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Date Printed: 4/18/2015
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2009
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2009
(search item no. 118793)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2015: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

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

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About Pillar Box:

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 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.