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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 Rhône, 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.. Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
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Lake Breeze Bullant Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
A stylish young red by Lake Breeze, one of Langhorne Creek's most highly venerated wineries. This Bullant wraps the palate with lively fruit forward Shiraz characters, plummyness and spice, swathed in smooth chocolatey tannins. Beautifully balanced and representing exceptional value, Bullant makes for satisfying early drinking whilst offering the substance to see it through a spell of cellaring. As you're enjoying the wine, spare a thought for the fruit pickers and farmhands who danced in abandon amongst the vines, to avoid the menacing bullants!
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$191.00
Crafted from the vineyard through to the finished product with all the superior winemaking skill which Lake Breeze applies to its finest offerings. Grapes are selected and picked at optimum ripeness from good vineyards sited around the famous flood plains of Langhorne Creek. The well drained soils receive a deposition of silt during the annual floods, which ensures that the fertility remains at a high level. Maceration of the grapes whilst on skins has imparted to the Bullant an excellent array of varietal flavours, deep colours and silky textures. A ripe, full bodied Shiraz which has evolved over the course of fifteen months, whilst undergoing maturation under a selection of the finest oak.
Deep dark red in colour. Bouquet of ripe sweet plums, allsorts and liquorice with a touch of earthiness and the complexity of spice, freshly ground pepper, blackcurrants and cocoa with savoury meaty characters. Bullant is fully ripe yet youthful with a wonderful intensity and length of flavour. The palate is rich with black fruits leading to a long soft finish. Drinking well now alongside steak or gourmet snags.
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