McWilliam’s Wine Group Ltd. has 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,” the company says.
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 per 750-ml. bottle.
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, the company says, supporting the development of fragrant, medium-bodied wines 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, the company says. Fruit flavors of melon and stone fruit dominate a textured palate and are 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, the company says. Medium bodied with great persistence of flavor. 13.5% ABV, 750mL, $14.99
McWilliam’s Cool Climate Shiraz 2013: Plentiful spicy red and dark berry fruit, the company says, with soft plush tannins, oak, and a long lingering finish. 13.5% ABV, 750mL, $14.99