Four Buckets – Touriga Nacional / Shiraz / Malbec

This unusual blend is made from old-vine fruit, some of which is more than 90 years old. This remarkable vine age at Sevenhill contributes to producing wines of great flavour and intensity.

The three components of this wine were picked at different times when each variety was at optimum ripeness. The Shiraz and Malbec were fermented in open slate fermenters and the Touriga in stainless steel. After 18 months maturation in oak, the three batches were blended, filtered and bottled.

Sevenhill is one of the few sites growing the Touriga Nacional variety in South Australia.

Grape Varieties:
Malbec, Shiraz, Touriga Nacional
Tasting Notes:

An easy-drinking, mellow blend of medium weight with a deep, inky colour, attractive plum and red berry fruit and spicy tannins with earthy notes on the palate.

About the Producer

Sevenhill Cellars

Sevenhill Cellars was the first winery to be established in the Clare Valley, In 1851 a small number of Austrian immigrants purchased 100 acres of land, naming it Sevenhills after the seven hills of Rome. The first grapes grown by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the community provided sacremental wine and began a long tradition of winemaking. Sevenhills is the only remaining Jesuit-owned winery in Australia the wines supports their Missions charitable work.

The underground cellar was excavated by hand and the winery constructed from the slate stone quarried from nearby, which is also used to build other notable landmarks – St Aloysius’ Church and the College. Sevenhills 72ha of vineyards are planted with 20 grape varieties, the average age of the vines is 75 years. The altitude of 400m ensures cool nights during the hot summer months, critical to the rich and concentrated ripening of the fruit. With a committment to low yields Sevenhill is highly regarded for its premium wines and the regional qualities that have put the Clare Valley on the world stage.

There have been seven Jesuit winemakers at Sevenhill, the most recent of whom is Brother John May who still works closely with the current winemaking team. Due to the shortage of Jesuits, the winery had to advertise for its first lay winemaker and Liz Heidenreich became the first non Jesuit winemaker in 2006 She is also the first professionally trained winemaker at Sevenhill, a nice counterpoint to Brother May, now in his 80s, being one of the longest serving untrained winemakers in the land. Liz has also been winemaker for Sir Cliff Richard and his Vida Nova wine label in Portugal, joking “I tell people one of my bosses is the Pope and the other is Cliff Richard.”


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