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Quintessential Australian Blend Showcased in McWilliam's 1877

The 2008 vintage of McWilliam’s 1877 - a traditional Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – is now available. Named after the year McWilliam’s planted its first vines, this multi-regional wine is inspired by the quality and range of vineyard resources available to the McWilliam’s winemaking team.

The 2008 vintage was sourced from McLaren Vale (53 per cent), Hilltops (24 per cent) and Coonawarra (23 per cent) and has a varietal split of Shiraz (53 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (47 per cent).

Jim Brayne, McWilliam’s Production Director, said the wine’s style had evolved over recent years alongside the winery’s expansion into different regions.

“Our philosophy for this wine is to create the best red wine possible from the resources available,” Jim Brayne said.

“As we’ve developed greater resources and relationships in different regions it’s opened us up to some pretty incredible individual parcels, such as the McLaren Vale component you see in the 2008. Blended with parcels from our traditional regions such as Coonawarra and Hilltops, the wine demonstrates a classic Australian blend with finesse, structure and longevity.”

The wine also benefits from the investment made at the McWilliam’s Hanwood winery where a new premium cellar provides for smaller, individual parcel winemaking. Each of the parcels were kept separate using small open fermentation vessels.  The fruit was cold soaked prior to starting a cool and controlled fermentation with the must headed down to submerge the cap, allowing gentle extraction of tannins.  To further soften the natural tannins and integrate the oak, at less than 1 Baumé the must was pressed off skins to complete fermentation in new and second use French oak.  The wine was mature as individual parcels for 18 months prior to being carefully blended.

Jim describes the wine as, “combining intense black plums, exotic black spices of the Shiraz with the black currant and structural power of ripe, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to give a wine with immense fruit power and drive but with a refined line of tannin.”

Among its wine show haul, the 2008 McWilliam’s 1877 Shiraz Cabernet collected the Stodart Trophy at the 2009 Royal Queensland Wine Show and three trophies, including Best Wine of Show, at the 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

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