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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 and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, la saveur de la France from the top pick of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Dowie Doole Reserve Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The most highly coke addled marketing executive couldn't have come up with a brand like Dowie Doole, but fast forward and the label now enjoys a growing reputation for profound Shiraz wines in Australia and overseas. Small crops of extraordinary quality fruit are grown to some enduring Mclaren Vale vines, to be fermented and matured at the Boar's Rock wineworks.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$425.50
The small 74 Block was the first parcel to be replanted on Norm Doole's California Road Vineyard in 1974, it produces fruit of unique concentration and complexity. Shiraz is harvested throughout the night to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Fruit is crushed into a small static fermenter for vinification on skins over a period of eight days while being treated to pumpovers thrice daily. At 2 baume the must is pressed straight to a selection of completely new French oak hogsheads for twenty four months maturation and a course of several rack and returns. Upon completion, the assembled Dowie Doole is given a coarse filtration before bottling.
Intense deep purple colour. A complex nose of dark fruits and leather, spices and dark chocolate. The full bodied palate is rich and generous, it follows on from the bouquet with blackberry and plums, spices and dark chocolate. A complex wine with excellent tannin structure, length and weight, marzipan and liquorice linger right through and onto the very long smooth aftertaste.
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