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View details Zema Estate Shiraz 2013
$ 24.99 Zema Estate Shiraz 2013
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Shiraz / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
The Zema family go back a long way with Coonawarra wine, to the early 1950s when Samuel & David Wynn re established the historic John Riddoch wineworks under their own label. Matteo Zema was one of Wynn's first viticulturalists, hand pruning, picking and planting vines during the era when Coonawarra Shiraz was most successfully marketed as Claret. Grown to rich Terra rossa soils, Zema are renowned for the most memorable vintages in Coonawarra, their estate grown Shiraz is an edifying wine of charm, character and grace.
 
View details Zema Estate Merlot 2006
$ 25.99 Zema Estate Merlot 2006
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Merlot / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
The brothers Zema go back a long way with viticulture, their family operated a wine bar in Calabria and Papa worked at Wynn's for over twenty years, planting, pruning and picking. Zema possess a natural affinity with the land, their first acquisition in Australia was a contemplative choice, a small block of mature vines in the very heart of Coonawarra. Merlot grows brilliantly here, the highly auspicious Terra Rossa soils yield wines with rich cherry violet bouquets and flavours, tender tannins and an intensity of fruit that's drinking magnificently.
 
View details Zema Estate Family Selection Shiraz 2010
$ 44.99 Zema Estate Family Selection Shiraz 2010
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Shiraz / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
Zema own a precious slice of Coonawarra's remarkable Terra rossa, a thin metre of soil over deep formation of limestone, whence to source limited harvests of world class Shiraz. Family Selection is a small batch wine of great intensity and exceptional depth, superior concentration and maximum development. Spicy pepper and sweet berry fruit flavours abound, before a lingering finish on a length of firm oaky tannins, a fuller style of Shiraz with excellent balance, profound structure, elegance and poise.
 
View details Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet 2010
$ 44.99 Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet 2010
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CabernetSauv / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
The pick of the Zema crop and a big family secret, that this outstanding wine is produced in extremely limited quantities. Zema are proudly traditional in their approach to sustainable vineyard practice, controlling crop levels and hand pruning the vines. These practices are enhanced by the family's three strategically selected vineyard locations, capitalising on the regions subtle variations. Family Selection has all the characteristics of a classic Coonawarra Cabernet, concentrated, in a fuller style, with a big palate and exceptional balance.
 
View details Zema Estate Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
$ 22.99 Zema Estate Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
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CabernetSauv / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
Zema understand Coonawarra viticulture very well, it was their first workplace and home after immigrating to Australia, they still insist on personally husbanding their vines. Subtley contrasting mesoclimes and delicate variations of soil represent a palette of terroir, from which to craft a solidly structured Cabernet Sauvignon with malleable tannins, fragrant bramble fruit character and stylish oak, the essential construct of Coonawarra. Match Zema with succulently roast garlic lamb, twice cooked duck or slowly braised cheek of beef.
 
View details Zema Estate Coonawarra Cabernet 2004
$ 22.99 Zema Estate Coonawarra Cabernet 2004
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CabernetSauv / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
Coonawarra Cabernet is a genre unto itself, and Zema excels, burnished by fine tannins, oozing with currant, mint and cassis.
 
View details Zema Estate Cluny 2012
$ 24.99 Zema Estate Cluny 2012
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CabernetSauv Merlot CabernetFranc Malbec / Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
Zema excel in the construct of multi varietal Bordelais styled reds. The family is proudly traditional in their approach to vineyard practice, favouring hand pruning and limited irrigation to maximise quality. Demetrio and Francesca Zema chose their ground carefully in 1982. Cluny captures the mood of Bordeaux, the feel and the presence of fine Medoc. A masterfully fashioned cépage of pure alchemy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Franc, magically brought forward through the addition of Malbec and patient ageing in smaller oak barrels.
 
Grape growing and winemaking has been a large part of the Zema Family history and heritage dating back to the 1800s

Matteo Zema opened the first wine bar/tavern in Armo, Reggio Calabria in 1835, much to the angst of the local authorities at the time. Although the tavern no longer exists, it was this legacy and a passion for wine that has been passed down from generation to generation. After migrating to Australia, Nicola Zema started working for Wynns in 1953, hand pruning, picking and planting, a job that continued through until his retirement in 1975.

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The passion for wine never diminished and the Zema family's dream was to one day own a piece of Coonawarra’s famed terra rossa soil and create their own world class wines. Coonawarra is world renowned for its remarkable terra rossa soil, a thin metre-deep band of soil overlaying a deep formation of limestone. Another major influence on the region's viticultural performance is the permanent water table two to four metres below the surface.

The dream became reality in 1982 when Demetrio and Francesca Zema purchased one of the finest parcels of viticultural land, in the very heart of the Coonawarra region. The first vintage of Zema Estate wines was made with very little equipment, a tin shed and an old milk tanker under the generous guidance of veteran Coonawarra Winemaker Ken Ward.

The Zema family moved in to the small home on site and went about establishing their new winery. Additional buildings were added over time, from the initial winery and Cellar Door sales constructed in time for the 1983 vintage to the recently added new Cellar Door, office complex and warehouse which was finally opened in 2006.

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From Demetrio's original 20 acre vineyard the Zema family have further developed vineyards to today's holdings of more than 150 acres, all required to keep up with the flourishing demand for Zema Estate's premium quality red wines. Things have changed at Zema Estate since its first vintage in 1982. Today the Zema winery is as modern as any in Coonawarra with the equipment and capacity required for quality wine production.

Today Zema Estate is managed by Nick and Matt Zema with Demetrio and Francesca never too far away, either helping out in Cellar Door or cooking up a storm for visitors, staff and guests. There is also a small team of dedicated staff, many of whom have worked with the family for a number of years and contributing enormously to the success of the wines and the business. The bottling of all Zema Estate wines is done on-site at the winery. The family has for many years operated its own bottling line however due to increasing demand this has recently changed to using a large and modern mobile bottling facility which sets up on-site on demand.

The Zema winemaking team painstakingly pump the reddening juice over the grape skins during fermentation, optimising colour and tannin extraction balanced with strong fruit flavours. Further richness and complexity develops with fermentation in oak, static and rotary fermenters before being matured in small oak casks. Vintage usually occurs March to April, with great care taken to preserve the grapes intensity of flavour and structure created by the combination of Coonawarra's soil, climate and the family's traditional vineyard practices.

Zema Estate is vigorously traditional in its approach to vineyard practices. Zema rejects the irrigation and mechanical pruning common in the region, in favour of dry land viticulture and hand pruning to produce intense, rich fruit of unparalleled quality. Although the Zema family deservedly takes great pride in their achievements they have not lost sight of their original philosophies, estate grown, hand pruned, minimally irrigated and hand crafted. Premium Coonawarra estate bottled wines, consistent refined and exceptional

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