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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine.. The compelling case for old vines grenache»
Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the.. A better block on hay shed hill»
David Wynn introduced cardboard wine casks, flagons and the Airlesflo wine tap to the nation. He is best remembered for re packaging the Coonawarra estate which bears his name and which endures as one of Australia's icon brands. Wynn was a master of his craft and studied oenology at the world renowned Magill wineworks. An astute marketer and talented blender, he also had a keen eye for the land, investing in the ancient John Riddoch fruit colony and planting vines on a challenging site, high atop the lofty latitudes of Valley Eden. Mountadam Vineyards were built from the ground up, with a view to crafting a limited range of well structured, weighty wines,.. The legacy parcels of mountadam vineyards»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally.. Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

OLeary Walker Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Clare South Australia
David O'Leary and Nick Walker have amassed hundreds of gold medals and trophies between them, including the prestigious Jimmy Watson. A shared confidence in the quality of Clare Valley fruit was the catalyst for them to establish their own winery. Cabernet Sauvignon from the Doctor's Block at Polish Hill, a superior cool climate site, dry grown and low yielding, is vinified alongside a choice parcel of Malbec, picked off the estate vineyard in Watervale, taming the solid tannin structure and bringing the assembled wine forward.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$161.50
Walker and O'Leary both love the job of making wine. They find their inspiration working amongst the vineyards of picturesque Valley Clare. Two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, the balance in Malbec, are separately vinified through the action of wild yeasts in two and four tonnes fermenters, over the course of a fortnight. Batches are hand plunged twice daily and held on skins for a further fortnight to enhance complexity and build tannin structure. Upon completion, components are pressed and racked to a selection of seasoned and new French oak for two years maturation.
Rich ruby red, inky, vibrant hues. Well perfumed with red forest fruits, sweet cassis and intense florals. Textural palate, concentrated, generously flavoured, the gorgeous florals flow, classic forest fruits and intensity of oak, supported by juicy tannins and divine mineral acid length. a fully elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by the affable tannin structure of Malbec.
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