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View details Sevenhill St Ignatius Cabernet Merlot Franc 2013
$ 34.99 Sevenhill St Ignatius Cabernet Merlot Franc 2013
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CabernetSauv Merlot CabernetFranc Malbec / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
A profound construct of noble red varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc drive the palate, tempered by the forward drinking Malbec and plum juicyness of Merlot. The story dates back to a deluge upon the Sevenhill vineyards in 1974. Winemaker emeritus Brother John May was not convinced that the crop was up to standard, so he blended all the grapes together. Impresario Doug Crittenden declared that it was the closest thing to Pomerol he had ever tasted! Named for the founder of the Jesuit Order, St Ignatius remains to this day a wine of immense stature.
 
View details Sevenhill St Aloysius Riesling 2009
$ 32.99 Sevenhill St Aloysius Riesling 2009
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Riesling / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
St Aloysius is really made in the vineyard. Fruit is sourced from a prized parcel at Sevenhill that captures the very essence of Clare Valley Riesling. St Aloysius is grown and made with great devotion to the preservation of flavours nurtured in the vineyard. The highly regarded clone from Geisheim is planted to a protected site, a block referred to as Herr Weikert.
 
View details Sevenhill Inigo Shiraz 2013
$ 19.99 Sevenhill Inigo Shiraz 2013
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Shiraz / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
Sevenhill conjures up visions of Clare Valley idyll, serene pastoral vistas and ancient cellars full of patiently maturing Shiraz wines. One of our nation's great viticultural endowments, Sevenhill were the first ever cellars to be established in Valley Clare. Winemaking is still carried out under the direction of the Jesuitical Manresa Society, sacramental altar wine still accounts for a third of the estate's production. Inigo is an intense yet balanced Shiraz with the requisite character and charm to articulate the grace of vines up to 140 years of age.
 
View details Sevenhill Inigo Riesling 2015
$ 19.99 Sevenhill Inigo Riesling 2015
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Riesling / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
Sevenhill are a quiet achiever, softly spoken artificers of Clare Valley's finest. Riesling develops so much charm as it grows in the vineyard, that if it's picked at the right time, the wine is virtually made. Riesling's desire to wear her heart on her sleeve still means that she can be sensitive, so the vinification must be compassionate. Amongst the propitious terroirs of Sevenhill, vines yield fruit of refined minerality and savoury edge, the richer, red soils are higher in nutrients, all the team have to do is protect and maintain the character of fruit.
 
View details Sevenhill Inigo Merlot 2013
$ 19.99 Sevenhill Inigo Merlot 2013
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Merlot / Clare / SouthAustralia
The old vine D3v14 clone planted on two blocks at Sevenhill is not known for great concentration, yet Sevenhill produces Merlot wines of greater colour, palate structure and character than most. Why is Sevenhill Merlot different? Firstly, Merlot is a sook! It needs a certain soil type to produce it's best, not too rich or too poor. We see Merlot's finest qualities of violet perfume and silky texture coming from the uniform but not rich, clay loams of Sevenhill's vineyard. Secondly, it's all in the timing. The aim is to encourage all berries to ripen simultaneously and evenly.
 
View details Sevenhill Inigo Cabernet  Sauvignon 2013
$ 19.99 Sevenhill Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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CabernetSauv / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
Clare Valley Cabernet is renowned throughout the world of wine for its elegance, delicacy and finesse. Sevenhill can count on harvests from the oldest vines in Valley Clare, established by the Jesuits Society in 1851, they are still managed by a dedicated viticultural team who treat their land with a reverence worthy of the seven hills of Rome. Real clergy, crafting true wine, aged under one of the nation's most ancient cellars, Inigo is a richly coloured wine, redolent with lifted eucalypt berry perfumes, supported by pious, graceful tannins and a robe of the most reverent oak.
 
The Jesuits Society of Jesus migrated to Australia from Austria in 1848 seeking a life free from religious and political persecution

They settled at a site called Open Ranges in the beautiful Clare Valley and established Sevenhill, the oldest existing winery in the Clare Valley. Initially the main purpose of the cellars was to provide sacramental wine for religious use and this has been ongoing. Sevenhill Cellars now produce white, red and fortified wines as well as sacramental wine.

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The Jesuits renamed Open Ranges Sevenhill because of their hope that the immediate area would become a centre of Catholicism for the North - another little Rome with seven hills. They even named the stream that flowed through the property The Tiber. Sevenhill Cellars are today nestled among the vineyards close to St Aloysius Church and feature a well tended grassed picnic area with tables, seats and shade trees. Sevenhill winery produces all its own fruit on 72 hectares of vineyard.

Twenty varieties of grapes are grown yielding an average annual crush of 450 tonnes. The wine is completely processed on the property including the bottling of the finished wine (35,000 cases per year). This is a far cry from the pioneering days of the first Jesuit winemaker Br Schreiner. He and Br Schneider built a wine press in 1863 capable of pressing a formidable load of 4 buckets of grapes at a time!

The production of altar wine today accounts for 30% of the winery's production. Made in the style of a sherry and in conformity with the requirements of Canon Law is sold to all Christian denominations in Australia for use in religious services. It is exported to India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Guam, Borneo and Pacific Isles.

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In the history of Sevenhill Cellars, there have been 7 Jesuit Brother Winemakers. In September 1851 Br Schreiner bought some vine cuttings from Bungaree Station and planted them on the left hand side of the present road to the winery. This planting marks the beginning of Sevenhill Cellars and makes it the oldest winery in the Clare Valley. These vines were planted initially to meet the need for altar wine.

Brother John May SJ, Jesuit Winemaker Emeritus has been with Sevenhill Cellars since 1972. He was instrumental in building the winery up to the technologically advanced state of today. Winemaker Liz Heidenreich joined Sevenhill in 2005. Adelaide born and educated, 34-year old Liz has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained in Australia and overseas. "One of the historical treasures of Australia; the oft-photographed stone wine cellars are the oldest in the Clare Valley, and winemaking is still carried out under the direction of the Jesuitical Manresa Society, and in particular Brother John May. Quality is very good, particularly of the powerful Shiraz; all the wines reflect the estate-grown grapes from old vines!" -Wine Companion.com.au

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