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PRIMO ESTATE Joseph Moda Cabernet Merlot, South Australia 1996

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PRIMO ESTATE Joseph Moda Cabernet Merlot, South Australia 1996

PRIMO ESTATE Joseph Moda Cabernet Merlot, South Australia
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PRIMO ESTATE Joseph Moda Cabernet Merlot, South Australia
  • Style: Cabernet-Merlot
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Region: South Australia
  • Code: PEJCSM
  • Varietal: Cabernet,Merlot
  • Country: Australia

Region South Australia

South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted. Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns. The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys),

South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.

Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.

The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.

It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.

Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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Winery PRIMO ESTATE

Located in McLaren Vale, Primo Estate’s wines are a true reflection of Australian practicality and Italian heritage. 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 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. Over the years under Joe’s leadership, the estate has grown and now produces two different ranges of wines including the mid-tier Primo Estate and top-tier Joseph range.
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