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    Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
    Halls Gap Vineyard was planted 1969, along the steep eastern slopes and parched rocky crags of Grampians Ranges, at the very beginning of a renaissance in Victorian viticulture. Since early establishment in the 1860s by the noble Houses of Seppelt and Bests, the region had earned the most elite peerage, a provenance of extraordinary red wines, bursting with bramble opulence and lined with limousin tannins. The Halls Gap property had long been respected as a venerable supplier to the nation's most illustrious brands. Seppelt and Penfolds called on harvests from Halls Gap for their finest vintages. Until 1996, when it was acquired by the late, great Trevor Mast,.. Land of the fallen giants»
    Lindsay McCall's enthusiasm for great wine began in the 1970s, he established his first Mornington plantings in 1985 on the site of a derelict orchard at Red Hill along Paringa Road. From day one, McCall focused on exactingly managing the soils and the vines, after completing his day job as local school teacher. His affinity for the land and astonishing feel for winemaking produced monumental vintages of Pinot Noir, which propelled the exquisite range of Paringa Estate wines to international renown. McCall works closely with Mornington's finest vignerons to nurture better standards of viticulture and deliver finer vintages with each harvest. Limited yields of.. Exquisite editions by the master of mornington»
    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.. Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

    Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Semillon CONFIRM VINTAGE

    Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
    Cullen's splendid Margaret River vineyards are cultivated to represent the purest environment in the world, renowned for white wines of character and charm. Climes are similar to that of Bordeaux and the vines positively flourish. Semillon and Sauvignon grown to Mangan Vineyard are characterised by their fine linear structure and rich minerality. Land management and vinification techniques for this unique property differ slightly from those employed for white grapes on other sites, each are tailored to allow the influence of terroir to be fully expressed.
    Available by the dozen
    Case of 12
    $311.00
    The Cullen success story revolves around the quality of wine made from biodynamically grown grapes, sourced exclusively from the Cullen and Mangan Vineyards. Western Australia's wine industry acknowledged estate matriarch Diana Cullen by naming an award in her honour. The Di Cullen Memorial Award recognises outstanding contribution by an individual. Cullen will vary the proportion of Sauvignon Blanc to Semillon according to performance. Picked at healthy levels of baume, crushed and inoculated to mostly indigenous yeasts, a minor component is vinified and matured in French oak, while the freshness and vitality of Margaret River fruit is retained through a course of vinfication in controlled fermenters.
    Brilliant, pale straw with green tinges. Pungent, piercing and linear bouquet, combining intense cut grass slate and citric aromas. Mouthfilling palate, with an attractive blend of grassy, mineral, citrus and white peach flavours. The delicious flavours lead in to a long and particularly fine acid finish. Already drinking very well, will continue to evolve, a good choice today alongside gourmandise style crustacea and the freshest fish.
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