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Right across the road from Jasper Hill's Emily Paddock,a precious parcel of ancient terra rosa soil was acquired and planted to vine by a baronial Mornington estate, highly accomplished growers with a consuming aspiration to grow the finest Shirazin all Heathcote. They settled on a coveted site along Drummond's Lane, strewn with unique green Cambrian shards, a sacred place to yield the top growth amongst single vineyardHeathcote Shiraz. Decades later, the vintages remain excruciatingly measured in availability. Painstakingly hand made, arcanely labelled behind the monikers, Pressings, Block F and Block C, the cherished editions of Heathcote Estate represent the Grand Cru of identifiably terroir driven,.. The likely lads of drummond's lane»
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 aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
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Chrismont La Zona Prosecco CONFIRM VINTAGE

King Valley Victoria
Chrismont have been growing the King Valley's finest fruit and crafting exceptional wines for over three decades. Somewhat of a specialist at the high altitude styles, Chrismont have fashioned an immensely popular sparkler with pleasingly drying palate in the delightfully food friendly, fruit forward character of Proseccos from the Friuli region of northeastern Italy.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$239.00
Chrismont are well positioned with the most splendid vineyards and ideal locations on the beautiful King Valley, all of which combine for that sense of place known as terroir. With a similar climate and landscape to Piemonte and Tuscany in Italy, long summer days enable the grapes to achieve genuine flavour ripeness which gives lovely fruit richness to the wines, while cool nights allow elegant cool climate characters to emerge. La Zona are designed to drink any day, at any time, for any occasion. Crafted to the true Methode traditionelle which ensures richness of palate and fullness of texture, La Zona has been treated to a second fermentation within it's own bottle. Alcohol 12.5%
Pale straw coloured with green hues, a lovely bead and fine mousse. Nose of melons and citrus, green apples, almond and honey. The front palate bursts with dry, delicately flavoured bubbles. A crisp but not overly acid palate supports the bubbles through to the finish. A great aperitivo and ideal accompaniment to oysters, scallops, and crab. Drink young and fresh.
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