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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 and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the Brunello commune of Montalcino. Whole bunches and wild ferments in the like of ancient clay urns, hand plunged in the old world way, appreciatively unfiltered for a tasteful measure of sauvage. Aficianados of small.. Brockett begets the best of bellarine»

Leabrook Estate Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
Much of the philosophy at Leabrook centres around creating wines which are excellent as a compliment to good food. The finest Chardonnay are renowned for their innate affinity to cuisine, Leabrook defines the ultimate in styling, immensely food friendly while offering serious palate weight, superior length and remarkable elegance. From the Mawsons Ridge vineyard at Forest Range in the hills above Adelaide, the fruit of low yielding vines is essential, a remarkable wine of impeccable balance, pristine elegance and superior length.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$335.00
Honey straw hues. Full aromas of stone fruits, citrus, spice and beautifully integrated oak. Ample palate of layered orchard flavours, grapefruits and lyre fruit, nashi and nuts, supported by a fine length of creamy nougat textures. Well balanced and complex, bring your Leabrook to a long lunch of grilled white meats, avocado salad and the freshest seafood.
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