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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»
Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by their affable excellence, sound structure and pristine, penetrating varietal fruit... Satiations from the nethermost regions»

Delamere Sparkling NV CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pipers River Tasmania
Single vineyard Pinot Chardonnay, from the exclusive appellation of Pipers Brook, crafted to true Methode traditionelle, the full course of bottle riddling and disgorgement, liqueur de tirage and reseal. The latitude and mesoclimes at Delamere are uncannily similar to the Champagne growing terroirs of la Bourgogne, ideal for the realization of sparkling wines, endowed with old world charisma. A luxurious Tasmanian Cuvée with opulent nose and textural palate, to savour alongside sophisticated canapes.
Gaze across the natural amphitheatre to the closely planted rows, these are some of the oldest vines in Pipers Brook. The fertile soils at Delamere had previously lent themselves to the successful establishment of a wonderfully diverse fruit orchard and market garden. It was the pioneering vision of Richard and Dallas Richardson that in 1981, saw the more elevated areas of the property planted to the noble cool climate cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A harvest of Chardonnay clones Penfold 58 and I10V1, Pinot clones D5V12, D2V5 and MV6, are hand picked off fully mature vines, vinified and treated to full malolactic, followed by extended lees maturation, dégorge and dosage.
Lemon straw hue, an excellent, persistent mousse. Aromatic nose of biscuit and citrus, apples and mixed red berries. Creamy stonefruit and strawberry flavours, underlying brioche characters and earthy notes, hints of truffle and toast. A wine in superb balance, Chardonnay contributes great length, Pinit Noir adds full mid palate richness, a finely structured sparkling with racy acidity and exquisitely long, fine finish.
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