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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, la saveur de la France from the top pick of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Mr Riggs Outpost Coonawarra Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Mr Riggs comes to Coonawarra. He knows from good red wines after tours of duty amongst the illustrious Cabernet vineyards of Napa Valley and Bordeaux. He now takes his pick from the choicest sites in the land. A collation of parcels from the Thomas and Harrison Weatherall vineyards in the northern precincts of Coonawarra, fermented on skins and pressed to a selection of new and seasoned oaks. Intensely bright, floral and fragrant with lovely length on the palate, the Cabernet of choice to accompany char grill or juicy roast.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
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