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Major Sir Thomas Mitchell left more than just an invaluable bequeth of our nation's most detailed frontier maps. Mitchell distinguished himself in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic wars in the renowned 95th Baker Rifles. A gifted draftsman, he found his way to the nascent colonies of Australia, where his acumen at mapmaking won him the office of Surveyor General. During one of Mitchell's historical expeditions, he charted the fertile lands around Victoria's Goulburn Valley, establishing the colonial fruitgrowing township of Mitchell's Town. The district's auspicious orchards flourished until Colin Preece identified the region as an opportune place to grow world class wine. Vineyards thusly planted around the Goulburn billabongs, came to be known as Mitchelton. Now a half century of age, the vines remain one of Victoria's venerable sources of superbly structured,.. Barriques between the billabongs»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally remarkable for their individuality, they speak of little places, husbanded to artisanal winemaking practices, the most wonderful expressions of Mornington... Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia
The top contender for the most exceptional value in outstanding yet underrated Australian red wine. Mr Press planted vines on a choice piece of Adelaide Hills in 1998, with a view to retiring off the fruit of decades of viticultural experience. The uncanny synergy between Mike Press and the Adelaide Hills yields a remarkable quality of Shiraz, which has claimed a breathtaking canon of international wine show accolades, Best Wine under $20 at the Edinburgh Great Shiraz Challenge, Best Shiraz and Best Wine at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$185.00
Mike Press is one of the industry's most peer respected winemakers, he knows Shiraz very well, having learned his trade from the man who invented Penfolds Grange. Press established his Kenton Valley vineyard in 1998 with the intention of supplying other wineries. A dedicated and uncompromising professional through and through, Mike sourced Shiraz rootstock from a highly distinguished old site at Springton, off vines ninety years of age. Mike Press remains hands on throughout the entire winemaking process, from pruning in the vineyard until bottling. He enlists help from family and friends, but his own personal attention to detail has achieved the establishment of a truly great Adelaide Hills vineyard.
Deep ruby colour. Penetrating nose of anise and spiced plum, raspberry and violets, caraway and gum. A velvet palate that's loaded with intense fruit flavours, festive cake and dark cherry notes, a wonderful red berry acid line keeps everything vital. Seamless background oak and crisp tannins all the way to a gracefully lingering finish.
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