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It was a matrimony between an American biochemist and the founder of Margaret River Devils Lair, that set the scene for one of the nation's most illustrious estates. A member of the Top 1OO Wineries of World, Giant Steps were established 1997, with a view to assembling an elite range of limited release Yarra Valley vintages. Crafted from the fruit of superior sites, some yielding just a few hundred cases each year, these are exclusive editions from bespoke parcels of elite terroir, bearing the curiously cryptic monikers of precious blocks of vine, Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Fashioned for aficianados of the euro style, defined by their winsome fruit and graceful tannins, the Giant Steps single vineyard range are all distinct for their expression of place, each articulate of a unique soil and influence of.. Big wines from little vineyards»
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Hewitson Ned Henrys Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
A very good friend challenged Dean Hewitson to construct the traditional, full bodied Barossa Shiraz, to be drunk young at lunch or at dinner, without straying from the fundamental Hewitson philosophies of French oak, fine grained tannins, perfect balance and profound expression of fruit. The Hewitson loves a challenge and rose to the moment with a delicious, forward drinking old vines Barossa Shiraz, dressed in the finest French oak. Most definitely full bodied, yet has great balance and poise with it's signature drinkability factor.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$323.00
From well situated vineyards on red soils over limestone, the classic Terra rossa, providing the fruit for Ned & Henrys. The sites are traditionally grown and low cropped, they produce the requisite flavours and tannins for this style of wine. After a course of traditional vinification, Ned and Henry are pressed into quality French oak barriques for the completion of primary ferments and a term of malolactic. The wine matures in these barrels for a year or more before racking. While the base wine has always been Shiraz, each year a small proportion of Mourvedre is included, which accentuates the palate and delivers the complexity which is Ned & Henry.
Deep red with a purple hues. Distinctively Barossa nose, black and red, ripe fruits and a dried herb spice influence of Mourvedre. Seamless class of perfectly ripe fruit and French oak is a stand out. The palate structure delivers fully, flavours of red fruits, dark cherry and dark earth characters are intense and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are gentle yet persistent.
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