James Suckling 91
An array of fresh red and dark berries here that lead to a very bright and crunchy palate. Nicely defined and balanced. Ripe finish. Drink now.-JS
Dark berry with purple hues. An intensely aromatic wine with a fragrance of blackberries, dark cherries and chocolate, with cedar and a hint of clove. Multi-layered sweet fruit flavours with powerful yet supple tannins; full middle palate and a long satisfying finish.-Winemaker Notes
Nine Stones began as a collaboration between Leonard Paul Len Evans, often referred to as the godfather of the Australian wine industry, and his friend Denis Powers. Both men are of Celtic origin, and when the opportunity to create a wine brand based on this common ancestry presented itself, they named it Nine Stones. The Celts left many groups of standing stones, including Stonehenge. These standing stones or Druids Circles are believed to have been tribal meeting places. They are circular in aspect and amongst all the Celtic tribes, the wheel is the symbol of the Sky-God. This is the number of planets thus nine and its derivatives are lucky numbers. The initial three wines releases were of the Shiraz variety, chosen to display the characteristics of the region from which they emanate. Each wasa powerful, fully-ripened example of the variety. Today, the brand is owned and produced by Calabria Family Wines, a dynamic family-owned company that was established in 1945 in the Riverina region. They are committed to producing outstanding premium wines and are proud to carry on Len Evans great tradition through the Nine Stones brand.-Winery Notes
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Nine Stones began as a collaboration between Denis Power and Len Evans, the well-known wine educator and raconteur. The grapes were sourced from the company's vineyards and then made by Calabria Family Wines. In 2010, the Calabria Family acquired the Nine Stones brands from the Evans Family. The brands are now 100% produced from estate fruit and bottled on site. The Calabria Family will continue this simple message on the variety that Australia does so well.