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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 Côtes du Rhône. 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»
Rolf Binder is one of the Barossa's quiet achieving superstars, recipient of the most conspicuous national accolades, Barossa Winemaker of Year and Best Small Producer, Best Barossa Shiraz Trophy and coveted listing in the illustrious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Binder's focus has always been on old vines fruit, in particular, the abstruse canon of early settler varietals which populated Barossa Valley during the 1840s. Wild bush vines Mataro, picked off patches at Tanunda along Langmeil Road, ancient growths of Grenache from Gomersal and Light Pass. Rolf's tour de force are eight superlative rows of Shiraz, established 1972 by the Binders junior and senior, which yield a mere 250 dozen of the most spectacular, full bodied Barossa flagship. The profound opulence of Rolf Binder's Hanisch is matched in no.. Seven decades of tillage at tanunda»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally remarkable for their individuality, they speak of little places, husbanded to artisanal winemaking practices, the most wonderful expressions of Mornington... Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

Castelli Pemberton Estate Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pemberton Western Australia
Pemberton makes intense Chardonnay, textural and rich in the style of the timeless classics from the grand vineyards of the old world. Fashioned to the luxurious regimens of barrel ferments and lees stirring battonage, Castelli make a big Chardonnay wine of lifted nutty spice complexity, gunflint and minerality, power, elegance and exquisite length, all supported by sound structure and nougaty French oak. Ageworthy if you are prepared to wait, sublime drinking right now alongside the finest white meats, dressed with creamy white sauces, truffles and morel.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$335.00
Hand picked parcels of Chardonnay are chilled and whole bunch pressed direct to barrel, the balance is harvested throughout the cool of night to retain vitality. A mix of choice winery cultures and wild indigenous yeasts initiate vinification, batches are fermented to dryness, a component is treated to full malolactic. A couse of regular, nonoxidative lees stirring is employed to infuse palate richnes while developing luxurious mouthfeel and solid structure. A term of maturation, aimed at striking the optimal balance between French oak tannins and expression of fruit, is followed by the assemblage and bottling in December.
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