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Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking tally of dozens national Trophies and countless competition Gold. They remain the quiet achieving tour de force behind the most.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
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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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