Vineyard: The Rabbit adorning this wine label - The Angry Rabbit, a priceless work of art painted on a coffee cup in 2005 by the grandson of Trevor & Faye March from Heathvale Vineyards. For over a decade, the artwork has featured on the label of this wine, a take on the classic Australian red wine blend with a twist; Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and 5% Sagrantino. Sagrantino is a traditional wine grape grown in the Montefalco region in the central Italian region of Umbria where it is known for structured, tannic wines abundant with colour and aromatics.
Season: Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease preasure, resulting in fruit with high natural acidity, and incredible intensity. January started with dry, hot and windy weather until relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. The rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyard, with the mild weather that followed from February through to April providing a fairy tale vintage.
Winemaking: Hand pricked, pressed with whole bunch fermentation to extract a deep rich red colour. Aged in seasoned French oak.
Appearance: Red/purple in the glass with aromas of juicy plum, wild cherry and summer berry fruits with fragrant high tones of cranberry and mulberry.
Aroma/Bouquet: A vibrant, intense nose full of ripe blue berry fruits, chocolate mint, licorice and violets with hints of French oak.
Palate: The wine is perfumed, elegant and generous on the palate. Fruits of violets, cherries, blueberries, dark chocolate with notes of musk intensifying to a hugging finish.
Food Pairing: Cassule, Rabbit Terrine with red wine jus or Italian Tuscan cuisine to compliment the Sagrantino wine grape heritage
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Winemaker: Chris Taylor/Trevor March
Vineyard: All the vineyards in the Four Corners range are assessed separately to ensure each parcel of fruit delivers its best individual expression of the Eden Valley region. The hero of this blend is the Grenache sourced from the original and ancient Hamilton vineyard near Springton. With only one tonne secured, it was blended with Shiraz from the Eden Valley region including a small parcel from Poonawatta vineyard to enable this beautiful blend.
Season: The 2012 growing season delivered mild conditions producing moderate yields. No severe weather events occurred which provided excellent growing conditions for high quality Eden Valley Shiraz and Grenache.
Wine making: 53% Grenache/47% Shiraz. All the vineyards in the Four Corners range are assessed separately to ensure each parcel of fruit delivers its best individual expression of the Eden Valley region. Wine grapes are picked and fermented separately before transferring to seasoned oak barrels and matured. The final blend delivers the Poonawatta signature Four Corner Blend.
Appearance: Deep crimson red
Aroma/Bouquet: Elegant, composed and compact, flavours of raspberry, ripe plum, cherry and some black fruits are beautifully integrated, with floral and spicy notes adding complexity.
Palate: Vibrant and fresh with luscious red fruits dominating the palate. Delicate silky tannin is balanced and supported with nuances of French oak.
Food Pairing: Fantastic with lamb dishes or a spicy Asian cuisine, Moroccan Tagine or cheese plates.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 100 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine maker: Reid Bosworth/Andrew Holt
A delicate balance of floral bouquet's, hints of spice with a clean and softly textured finish. A blend of three grape varieties and the only blend of it kind in Australia; Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Kerner (see Kontrapunkt Chaffey wine for more information).
Vineyard: The Fechner brothers' applauded vineyard in the Eden Valley is unique for both its spectacular aromatics and its unique varietal mix.
Season: A late vintage compared to previous years. Cooler days and nights, which meant the flavours were more concentrated due to a longer ripening period.
Winemaking: This field blend is a co-fermentation consisting of 40% Riesling, 40% Gewürztraminer and 20% Weißer Herold or Kerner grape variety (from one of only two Australian plantings of this Riesling-Trollinger crossbreed).
Appearance: Clean and clear in colour.
Aroma/Bouquet: Düfte Punkt is an aromatic paradigm-shift. Striking Lychee and Turkish delight aromas, followed by orange blossom, musk with a touch of rosewater.
Palate: A complex palate that is layered and luscious, showing lychees, mandarins, minerality and a lingering powder-puff of florals.
Food Pairing: Perfect with a pork roast or anything with a bit of heat and spice.
Residual Sugar: 5.9g/L
Vegan Friendly: Yes
Cellar potential: drink now to 10+ years
Winemakers: Daniel Hartwig & Theo Engela
Vineyard: Single vineyard estate grown (Avon Brae) is located in the High Eden region of Eden Valley/Barossa.
Season: Generous late winter rains replenished the soil profile followed into Spring. Consistent warm summer days with cool nights allowed for perfect slow ripening, maximising Riesling bunch flavour. The vintage will be long remembered as an exceptional one.
Wine making: Blend of three varieties, Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro (GSM)
Appearance: Medium red
Aroma/Bouquet: Bursting ripe raspberries, plums, Turkish delight, musk confectionery with lifted pepper and spice including nuances of clove.
Palate: Luscious red berries are obvious with flavours of flint and soft washed slate. A medium bodied wine that demands Mediterranean cuisine.
Food Pairing: Grilled Lamb cutlets with lashings of rosemary and olive oil, Margarita pizza, King George Whiting fillets wrapped in Pancetta and garden fresh broad beans. Slightly chill in warmer climates.
Residual Sugar: 1.0 g/L
Production: 190 dozen
Cellar potential: Now - 2026
Wine maker: Kym Teusner