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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
An illustrious vineyard winery of great historical import, the Kay Brothers Amery property is planted to sacred vines which can be traced back to cuttings transplanted from the original Hardy site at Tintara. Holding pride of place as one of Mclaren Vale's first commercial vineyards, the winemaking practices at Kay Brothers have remained largely unchanged since establishment in the nineteenth century. An ancient basket press, painted bright red, is still employed to gently crush grapes in the traditional old world way. The exquisite Kay Brothers range remains one of the most sensational values in superior vintages of new world wine, the fruit of distinguished.. The essence & excellence of old mclaren vale vines»
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.. Big wines from little vineyards»
Henry Best was a highly industrious merchant and butcher who serviced Ararat miners during the Victorian gold rush. He planted thirty hectares of vine along Concongella Creek in 1866 and constructed a commercial cellar wineworks which continue to process the most spectacular vintages until the present day. The heirloom plantings of Henry Best remain productive, as some of the most historically significant rootstock in the world. Home of the Jimmy Watson 2012 Trophy, Royal Sydney 2013 Australian Wine Of Year, James Halliday 2014 Wine of Year, Distinguished and Outstanding Langtons Classifications. Remarkable for a style that's all their own, chiselled, brooding.. Carn the concongella cabernet»

Katnook Estate Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Exactingly crafted from fruit grown to distinguished vineyards by a devoted winemaking team, with a philosophy that reflects the tradition of Coonawarra, Katnook Shiraz will be found on some of the best wine lists and in some of the finest cellars around the world, often with several vintages. Coonawarra produces outstanding vintages, Katnook captures the elegance and underlying power of cool climate Terra rosa Shiraz. Fine grained tannins enhance the lingering savoury fruit flavours.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$431.00
Katnook have accumulated many awards over the years, receiving the coveted Jimmy Watson in 1986. Katnook Shiraz displays exemplary varietal character, sound palate structure with a subtle richness, excellent colour and fine soft tannins. Fruit is picked at optimal ripeness, having developed excellent varietal definition, generous flavours and fine balance between natural sugars, acidity and tannins. The subtle oak lets the fruit speak for itself, It's delicious notes of spice and pepper give away its cool Coonawarra origins whilst adding to the complexity. Matured fifteen months in a selection of seasoned French and American 225 litre oak barriques and 300 litre hogsheads. Alcohol 13.5%
Deep plum red colour. Attractive raspberry fruit highlighted by subtle sweet oak notes, intricate complexity, licorice, spicy plum and black pepper enhanced by vanillin chocolate oak. Richly layered palate of ripe fruit flavours, complex spice and oak. appealing raspberry and plum, over underlying licorice and sweet spices, combined with vanilla and chocolate oak maturation characters.
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