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There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard Vineyard, establishing Brokenwood as one of the most cherished marques in Hunter Valley wine... Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
An Irish cobbler named Reilly settled into the tiny Clare Valley township of Mintaro circa 1856. He converted a stone barn into a homestead cottage. Reilly's Cottage served as the local cobbler's shop in the centre of the bustling town, which had boomed after the establishment of salubrious slate quarries. Almost 140 years later, the cottage has been restored to its former glory by relatives of Reilly, the family Ardill, once again it is a hive of activity, home to the eminent and award winning range of Reilly.. There once was a man named reilly»

Knappstein Insider Shiraz Malbec CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Malbec Clare Valley South Australia
The Knappstein team love a challenge, always consumed by a pursuit to enlighten and to surprise in equal measure. The Insider pushes boundaries to explore new styles, to entice the aspirant and engage the enthusiast. An experimentation of adroit yet avant garde techniques, can yield quantum leaps in winemaking. While the results may be unpredictable, they can also achieve highly individual, personality driven wines. A piquant, complex accord of Malbec and Shiraz with moreish berry flavours and affable bucolic charm.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$311.00
Fruit is harvested in two separate parcels off the Hanlin Hill Vineyard in Valley Clare. Shiraz is drawn from Block C, originally planted in 1963 but with a chequered past of being grafted to Chardonnay in 1983 and chain sawed back to the original Shiraz plantings in 1997. Malbec is picked off Block I, established 1969. Perfect phenolic ripeness determines a whole bunch fermentation. Components of Malbec and Shiraz are treated to a regimen of fully oxidative handling and inoculation to wild, unruly yeasts. The finished wine is assembled into a forward drinking, yet cellarable style of great interest, substance and structure. Alcohol 13.2%
Deep dark red colour. The nose delivers an array of red fruits, raspberry and morello cherry are layered with sweet five-spice and earthy beetroot notes. A brooding explosion of anise, cherry and mulberry flavours is pulled together by velvety whole bunch tannins. A challenging and thoughtful wine that keeps you going back to your glass for the next sip.
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