In a nutshell: A real beauty of a sparkling Shiraz, a very Aussie type of wine from South Australia.
The lowdown: Sparkling reds are something of an Australian tradition and Majella have certainly played their part in that over the years with this delicious wine. Grown in famous Coonawarra the base wine is matured in used French oak hogsheads for five months before being bottled for secondary fermentation in the 'methode traditionelle'. It's full of attractive fresh plum, raspberry and blackberry aromas and flavours with a hint of spice. Smooth, balanced and luscious on the palate it has nicely gentle tannins and a long and generous finish.
When to drink: With lots of fine bubbles, a fresh acidity and rich flavour it's a great wine for any occasion and most styles of food.
Majella are among the top echelons of producers in the highly renowned South Australian wine region of Coonawarra. Starting out in ther late 1960s Brian and Anthony Lynn grew grapes on some land purchased by their parents and sold them to other wineries in the area - chiefly Wynn's Connawarra estate - and it wasn't until 1991 that they decided to make some wine of their own.
The success of their early wines prompted them to build a winery on their own premises which started production in 1999. From the outset all their wines have been made by the talented Bruce Gregory and this, combined with the fact they're fortunate to own some prime vineyards on the famed red soil, or 'Terra Rossa', for which Coonawarra is noted, has earned them consistent acclaim.
In total they have about 60 hectares of vines, on just over half of which grows Cabernet Sauvignon. On a further third is planted Shiraz with a lttle Merlot and Rielsing maiking up the remainder. As for the future, they are fully commited to continuing to stay among the top flight of South Australian producers.