Complexity with Cool Climate Wines

McWilliam’s Wine Group Ltd., a sixth-generation family owned company and makers of the highly awarded McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate range, has just announced the U.S. introduction of a new line of high altitude cool climate wines. Grown at elevations between 650 and 1,700 feet in the region of New South Wales, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Shiraz and 2014 Chardonnay have been produced from vines with reduced yields to exhibit dramatic, yet refined flavor intensity. Each of the three wines will be sold through the company’s importer, Total Beverage Solution (Mt. Pleasant, SC) at a suggested retail price of $14.99.  

“Some of the most exciting and successful wine regions in recent times can be found in the cooler climate regions found undulating along the Great Dividing Range, Australia’s largest mountain range,” commented Bryan Currie, Winemaking Manager at McWilliam’s and the creator of the McWilliam’s Cool Climate range. “We have long championed the cooler climate, higher altitude regions of New South Wales, sourcing from those vineyards lining this mountain range.” 

The grapes used to make McWilliam’s Cool Climate Wines are grown in select vineyards located in premium New South Wales growing regions including Hilltops and Gundagai. The cooler weather at these locations provide a longer period of ripening for the fruit, supporting the development of fragrant, medium-bodied wines—with exceptional flavor and intensity— that pair well with many different cuisines.

McWilliam’s Cool Climate Chardonnay 2014: The palate is soft and fruit driven with an added creamy texture from lees stirring. Fruit flavors of melon and stone fruit dominate a richly textured palate and are well balanced with subtle oak nuance. 13% ABV, 750mL, $14.99
McWilliam’s Cool Climate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: The palate shows soft dark fruit flavors intertwining with a fine tannin structure resulting in a wine of great poise and elegance. Medium bodied with great persistence of flavor. 13.5% ABV, 750mL, $14.99
McWilliam’s Cool Climate Shiraz 2013: Succulent and juicy with plentiful spicy red and dark berry fruit. With soft plush tannins and well handled oak lead to a long lingering finish. 13.5% ABV, 750mL, $14.99

“We have a saying in Australia in reference to Cricket: you’re only as good as your last inning,” remarked Jim Brayne, Production Director at McWilliam’s Wine Group, Ltd. “We believe the same is true with wine, which is why we’re constantly innovating in the winery, searching for new vineyard sites and exploring ways to remain responsive to consumer tastes and preferences.” 

McWilliam’s wines are imported by Total Beverage Solution, Mt. Pleasant, SC, (843) 881-0761.