|This enduring flagship wine can boast twenty trophys and over seventy gold medals throughout its illustrious history. Penley Steyning captures and enhances the excellence in first growth Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, highlighted by rich berry tones, superior length and layers of intense flavour, a wine which achieves perfect harmony between massive intensity of fruit, mouth filling grape tannins and elegant acids. Penley Estate»|
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|David O'Leary really knows about things Cabernet Sauvignon, having claimed a Jimmy Watson Trophy and twice International Red Wine Maker of the Year. From low yielding vines up to fifty years of age, grown to superior sites within the Armagh Valley and Polish Hill River districts, the O'Leary Walker team create a powerful and complex, exquisitely perfumed and seamlessly layered Cabernet Sauvignon, framed by judicious oak and supported by graceful tannins, reflecting the idyllic growing climes of Valley Clare. OLeary Walker»|
|Originally planted during early settlement, the sandy loam soils of Haan Vineyard yield an outstanding quality of Shiraz. Fortuitously positioned along the hallowed mile of Siegersdorf Road, mid way between the ancient winegrowing hamlets of Angaston and Tanunda, the heirloom parcels once known as Hanenhof, have claimed significant trophies at the prestigious London International. Haan»|
|An assemblage of clones MV6 Pinot Noir from the Mount Gisborne vineyard at Macedon, alongside Pinot clone D5V12 from Chanter’s Ridge at Woodend. A mix of whole bunches and gently destemmed fruit are treated to a traditional, wild indegenous yeast open top ferment, hand plunged thrice daily, befor pressing to French oak hogsheads for completion of malolactic and fourteen months maturation. Bress»|
|Elizabeth is a classic Hunter Valley white which has established itself as one of Australia's benchmark Semillon. Named in commemoration of the first ever visit to Australia by a reigning monarch in 1954, Elizabeth has claimed over fifty trophies and multi gold throughout it's long and illustrious history. Mount Pleasant»|
|The five most most exclusive parcels of old vine Shiraz, a secret component of the Barossa's most memorable vintages, hand picked off the De Fazio and Hillview vineyards at Belvidere and Moppa. Batches are crushed into traditional open top fermenters for a week of pumpovers, gently pressed into an extravagantly high proportion of new French oak hogsheads for two years maturation, followed by the final assemblage, unfiltered and unfined. Pirathon»|
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|Peter Lehmann has always been Riesling's most outspoken advocate, he has claimed best Riesling trophy at the prestigious London International on more occasions than any other, he declares Riesling to be his wine of choice if marooned on the proverbial desert island. Early picking of fruit from a superior single vineyard in the salubrious climes of Eden Valley has produced a fresh, lively Riesling, expect this captivating wine to exhibit genuine charm and offer great longevity as it narrowly missed being bottled behind Lehmann's flagship Riesling label.. Peter Lehmann»|
|Langtons Excellent Classification. From ancient vines planted in the 1890s, Elderton Command has established an enviable reputation since inaugural vintage, one of Australia's most eminent icon wines. Elderton»|
|A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with profound structure and vigorous fruit, the essential Coonawarra style, exuding rich bramble, berries and cassis aromas characters over soft, elegant tannins. Extended maturation in the finest French oak contributes to the wine's overall balance and drinkability. Hollick»|
Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard produces Cabernet Sauvignon that defies critics and gains applause in London wine circles
Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard is a 20ha property in Tasmania's Coal River Valley just half an hour from Hobart. Owned by Swiss-born Peter and Ruth Althaus since 1989, the vineyard is positioned in a temperate maritime climate with low annual rainfall. It is one of Tasmania's premier wine making estates and continues to receive accolades from across the globe.
Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard has landed its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon into the minds and memories of some of Britain's top wine experts and tasters. Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard wowed international critics with the 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon in a strategic wine promotion organised by the Australian Wine Bureau to counter European image issues surrounding the range and depth of Australian wines.
For the first time in a long time 100 of Australia's finest wines were to be shown to 50 of the great and the good of wine in Britain. The case for diversity was the key message, and out of the 12 Cabernets chosen from across Australia, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard was selected by Langtons because of the high level of quality, finesse and subtlety. Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson said on her tasting of the Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 that she enjoyed the subtlety of a wine earnestly and honestly made from a vineyard rather than a confected/blend from a recipe.
The artisanal approach by wine maker Peter Althaus has earned him the status by Langtons and the Australian Wine Bureau as an emerging cult wine. The opinion in London seems to be ahead of the game here in Australia and Tasmania.
In a separate tasting by Matthew Jukes, one of the UK's foremost wine experts, the applause continues. "Tassie's premier estate yields one of the icon Cabernets in Australia - the 1998 Domaine A is nothing short of life-changing wine", said Matthew. While some Tasmanian critics say Tasmania cannot produce a quality Cabernet, this acknowledgement from some of the most prestigious names in the global wine industry may make them think otherwise.
Winemaker Peter Althaus said, "We are very proud that our Cabernet Sauvignon has reached such high praise in the wine circles in London and we look forward to celebrating the production of premium quality Cabernet in Tasmania now and well into the future. Tasmania is an extremely suitable place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon particularly with careful vineyard selection."
Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon has received the coveted Langton's Classification
Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon is Tasmania's first wine to be listed under the Classification and reflects Peter and Ruth Althaus' passion and drive to produce a world-class cool climate Cabernet based wine. Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in many of the best restaurants throughout the world including Gordon Ramsey's and Tom Aitkens in London, Vue du Monde in Melbourne, Aria in Sydney and the Grange in Adelaide.
The first wine released under the Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon label was the 1990 vintage, whilst this vintage has long sold out, the 1998 (very limited), 1999 and 2000 are all currently available as is the 1997 in magnum.