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Kalleske are one of our nation's most distinguished winegrower families, Barossa through and through, heirs to the tradition of Prussian pastoralists who established South Australia as one of the world's great viticultural precincts. The family Kalleske were the quiet achievers behind the stellar quality of fruit, at the heart of the most memorable vintages Penfolds Grange. Old sites and ancient vines, a tally of which have been branded under the Atze's Corner label, a regal range of stately Barossa wines, irresistibly underpriced in terms of provenance, excellence and sheer delight. Spectacular bouquets, redolent of freshness, fragrance and fruit,.. Small batches of the barossa's very best»
There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket.. Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
Grown to the frigid climes of Central Otago, the vines at Prophet's Rock were established 1999 to the most auspicious sites in the nether regions around the ancient goldfields of Bendigo Creek. Challenging aspects with breathtaking views of Cromwell Basin and Pisa Ranges, these are places defined by their fortuitous soils and favourable climes, tiny parcels of vine capable of just a few hundred cases each vintage, picked for their confluence of growing conditions and husbanded by a devout cadre. The winemaking is decidedly French, small vessels and wild yeasts, followed by an extended term on sedimentary lees for opulence. Invigorated by the warmth of alluvial.. Bounty of bendigo goldfields»
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Capel Vale Debut Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Geographe Western Australia
Debut best illustrates the remarkable power, intense flavour profiles and sophistication of Merlot grown to good vineyards around Geographe Bay. One of the few major family owner operated wineries in Western Australia, Capel Vale have grown enormously in stature as a purveyor of the finest Merlot through a succession of highly acclaimed editions. Attend this memorable Debut with cutlets of rare pink lamb, a red wine osso bucco or hard, pungent cheese.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$227.00
Eighty acres of capel Vale vineyards are named after the original Capel Shire subdivisions, the Stirling district being one of the earliest areas surveyed in the entire state. Merlot grapes are partially hand picked off a split canopy trellising system and de-stemmed without any crushing for maximum whole berry inclusion. The musts are chilled and cold soaked for up to five days followed by a traditional vinification. Batches are pressed and settled, racked off gross lees for malolactic and maturation in seasoned French oak barriques to soften the tannins while building structure.
Plum / cherry coloured. Bouquets of kirsch and plum, blackcurrants, bramble and spice, luscious dark blueberry fruits are complemented by mint, leather notes and autumn leaves. The palate is rich and generous whilst maintaining elegance and finesse, sweet plum and cherry flavours, tomatoes and mint, complemented by subtle spice, chocolates and tobacco, over a length of fine tannins, leading to a dry, satisfying finish.
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