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Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry, the first academically qualified winemaker to take up Clare Valley viticulture in 1949. He had an uncanny intuition for good land and established some of the most illustrious vineyards on the continent. Jim Barry is also a patriarch of the Coonawarra, in pursuit of the perfect terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon, he planted vines on the ancient Penola Cricket Oval, preserving the original pavilion for posterity. Jim Barry endures as one of the nation's most distinguished brands, renowned throughout the world of wine for decades of the most remarkable vintages, an evolving range of superior vineyard editions, defined by their penetrating fruit and seamless tannins, essential for every enthusiast of identifiably Australian, claret style.. Salient statements from superior sites»
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»

GlenDronach Allardice 18 Years Speyside Malt 700ml

Scotch Whisky
James Allardice established GlenDronach Distillery in 1826, it has since passed through the stewardship of Scotland's most eminent Whisky producers, Walter Scott, Charles Grant and William Teacher & Sons. Many of the original buildings are still functional, one is haunted by a Spanish woman who arrived in a Sherry cask. The very special Single Malt which bears the Allardice moniker is treated to eighteen years in a selection of seasoned Spanish Oloroso barrels, non chill filtered and bottled at a highly agreeable 46%, an exceptional experience in Speyside Whisky.
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