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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 Cotes du Rhone. 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»
Planted to a rocky hillock just east of township Clare, Mocandunda is a collaboration of three well seasoned vignerons, the Messrs Heinrich, Ackland and Faulkner. Heinrich grows fruit for a number of the nation's leading labels, Faulkner is one of Clare Valley's most accomplished agronomists, Ackland established the illustrious Mount Horrock Wines. Mocandunda was years in the making, one of the highest altitude terroirs in all Clare Valley, the extended autumns and dry grown vines, encourage a exceptional ripening of grapes, intense with varietal characters, magnificently balanced between natural fruit sugars, acidity and tannin. Mocandunda sell the lion's share of their crop to eminent brands, their harvests have claimed Winestate Trophy and South Australian Wine Of Year. A small cut from the finest pick of Mocandunda fruit is reserved for the estate's own label. Originally planned as a pure Riesling monopole, the vineyard now hosts blocks of the most exquisite.. The craggy copse on valley clare»

Moss Wood Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Moss Wood include parcels of exposed grapes with no leaves, others without leaf removal. The former is a more complex style of Chardonnay with accentuated malty and roasted nut characters while the latter tends to retain citrus, honeysuckle and peach blossom aromatics whilst looking prettier. Before assembling, there are extensive tastings to check on the choice of barrel and to compare the different levels of exposure. The results are fascinating, a grand total of just a few hundred cases are made each year, Moss Wood Chardonnay is always beaut.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$359.50
Chardonnay is hand picked and whole bunch pressed, the free run juice and pressings are kept separate, cold settled for a couple of days and fined to remove excess phenolics. Batches are transferred to fermenters, a small percentage of lighter settling solids is included, warmed and inoculated with pure yeast cultures. After a day of activity, the ferments are racked to a selection of seasoned and new 225 litre French oak barriques, vinified to dryness, assembled and treated to full malolactic. The winery air conditioning system is adjusted to keep ferments at lower temperatures between 8⁰C and 20⁰C. A total of twenty months in oak is followed by bentonite fining and sterile filtration.
Medium straw hue. Lifted and complex, nectarine and blossoms, lemon marmalade and lime, long term barrel aging adds malt, roast nut and cinnamon notes. The front palate shows generous ripe fruits, full body and smooth texture. Generous peach, marmalade and roast almond flavours, a balanced astringency that builds the mouthfeel but doesn't impinge on the texture, giving a long, sweet, round feel.
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