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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
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Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Yes there really is an old pepper tree which grows on the Mitchell Watervale vineyard, a happy coincidence, as the nose and palate exhibits the exemplary varietal spice and pepper characters of super fine Shiraz. Vinfied from the fruit of vines up to fifty years of age or more, the amiable Peppertree is full flavoured and features a soft, almost velvety palate, harmoniously integrated and very easy to drink in its youth, with the quality and structure to mature gracefully while developing wonderful complexities.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$323.00
Jane Mitchell takes an active role in the Clare Winemakers Association and was one of the first appointees to the South Australian Tourism Commission. Currently she sits on the Australian Regional Winemakers Forum, Wine Federation of Australia Council and has recently finished a six year term with the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board. Shiraz is picked at optimum ripeness and fermented on skins to extract maximum flavours and character. Exactingly vinified to an earthy Rhonesque styling, fruit, oak, acidity and tannins are present in the right proportions. Eighteen months maturation in small French oak barrels adds complexity to one of Clare Valley's most cherished wines.
Rich, deep red colour. Bouquet offers sweet spices of nutmeg and clove which combine with a touch of pepper, anise and cedar spice. Ripe Shiraz flavours, dark chocolate with hints of liquorice. The silky mouth coating tannins add a gentle firmness and elegant structure to the wine.
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