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The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»
Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland idylls of the apple isle, that Melick established Pressing Matters, a meagre four hectares of superior.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»
Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»

De Iuliis Hunter Valley Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Hunter Valley New South Wales
The De Iuliis property along Broke Road at Pokolbin is a picture of pastoral idyll, spotted gums and mallee eucalypts surround the tranquil vines, breathtaking vistas of Brokenback range contribute to a mesoclime which encourages harvests of exquisite Chardonnay, defined by rich esters and refined acidity. Small yields and hand picked grapes, extravagant French oak treatments and a priority on preserving the textural integrity of a splendid wine, an astonishingly engaging experience for savvy white wine appellants and the most adroit Chardonnay enthusiasts.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$227.00
Pale straw hues. A beautifully balanced nose, bouquets of melon and subtle vanilla almond oak, hawthorn and hints of crisp green pear. A weighty, stonefruit filled palate combines the creamyness and textural richness of French oak with a cornucopia of orchard flavours, melons, grapefruits and granny smith, all resolving on a clean and lingering, nectarine peach finish.
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