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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 and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Beechworth attracts the most artisanal winemakers, the region's rich mineral soils and parched, undulating terrains, breed wines of vigorous flavour, crystalline textures and boney savoury tannins. The first parcel of Crown Land in the region was acquired by Isaac Phillips in 1857, he christened his estate Golden Ball and built a hotel named Honeymooners Inn, servicing miners on their way up the steep trails to the Beechworth goldfields. The old pub remains but the surrounding land has been turned over to viticulture, planted to vine in the nineteen naughties, it produces a quality of wine that's reserved for the nation's most exclusive winelists. Served by savvy sommeliers and savoured by the most discerning patrons, the limited releases of Golden Ball are an essential experience for aspirants of grand Victorian growths... Small batches of beechworth's best»

Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Ravenswood Lane is the link between the Hollick Coonawarra Vineyards, namely the Neilson's Block. First vintaged in 1988, Ravenswood is only released when the wine satisfies the very exacting quality parameters set by the Hollick team. The best parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Hollick vineyards are earmarked for Ravenswood, typically the fruit comes from the oldest vines growing in very shallow Terra rossa soil. Released in extremely limited quantities, it stands as an icon Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon of great significance.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$389.50
The twelve hectare Neilson's Block was one of the original John Riddoch selections, in true Coonawarra fashion it was exploited as a dairy farm until the planting of rootstock in 1975. Extensive canopy renovation has envigorated the vines and revitalised the quality of harvest. Consistently producing some of Coonawarra's best Cabernet, the cream of crop is earmarked for Ravenswood. Once in the winery the utmost care is taken to preserve the unique and exquisite fruit characters which are its raison d'ĂȘtre. The fruit begins vinification in fermenters before being filled to completely new Tarandsaud & Seguin Moreau French oak barriques for completion and eighteen months maturation.
Dense crimson with purple hues at the rim. Lifted, penetrating aromas of blackcurrant and plums, cassis and black olive. A wine of genuine class with intense flavours of dark berry fruits and hints of dried herbs, menthol and chocolate oak, over integrated and soft, fine grained tannins that ensure the wine is approachable in its youth, the track suggests it cellars exceptionally well. Complex and concentrated, best enjoyed with fine gourmandise.
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