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2012 Possingham & Summers Signature Carol Summers Cabernet Sauvignon

PossinghamSummersCabSauv2012Cabernet carefully picked and selected from our Blewitt Springs vineyard to showcase the terroir of our unique vineyard. Minimal intervention has allowed this wine to truly express its sense of place. Exhibits layers of Satsuma plum, mint and dark chocolate. This wine is ready to drink now or will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 10 years.

VARIETY: CABERENT SAUVIGNON

VINTAGE: 2012

REGION: McLAREN VALE

VINEYARD: Adams Road, Blewitt Spings

SOIL TYPE: Ancient deep sand with limestone laterites

ELEVATION: 351 metres

VINES: Cabernet on original roots up to 70 years old

OAK: French Hogsheads for 32 months

CELLARING: Carefully up to 10 years

ALCOHOL: 14.5% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.1 g/L

pH: 3.64

RS: 2.9 g/L

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2012 Possingham & Summers Signature John Possingham Shiraz

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Shiraz carefully picked and selected from our Blewitt Springs vineyard to showcase the terroir of our unique vineyard. Minimal intervention has allowed this wine to truly express its sense of place.

Full bodied with layers of forest fruits and lashings of dark chocolate. This wine is ready to drink now or will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 10 years.

VARIETY: SHIRAZ

VINTAGE: 2012

REGION: McLAREN VALE

VINEYARD: Adams Road, Blewitt Spings

SOIL TYPE: Ancient deep sand with limestone laterites

ELEVATION: 351 metres

VINES: Shiraz on original roots up to 70 years old

OAK: French Hogsheads for 32 months

CELLARING: Carefully up to 10 years

ALCOHOL: 14.5% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.3 g/L

pH: 3.52

RS: 2.8 g/L

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Possingham & Summer Estate Range

2014 Estate Rosé (89 Halliday Pts)

PossinghamSummersRose2014John and Carol’s vision restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name. The dry Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé was made according to the traditional style, macerating the skins and juice together to achieve the desired colour and flavour. Strawberries and cream, Turkish delight and perfumed rose petals are supported by a palate with mineral overtones and a long, lacy finish.  

VARIETY: Rosé

REGION: McLAREN VALE

HARVEST: APRIL, 2014

ALCOHOL: 13.5% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.8 g/L

pH: 3.51

RS: 3.2 g/L  

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2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Best Buy Wine State)

PossinghamSummersSauvBlancJohn and Carol’s vision restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name. Grown on our Estate Vineyard this Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and displays a delightful mix of exotic gooseberry and passion fruit. Well balanced acidity with excellent length.

VARIETY: SAUVIGNON BLANC

REGION: McLAREN VALE

HARVEST: FEBRUARY, 2014

ALCOHOL: 13% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY:  6.0 g/L

pH: 3.18

RS: 1.9 g/L

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2013 Estate Viognier (4* Winestate Magazine)

possingham5John and Carol’s vision of restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name. Grown on our Estate Vineyard this Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-yay) is best grown in cool sites. Flavours of peach, citrus and a hint of jasmine. Perfect with a variety of seafood dishes or Asian cuisine. The wine is crisp, medium bodied and finishes with crunchy acidity.

VARIETY VIOGNIER

REGION ADELAIDE

HARVEST MARCH, 2013

ALCOHOL 14%ALC/VOL

TOTALACIDITY 6.4g/L

pH 3.41

RS 1.8 g/L

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2015 Possingham & Summers Estate Pinot Gris

B_PossinghamSummersPinotGriJohn and Carol’s vision restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name.

The Pinot Gris exhibits nuances of lime, apple  blossom and lychees combined with rich textural palate and finishing with a crisp day finish.

VARIETY: PINOT GRIS

REGION: McLAREN VALE

HARVEST:  MARCH, 2015

ALCOHOL: 14% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.5 g/L

pH: 3.25

RS: 1.8g/L

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2013 Estate Chardonnay

2013ChardonnayPossingham2John and Carol’s vision of restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name. Within this region are deep sandy soils on rolling hills with prevailing sea and gully breezes. These conditions are ideal for ripening our hardonnay grapes to produce wines with fine acidity and distinctive fruit flavours. The colour is fresh and straw green featuring bright aromas of kiwi fruit, pineapple and honeydew melon. The palate dislays an array of sweet citrus fruits with just a hint of peach. the wine has crisp acidity with mineral overtones that support a lingering creamy finish.

VARIETY CHARDONNAY

REGION McLAREN VALE

HARVEST MARCH, 2013

ALCOHOL 14%ALC/VOL

TOTALACIDITY 7.01g/L

pH 3.24

RS 1.8 g/L

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2014 Possingham & Summers Estate Malbec (89 Halliday Pts)

PossinghamSummersMalbec2014John and Carol’s vision of restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name. Grown on our Estate Vineyard this Malbec shows intense aromas of violets, spice and perfume. The palate delivers lashings of dark cherries and chocolate with superb balance resulting in a long dry finish.

VARIETY: MALBEC

REGION: McLAREN VALE

HARVEST: MARCH, 2014

ALCOHOL: 14% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.2 g/L

pH: 3.47

RS: 2.0 g/L  

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2012 Possingham & Summers Estate Shiraz (92 Halliday Pts)

PossinghamSummersShiraz2012John and Carol’s vision of restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle. The Estate Range proudly bears the family name.WINEMAKER’S NOTEThe wine shows all the hallmarks of great McLaren Vale Shiraz. Full bodied with layers of forest fruit and lashings of dark chocolate. This wine is ready to drink now or will benefit from careful cellaring for 5 to 7 years.

VARIETY: SHIRAZ

REGION: McLAREN VALE

HARVEST: MARCH, 2012

MATURATION: 18 months in older french oak barriques

AGEING: 5-7 YRS

ALCOHOL: 14.5% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.3 g/L

pH: 3.52

RS: 2.8 g/L    

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2012 Possingham & Summers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (92 Halliday Pts)

PossinghamSummersCabSauvJohn and Carol’s vision of restoring a 70 year old Blewitt Springs vineyard to its former glory began in 1984. Since then the Estate has grown to include a state-of-the-art winery, allowing full control from harvest to bottling. A hands-on approach and minimal intervention allows the varietal flavours achieved in the vineyard to carry through to the bottle.The Estate Range proudly bears the family name.WINEMAKER’S NOTE

Grown on our Estate Vineyard this cabernet exhibits layers of Satsuma plum, mint and dark chocolate. This wine is a fine example of McLaren Vale’s pedigree with Cabernet Sauvignon for over 100 years. Ready to drink now or will benefit from careful cellaring for 5 to 7 years.

VARIETY: CABERNET SAUVIGNON

REGION: McLAREN VALE

HARVEST: APRIL, 2012

MATURATION: 18 months in older french oak barrels

AGEING: 5-7 YRS

ALCOHOL: 14.5% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.1 g/L

pH: 3.64

RS: 2.9 g/L

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Possingham Vineyard Export Wines

Possums Vineyards

2013 Possums Vineyard Classic Red (Export Only)

Shiraz grapes for this wine were sourced from our Willunga vineyard, whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our elevated Blewitt Springs vineyard.

Dense ruby with purple hues, the bouquet is dominated by ripe blackberry and strawberry aromas followed by ripe plum, dark chocolate and fruit cake.

The palate is fruit driven and well structured with warm, sweet berry fruit. The shiraz deliver rich flavours of redcurrant and strawberries and the Cabernet delivers black currant, cassis and plum.These flavours carry through with fine grained tannins and a luscious finish.

VARIETY: SHIRAZ 60% + CABERNET SAUVIGNON 40%

REGION: WILLUNGA SHIRAZ + BLEWITT SPRINGS CABERNET

HARVEST: APRIL, 2013

MATURATION: 14 months in older french and American barriques

AGEING: 6-8 YRS

ALCOHOL: 14.5% ALC/VOL

TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.6 g/L

pH: 3.6

RS: 3.0 g/L

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Possums Vineyard Red Shiraz (Export Only)

2010This Shiraz vineyard is planted on a North to South facing slope located in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. This elevated vineyard experiences hill and gully breezes as well as ocean westerly, from the Gulf of St Vincent.

The soils are weathered and leached, consisting of a shallow layer of grey sand overlaying red loam that grades into clay. These own rooted vines average over 30 years old and produce concentrated fruit flavours and aromas at low yields.

Deep crimson and violet hues are punctuated by hints of anise, nut- meg and cedar on the nose.

The palate shows layers of plum and raspberry supported by soft velvety tannins. The finish is elegant and textured with a hint of dark chocolate.

This Shiraz wine has been matured for 18 months in French oak Barrels and will mature gracefully over time.

Variety: Shiraz

Region: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale

Harvest: March, 2010

Maturation: 18months in new and older french barrels

Ageing: 6-10 yrs

Alcohol: 14.0% alc/vol

Total acidity: 5.6 g/L

pH: 3.48

RS: 3.5 g/l

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Dr Johns

? Change - 2010 single vineyard Pinot Gris

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This is the first vintage of Pinot Gris sourced from a single vineyard block in the Blewitt Springs district of McLaren Vale.

These vines are planted in a steep, westerly facing slope consisting of fine grained sands over clay based soils. The proximity to hills and ocean breezes are beneficial in moderating summer temperatures to achieve even, gradual ripeness of grapes on the vines.

Pieter Breugem decided the wine would be best suited to making a ‘Gris’ rather the ‘Grigio’ style due to the existence of good phenolic components and a suitable integration of extended lees contact.

Flavours of Lime, Apple Blossom, Pears and Lychees this wine is suited to Asian style dishes, poultry with citrus flavours or subtle seafood such as Crayfish.

Gold Medal Royal Sydney Wine Show 2011

91 points Wine Showcase magazine September 2011

13.5% Alcohol – 6.6 g/L TA – 3.8 g/L RS

Only 400 cases of this wine wine were produced in 2010

? Change - 2006 single vineyard Shiraz

DrJohn_Shiraz-182x300This single vineyard Shiraz was sourced from Blocks 4 & 5 on the North Western slopes of Blewitt Springs, close to the Onkaparinga Gorge in McLaren Vale.

The vines used for this individual release average 60 years in age, producing small quantities of rich, healthy grapes. The 2006 vintage produced excellent Shiraz in McLaren Vale and a small portion was held back after two years of maturation in new and second year old French and American Oak Barrels.

Flavours of Raspberries, Liquorice, Fruit Cake, Plums and Vanilla Bean the palate is full but luscious with firm, round tannins.

93 points James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

14.0% Alc – 6.6g/L TA – 1.3 g/L RS

Only 600 cases of this wine were produced in 2010

2013 Willunga Shiraz

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Dr John’s Wines are produced by Possums Vineyards, established and owned by John Possingham and Carol Summers in the McLaren Vale wine region.

The Willunga vineyard is a picturesque and fertile area between the Sellicks Hill Range and the Southern Ocean.

Dr. John’s Willunga Shiraz displays warm summer berry fruits of blueberry and blackberries. The palate is luscious and balanced with spice, dark chocolate and vanilla bean.

Enjoy now or cellar until 2024.

92 points Huon Hooke 2012, Winestate magazine ‘Top 40 Best Buys Australia and New Zealand’ September 2012, Bronze Medal Royal Queensland Wine Show 2012

VARIETY – SHIRAZ
REGION – McLAREN VALE
HARVEST – MARCH, 2012
ALCOHOL – 4.5% ALC/VOL
TOTAL ACIDITY – 1 6.3 g/L
pH – 3.6
RS – 2.0 g/L

Only 800 cases of this wine were produced in 2012

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2013 The Vale Shiraz

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2011 The Vale Cabernet

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2015 Willunga W2

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