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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
It was a matrimony between an American biochemist and the founder of Margaret River Devils Lair, that set the scene for one of the nation's most illustrious estates. A member of the Top 1OO Wineries of World, Giant Steps were established 1997, with a view to assembling an elite range of limited release Yarra Valley vintages. Crafted from the fruit of superior sites, some yielding just a few hundred cases each year, these are exclusive editions from bespoke parcels of elite terroir, bearing the curiously cryptic monikers of precious blocks of vine, Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Fashioned for aficianados of the euro style, defined by their winsome fruit and graceful tannins, the Giant Steps.. Big wines from little vineyards»
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»

Mumm Champagne 3 LITRES JEROBOAM CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Champagne Reims France
A half of Pinot Noir, the balance in Chardonnay and Meunier, from Cramant, Avize, Oger, Vertus, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzenay, Verzy, Mailly, Vaudemange, Ecueil, Savigny, Avenay, Verneuil and Vandieres. Mumm's elegant stream of bubbles rises to form a rich, lively foam, the nose develops aromas of lemon and grapefruit, with notes of white peach, apricot and acidulous apple. Lovely intensity of toasted brioche and lemon tart aromas with a waft of red berries. Lingering notes of vanilla, dried fruit and honey. A touch of acidity and remarkable length before a delightful finish.
Everything is done to capture the excellence of terroir, 218 hectares, of which 160 are classified as Grand Crus. Each kept separate from picking until the must reaches the vats. The final assemblage is complemented by a component of reserves from the G.H. Mumm stocks to add maturity and richness. The wine is then bottled for secondary fermentation, followed by maturation under the G.H. Mumm cellars for at least three years before disgorgement and a complex liqueur de dosage.
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