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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»
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Villa Maria Private Bin Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Gisborne Hawkes Marlborough New Zealand
A collation of harvests from splendid vineyards in Te Ika-a-Māui, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne provide the backbone of fruit. Waipara and Marlborough contribute components at the fruitier end of varietal spectrum. Fashioned to a medium bodied style that's delicately aromatic, soft on the palate and appealingly dry, ideally enjoyed alongside crisp skinned chicken or sticky pork ribs.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$257.00
Chardonnay is harvested throughout the cool of early morning, parcels are crushed and gently pressed. To ensure a soft and intensely flavoured wine, pressings are kept apart and separately handled. Juices are treated to a long cool vinification in controlled fermenters to retain vitality and crisp fruit characters. An occasional lees stirring and course of malolactic serve to enrich the palate. A select component is filled to a selection of French oak barriques for an extravagant old world style of barrel ferments, adding complexity and infusing textural richness. Upon completion, batches are held on gross lees for several months before assemblage and filtration into the finished wine.
Pale straw hues. Ripe tropical fruits, peach and kernel aromas dominate the bouquet, pear notes with underlying citrus and fig characters. A big palate of stonefruit flavours, crisp apple notes and creamy, mealy textures are supported by well integrated nougat oak. A medium bodied wine that's generous on the bouquet yet soft on the palate, styled for immediate enjoyment right now.
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