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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»
Constructed during early settlement by a supervisor of colonial convicts, at the very epicentre of the market gardens which serviced Hobart, Clarence House is a heritage listed manor which remains largely unaltered since the 1830s. It passed through several hands before being acquired by the Kilpatricks in 1993, who answered the call of Bacchus and established the grounds to vine. There are now sixteen hectares of viticulture, several significant Burgundy clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Tempranillo. What's most unique about the Clarence House vineyards are the soils and topography, a number of northeast slopes which catch the early sun yet shade the vines from afternoon heat. A natural endowment of rich Jurassic soils which impart wonderful mineral characters and textures into the finished wines... Heirlooms of a hobart homestead»

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Adelaide Hills South Australia
After several decades of crafting Australia's most memorable vintages, Mike Press is more sanguine than ever that great wine can only come from the finest vineyards. His dedicated hands on approach means that he is personally involved in every stage of the winemaking, from pruning the vines and inspecting grapes, right to plunging the ferments and bottling his finished wine. An apprentice of the great Max Schubert, Mike Press made history in 2006 for coming within a whisper of the Jimmy Watson Trophy with an unlabelled cleanskin wine.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$185.00
The superlative Mike Press homestead vineyard at Lobethal was chosen for its cool climate and propitious altitude of 500 metres, a rainfall, terroir and clime not dissimilar to Bordeaux, it yields extraordinary harvests of Merlot. Parcels are treated to a traditional maceration and vinification, followed by transfer to a selection of French and American oak hogsheads for a judicious term of maturation.
Bright scarlet hues. Plum and bramble nose, supple baking spice, cassis and varietal leaf. The palate is drenched with berries, blackberry, raspberry and strawberries, seasoned by dusty spice, a round luscious mouthfeel, cossetted by supple carob oak and supported by pliant licorice tannins. Drinking amazingly upon release, will evolve marvelous seamlessness and complexity over time.
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