Alexander Campbell Johnston planted his first small vine cutting in 1892 and today the Johnston family still produce estate grown wine and operate one of Australia’s oldest wineries – Pirramimma. The word Pirramimma is an Aboriginal phrase meaning “the moon and the stars”.
Winemaking at Pirramimma has been a family affair for well over 100 years and is now in the very capable hands of Geoff Johnston, grandson of the winery’s founder.
Geoff describes this wine like so: "The 2016 vintage was ideal to release out first quintessential Australia blend of Cabernet Shiraz. We selected Cabernet fruit from the Orchard Block, Pig & pony. Oakley and Katunga vineyards with the Shiraz picked from Bullrush, Bellevue, Stubble Quail and Katunga blocks. The wine exhibits a bouquet of lifted blackcurrant, red currant and Satsuma plum, with bramble notes and hints of coffee bean oak. With the palate showing intense briary blackberry, mulberry and spicy plum, enhanced by traces of quince, red capsicum and subtle cedary oak.
Approachable now but will develop with proper cellaring"