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Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»
There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard Vineyard, establishing Brokenwood as one of the most cherished marques in Hunter Valley wine... Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
Constructed during early settlement by a supervisor of colonial convicts, at the very epicentre of the market gardens which serviced Hobart, Clarence House is a heritage listed manor which remains largely unaltered since the 1830s. It passed through several hands before being acquired by the Kilpatricks in 1993, who answered the call of Bacchus and established the grounds to vine. There are now sixteen hectares of viticulture, several significant Burgundy clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Tempranillo. What's most unique about the Clarence House vineyards are the soils and topography, a number of northeast slopes which catch the early sun yet shade the vines from afternoon heat. A natural endowment of rich Jurassic soils which impart wonderful.. Heirlooms of a hobart homestead»

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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