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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»
Beechworth attracts the most artisanal winemakers, the region's rich mineral soils and parched, undulating terrains, breed wines of vigorous flavour, crystalline textures and boney savoury tannins. The first parcel of Crown Land in the region was acquired by Isaac Phillips in 1857, he christened his estate Golden Ball and built a hotel named Honeymooners Inn, servicing miners on their way up the steep trails to the Beechworth goldfields. The old pub remains but the surrounding land has been turned over to viticulture, planted to vine in the nineteen naughties, it produces a quality of wine that's reserved for the nation's most exclusive winelists. Served by savvy sommeliers and savoured by the most discerning patrons, the limited releases of Golden Ball are an essential experience for aspirants of grand Victorian growths... Small batches of beechworth's best»

Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Gippsland Victoria
Phillip Jones was inspired by the great growths of La Belle France, to abondon his career as research scientist and plant Bordeaux varietal clones amongst the pasturelands of Gippsland. All good men of science are persuaded by the facts, a few fruitless vintages convinced Jones to apply his efforts to the noble grapes of Burgundy, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay. Jones makes wine like a shaman, his standards of viticulture are at one with local flora and fauna, for the realization of vintages which are crafted through an analytic focus on the sanctity of the wine's texture.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$455.50
Only nature can make great wine, the hand of man can introduce all the parts but it is ultimately a process defined by the environment. Phillip Jones is non interventionist in his winemaking, encouraging his Pinot Noir grapes to ripen fully and achieve maximum expression before the magic of fermentation turns the fruit into wine. He is also an artisan consumed by a reverence for the textural integrity of his wines. Pumps and abrupt movements are forbidden, transfer of the juices and components are conducted with a view to preserving the tranquility of the wine. Oak is employed judiciously, to soften the wine for up to eighteen months, integrating all parts without disturbing the virtue of a wonderfully textural Pinot Noir.
Very dark scarlet red. Bouquet of bright berries, fresh mushrooms and forest floor, rich with cherry notes, licorice and caraway spice over a background of cured meats. Plummy, silky lined palate, exquisitely balanced with a measure of mid palate richness. A juicy acid backbone and supple, disciplined tannins, before a genteel finish on a lingering length of spiced, festive plummy notes.
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