Dolcetto is an Italian grape variety that is little known or planted in Australia. The variety hails from the mountainous region of north-west Italy. Translated literally, “Dolcetto” means “little sweet one”, although the Italians generally make dry red wines from the variety. Brown Brothers, attracted by its vibrant red colour and attractive flavours of ripe summer berries, has opted to produce a distinctive fruit-driven wine. ABV: 10.5%
Shiraz, the Australian name for the Syrah grape, is one of the oldest known grape varieties. Shiraz is responsible for many of the France’s best known and highly acclaimed red wines. It has also made itself very much at home within the wide range of soils and climates of Australia’s diverse viticultural regions. ABV: 14.5%
The nose sings of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet crème de cassis and mulberry, aromatic violets with a twist of blackcurrant leaf, if you were in any doubt as to the wines varietal provenance. Beautifully elegant on the palate but still offers plenty of dark, sweet fruits. The mint and leafy notes work as a nice counter point to the more luscious mulberry fruit. The cedary notes and fine grained tannin draw the wine to a long and focused finish. Primary, balanced and vibrant in youth, this wine is as appealing now as it will no doubt be in 3-5 years.
The Stump Jump GSM shows generous fruit characters mixed with savoury nuances, subtle oak and fine, gritty tannin. Grenache is the hero, with its lovely rhubarb, blueberry and white pepper notes. The Shiraz brings darker fruits, plums, fennel and earth along with a more robust texture and tannin structure which fill out the mid palate. Finally, the splash of Mourvedre adds exotic dried herb, lavender, iodine and cured meat notes along with a certain elegance and mineral tannin that draws the wine to a lingering finsh. Balanced, pure with underlying complexities and delicious.
A generous and juicy McLaren Vale Shiraz, loaded with sweet fruits, blackberry, plum, raspberry, contrasted by complexing subtleties of spice, earth and game. Medium bodied but round, long flavoured and beautifully balanced. The voluptuous and delicious nature of this wine will give immediate satisfaction, the savoury nuances will ensure you remain interested and coming back for more.
Made from De Bortoli's extensive collection of wines maturing in barrel, blended together to produce premium sweet wines. The unique Australian style of Liqueur Muscat is produced in the Riverina region, home to many of Australia's great sweet wines. Aromas of coffee, raisin, caramel, and spice with a concentrated palate of toffee-apple, caramel and raisin. Although lusciously sweet, the balance of acidity and fruit provides for a refreshing. Released when ready to drink, this wine is an excellent partner and match for fruit crumbles, toffee puddings or blue cheese.
Intense deep red with purple edge. Plump, dark fruits, plums, spice and dried herb. Rich, mouth filling, balanced tannin, cured meats, liquorice. Authentically Heathcote. Food match: Chargrilled ribeye seasoned with salt, rosemary and olive oil.
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