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Stephen C. Pannell is one of Australia's most decorated winemakers, Jimmy Watson and twice Max Schubert Trophy winner, London International Winemaker of Year and Chairman National Wine Show. Pannell grew up amongst the illustrious plantings of his parents vineyards at Moss Wood, he established the profoundly artisanal Picardy of Pemberton and found time in between tours of duty at Wirra Wirra, Tintara and BRL Hardy, to do vintage in Burgundy, at the illustrious Mouton Rothschild and amongst the grand old vines of Barolo. Whatever the brand, regardless of vintage, S.C. Pannell's extraordinary wines are all distinct for their remarkable splendour, beguiling multi dimensionalism and breathtakingly.. Peerless value by our nation's finest»
Established 1851 by the French Marist order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winery, under continuous management ever since. The city of Lyon's Society of Mary sailed to New Zealand with little more than faith, fair winds and a few healthy vines. Men of Burgundy, they knew from good wine, they chose their ground and planted rootstock near Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. Agriculture and livestock were a necessity, but the establishment of a productive vineyard was essential. The area is now known as Hawke's Bay, internationally renowned for the rich terroirs of Gimblett Gravels, home of New Zealand's most salient brands... The burgundy tradition of te ika a maui»
A living legend and bespoke savant of the Australian wine industry, Geoff Merrill began his career in 1973 at Seppelt & Son, before completing tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella. Geoff acquired the historic Reynella wineworks in 1985 and has continued to craft many of McLaren Vale's most memorable vintages ever since. Mr Merrill has claimed countless industry accolades and many of our nation's most prestigious awards, including the hotly contested VISY Great Shiraz Challenge and the illustrious Jimmy Watson Trophy. Merrill offers a range of artisanal, limited release wines, of timely age, extravagant oak and sound value... The advanced age & luxury oak of mclaren vale's quiet achiever»

Forest Hill Block 9 Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Mount Barker Western Australia
Forest Hill work hard at extracting the best possible Shiraz out of Block 9. Better soil maintenance with no herbicides and more composted material, while leaf plucking is applied earlier in the season and more diligently. The maturity of the vines, management of the property and evolution in the quality of fruit all impact on the excellence of the finished wine. Its long and fine, chewy structure is dominated by bold varietal fruit characters, while the background gamey nuances intensify the palate, along with subtle earthiness and sweet spice undertones.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$389.50
The raw Shiraz grapes at vintage feature ripe, fleshy, berry flavours with firm, fine, elegant tannin. Vine health is fastidiously maintained and canopy densities are always optimal as a result of shoot thinning to ensure balanced growth. Grapes are cold soaked in eight-tonne fermenters to extract and retain desirable varietal flavours and aromas. The juices are vinified at around 45C to prevent over extraction of tannins locked in the skins. Macerations are not extended for the same reason. The wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic, softening the palate and completing the integration. Matured eighteen months in a combination of new and seasoned Francois Freres and Sirugue French oak bariques.
Dark red, purple hues. Intense aromas of blueberry and satsuma plum, subtle anise and earthy undertones. Intense flavours of red and black berries over a length of fine silky tannins, perfectly integrated within a long and generous mouthfeel, its palate sweetness and cherry ripe oak will continue to soften and evolve. A suitable match to the finest red meat gourmandise.
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Forest Hill is a family owned, boutique winery with an uncompromising approach to quality, creating unique and exciting wines of the highest calibre

The Forest Hill philosophy is to make individual wines of the highest quality with distinctive regional character. The estate takes aim to produce approachable, understated styles that are pure expressions of unique sites within the forty year old Forest Hill vineyard. Each Forest Hill wine is a true expression of the Great Southern wine growing region of Western Australia, displaying unique regional and varietal character with finesse, elegance and definition.

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Established in 1965 Forest Hill is the oldest cool climate vineyard in Western Australia. The combination of warm days, cool nights and mature, dry grown vines contribute to the Forest Hill wines achieving worldwide recognition and winning multiple awards over its forty year history. In 1965 The Department of Agriculture and Dr John Gladstone chose the Pearse family's Forest Hill farm after extensive research to find the most suitable site for the production of premium quality, cool climate wine styles in WA.

The Forest Hill Vineyard is planted 10 minutes drive west of Mt Barker. It's unique topography, deep gravel soils and proximity to the Southern Ocean ensures mild summers with cooling southerly breezes. This provides ideal conditions for the production of cool climate wine styles. The Forest Hill winery is designed to retain regional and varietal character throughout the winemaking process by using small, individual fermentation tanks, sorting tables for hand- picked fruit and state of the art technology.

A Millars timber line originally ran through this Denmark site moving timber from Denmark to Albany, part of which can still be seen below the first row of vines as you enter Forest Hill. Some time after the Millars departure the timberline became the main road west of Denmark and held the name among locals as Musical Bend. Apparently when a breeze moved through the canopy of adjoining trees above the crossing, a musical tone could be heard through the valley, the same valley that now holds the backdrop to the Forest Hill ampitheater.

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Two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling were planted and the first of the fruit was processed at Houghton's Winery in the Swan Valley and later at Sandalford. At the time of establishment, vineyard irrigation was not an industry consideration and all early plantings were dry grown providing drought prevention and ensuring low yields. Forest Hill have retained this approach, believing it to be a major contributor to vine health and concentration of fruit flavour.

As the vineyard developed and more vines were planted, Forest Hill began to be recognised throughout Australia as a producer of very high quality fruit and the backbone behind some of WA's most famous wines. The unique attributes of the region were recognised by the late Robert Holmes à Court who, in 1989 purchased Forest Hill as the oldest vineyard in the Great Southern to complement his ownership of Vasse Felix, the oldest vineyard in Margaret River. As time went by and the WA wine industry developed, Forest Hill's Vineyard's reputation grew, but the Forest Hill label remained boutique in nature and was produced in very small quantities.

In 1996 Tim Lyons acquired the Forest Hill Vineyard. Taking advantage of the diversity of the land and the potential for selecting specific planting sites, Lyons slowly expanded the vineyard to include new varieties and new viticultural techniques whilst retaining the focus on low yields, hand pruning and hand harvesting. In 2003, a winery site was established in the nearby coastal town of Denmark and a new viticulture, winemaking and marketing team were brought on board. For the first time in its history fruit from the Forest Hill vineyard was processed in its own winery and sold in the newly built cellar door.

In 2005 Greenpool Restaurant and Function Centre was opened and has since hosted countless weddings, business functions and theme nights. The architecturally designed building and stunning views over the valleys have proven a great draw card for functions, lunches or even just a quiet glass of wine on the balcony.

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