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JOSEPH Cabernet Merlot, Adelaide Plains 2000

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JOSEPH Cabernet Merlot, Adelaide Plains 2000

JOSEPH Cabernet Merlot, Adelaide Plains
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JOSEPH Cabernet Merlot, Adelaide Plains
  • Style: Cabernet-Merlot
  • Vintage: 2000
  • Region: Adelaide Plains
  • Code: JCMAP
  • Varietal: Cabernet,Merlot
  • Country: Australia

Region Adelaide Plains

The wine region of Adelaide Plains is situated north-west of the Adelaide hills, just north of the city of Adelaide. The area has a hot dry maritime climate with extremely low annual rainfall necessItalyting supplementary irrigation. Vines were first planted in the area in the early 1900’s, but the region was only officially gazetted as a GI in 2002. Soils in the area are predominantly red-brown loamy sands. The region is predominantly planted to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Chardonnay.

Winery JOSEPH

Langton’s Selections Primo Estate Joseph Moda Amarone Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot There is something utterly compelling and decent about Joseph, the ultra-premium label of Primo Estate Winery, still located in Virginia, Adelaide Plains. However the cellar door and administration have moved to McLaren Vale where the winery has proprietary vineyards. The original vineyards located in the Adelaide Plains were planted by Primo Grilli, an immigrant Italian and market gardener with a remarkable dream to make wine. After 20 years building up a modest market garden, he hocked everything to build a winery for his sons Peter and Joe, each barely into trousers. Joe Grilli duly went off to nearby Roseworthy Agricultural College (where he achieved Dux) to study winemaking, spending his spare time in the winery mucking around with radical new ideas and making a stock in trade fruity Colombard and other simple, easy drinking wines. Those explorations of ideas – including including doub
Langton’s Selections Primo Estate Joseph Moda Amarone Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot There is something utterly compelling and decent about Joseph, the ultra-premium label of Primo Estate Winery, still located in Virginia, Adelaide Plains. However the cellar door and administration have moved to McLaren Vale where the winery has proprietary vineyards. The original vineyards located in the Adelaide Plains were planted by Primo Grilli, an immigrant Italian and market gardener with a remarkable dream to make wine. After 20 years building up a modest market garden, he hocked everything to build a winery for his sons Peter and Joe, each barely into trousers. Joe Grilli duly went off to nearby Roseworthy Agricultural College (where he achieved Dux) to study winemaking, spending his spare time in the winery mucking around with radical new ideas and making a stock in trade fruity Colombard and other simple, easy drinking wines. Those explorations of ideas – including including double-pruning, air drying of fruit and inoculation of botrytis spores – formed the basis of their winemaking philosophy. Exploring the unconventional and making revolutionary dazzling wines were modus operandi from the very start. The boyish charm and energy has continued. With a strong sense of Italian provenance, Joe Grilli and his wife Dina spent some time in Umbria learning the more laissez faire unhurried approach to winemaking. They both speak about the need and importance of serenity in the winery. Primo Estate’s wines reflect Australian practicality and Italian heritage. The wines are often trial-blended on the kitchen bench away from the madding crowd and slurped up with food. At the basic level, the wines are fun and honour the winery origins. La Biondina (The Young Blonde) is still an Adelaide Plains Colombard which offers freshness and vitality. Merlesco is a juicy unoaked Merlot and Il Briccone (The Rogue) a clever synthesis of ripe Shiraz and savoury Sangiovese. For collectors and admirers of instrinsically finer wines, it is the Joseph Label that provides the most interest. Indeed Joseph Moda Amarone Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is something of a modern classic. This wine style harks back to the Amarone method of production that originates from Valpolicella in Northern Italy. In previous vintages fruit has been sourced from various vineyards in South Australia including Mclaren Vale and Coonawarra. The wine is nowadays an 85% McLaren Vale (McMurtrie Road) Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Clarendon Merlot grown at Primo Estate’s Angel Gully vineyard. After picking, the fruit is allowed to dry out on racks to increase the skin to juice ratio. The wine is made in a traditional way using open fermenters followed by maturation in a combination of French, German and American oak for between 14 and 20 months depending on the vintage. The Joseph Moda Amarone shows gamey, chocolatey fruit aromas with well-integrated oak and well-defined, grainy tannins. The overall style transcends the vagaries of vintage making it a very reliable wine. It’s not overtly varietal; rather a house style with excellent ageing potential. This is a wine that offers richness, power, perfume and structure together with the long plush sweet fruit notes of Merlot. Its current track record, if retrospective tastings are anything to go by, suggests that it is one of Australia’s top 10 Cabernet Sauvignons. Other wines in the Joseph range include a really interesting Joseph Sparkling Red made from aged vintages of Australian wines (purchased on the market), aged bottles of Primo Estate Adelaide Plains Cabernet and a soupcon of Joseph Moda. The wine is blended as a base and then refermented in bottle, disgorged and liqueured with old vintage port material. The wine is inevitably very complex. However it rarely reaches the secondary wine market. Joseph Pinot Grigio d’Elena, Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz and Joseph La Magia Botrytis Riesling complete the portfolio. Joseph Fronti is a more specialist type fortified wine which occasionally finds its way into the market. Primo Estate also makes a range of olive oils under the Joseph Label. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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