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Bottles in the Vines

The Date Brothers first vintage in 1999 was a premium quality Shiraz, hand made by Andrew Mills. The wine displayed rich fruit and berry flavour reflecting the fertile soil and low rainfall of the Swan Hill district.

The 2000 Vintage was a Shiraz Cabernet. The 2001 vintage saw the introduction of the Durif, bringing the total to three quality reds and then in 2004 the introduction of Chardonnay.


This Durif is produced from low yielding, premium quality Durif grapes grown on Date Brothers Swan Hill Vineyard. The nose is a combination of anise, licorice, satsuma plums and rosewater. Sweet black strap licorice flavours greet the palate with smooth tannins forming a structured mouthfeel and clean fresh finish. After opening, allow the wine to breathe for half an hour.
This Durif can be cellared for up to 10 years and is complemented with rich meat and pasta dishes and is also recommended to drink with river fish such as blackened cajun Murray Cod and yabby dishes.

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This Shiraz Cabernet has aromas of rich black cherry and violets, with a hint of chocolate. The sweet berry fruit palate is complemented by seasoned American oak and a soft tannin structure. Bright mid crimson in colour, this wine is ready to drink and can be cellared for up to eight years.
Shiraz Cabernet can be enjoyed on its own or with most foods including Asian and Japanese food.

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This Shiraz has lifted aromas of ripe plum, cherry and berry fruits with typical Shiraz spice. The fruit and spice characters, firm tannin and excellent fruit weight linger on the palate, complimented by nuances of vanillan from seasoned French and American oak. Dark crimson colour that stains the glass this wine is ready to drink and can be cellared for up to eight years.
This Shiraz can be enjoyed on its own, but can be complemented with pepper based meat and pasta dishes.

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This Chardonnay has an aroma of intense ripe melon and white peach, underlying floral bloom and savoury French oak. The palate is a salad of stonefruit, juicy melon and nectarine is complemented by honey and roasted almond wood characters. A firm acid structure and lovely integrated fruit linger on the palate, leaving the mouth watering.
Served chilled this Chardonnay with a pale straw and green hued colour is ready to drink on its own and complements all cream based pasta’s, seafood dishes and most Asian foods too.

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