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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»
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 for the logger's axe, they are now the genesis of fruit.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Chardonnay French Champagnes Reims France
In 1876 Tsar Alexander II asked that his personal Champagne be presented in crystal bottles, thus giving rise to the very first prestige Cuvee. Cristal is made from the finest wines pressed from the highest quality grapes, grown to the most superior Louis Roederer vineyards. Today it is still produced in limited quantities, always as a vintage wine and only in exceptional years. Rich and vinous, the elite Roederer style is characterised by finesse and elegance, Cristal exudes an enticingly delicate bouquet and perfect balance of fruit.
Each
$389.99
Dozen
$4679.00
A super rich blend of the highest quality Champagne grapes 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. Aged for five years in its own bottle on the initial sediment lees before disgorgement. It then enjoys a doseage of 11-12g/L liqueur, whereupon it is resealed under it's final cork and aged for a further six months.
A lustrous amber yellow colour with an effervescence that is vibrant and smooth, and borders on cream. An exuberant bouquet revealing aromas of ripe fruits lightly steeped in alcohol (blackcurrant, cherries in eau-de-vie), together with toasty and wooded notes. A disarmingly refined wine with a bead like a parfait, a well bodied palate and a long powerful finish.
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