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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the.. A better block on hay shed hill»
Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»
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.. The compelling case for old vines grenache»
Major Sir Thomas Mitchell left more than just an invaluable bequeth of our nation's most detailed frontier maps. Mitchell distinguished himself in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic wars in the renowned 95th Baker Rifles. A gifted draftsman, he found his way to the nascent colonies of Australia, where his acumen at mapmaking won him the office of Surveyor General. During one of Mitchell's historical expeditions, he charted the fertile lands around Victoria's Goulburn Valley, establishing the colonial fruitgrowing township of Mitchell's Town. The district's auspicious orchards flourished until Colin Preece identified the region as an opportune place to.. Barriques between the billabongs»

Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Bellarine Victoria
An assemblage of Chardonnay from the right side of Port Philip Bay. A backbone of fruit from the Scotchman's vineyards is supported by parcels grown to good vineyards around Bellarine and Geelong. A refreshing and flavoursome fruit driven, yet texturally rich Chardonnay of quality and consistency year to year, designed to be enjoyed in it's youth.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$245.00
Established 1982, Scotchmans Hill has become a producer of some of Victoria's most perennially loved, elegant and consistent wines. Swan Bay Chardonnay is an assemblage of cool climate wines from good vineyards around Geelong and the Strathbogie Ranges. Most of the juices, approximately two thirds, are treated to a lavish oak barrel vinification to enhance the finished wine with creamy characters and fine cashew complexity, the balance is sent to fermenters for the retention of zippy Bellarine acidity and vitally fresh fruit characters. The barrel ferment component is treated to six months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques.
Pale gold with green hues. Nectarine and white peach with citrus fruits dominating the bouquet. This is complimented by creamy overtones, spice and cedar oak. Up-front fruit flavours of nectarine, white peach, melon and lemon citrus with a mineral edge throughout the palate. A generous Chardonnay mouthfeel, creamy and nutty oak characters round out the wine, which has a long, lingering back palate.
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