Saltram Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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Saltram founded in 1844 by William Salter, is a Barossa Valley winery with a century of history. The first vineyard was planted in 1859 and the first commercial vintage was produced in 1862. They mainly produce Shiraz and Cabernet. Today Saltram are best known for their 'Pepperjack' range.
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  • The estate was founded in 1844
  • Today Saltram are best known for their 'Pepperjack' range.
  • 93 Points, Campbell Mattinson
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    $52.00
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  • James Halliday

    89
    "Abundant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, and even more abundant tannins. Needs a decade or more."
  • Campbell Mattinson

    93
    "Spoke to maker Nigel Dolan about this Mamre Brook cabernet because the value is too good to be true – needless to say, it doesn’t give him great pleasure to see a wine as good as this being shown so little (price) regard. It’s a $35 wine belted down to the high teens (you’ll find it for $18 or $19) because it’s a) cabernet, and not shiraz, and b) Saltram don’t yet have a super-premium brand for the greatness of this fruit to flow into (though they will soon, so make hay now). This wine is fully ripe yet varietally true, with swatches of chocolate and blackcurrant and the finest smear of herb. It’s a touch warm but by no means excessively so, and if the 1996 and the 1998 releases of this wine are anything to go by, it will age very well for a good long time."

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

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