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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by showroom tannins. The very elite of Frankland River Shiraz... Artisanal wines of distinguished sites»
Samuel Smith migrated from Dorset England to Angaston in the colony of South Australia circa 1847, he took up work as a gardener with George Fife Angas, the virtual founder of the colony. In 1849, Smith bought thirty acres and planted vines by moonlight, the first ever vintages of Yalumba. One of his most enduring legacies were some unique clones of Shiraz, which were ultimately sown to the illustrious Mount Edelstone vineyard in 1912. Angas's great grandchild Ron Angas acquired cuttings from the Edelstone site and migrated the precious plantings to his pastures at Hutton Vale. The land remains in family hands, a graze for flocks of some highly fortunate lamb. In between the paddocks, blocks of Sam.. The return of rootstock to garden of eden»

Fox Creek Jims Script Cabernet Merlot Verdot Franc CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot McLaren Vale South Australia
Fox Creek began to flow when a group of medicos decided to realize a lifelong passion and create the best possible wines out of bare earth and sunshine. The Fox Creek vineyards were established from the ground up to be the most environmentally friendly, whilst the vines themselves are spoiled with attention. Dr Jim Watts writes the recipe for a whole that's greater than the sum of parts, Merlot for elegance and plummy fruit, the silk of Cabernet tannins, aromaticness of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot for titillating spice and dazzling blueberry fruit.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$311.00
The essential c├ępage of Medoc, half of Cabernet and third of Merlot, the balance in Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The superlative quality of Fox Creek begins with an exacting pruning of vines to achieve smaller yields of the most intense fruit. Batches are open fermented for a week and a half on skins before pressing off. The Cabernet component is vinified in a selection of prior use French and American oak barrels, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are treated to the finest seasoned French. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep purple red. Fresh leafy and minty lift, hints of perfume, chocolates and cigar box, blueberries and blackcurrant, nutmegs and clove. Raspberries, black cherry and blackberry, coffee and mocha, hints of toast, brown spices and roasted nuts, Jim's fine silky tannins cosset the palate, delivering focus, flattering style and splendid length.
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