Chain of Ponds `Novello` Cabernet Merlot 2016 (12 x 750mL), Adelaide, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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Chain of Ponds Novello is a winemaking style aimed at producing youthful vibrant fresh wines. This is our interpretation. Launched in 1995, these wines have been developed to be drunk young and are the perfect companion to food. Enjoy!

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Rating 93 - James Halliday Published 01 August 2018

Complex multi-parcel vinification has put the seal on an almost unbelievable deal. 80% crushed and destemmed, 20% split 50/50% crushed and whole bunches, part open-fermented in stainless steel, part in a Potter fermenter with minimal cap management, Burgundy yeast to enhance varietal character, 7 days on skins, 60% pressed to French oak (7% new), the balance matured in stainless steel It has all you could ask for, with strong cherry fruit, texture and structure 857 dozen made.

Winery Tasting Notes


Brilliant vibrancy with intense purple hues and intense plum red colour.


Lifted aromas of blackcurrant and mulberry with nuances of raspberries, blue berries and red currant. A supporting savoury lift of dried herbs and wild mint are balanced by dark chocolate and subtle wood spice.


Well balanced palate with tight acidity, intense and vibrant dark berry fruits with nuances of blueberry and plum and balanced with subtle savoury notes. Velvety tannins give approachability and drinkability while still giving structure and texture to the wine.

Brilliant length and richness are balanced by a restrained acid backbone that gives drive and intensity to the wine.

Enjoy young to 7 years.

Medals & Trophies

Trophy/Gold - Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2017

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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The Place

The ‘Chain of Ponds’ initially described a creek which ran all the way from beyond Kersbrook to its confluence with the River Torrens near Prairie in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The area was dotted at regular intervals with small ponds, having no visible connection above the ground but never drying up even in the driest, hottest summers. Much of the chain of water holes known as the Chain of Ponds vanished under the waters of the Millbrook Reservoir in 1918.


The Chain of Ponds winery was established in 1985 on the outskirts of Gumeracha, approximately 4km from the original township. While vineyards have been part of the makeup of the area since colonisation, the Chain of Ponds Winery was the first major planting of any note in the northern area of the Adelaide Hills Wine region. Four thousand vines were initially planted, covering 9 varieties, consisting of 470 vines of each variety, which was further increased with an additional 150 acres planted in 1989. The first vintage being in 1988.  The winery has more recently extended the vineyard boundaries to source fruit from a much broader area of the region, which has added further complexities and subtleties to the wines themselves. Chain of Ponds produces a wide range of products and varieties which are perfectly suited to this cool climate region. The white varietals include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Semillon and Chardonnay. The reds include popular Australian varieties: Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as emerging and exciting varieties for the region: Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Barbera.

Winemaker - Greg Clark

Chain of Ponds winemaker Greg Clack was awarded a winemaking degree at Adelaide University in 2003 and had extensive winemaking experience, working at wineries in the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale before joining Chain of Ponds in 2005. Greg initially working under our founding winemaker Neville Falkenberg, learning some of the secrets to producing elegant, cool climate wines. But in 2007 Neville moved on to other pastures leaving the gate open for Greg to step up and continue Chain of Pond’s drive to produce world class wines.  In 2008 Greg was a finalist in the Young Winemaker of the Year Awards. Throughout his career Greg has earned the respect of his peers for his hard work and attention to quality and has achieved many awards for his wines. He has meticulous attention to detail and is absolutely focused on quality both in the vineyards and in the winery . . . we are sure that his best wines are still to be made!

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