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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River.. A better block on hay shed hill»
The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined Cabernet, generously.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»

Escarpment Kupe Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Wellington Martinborough New Zealand
Grown to the Martinborough Terraces along, Te Muna Road, where the free draining alluvial gravels yield complex mineral flavours, extravagantly oak barrel fermented to indigenous yeasts and aged ten months on sedimentery lees. Its bold yellow hues presage a ripe but restrained nose of savoury pomme fruits, judiciously oaked over a flinty mineral backbone, the ultimate exemplar of the august North Island style. Kupe Vineyard evolves gracefully, ideally matched to the freshest shellfish and Boston cray, New Zealand mussels and grilled hapuka.
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