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Established just eleven years after the founding of South Australia, the ancient vines in the Hundred Of Moorooroo were planted circa 1836 by the Jacob brothers, after accompanying Colonel William Light on the Seven Special Surveys expedition to populate Adelaide's north. Moorooroo endures as the nation's cardinal parcel of vine, the mother rootstock for many of the Barossa's most distinguished sites. For over a century, these sacred vines contributed fruit to the Orlando company, where they formed the backbone of countless spectacular historical vintages. Decimated by the government sponsored vine pull schemes of the 1980s, only four rows of these priceless vines were saved by master Ed Schild from complete annihilation. One of the smallest yielding blocks in the land, Moorooroo endures as one of the world's most illustrious vineyards... The fruit of vines established 1836»
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»

Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Pinot Noir is anything but predictable, as it grows in the vineyard and throughout vinification, it is a variety with many personalities, often choosing to do the opposite of what we expect. With a challenge like that, who isn't intrigued? From picking decisions, through processing and fermentations, pressing and ageing in French oak, Catalina Sounds are meticulous in their pursuit of an exuberantly wild fermented, complex and structured wine, yet always keep in mind that minimal intervention is the best approach to handling the noble but capricious Pinot Noir.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$311.00
Catalina Sounds prefer to allow Pinot Noir to express itself, for a wine that's structured and elegant, approachable and food friendly. Working to principles of sustainable land management and good governance of the environment, the team are also proud supporters of Pink Hope, caring for young women who have been affected or are at risk of cancer. Pinot Noir grapes are de-stemmed into open fermenters, some parcels are run off to new French oak to create an interesting, more savoury component, the open fermenters continue to dryness. Batches remain on skins for a few weeks before being pressed to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and maturation.
Garnet red with brick hues. Strawberries and blood orange, nutmeg, white pepper and floral notes to the bouquet. Lovely Pinot flavours of sour cherry and spice, leather and tobacco. Medium bodied, supported by long tannins and good acid balance, will continue to soften and develop savouryness. Ready to be enjoyed right now, fresh and vibrant, alongside rillettes of duck or game bird cassoulet.
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