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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Xavier Bizot can make wine anywhere he pleases, he is a Bollinger and grew up amongst the Vignobles Superieurs of Champagne. Bizot has chosen to make wine alongside Brian Croser's family, from grapes harvested off three magnificent sites, on two paradoxically varied terrains. Planted to the salubrious Terra rosa soils atop an invaluable archeological dig at Wrattonbully, rich with the undisturbed fossils of ancient Cenozoic sea animals, Crayeres Vineyard was established right across the road from Tapanappa's illustrious Whalebone. The weather here is astonishingly similar to Bordeaux and makes an awesome Cabernet Franc. Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser are also.. The twin tales of terre a terre»
David Wynn introduced cardboard wine casks, flagons and the Airlesflo wine tap to the nation. He is best remembered for re packaging the Coonawarra estate which bears his name and which endures as one of Australia's icon brands. Wynn was a master of his craft and studied oenology at the world renowned Magill wineworks. An astute marketer and talented blender, he also had a keen eye for the land, investing in the ancient John Riddoch fruit colony and planting vines on a challenging site, high atop the lofty latitudes of Valley Eden. Mountadam Vineyards were built from the ground up, with a view to crafting a limited range of well structured, weighty wines,.. The legacy parcels of mountadam vineyards»
The Heathcote Wineworks were one of the first commercial wineries in central Victoria. Prominently placed along Heathcote's main boulevard, established by Thomas Craven in 1854 to cater for the huge influx of gold miners seeking their fortune. Thomas Craven was a purveyor of spirits and wine, he traded in gold, providing a lifeline to local prospectors. An entrepreneurial type, he also operated a coach service from stables behind the cellar door, despatching supplies and delivering mail around the central Victorian goldfields. The legacy endures within a measured range of small batch Shiraz, crafted to traditional techniques and fashioned for timeless.. The alluring case for craven's place»

Grant Burge Benchmark Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay South Australia
Mr Burge retains a host of vineyards which proffer a palette of complimenting climes, soil and aspects to the winemaking team. Each site is matched to the most suitable grape, ensuring harvests of exceptional quality fruit. Benchmark sets a high standard, the finest quality grapes and adroit vinification. Burge selects only those parcels which can best express a generosity of Chardonnay character. Benchmark is fashioned to a refreshing, supply oaked style, the ideal accompaniment to roast chicken, piquant thai green curries or creole style fish.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$185.00
As fifth generation of a great winemaking and grape growing dynasty that has been part of the Barossa since 1855, Grant Burge's commitment is absolute. Burge manages his vineyards to yield fruit of the most exacting standards. Chardonnay is sourced from the Barossa, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills. Grapes are crushed and cold settled, juices are racked off solids and inoculated for a cool vinification in fermenters over the course of several weeks. A portion is treated to oak barrel ferments, another completes malolactic. All components are aged on yeast lees for complexity, mouthfeel and texture. Following settling and filtration, Benchmark is assembled into the consumate, fruit driven Chardonnay.
Bright gold hue. Vibrant citrus, floral and tropical fruit aromas. The palate is lean and racy, fine natural acidity lending great length to the citrus flavours, a well rounded palate from time spent on lees. Clean varietal characters and rich textures, offering fine balance and remarkable approachability whilst young. Not your rich and traditional full bodied style of Chardonnay, but a more modern rendition best suited to fresh seafood or spicy fish.
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