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The very first blocks of vine planted at Scotchmans Hill, are now in their fourth decade. Set aside for bottling as a range of limited release, single vineyard wines, they represent the first growth of viticulture from the fertile crescent of Port Phillip's western shore. Crafted to traditional old world techniques, very similar to the great Crus of la Bourgogne, they afford the true enthusiast an opportunity to engage with the decadent delights of the greater Geelong, as sampled alongside Gruyere, game and the finest gourmandise... All the best from scotchmans hill»
Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»
One of the closely guarded secrets which remained cardinal to the preeminence of Grange Hermitage, was the sacred tally of exceptional vineyards which were called on to provide fruit for the new world's most stately Shiraz. The elite Grange Growers Club is one of the nation's more exclusive fellowships, an illustrious canon of distinguished wine growing families which are the stuff of Australian viticultural history. One of McLaren Vale's most eminent dynasties, Oliver's of Taranga were an essential inclusion into many of the mighty Grange's most memorable vintages. Oliver Taranga's estate flagship HJ Reserve Shiraz represents peerless value for a wine of its provenance, power, persistence and depth, $50.99 and drinking sensationally... A principal part of the great grange»

Mr Riggs Gaffer Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
John The Gaffer Riggs (1814-1902), great great great grandfather of Ben Riggs, migrated from Dorsetshire and settled in Gawler 1855. One of South Australia's most prominent farmers, he owned hundreds of acres dedicated to wheat. His sheep flock was also highly regarded and his methods progressive for the time. Success in the wheat trade was matched by significant awards at exhibitions in Sydney, London and Paris. Ben Riggs' own love of the land and his passion for it's offerings are directly attributable to the efforts of his far sighted ancestor.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$245.00
Sourced from some of the finest sites as managed by the best growers. McLaren Vale is a region which boasts the perfect climate for grape growing, warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavour, acid and balance. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, thirty cents from each bottle has been donated to the Pink Ribbon campaign, the aim being to raise funds for breast cancer research and heighten awareness for the cause along the way. Parcels of the finest McLaren Vale Shiraz are fermented in a high proportion of new French oak barrels, followede by a term of maturation, to achieve full integration of tannins and fruit with a fragrant lift.
Luscious violet, red velvet hue. The nose is delicately perfumed with clean aromas, currants, cocoa and plums are seasoned by green pepper spice, cloves and vanilla anise. Lovely Shiraz fruit over a background of gentle French oak, a big, rich, juicy, smooth style of red wine, exhibiting a soft palate, finishing cleanly with true elegance and a hint of spice. Our Gaffer is a flavoursome, fruit driven, full bodied Shiraz that's well balanced and assured to please.
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