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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
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 grow world class wine. Vineyards thusly planted around the Goulburn billabongs, came to be known as Mitchelton. Now a half century of age, the vines remain one of Victoria's venerable sources of superbly structured,.. Barriques between the billabongs»

Frogmore Creek 42 Degrees South Sauvignon Blanc CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sauvignon Blanc Hobart Tasmania
The long ripening seasons around Frogmore estate vineyard at Campania in Coal River Valley, translates into harvests of Sauvignon Blanc with softer, juicier acids and more developed fruit characters. Sauvignon Blanc grows beautifully here, the crisp berries are rich with grassy, lychee notes and low phenolics. 42 Degrees South is a vigorous Sauvignon Blanc, laden with slowly ripened tropical fruit flavours, a touch of mineral and ample herbaceousness, to match with the freshest seafood and gourmandise Vietnamese faire.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
All fruit is picked by hand off vines yielding two to three tonnes per hectare. Grapes are de stemmed and crushed into the press for four hours of skin contact, extracting optimal flavour and textures while minimizing phenolics. Batches are de-juiced with only slight pressure prior to an overnight cold soak. Components are racked to fermenters and inoculated for a controlled vinification at at 18˚C to 20˚C. Ferments remain on lees for several weeks to fill palate structure before being stabilised. A passage to cross flow filtration preserves freshness and exemplary varietal fruit character.
Light colour, straw green hue. Vibrant grassy and gooseberry aromas continue through to the palate. Fresh, zippy acid holds the animated fruit structure together, giving considerable length. A splendid accompaniement to wide noodles, lasagnette or mafaldine with a light tossing of okra, seafood or vegetables.
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