This wine has undergone several name
changes. Originally known as 'Brand’s of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon',
then 'Brand’s Laira Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon', now its latest reincarnation
is ‘Blockers’. The Brands vineyard was originally established in 1893
by Captain Stentiford who planted Shiraz. It wasn’t until 1946 when Brand
and his wife Nancy acquired the vineyard that Cabernet was planted. It turns
out that in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, Coonawarra land holders who sold their fruit to larger wineries were known
as 'Blockers'. In fact, before Eric Brand released his first wine in 1966 from the Laira vineyard, he too was a
Coonawarra Cabernet. Awarded a Gold Medal at the 2008 London International Wine Challenge.
An impressive red. Very deep crimson brick red colour with brick red hue. Perfumed nose of cassis,
violet, blackcurrant and cedar delivering a delightful sniff. On the palate, flavours of spice, blackcurrant and
cassis followed by a hint of white pepper. Excellent length – fine tannins, with very long aftertaste.
Cellar 3-4 years (2011-2012)