During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of Southeastern Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches, and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state, was a certain Mr. Henry John Hill. His operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family's wine business is today known as Henry's Drive. View all Pillar Box Wines
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2006
Other Red Blends from South Australia, Australia
53% Shiraz, 37% Cabernet, 10% Merlot
Pillar Box red is an opaque red/black color with a scarlet rim. It displays aromas of sweet, ripe red berries, underpinned cinnamon spice and dark chocolate. The palate is rich and fleshy with vibrant raspberry and blackcurrant fruit intertwined with a citrus-like cedary oak complexity. The tannins are full yet soft and supple, combined with the gentle acidity to produce a lingering, harmonious finish.
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Named after the proprietor of the 19th century mail coach service which once ran through their property, the Longbottom family has created a new family tradition of winemaking with wines such as: Henry's Drive, Parson's Flat and Pillar Box.Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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23 ratings, 23 with reviewsJ Jo - Chicago, IL39/30/2008Body - ok, finish - ok - There are better $12 bottles of wine out there.riskyops.blogspot.com - Fresh Meadows, NY34/15/2008This is a good drinkable wine that can hold its own against more expensive wines (those up to $40 range). While this wine is not as good as the Pillar Box 2005 Padthaway Red, it is still a good drinking wine with most regular food. It stands up to all types of spicy and dense foods while retaining its flavor. It is slightly sweet and not as dry as I would like but for the money, it is a good buy.Marcelo - Washington, DC33/19/2008A very good wine for an excellent price, really show some complexity. Could even age well. Has the structure of an old world wine.MF - Chicago, IL33/5/2009Not a bad wine for the price, it was okay, but I have had better in this price range.Superdaddy - Roslyn, NY311/8/2008Not Great43/1/2008A great wine for the price.Tom Jackson - College Station, TX411/25/2007Good value. Nice everyday red wine.46/22/2008I really was pleasantly surprised with this bottle. It packed a good burst of red exploding with deep berry fruity flavor.CMF - Washington, DC211/14/2008There was too much acid in this wine for my taste. I like mellower reds.Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC33/6/2009While not terrible for the price, this shiraz-cabernet mix is way too acidic and spicy without enough of a body or flavor to balance it out.Joseph Marmion - Lake In The Hills, IL41/21/2009Balanced, smooth, and elegant. This is a wine that can be consumed every day or on special occassions. One of the few wines of which I do not tire. I do not think it is a 91, but it is excellent value.Timothy Smith - Baton Rouge, LA48/1/2008Would buy this wine again. A very full bodied wine with great fruit flavor.Kevin I - Loveland, OH29/30/2008Not a good wine, even for the price. It won't offend you, but won't satisify or excite you either.41/19/2008Excellent fruit, well balanced and very drinkableRichard Zerr - Saint Charles, MO412/30/2008This wine is a good wine to have a glass with pizza or pasta. Don't take it too seriously.45/18/2008Good value at the price offered by Wine.com. The wine appears to drink a lot better after a day. Did not finish the first evening and found the wine to be a lot smoother in tastes the next day. Initial taste was rather sharp after opening but the color was good and vibrant. Bottom line, it is a good value wine at the price offered.Joshua Iacuone - Dallas, TX32/1/2008Earthy tones. Solid but not overwhelming.33/22/2009A very nice everyday red. Smooth and fuity, with a little spice. Let it sit for 30 minutes and it's even smoother.fL - Cincinnati, OH11/10/2009This is one of the worst wines I have ever tasted. I would not buy this even for $1 per bottle.56/17/2008This wine is loaded with fruit as soon as it hits the mouth. Has a nice smooth finish but yet full bodied. Not heavy with tannins. I'll be buying more of this wine.59/18/2008This wine is exceptional for the price, we have ordered another case....31/28/2008I'm not sure I'd rate it a "90", but for the price, it's fine.55/27/2008This is one of my wife and I's favorite wines by far. We are not wine snobs, but just love wine. This is a mouthful of fruit in every sip.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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