Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2009

Red Blends from South Australia, Australia

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Item No. 118793
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • JH88
  • WS87
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Black cherry and vibrant dark berry fruits provide a lifted perfume, combined with the peppery notes, toasted spice and hints of cedar. Complimentary musk and earthiness add to the complexity of the aromas in this wine. The palate shows opulent ripe, yet fresh blackberries with plum fruit, dark choco-late and licorice characters; as well as a hint of spearmint. The wine is rich and full bodied, but has an elegant soft texture throughout and fine tannins that carry the fruit into a lingering finish.

Blend: 68% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

"The wine is named after the 19th-century mail coach service that ran through the pastoral property in Padthaway on which the large vineyard is situated. Other evocative brand names are Parson's Flat, The Trial of John Montford, Dead Letter Office, Morse Code and The Postmistress. The other thing they have in common is value for money. Light to medium purple-red, this is a shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend with a supple display of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum fruit on the light- to medium-bodied palate. It's an attractive, drink-now pizza or pasta style."
88 Points

"Supple, silky and appealing for its red berry and spice flavors that lift off nicely over the refined finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot."
87 Points

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Style: Smooth & Supple
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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. During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of Southeastern Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the...

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Learn About South Australia

The majority of wines from Australia come from this state. Home to the red wine regions of McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.

Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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