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It was a matrimony between an American biochemist and the founder of Margaret River Devils Lair, that set the scene for one of the nation's most illustrious estates. A member of the Top 1OO Wineries of World, Giant Steps were established 1997, with a view to assembling an elite range of limited release Yarra Valley vintages. Crafted from the fruit of superior sites, some yielding just a few hundred cases each year, these are exclusive editions from bespoke parcels of elite terroir, bearing the curiously cryptic monikers of precious blocks of vine, Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Fashioned for aficianados of the euro style, defined by their winsome fruit and graceful tannins, the Giant Steps single vineyard range are all distinct for their expression of place, each articulate of a unique soil and influence of clime... Big wines from little vineyards»
Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River will be delighted, redolent reds which bloom with berries and violet cassis, powerfully.. A better block on hay shed hill»

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1.5L MAGNUM CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir French Champagnes Reims France
Louis Roederer is unique in Champagne, retaining the most superior properties in the Montagne de Reims, Vallee de la Marne and Cotes des Blanc. Roederer's vineyards average 97.5% on the official classification scale, Cristal is made exclusively from Roederer Grand Cru grapes. Cristal is only produced in great vintages, when the ripeness of fruit enables a subtle, precise balance. Cristal nevertheless remains first and foremost the first growth of northern Champagne, combining freshness, energy and an exquisite, crystal mineral sophistication.
Each
$1109.99
Dozen
$13319.00
The Cristal hallmarks are evident with each vintage, purity, precision and a unique harmony of flavours. An elite coterie of Champagnes defined by exceptional quality and enduring good taste. Following the harvest, grapes must be brought to the winery in nothing but peak condition. Cristal is made from the finest cuvee pressed, in recent times, a fifth of the wine is matured in oak while being treated to weekly battonage. The traditional Liqueur dosage, prepared from Roederer Reserve wines, contains approximately eight grams of sugar per litre, varying slightly from vintage to vintage. Cristal ages for an average of five years under cellar and rests eight months following disgorgement.
Brilliant hues, lively, creamy mousse. An intensely elegant, rich, ripe bouquet, apples and fleshy fruit, oranges, acacia and vanilla bakery notes. Full bodied, well rounded, sun drenched richness, fleshy fruit combined with warm butteryness, citrus bubble and limestone complexity, elegance and grace, a deliciously lingering, seemingly endless, sensuous finish.
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