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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....
Aromas of spicy Satsuma plum, black cherry and bramble with hints of vanilla bean, infused with black pepper and mocha notes. The intense palate delivers dark chocolate, spicy mulberry, liquorice and blackberry notes, enhanced by cracked peppercorn, with hints of coconut and cedar. The rich powerful Shiraz has great backbone, firm balanced tannins, deft oak handling, subtle toast and great length of flavour.
This exceptional vintage was due to a cool summer and dry moderate autumn. These conditions provided the ideal environment for producing excellent Shiraz with great regional character. Parcels were selected from the “Ironstone”, “Katunga”, “Oakley” “Bullrush”, “Bellevue” and “Johnston Prolific” blocks. To maintain distinctive varietal character only 18% of the wine was matured in new French and American oak barriques.
- 90 Points -
Blackberry, plum, milk chocolate and a light touch of earth are in place, and the flavours are generous and well-rounded...See detailed press review