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Paracombe Red Bordeaux Blend Adelaide Hills the Reuben 2007

Member Review by Dennis Lim:

Pretty good, with nice oak and spices

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Paracombe:
The Paracombe vineyard and winery is located high on a plateau at Paracombe in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Paul and Kathy Drogemuller established Paracombe Wines in 1983 following the Ash Wednesday bushfires. The property, a former dairy farm was totally ravaged by the bushfire, despite the devastation, Paul and Kathy could see great potential as a vineyard site and commenced planti... Read more
The Paracombe vineyard and winery is located high on a plateau at Paracombe in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Paul and Kathy Drogemuller established Paracombe Wines in 1983 following the Ash Wednesday bushfires. The property, a former dairy farm was totally ravaged by the bushfire, despite the devastation, Paul and Kathy could see great potential as a vineyard site and commenced plantings which has grown to close to 16 hectares today. Together with hard work and vision they designed and built a fully operational winery with facility to crush around 1000 tonnes of fruit. The Drogemuller’s Paracombe vineyard lies 425 metres above sea level. Soil is lean with ironstone, buckshot gravel and quartz, an interesting remnant from an ancient riverbed. These characters along with minimal irrigation contribute a strong influence in wine style and flavour. The vineyard has an easterly aspect making the most of the morning sun. Grapes ripen slowly and gently during the warm, sunny days and cool nights of late summer, early autumn. Paracombe winter is cold and wet. Warm, dry clothing is a must for pruning, which is all done by hand. Bud thinning in early Spring creates optimum bunch position and low yields. Vine canopies are lifted to vertical shoot position promoting air flow letting sunlight in to the fruit zone reducing disease pressures and granting ripe flavours. At vintage Paul and Kathy walk through the vineyard tasting grapes and looking for the right flavours before harvest. Grapes are selectively harvested to gain the best flavour and quality possible. Some fruit is sourced from a small selection of specialist growers with similar soil types and carefully managed vineyards. Paracombe Wines is an award winning, family operation gaining recognition within Australia and Internationally, producing a distinctive range of wines displaying finesse and varietal intensity. Simply, Paul and Kathy are completely passionate about what they do. Enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Read less

Member Reviews for Paracombe Red Bordeaux Blend Adelaide Hills the Reuben

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Snooth User: Dennis Lim
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3.50 5
08/09/2012

Pretty good, with nice oak and spices


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022641,396
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/04/2011

Not too much to shout about...


External Reviews for Paracombe Red Bordeaux Blend Adelaide Hills the Reuben

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Vintage: 2001 01/17/2009

James Halliday ReviewHighly aromatic and spicy; delicious medium-bodied wine, enirely fruit-driven by its cocktail of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz.Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 91Intriguing fruit complexities grow out of this unusual blend: cabernet sauvignon (44 percent) and shiraz (33) with small portions of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc. It's a potent mix of berry flavors, layering blueberry over blackberry, boysenberry and black currant. The fruit richness more than coats the peppery tannin, ready to decant for roast venison.Wine Tasting NotesThe wine has attractive bright color in the glass and a delightful lifted bouquet of red cherries and plum with subtle oak, leatherwood and spicy notes. The palate is medium weight with rich, sweet fruit driven flavors of fresh loganberries and raspberries along with spicy notes. The Reuben is a wonderful food wine and will complement many styles of food. It will reward with age and promises to be enjoyed for many years to come.



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