

Sands of Time Grenache by Thistledown

Sands of Time Grenache by Thistledown

Sands of Time, Old Vine, Single Vineyard Grenache 2017
Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale
Early on in our Grenache journey, we were introduced to Sue Trott’s Home Block in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. It’s beautiful aspect, raised elevation and free-draining deep sandy soils are the perfect spot for drygrown bush-vine Grenache and we were so lucky to be offered the opportunity to purchase a little fruit. 5 years on and we have learned a little about the site and refined our picking decisions and vinification to the extent that from 2017 we were content that we could do the site justice by bottling separately.
Vintage Conditions
2017 was defined by the very wet winter conditions that preceded it and by the cool, unpredictable and sporadically wet vintage conditions. Careful viticulture with restricted yields and open canopies were essential to healthy development. A late season, up to 6 weeks later than 2015, resulted in wines of purity and tension

Viticulture
From grower Sue Trott’s Home Block in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. It’s beautiful aspect, raised elevation and free-draining deep sandy soils are the perfect spot for old dry-grown bush-vine Grenache.
Winemaking
Hand-picked, on the way up, we vinify naturally in concrete and place whole bunches alternately with de-stemmed fruit to create a layer cake. A very gentle, slow fermentation is followed by maturation in oak and concrete before a careful selection is done, which is then bottled unfined and unfiltered 10 months later. A faithful expression of the site.
Tasting
Sourced from our favourite vineyard in the world renowned Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale, this is a delightfully mid-weight wine whose subtle layers of fruit lend it a persistence that belies its appearance. Hand-picking and a very gentle winemaker process produce a wine that is a faithful expression of the site – beautiful, haunting aromatics, fine sandy tannins and wonderful, memorable length on the palate.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l
pH: 3.62
Residual Sugar: <1 g/l
SO2: 67 mg/l
Fining: None
Vegan: Yes
Vegetarian: Yes

To find out more about the winery go to  https://www.thistledownwines.com/the-story

To see our full range of Thistledown product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/thistledown-wines/

Sands of Time Grenache by Thistledown – great Grenache from an afficianado producer

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Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon

Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 

This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979), as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for old-vine single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at Henschke’s Eden Valley vineyard in the 1960s.

Description

Deep crimson with red hues. Concentrated and complex aromas of cassis, black and red currants, blackberry leaf and violets with underlying savoury nuances of crushed dried herbs, cigar box, beefstock and anise spice, all supported by dark cedary French oak. A flood of rich blackberry and bright red currants greet the palate, which is precisely defined by purity of acidity, an elegant structure and layers of long, silky fine-grained tannins that provide great persistence.

To see our Henschke range go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/henschke/

For more information on Henschke go to https://www.henschke.com.au/store/

Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon

This is one of Australia’s greatest cabernets, staring down Coonawarra and Margaret River (just for starters)…It has a purity and elegance that puts it in a class of its own.

James Halliday

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Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz

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.

Terroir & Site
With an average vine age of 100 years, 61% of this Shiraz is sourced from Eden Valley and 39% from Barossa
Valley. Eden Valley Shiraz provides the exotic aromatics and seamless palate structure, whilst Barossa Valley Shiraz
provides richness, density and concentration.
Vintage Conditions
The growing season began with consistent rainfall throughout winter. Spring remained warmer and drier
than average and although bunch and berry size was reduced the vines were off to a healthy start. The reduced
berry and crop size has produced grapes of great aromatics and flavour. A long and relatively mild summer with quite
cool nights helped to retain acidity and pristine fruit flavours in the Shiraz.
Tasting Comments
A very deep red in colour. Vibrant aromas of dark cherries, aniseed and licorice, distinctive and seductive with exotic
spices and espresso coffee. The dark berry fruit palate is rich and powerful, yet gently evolving, with a classy restrained
elegance, displaying silky raspberry, damson plum and sweet blackberry fruits. A wonderfully balanced wine
with beautiful tannins. Double decant and enjoy alongside classic steak and kidney pie or lentil, sweet potato and chickpea stew.
WINEMAKER: Kevin Glastonbury
HARVESTED: 13th February to 18th March
TREATMENT: Matured for 22 months in 21% new French and American oak octaves, balance in older French barriques, hogsheads and
American octaves.
ALC/VOL: 14%
pH: 3.48
TOTAL ACID: 6.5 g/l
SO2: 116 mg/l
CELLARING: Will continue to improve in the cellar for 15+ years.

To find out more about the winery go to https://www.yalumba.com/about-us

To see our full range of Yalumba product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/yalumba/
Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz – great wine from Barossa

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