2013 St Mary’s Carillon

St Marys CarillonThere are a couple of interesting things about the Mulligan family and their St Mary’s Vineyard, 15km to the west of Penola in South Australia.

One is that they’re on land that’s made up of Terra Rossa soil over limestone just like their neighbouring Coonawarra, yet they’re defined officially as within the Limestone Coast. The other is their unusual – and rewarding – Carillon label which is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

In 1985 Barry and Glenys Mulligan planted their first grapes, reaping the pioneering rewards in 1990. They made their first Carillon blend in 1999, giving it the name after the dictionary definition of carillon as “a collection of bells (in their case ‘Belles’?) that work in harmony to produce something special…”

The newest-release 2013 St Mary’s Carillon is an interesting wine offering up suggestions of tobacco, cedar, plum and raisin flavours which makes it a good match with red meats, or a hearty casserole.