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Grown to the frigid climes of Central Otago, the vines at Prophet's Rock were established 1999 to the most auspicious sites in the nether regions around the ancient goldfields of Bendigo Creek. Challenging aspects with breathtaking views of Cromwell Basin and Pisa Ranges, these are places defined by their fortuitous soils and favourable climes, tiny parcels of vine capable of just a few hundred cases each vintage, picked for their confluence of growing conditions and husbanded by a devout cadre. The winemaking is decidedly French, small vessels and wild yeasts, followed by an extended term on sedimentary lees for opulence. Invigorated by the warmth of alluvial pebbles and infused by the minerality of quartz schists, the opportune vines yield a small range of wines, made by environmental purists in the old fashioned way,.. Bounty of bendigo goldfields»
By those wonderful folks who bring us Shaw & Smith. Tolpuddle was planted to vine in 1988, on a highly precious site along Back Tea Tree Road, just outside of Hobart. The inaugural vintage claimed Tasmanian Vineyard of Year in 2006. The illustrious Messrs Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith acquired the property in 2011, with a view to elevating the excruciatingly limited release Tolpuddle to the status of a national Grand Cru. A singular experience in new world Pinot Noir, Tolpuddle unravels endless layers of pastoral complexity, powerfully structured yet elegant, immaculate and poised... From little vineyards great wines grow»
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»

Tscharke Girl Talk Savagnin CONFIRM VINTAGE

Albarino Barossa South Australia
Damien Tscharke, proprietor, grower and winemaker is a sixth generation vigneron and Roseworthy baccalaureate who graduated with honours in viticulture. Girl Talk Savagnin is vinified from Albarino, an Iberian varietal that's native to the cool, windswept corner of northwest Portugal and Spain. Thick skinned, naturally acidic and an early ripening aromatic style, Damien Tscharke was convinced it would perform well at in the soils of Marananga. Girl Talk Albarino makes the perfect conversation starter, as well as being a deeply engaging food wine.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$185.00
Albarino hails from Galicia in northwest Spain, where it's grown to sandy soils swept by sultry maritime climes, quite the opposite of Barossa Valley. Following extensive research on this native Iberian, Albarino was planted to the Tscharke family property between 1999 and 2002, the vines are now fully mature and yield the finest fruit. Picked throughout the cool hours of night, grapes are destemmed and immediately bag pressed under inert gas, drained to tank, chilled and clarified until the morning. Vinified at temperatures between 13C and 14C to capture the vibrant fresh fruit characters. Upon completion, batches are left on lees for some months with occasional stirring to encourage rich mouthfeel.
Pale straw, green hue. Wet pebble nose, young pear and granny smith apple fruit notes with an underlying cinnamon spice. Well proportioned palate with wet stone pear and young granny smith apple, offering terrific structure for a leaner more elegant style, resolving on a pleasantly pungent, aromatically lingering finish. The perfect foil for rich creamy risottos and pan seared prawns.
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