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The Australian winemaking industry is grateful to Leontine O'Shea, instrumental in the establishment of Mount Pleasant wines, she sent her son Maurice to France for an education in viticulture right at the outbreak of World War I, gifting him his first Hunter Valley vineyard in 1921. Mount Pleasant are now custodians of some grand old sites, a canon of small, elite blocks of vine that yield a precious range of icon wines, which represent peerless value and readily disappear before release of the following vintage... The legacy of grand old hunter valley vineyards»
Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Haan Prestige Merlot 2014 CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Cabernet Franc Barossa South Australia
There are only two hectares of Merlot at Haan but they have yielded a conspicuous tally of the nation's most memorable vintages in grand Barossa Merlot. The original property along Siegersdorf Road was acquired 1853 by George Friedrich Schmidt for the cost of a pound an acre. The excellence of the harvest from this princely parcel, known to neighbouring Barossans as Hanenhof, has established a celebrity for Merlot which belies its tiny size. An edifying indigo whorl of sweet and savoury fruits, supported by cedar, while seasoned by a soupcon of sage and spearmint spice.
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$479.50
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