The Pillar Box Red is named after the once- ubiquitous red postal boxes that used to dot the Australian landscape. The majority of the fruit for this wine is sourced from the Estate's Padthaway vineyards, with a small amount coming from local growers. The vines are in various soil types, including red loam, black loam and deep sand over limestone. The wine is matured using 85 percent French and 15 percent American oak for three to four months.
The 2008 Pillar Box Red is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet, 9% Merlot and has a dark colour and a vibrant purple hue, with aromas of fresh blueberry fruit, liquorice, dried mint and cinnamon oak undertones. The palate is dense and juicy, with flavours of fresh blackcurrant and cherry combined with aniseed, dried thyme and mocha oak characters. The wine is rich and full bodied, well balanced and seamless with soft, persistent tannins.
Food Pairing Notes: Barbecue, beef, braised Dishes, aged and/or hard cheeses, chicken, chili, duck, eggplant, game, hamburgers, lamb, mushrooms, pasta, pork, ribs, stead, stew, tuna, veal.
89 Points, The Wine Advoacte