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Claymore Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $25.00
Claymore’s Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet offers a perfume of olives and blue fruits along with some violet. Blackcurrant, plums, a twist of dark chocolate and black olive are at play on the palate. Delicious now but will probably improve for 15 or more years. Decant it a couple of hours before drinking and pair it up with protein like a really good steak or gourmet snaggers if you are planning on drinking it soon.
Claymore Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Region
Clare Valley, SA
Vintage
2017
Winery
Claymore
Winemaker
Donna Stephens
Bling
None yet but we like it!
Alcohol %
14
Size
750 mL
Year in year out this is one of Australia’s most consistent and consistently underpriced wineries. It has a level of polish and sophistication we normally (but don’t always) see in reds at $50 a bottle and over. A 5 star James Halliday rated winery, Claymore wines began in 1997 with just a tiny amount of Grenache and Riesling but have flourished into one of Clare Valley’s best known producers. They signed a 3-year contract in 2015 with English Football giants Liverpool, much to the dismay of our Manchester United tasting panel member Dan. Even Dan though cannot let his football bias affect how truly great the Claymore wines are! Their labels are inspired by some of the great music of the modern times, from Pink Floyd to Prince to The Verve and even a little Stevie Wonder. All in all, fantastic wines with an edgy feel. Whether you want to open a bottle and belt out a riff, or warm up the vocals and sing “you’ll never walk alone,” Claymore have you covered!
Clare Valley, SA

Region

Clare Valley, SA

130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-alt ...
130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-altitude pocket granting the vineyards cool to cold nights with long, warm to hot summer days. This cooler climate grants thin-skinned (and indeed temperamental) grapes like rieslings a perfect climate in which to mature slowly without risk of mould during the harvest season. The resulting wines are perfumed, complex, softly flavoured yet powerful. There are several sub-regions in the 35km stretch of valley, pocketed with varying soils, altitudes and climates. West-facing, high-altitude slopes benefit from drying afternoon sun in summer, producing some of the region ... Read Full Article
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Claymore Wines

Winery

Claymore Wines

Year in year out this is one of Australia’s most consistent and consistently underpriced ...
Year in year out this is one of Australia’s most consistent and consistently underpriced wineries. Read Full Article
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Malbec

Variety

Malbec

Malbec is a variety of purple grape used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an in ...
Malbec is a variety of purple grape used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins. Long known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, the French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in the South West France region. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world. In Australia The grapevine was introduced to Australia in the 19th century and was mostly a bulk wine producing grape. The particular clones planted in Australia were of poor quality and highly susceptible to coulure, frost and downy mildew. By the mid to la ... Read Full Article
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is unmistakably one of the world's most recognised red wine varieties. ...
Cabernet Sauvignon is unmistakably one of the world's most recognised red wine varieties. It is produced in most major wine growing regions across the world, from the banks of the Gironde in France to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, to the valleys of California where it overtook the Zinfandel variety on it's rise to glory. Since the late 1800s Australia has definitely proven itself in the world of the humble 'Cab Sauv'. Speaking locally, I turn the page on my desk copy of Halliday's 'Wine Atlas of Australia & New Zealand', to read: 'Whichever yardstick one adopts, Coonawarra produces most of Australia's great Cabernet Sauvignon.' Proud Parents Cabern ... Read Full Article
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Claymore Wines

Winery

Claymore Wines

Region: Clare ValleyProprieter: David MavorWinemaker: David MavorEstablished: 1997Address: ...
Region: Clare ValleyProprieter: David MavorWinemaker: David MavorEstablished: 1997Address:PO Box 72WatervaleSouth Australia, 5452 The majority of Claymore grapes are sourced from their vineyards in the Watervale and Penwortham sub regions of the Clare Valley with some additional premium fruit also supplied by quality independent grape growers of the Clare Valley. Careful cultivation of fruit is paired with modern winemaking techniques by winemaker David Mavor. Their award winning wines include the Joshua Tree Riesling, London Calling Merlot, Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz and the Nirvana Reserve Shiraz. Read Full Article
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Claymore Wines
Claymore Wines

Year in year out this is one of Australia’s most consistent and consistently underpriced wineries.

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Malbec
Malbec

Malbec is a variety of purple grape used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins. Long known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, the French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in the South West France region. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.

In Australia

The grapevine was introduced to Australia in the 19th century and was mostly a bulk wine producing grape. The particular clones planted in Australia were of poor quality and highly susceptible to coulure, frost and downy mildew. By the mid to late 20th century, many acres of Malbec were uprooted and planted with different varieties. By 2000, there were slightly over 1,235 acres (500 acres), with the Clare Valley having the most significant amount. As newer clones become available, plantings of Malbec in Australia have increased slightly.

Characteristics

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Clare Valley, SA
Clare Valley, SA

130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-altitude pocket granting the vineyards cool to cold nights with long, warm to hot summer days. This cooler climate grants thin-skinned (and indeed temperamental) grapes like rieslings a perfect climate in which to mature slowly without risk of mould during the harvest season. The resulting wines are perfumed, complex, softly flavoured yet powerful.

There are several sub-regions in the 35km stretch of valley, pocketed with varying soils, altitudes and climates. West-facing, high-altitude slopes benefit from drying afternoon sun in summer, producing some of the regions best vintages. The vines are planted from 400 to 500 metres (1,300 to 1,600 ft). The higher altitude, compared to other wine regions in South Australia, ensures cool nights even during the heat of summer allowing the fruit to ripen more evenly and slowly. Soil is a mix of red to brown-grey over basement rock.

History

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Claymore Wines
Claymore Wines

Region: Clare Valley
Proprieter: David Mavor
Winemaker: David Mavor
Established: 1997
Address:
PO Box 72
Watervale
South Australia, 5452

The majority of Claymore grapes are sourced from their vineyards in the Watervale and Penwortham sub regions of the Clare Valley with some additional premium fruit also supplied by quality independent grape growers of the Clare Valley. Careful cultivation of fruit is paired with modern winemaking techniques by winemaker David Mavor.

Their award winning wines include the Joshua Tree Riesling, London Calling Merlot, Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz and the Nirvana Reserve Shiraz.

Read more
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is unmistakably one of the world's most recognised red wine varieties. It is produced in most major wine growing regions across the world, from the banks of the Gironde in France to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, to the valleys of California where it overtook the Zinfandel variety on it's rise to glory. Since the late 1800s Australia has definitely proven itself in the world of the humble 'Cab Sauv'. Speaking locally, I turn the page on my desk copy of Halliday's 'Wine Atlas of Australia & New Zealand', to read: 'Whichever yardstick one adopts, Coonawarra produces most of Australia's great Cabernet Sauvignon.'

Proud Parents

Cabernet Sauvignon was born in the 17th century in an accidental parenting mix-up and is the spawn of a Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc entanglement which occurred in south western France. (Which reminds of a joke where a Chihuahua and a Pug walked out a bar one day..) Immediately its popularity amongst
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