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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
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»

Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir East Coast Tasmania
Such are the favourable microclimes around Tasmania for the production of world class Pinot Noir, that they have attracted the interest and investment of some of the great Maisons of Burgundy. The soils that lay beneath the vines at Freycinet is terre extraordinaire, it works closely with the low altitudes, idyllic conditions and refreshing maritime winds, to encourage the vines into yielding the most extraordinary harvests of Pinot Noir. Louis brims with splendid cool climate characters, impressive for it's burgundian styling, while being unambiguously Tasmanian.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$215.50
Optimally ripe, exclusively estate grown Pinot Noir, clones G5V15, 114, 115 and 777, are hand harvested off fully mature vines and treated to inoculation in rotary fermenters. A pure yeast culture is added and temperatures are allowed to peak at a very warm 32°C. The musts are pressed after a week of ferments, whereupon Louis is transferred to a combination of new and prior use French oak barriques for a year's maturation.
Deep red in colour. Bouquet reveals ripe plum and red berry fruits with earth, truffle and perfumed cedar. The palate is full of spicy berry and plum flavours in combination with soft toasty oak and fine tannins. Thoroughly enjoyable whilst young, with the structure and concentration of fruit to mature gracefully.
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