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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»
Halls Gap Vineyard was planted 1969, along the steep eastern slopes and parched rocky crags of Grampians Ranges, at the very beginning of a renaissance in Victorian viticulture. Since early establishment in the 1860s by the noble Houses of Seppelt and Bests, the region had earned the most elite peerage, a provenance of extraordinary red wines, bursting with bramble opulence and lined with limousin tannins. The Halls Gap property had long been respected as a venerable supplier to the nation's most illustrious brands. Seppelt and Penfolds called on harvests from Halls Gap for their finest vintages. Until 1996, when it was acquired by the late, great Trevor Mast, who was very pleased to bottle Hall Gap's fruit behind the exhalted label of Mt Langi Ghiran. Halls Gap joined the tally of Circe estate vineyards in 2013, whence.. Land of the fallen giants»
Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland idylls of the apple isle, that Melick established Pressing Matters, a meagre four hectares of superior European clones Pinot Noir. Mr Melick has come full circle, this.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»

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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