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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River will be delighted, redolent reds which bloom with berries and violet cassis, powerfully structured whites with substantial palates and crystalline fruit, chiselled and refined, the.. A better block on hay shed hill»
W. J. Seabrook & Son have been a part of the Australian wine industry since 1878. Many an ancient storefront, right across the country, are still emblazoned with the family label. Fifth generation vigneron Hamish Seabrook drew inspiration from time well spent at other illustrious estates, establishing his own personal repute as a distinguished winemaker during tours of duty at Bests Great Western, Brown Brothers Milawa and the Barossa's exalted Dorrien. A key to the long lived excellence of the Seabrook trademark has been a canny selection of exceptional vineyards fruit. Hamish hand chooses his harvests from the finest vineyards in the land, just as his forefathers did. He is a proud recipient of the prestigious Dux Len Evans and is an eminient jurist at the top tier of national competitions, a highly respected Juge du Vin at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Sydney, Royal Adelaide and Canberra International... Salutations to seabrook»

Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
The steeply sloping blocks in Upper Yarra Valley, astride Gembrook Rd and adjacent to Hoddles Creek, were designed by the hand of Providence, to yield stellar vintages of world class Pinot Noir. The challenging hillsides prohibit mechanical harvesting, it's all done by hand, except for the treading, laboriously foot stomped. No expenses were ever spared in the construct of the Hoddles Creek cellars, purpose built for the ageing of good red wine. The estate Winery Block and Top Paddock are planted mostly to Pinot Noir clone MV6, with smaller parcels of 114, 115, GSV15 and MS1.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$323.00
Grapes are all hand picked, hand sorted and destemmed without crushing, a component is treated to several days of cold soak. Parcels are vinified through a mix of wild and cultured yeasts as the cap is managed by a course of pigeage et délestage. Upon completion, batches are gently pressed and transferred to a selection of new and seasoned oak barrels for up to a year's maturation.
Bright red in the glass. Nose is complex, fragrant and earthy with raspberry, cherry and spice coming to the fore, cranberries and sweet Pinot fruit notes, barnyard notes and a touch of creamy oak. Fresh and vibrant palate with bright red fruit and herb characters supported by fine spicy oak and crisp tannins, approachable on release, lingering on the palate and seriously delicious.
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