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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
The family Hentschke have been Barossa farming since 1842, they know from good soils and settle on nothing but the finest land. Keith Hentschke chose a special site along Greenock Creek, at the intersection of Gerald Roberts and Jenke Roads, near the ancient winegrowing hamlet of Seppeltsfield to plant vines in the early 1990s. They now yield vintages of the most amazing intensity, saturated with the essence of grand Barossa Shiraz, an international wine industry favourite and a sagacious selection this.. Savour a sip of seppeltsfield»
Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade to conserve and restore the ancient vines, establishing his cellars at Tanunda along Krondorf Road. He has since retained the most precious parcels, once destined.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»

Leeuwin Estate Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Leeuwin are particularly adept at vinifying world class Chardonnay, the estate's flagship is Langtons Classified, a member of the most elite rank in Australian wine. On three occasions, Leeuwin have been listed on the Wine & Spirits International Winery of Year and included in the prestigious 1OO Vins De Legende. Prelude Vineyard is an elite site, closely managed by the highly decorated Chardonnay artificers at Leeuwin, to yield a tghtly focused wine with layers of impeccably clean flavour, a remarkable balance and exquisite style.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$209.50
Chardonnay is a grape that Leeuwin does exceptionally well. Winemaking however is an art as well as a science and it is here where the skills of the staff combine with technology. Broadly following European old world practices, Leeuwin remain focused on achieving complexity, balance and longevity in their wines. Strict temperature controls, Bucher pneumatic presses and a cellar of imported French oak are at the disposal of the winemaker to ensure that the fruit is transformed into the finest Margaret River Chardonnay. Enhanced by a regimen of lees stirring over the course of many months, Prelude achieves the ultimate balance while maturing in a selection of fine French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.5%
Brilliant straw green hue. A bright and vibrant bouquet portraying beurre bosc, fresh lime wedge and ripe fig. Complex and layered palate, features a delicate lemon, pear and lime fruit spectrum at the forefront. Mealy notes, gunflint and subtleties of nougat, fragrant jasmine and sweet spice provide breadth to an elegant nose. Delicately textured with vibrant grapefruit and freshly cut lime, width and complexity enhanced by fluffy nougat notes.
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