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By those wonderful folks who bring us Shaw & Smith. Tolpuddle was planted to vine in 1988, on a highly precious site along Back Tea Tree Road, just outside of Hobart. The inaugural vintage claimed Tasmanian Vineyard of Year in 2006. The illustrious Messrs Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith acquired the property in 2011, with a view to elevating the excruciatingly limited release Tolpuddle to the status of a national Grand Cru. A singular experience in new world Pinot Noir, Tolpuddle unravels endless layers of pastoral complexity, powerfully structured yet elegant, immaculate and poised... From little vineyards great wines grow»
William James Maxwell was an architectural sculptor who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1875. He built a mock castle and established a family vineyard just outside Adelaide, which he named Woodlands Park. His son planted vines in nearby McLaren Vale and his grandson served a term as winemaker for Hardy Wines at the historic Tintara wineworks. William Maxwell's progeny remain in McLaren Vale, producing the southern hemisphere's most successful brands of Honey Mead, as well as vintages of the most extraordinary value in McLaren Vale Shiraz. But what does Maxwell taste like? Gentleman James Halliday describes Maxwell as robust, picking the eyes out of McLaren Vale shiraz; licorice, dark chocolate, savoury firm, ripe tannins, blackberry, positive oak the icing on the cake. Terrific value. Oh yes, he suggests that it should be enjoyed by.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »

Knappstein Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
A solid regional style by one of Valley Clare cardinal winemakers, a generously proportioned Shiraz that's redolent with violet perfumes and brimming with cherry mint flavours, over a suitably soft palate of exquisite balance and sound structure. The majority of fruit is sourced from the Knappstein Yertabulti Vineyard which sits atop an elevated site just east of township Clare. Vines are planted to Terra rosa soils, naturally very low yielding, delivering harvests of Shiraz exhibiting profound regionality and irresistible varietal charm.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
Knappstein's decision to ungraft some Chardonnay in preference of thirty year old Shiraz rootstock was an unfashionable choice in the 1990s. By allowing the vines to find their natural balance, Knappstein has best been able to understand the quality and characteristics of the different sites. Of these, three 30 year old vineyards have excelled with unique characteristics and calibre for their respective variety. Fermented in static potter and open fermenters, with gentle extraction of flavours and texture through pumping over and hand plunging daily over a fortnight. The skins are pressed and the wine allowed to cold settle before transfer to a selection of fine oak barrels for an extended term of maturation.
Bright scarlet colour. A ripe Shiraz nose of coffee and chocolates, florals and subdued pepper, underlying dark blackberry and plums with an attractive violet lift. The palate displays plum and dark berries. The persistent flavours are balanced by fine sandy tannins and spicey French oak. A Shiraz with great intensity, weight and style.
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