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Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. The Johnston family arrived in South Australia in 1839 and in 1892 Alexander, the tenth of thirteen children, purchased 97 hectares of rich farmland southeast of the then fledgling village of McLaren Vale. He named his land Pirramimma, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "the moon and the stars". The vineyard soils vary from sandy, on the rise, to rich dark loam on the flat....
The wine exhibits a bouquet of lifted blackcurrant, violets and mint, with bramble notes and hints of cedar oak. With the palate showing intense briary blackberry, red currant and spicy black plum flavours, with hints of quince and red capsicum and Kalamata olive. This powerful yet elegant wine is framed by balanced tannins and subtle oak, finishing with great length.
The exceptional 2013 vintage conditions guaranteed slow ripening and distinctive varietal character. We selected the best parcels of fruit from our “Orchard Block” which was planted in 1967 using the famous low yielding “Reynell Clone” of Cabernet Sauvignon and our 30 year old “Pig and Pony” vineyard.
- 94 Points -
Shows that, when conditions are right, McLaren Vale can produce cabernet with convincing varietal character, needing no embellishment of lots of new French oak, bringing with it its own structure and texture. This really is a smart wine, with a juicy cassis component to finish it off.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
So savoury and delicious: Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely this expressive. Yes please! This wine almost jumps out of the glass in its vibrancy and intensity. It's incredibly flavourful for Australian cabernet which is usually far more austere than shiraz. Pair this full-bodied red wine with pepperoni pizza. Highly recommended.
Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled lamb, bison burgers, chicken salad, pork tenderloin, autumn hodge-podge.See detailed press review