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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Côtes du Rhône. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
The family Hentschke have been Barossa farming since 1842, they know from good soils and settle on nothing but the finest land. Keith Hentschke chose a special site along Greenock Creek, at the intersection of Gerald Roberts and Jenke Roads, near the ancient winegrowing hamlet of Seppeltsfield to plant vines in the early 1990s. They now yield vintages of the most amazing intensity, saturated with the essence of grand Barossa Shiraz, an international wine industry favourite and a sagacious selection this.. Savour a sip of seppeltsfield»
Boutique winemaking affords great advantages, every vine can be uniquely husbanded, quality control is maximised, each barrel can be individually sampled and assembled into the perfect cuvee. Engineering types are innately suited to such viticulture. Colin Best embarked upon his sabbatical to the great vineyards of Burgundy's Cote d'Or. He returned to plant Pinot Noir on a craggy half hectare near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. An ancient masonry wool mill was outfitted for winemaking and Leabrook Estate was born. This is an aesthetic range of meticulously crafted, limited vintages, fashioned for the aficianado of bespoke, small batch, little vineyard wines... The lobethal libations of leabrook»

Leeuwin Estate Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Leeuwin are particularly adept at vinifying world class Chardonnay, the estate's flagship is Langtons Classified, a member of the most elite rank in Australian wine. On three occasions, Leeuwin have been listed on the Wine & Spirits International Winery of Year and included in the prestigious 1OO Vins De Legende. Prelude Vineyard is an elite site, closely managed by the highly decorated Chardonnay artificers at Leeuwin, to yield a tghtly focused wine with layers of impeccably clean flavour, a remarkable balance and exquisite style.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$359.00
Chardonnay is a grape that Leeuwin does exceptionally well. Winemaking however is an art as well as a science and it is here where the skills of the staff combine with technology. Broadly following European old world practices, Leeuwin remain focused on achieving complexity, balance and longevity in their wines. Strict temperature controls, Bucher pneumatic presses and a cellar of imported French oak are at the disposal of the winemaker to ensure that the fruit is transformed into the finest Margaret River Chardonnay. Enhanced by a regimen of lees stirring over the course of many months, Prelude achieves the ultimate balance while maturing in a selection of fine French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.5%
Brilliant straw green hue. A bright and vibrant bouquet portraying beurre bosc, fresh lime wedge and ripe fig. Complex and layered palate, features a delicate lemon, pear and lime fruit spectrum at the forefront. Mealy notes, gunflint and subtleties of nougat, fragrant jasmine and sweet spice provide breadth to an elegant nose. Delicately textured with vibrant grapefruit and freshly cut lime, width and complexity enhanced by fluffy nougat notes.
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