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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»
Just three kilometres from Young along Murringo Road, planted to a brisk 500 metres above sea level, Grove Estate was originally sown to vines in 1886, by Croatian settlers who brought cuttings from their farms on the Dalmatian coast. Some of these ancient plantings, emigrated at a time when much of Europe was ruled by Hapsburg emperors, remain productive to this day. Newer blocks were gradually established around these priceless parcels, ostensibly with a view to supplying leading national brands. The quality of fruit became so conspicuous that Grove Estate sanctioned industry celebrities from Ravensworth and Clonakilla to begin bottling under their own estate moniker. The greater Hilltops region is renowned for elegantly structured Cabernet and Shiraz. Grove Estate go one better, they deliver harvests of the most.. Quiet consummations of grove estate»
Boutique winemaking affords great advantages, every vine can be uniquely husbanded, quality control is maximised, each barrel can be individually sampled and assembled into the perfect cuvee. Engineering types are innately suited to such viticulture. Colin Best embarked upon his sabbatical to the great vineyards of Burgundy's Cote d'Or. He returned to plant Pinot Noir on a craggy half hectare near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. An ancient masonry wool mill was outfitted for winemaking and Leabrook Estate was born. This is an aesthetic range of meticulously crafted, limited vintages, fashioned for the aficianado of bespoke, small batch, little vineyard wines... The lobethal libations of leabrook»

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Sauvignon Blanc CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago New Zealand
Roaring Meg is a place of great natural beauty, pristine waters and the endowments of clean energy generation, austere terrains and challenging climes, the world's southermost winegrowing region. It is here in the heart of Central Otago, that a co operative of excruciatingly low fertility vineyards are closely managed by the Mt Difficulty viticultural team, to yield meagre harvests of the finest fruit in all Aotearoa.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
Parcels of fruit grown to the finest sites in Central Otago's Cromwell basin are hand harvested in top condition and processed in a reductive manner, juices settled overnight and racked clean the following morning. Inoculated and vinified at cooler temperatures to maximise varietal character. Essential to the character of wine is a diversity of terroirs and microclimes. The nature of soils being of particular interest, assembling parcels with the greatest synergy are central to the production of a Roaring Meg perfect balance.
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