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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»
Established 1851 by the French Marist order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winery, under continuous management ever since. The city of Lyon's Society of Mary sailed to New Zealand with little more than faith, fair winds and a few healthy vines. Men of Burgundy, they knew from good wine, they chose their ground and planted rootstock near Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. Agriculture and livestock were a necessity, but the establishment of a productive vineyard was essential. The area is now known as Hawke's Bay, internationally renowned for the rich terroirs of Gimblett Gravels, home of New Zealand's most salient brands... The burgundy tradition of te ika a maui»
An ongoing resurrection of some fabulous old vines, a distinguished Blewitt Springs site and a range of the most spectacular McLaren Vale wines. When Kelly and Bondar acquired Rayner Vineyard in 2013, they knew that everything depended on the management of site and soil to achieve the excellence of wine they had in mind. The most fastidious husbanding regimens and a tightly scheduled evolution towards organic viticulture, the propitious Rayner vines have never yielded finer harvests, all translating into a tour de force across the entire Bondar range. Salient quality and penurious pricing make for a compelling mix. Old vines grown to salubrious soils, the harvest timed to perfection, a precision picking of fruit at just the right hour of day, aimed at capturing and bottling the exquisite expression of place. Bondar's.. Model mclaren macerations»

Hugel Classic Riesling CONFIRM VINTAGE

Riesling Alsace France
Hugel is one of the world's great wines. A joy to savour and to fully appreciate its freshness and purity of style, a flavoursome Riesling that everyone should enjoy far more often. Made by those wonderful folks who invented Riesling, grapes are grown in a region that has been producing the world's most reasured white wines for millenia. Hugel is vinified exclusively from fruit grown to sites in and around Riquewihr, managed by vignerons under contracts which have lasted for generations. A fine match to all good seafood, poached, grilled or smoked.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$245.50
Alsace as a winegrowing region was established by the Romans. Riesling grown here is healthy and highly aromatic, with remarkable natural acids that imbue vital crunchy expressions to the fine, classic wines. Grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses and filled by gravity, without any pumping or mechanical intervention. After pressing, the musts are cold settled and fermented in a combination of temperature controlled barrels and vats at 18°C to 24°C. Upon completion, batches are racked for natural clarification over the course of winter. The following spring, cmponents are lightly filtered and bottled for a spell of ageing under the Hugel estate cellars.
Lovely pale straw hues. Fresh, clean lively aromatic expression, the bouquet quickly awakens the senses, lively with the appealing characters of Alsace Riesling, focused and clean. This dry, elegant, fresh young wine is lively, complex yet integrated, attractively fruit driven, green apples and gooseberry, citrus, grapefruits and lime, elderflower and spring blossom.
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