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Mount Difficulty are a commune of growers, established 1998 within the elite dress circle of Central Otago vineyards. Propitiously placed around the ancient goldfields of Cromwell Basin, their harvests had long been called upon for bottling under the labels of New Zealand's most conspicuous brands. Launched as a limited release of small batch, single block vintages, the co operative of accomplished growers, has evolved through critical acclaim and word of mouth, into a formidable range of Central Otago, defined by their excellence and exquisite eloquence of.. Venerable vignerons of the very deep south»
Right around the time that Frank Potts was planting his nascent Bleasdale Vineyards during the 1850s, an eccentric Prussian named Herman Daenke established a homestead along the banks of Bremer River, which he called Metala. The site was planted to viticulture by Arthur Formby in 1891 and became one of Langhorne Creek's most productive vineyards, it continues to supply fruit for a number of prestigious national brands. Legendary winemaker Brian Dolan took the radical step of bottling Metala under its own label in 1959 and won the inaugural Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1962. Two generations later, the brothers Tom and Guy Adams took a similar leap of faith and.. The goodly farms of brothers in arms»
Dr Frederick Kiel would take the trek by paddle steamer from Melbourne every summer during the late 1800s to spend his summers at Sorrento. His children established a grazing station nearby, on a property acquired from the Baillieu family along Portsea Ocean Beach, ultimately planted to vineyards in 2000. These are the most extreme western longitudes of Mornington, the undulating paddocks and sweeping views of tempestuous Bass Strait are a magical place for growing Burgundesque styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, well protected north facing parcels of propitious free draining limestone and calcareous sands. The windswept maritime vineyards of little Portsea.. Mornington's westernmost vineyards»
Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»

Antinori Toscana Santa Cristina IGT CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Tuscany Italy
One of the oldest winemaking firms in the world, Antinori first commenced production at Tuscany and Florence circa 1385. The majority of Antinori vineyards are located in Chianti Classico. With the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws, Chianti Classico grapes became so complex and rich, that they needed more ageing than the fresh and fruit driven Santa Cristina could bear, to maintain its character and style. Santa Cristina moved away from the Chianti Classico designation, by including components of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah to the firmness of Sangiovese.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$233.00
The wines of Villa Antinori originate exclusively from the Antinori Estates in Tuscany. Only those grapes born and raised, ripened, harvested and vinified in the estate cellars are labelled Villa Antinori. Fruit is sourced from vines which have developed maturity, elegance and a distinctive Tuscan personality. Following a destemming and soft crush, the Sangiovese and Merlot grapes are treated to seven days maceration in fermenters, during which time the wine completes primary ferments at temperatures no higher than 25C. Parcels are racked and treated to malolactic, followed by several months ageing under the Santa Cristina cellars at Cortona. The finished wine is bottled after a light clarification and filtration.
Ruby red colour with purple hues. Complex aromas of currants and blackberry, cedar and spice, violets and mince. Vibrant ripe fruit bouquets with a floral complexity. Well structured and harmonious with seasoned savoury elements, the introduction of Merlot to Sangiovese has brought softness and new fruit. Immediately approachable uponn release, a generous fruit driven Tuscan with judiciously drying finish to accompany traditional Italian cuisine and all full flavoured faire.
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