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Somewhere near the Seaview end of McLaren Vale's Chapel Hill Road, a perfunctory passerine perched her pincers astride a pair of power poles and saw herself alit. Down she went amongst the dry grown branches of an old Grenache vineyard, setting the valuable veterans ablaze. The scorched site eventually came to the attention of a winemaking trio, the Messrs Leske, Tynan & Cooke, Masters of Wine and a venerable vintner, all driven by a consuming passion to make greater Grenache. Thistledown vintage very small amounts of the most extraordinary Grenache. Beautifully detailed and conspicuously elegant, their floral bouquets and graceful finish emulate the aromatic lift and peacock's tail of a prettily perfumed Pinot Noir. Magnificent to savour as a captivating aperitif, a bliss alongside fine cuisine, the Grenache of Thistledown represent an exquisite new direction in the evolving Aussie Grenache style... Polly & the pyre to paradise»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally remarkable for their individuality, they speak of little places, husbanded to artisanal winemaking practices, the most wonderful expressions of Mornington... Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

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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