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An illustrious vineyard winery of great historical import, the Kay Brothers Amery property is planted to sacred vines which can be traced back to cuttings transplanted from the original Hardy site at Tintara. Holding pride of place as one of Mclaren Vale's first commercial vineyards, the winemaking practices at Kay Brothers have remained largely unchanged since establishment in the nineteenth century. An ancient basket press, painted bright red, is still employed to gently crush grapes in the traditional old world way. The exquisite Kay Brothers range remains one of the most sensational values in superior vintages of new world wine, the fruit of distinguished old vines, family operated since establishment, an essential experience for every enthusiast of the timeless and enduring Aussie.. The essence & excellence of old mclaren vale vines»
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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Flametree Margaret River Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia
The length of Margaret River's coastline hosts a tapestry of terroirs, each expressing a subtle variation on the profoundly aromatic and intense regional style. Flametree have assembled a collation of fruit from five choice vineyards in the premier viticultural precincts of Wallcliffe, Wilyabrup and Yallingup. A well proportioned wine with seamless integration that's greater than the sum of parts, Wallcliffe grapes contribute a measure of pepper and spice complexity, fruit from vineyards further to the north add rich dark berry characters and a concentration of flavour.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
Shiraz is harvested off vines planted to propitious gravel soils on select sites with a history of yielding moderate crops of the most intensely flavoured fruit. Grapes are treated to several days of day cold soak before inoculation to specialized strains of Rhone yeast, given plenty of air throughout the vinification in a mix of open and static fermenters, caps are plunged and/or pumped over twice daily. Some parcels are whole bunch fermented to encourage partial carbonic and introduce vibrant, spicy strawberry complexity. Batches are inoculated for malolactic, pressed off and transferred to a selection of seasoned French and American oak barrels for several months maturation before the final assemblage.
Bright, deep scarlet colour. Lifted blueberry and plums, liquorice and spice combine to create a soft fruit driven Shiraz perfume. Soft extraction techniques and open ferments have achieved a wine of ripe fruit flavours and fine tannin structure. The palate shows plenty of sweet dark fruits and spicy oak flavours. Ageing in older barrels has kept oak in the back ground and ensured that fruit flavours are star of the show.
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