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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 et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
One of the closely guarded secrets which remained cardinal to the preeminence of Grange Hermitage, was the sacred tally of exceptional vineyards which were called on to provide fruit for the new world's most stately Shiraz. The elite Grange Growers Club is one of the nation's more exclusive fellowships, an illustrious canon of distinguished wine growing families which are the stuff of Australian viticultural history. One of McLaren Vale's most eminent dynasties, Oliver's of Taranga were an essential inclusion into many of the mighty Grange's most memorable vintages. Oliver Taranga's estate flagship HJ Reserve Shiraz represents peerless value for a wine of its provenance, power, persistence and depth, $50.99 and drinking sensationally... A principal part of the great grange»

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 are 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
$227.50
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 32C. 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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