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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
Sandro Mosele is one of Victoria's most accomplished vignerons, his celebrated editions of Kooyong and Port Phillip estates are amongst the most cherished renderings of Burgundy styled Pinot Noir in the nation. Mosele has applied his art to a precious parcel of fruit, picked off a single, modest block of vine, grown to the fully fertile soils of a lamb and beef stud, on the brisk, maritime blown coastals of Gippsland South. This is not Pinot for profit, Walkerville represents an aesthetic appreciation of fruit from the farmer, invigorated by the blessings of providence and consecrations of local livestock. A cornucopia of comely characters, forcemeats and fennel, pectins and pith, Walkerville make.. The grazier's garden of gippsland»
Andrew Nugent grew up next door to the great historical wineworks at Penfolds Magill. He honed his craft as viticulturalist and vigneron amongst the illustrious wineries of old McLaren Vale. In the 1990s, Nugent planted new vines at Woodside along Bird In Hand Road, on the site of an ancient gold mine, a godsend of fortuitously fertile soils and magnificent mesoclimes for stellar quality Adelaide Hills wine. Bird In Hand have since amassed a breathtaking tally of international accolades for the unrivalled excellence of their superlative vintages, wonderfully small batch releases, with the magnificence of structure, seamlessness and immaculacy of fruit, to enthuse curio and cognescenti alike... Vivid vintages from the tailings of adelaide hills»

Argiano Solengo Gift Set CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Montalcino Italy
Argiano is an ancient place, full of history, where wise men searched for the altar of the Roman god Janus. At the summit of a wonderful hill, southwest of Montalcino, the magnificent Villa of Argiano was built during the renaissance by the Peccis of Siena. Since 1500, the noble families of Tuscany produced wines from these superb vineyards for their own consumption and enjoyment. Solengo means lone wild boar, a muscular cepage of French varietals grown to rich Tuscan soils, profound for it's great finesse, refined balance and exceptional depth.
Available in gift set of 3
Case of 3
$359.75
The cellars underneath the estate Villa remain the most precious jewel of Argiano. It's here, that since the sixteenth century, the wines can fine at constant temperature and humidity, in complete absence of light and noise. The maturation takes place in a selection of the finest coopered small and medium size casks to achieve a more subtle and balanced tannin extraction. The choice of oak is of fundamental importance and is in constant evolution. Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are hand harvested into small baskets. Varietals are separately handled, macerated for a fortnight or more, fermented and treated to malolactic before transfer to a selection of completely new French oak barriques for up to seventeen months maturation.
Deep black purple colour. Bouquet of ripe fruits, blackberry and currants infused with toasty oak. Soft on the palate with great concentration of lush fruit, nicely in balance over the fine, smooth tannins. Impressive structure and complexity tempered by exemplary tannic extracts. The muscular cepage of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah expresses discernible sunny Mediterranean characters. The grace and gentleness of it's structure fulfills the promise of immensely satisfying early drinking, while evolving complexity.
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