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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular Coonawarra way, the Balnaves brand endures in the tradition of world class vintages grown to Terra Rosa soils, enriched by generations of happy and healthy Coonawarra sheep.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
One of the Australian west's most enduring marques, the illustrious vineyards of Howard Park are now in their fourth and fifth decade. Langton's Listed and recipient of the most prestigious accolades, Grande Medialle d'Or Concours Mondial and London International Wine & Spirits Competition. Howard Park were established from the ground up with a strict adherence to sustainable, holistic viticulture. Planted to sheep studs along Margaret River's Wilyabrup Creek, drawing fruit from the oldest Cabernet vines on Mount Barker, renowned for opulence and structure, they continue to deliver a range of superlative single vineyard bottlings with each vintage... The virtuous vines of howard park»

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
Mike Press is one of the nation's most experienced winemakers. After a long and distinguished career, which began under the tutelage of the legendary Max Schubert, Mike settled on a site at Lobethal in Adelaide Hills to grow grapes during a term of semi retirement. He chose his ground well, he lives comfortably amongst the vines and is delighted every year with harvests of the finest fruit. The undulating aspects and favourable mesoclimes of Mike's vineyard yield a quality of Chardonnay which has been repeatedly listed in the illustrious Halliday 1OO.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$173.00
The ideal growing seasons and measured rainfalls of Adelaide Hills make complex yet elegant Chardonnay wines. The twenty four acres, single vineyard Kenton Valley property was selected by Mike Press on the basis of its cool microclime, its optimal altitudes of 500 metres above sea level and level of precipitation that's similar to many of the great winegrowing regions in the old world. Vines are all closely managed, a priority is placed on quality over quantity. Chardonnay is hand harvested throughout the cool of early morning to retain the pristine fruit characters. Grapes are treated to a cool vinification and bottled unoaked, to capture and preserve the immediacy and vitality of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
Light pale straw hue. A vibrant nose of grapefruit and melons, apples and nectarine, a discernible, highly regional Adelaide Hills bouquet. Crisp and refreshing palate brimming with layers of fruit, grassy notes, minerality and complexity provide interest. A length of stonefruit flavours are balanced by aromatic grapefruit characters before a clean acid finish.
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