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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»
Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by their affable excellence, sound structure and pristine, penetrating varietal fruit... Satiations from the nethermost regions»

Houghton Thomas Yule Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia
Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by a length of exceptionally fine tannins.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$389.50
Grapes are all hand harvested and hand sorted, crushed into traditional small open top fermenters and treated to three days of cold maceration. Batches are vinified to wild indigenous yeasts, upon completion to dryness, ferments are pressed and filled into a selection of Burgundy coopered French oak barriques for secondary malolactic and fourteen months maturation before assemblage. The inclusion of Malbec rounds out the palate and introduces wonderful complexity.
Dark ruby red. Bright, lifted blueberry and raspberry fruits, hints of black pepper and liquorice with nuances of spicy vanillin oak rounding off the bouquet. The palate is medium to full bodied, filled with an intensity of lozenge fruit flavours. A firm tannin structure with a soft acid balance frame a richly proportioned Shiraz, a long, sustained finish.
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