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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....
An enticing 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 cherry flavours, with hints of quince, red capsicum and Kalamata olive. This powerful yet elegant wine is framed by balanced tannins and subtle oak, finishing with great length.
The exceptional 2016 vintage conditions guaranteed slow ripening and distinctive varietal character. Parcels of fruit were selected from the “Orchard Block” which was planted in 1967 using the famous low yielding “Reynell Clone” of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as from the 30-year-old “Pig and Pony” vineyard.
- 92 Points -
An emphatic expression of the variety, with regional identity in a supporting role. Blackcurrant, cedar, fresh and dried herbs are to the fore, the characteristic cabernet tannins providing the framework. Fullness of texture and length of flavour make a positive contribution to a well-balanced package.See detailed press review