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Pillar Box Red 2012


The 2012 Pillar Box Red has fresh maraschino cherry and star anise aromas, the palate is well structured displaying intense flavours of blackcurrant, toasted spices and a hint of mint.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Henry’s Drive Padthaway vineyards. These vines are grown in various soil types including red loam, black loam & deep sand over limestone. Each vineyard destined for the Pillar Box range of wines is harvested at optimum ripeness and then fermented on skins for approximately five days. The free run and pressings are separated and all parcels are kept separate throughout the vinification process until the final blend is determined, just prior to bottling. The wines are matured for a period of 18 months and 30% of the wine is matured with oak (90% French and 10% American).

Pillar Box Story
Bronze, gold, green, and chocolate brown were all colors applied to pillar boxes. In fact, their livery mainly depending upon the personal choice of the district surveyor that is, until 1874 when Pillar Box Red be came the standard color for the highly decorated mail posting boxes.

Serving Hints
This wine matches well with pizza or barbequed sausage.

PRODUCER: Henry’s Drive Vignerons
COUNTRY: Australia
REGION: Padthaway
GRAPE VARIETY: 66% Shiraz, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
pH: 3.45
ALCOHOL: 14.5%

Press Highlights

2010: 89 Points "Top Value" Wine Spectator, Aug. 2013
2010: 89 Points Wine Advocate #204, Dec. 2012
2008: 89 Points "Best Buy" - Wine Advocate. Dec. 2009
2007: 90 Points Wine Advocate, Feb. 2009
2007: 90 Points 'Best Buy' Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2009
2006: 91 Points Wine Advocate, Oct. 2007

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