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The story of Langmeil begins with early Barossa settlement, planted to Shiraz by Christian Auricht in the 1840s, the estate vineyards were restored by the Lindner and Bitter families during the 1990s. Some of Herr Auricht's original plantings are still in production, three and a half priceless acres of gnarled, dry grown vines which provided the cuttings for much of Langmeil's refurbished heirloom parcels. A princely range of old, to very old single vineyard wines, delineated by the eloquence of each unique site, defined by the provenance of history and pioneer folklore. Saved from the ravages of time by the hand of providence and generations of dedicated Barossa growers... The legacy landscapes of langmeil»
At latitude 45 degrees south, Central Otago is the southernmost wine region in the world. Snow topped mountains, rocky ranges and dry tussock hills, a place of climatic extremes, bitterly cold winters, parched soils and discouragingly poor fertility. Designed by the angels in heaven for sublime and stupendous vintages of Pinot Noir. At the very epicentre of the most desirable confluence in Central Otago microclimes is Nanny Goat Vineyard. Conspicuous for her serious weight of fruit, splendid structure and chewy, textural palate, Nanny Goat make a magnificently endowed style, offering the understated power and presence to accompany gourmet game sausages, meaty Mediterranean braises or char grilled rib... That's perfect for porterhouse»
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»

Kooyong Estate Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
Consistently one of Mornington's very best, a meticulously crafted single vineyard Chardonnay, from fruit grown to 3½ coddled hectares at Tuerong. Kooyong is a true domain in viticultural terms, founders Chris and Gail Aytward were inspired to establish vines on a very special piece of terroir, chosen for its potential to produce quality fruit. The vineyard itself was husbanded from the ground up, with a view to growing Mornington's finest Chardonnay. A fully engaging, richly barrel fermented, mineral and quartz style of new world Chardonnay.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$227.50
A mix of several Chardonnay clones, selectively picked off exclusively estate grown vines, trained to trellis vertical shoot position on the Farrago and Faultline blocks. Faultline makes wines that are richer and fuller than Farrago, articulating greater textural characters and supported by the inherent minerality. Farrago Chardonnay is defined by its very linear character and strong minerality, the premier wine with the greatest potential. Fruit is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in a selection of new and seasoned French oak, without any added yeast, followed by a year's maturation Sur lie.
Vibrant pale straw with hints of gold. The nose shows lemon peel, grapefruit and wet stones. Palate has richness but is kept tight and focused by bright acidity running the entire length. Youthful and intensely flavoured, with bright citrus notes as well as sherbet, jelly crystals, mandarin and some oatmeal with hazelnut. Shows power, concentration and youth at the moment as it continues gain complexity.
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