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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Johann Gottfried Scholz served in the Prussian army as a battlefield bonesetter, before joining the great emigration of Lutherans from Silesia to Barossa Valley. After building a family homestead along the alluvial banks of Para River, Gottfried established a mixed farm of livestock and crops, fruit trees and grapevines, Semillon and Shiraz. His acumen at healing fractures and setting splints made Gottfried a leading local identity, as his homestead cottage evolved into the Barossa's very first private hospital. Over a century later, the exceptional quality of harvest from Gottfried's original homestead, made the fruit of Willows Vineyard, an essential component in the most memorable vintages of Peter Lehmann, Saltram and Kaiser Stuhl. Scholz are still in charge, pruning their vines and pressing their harvests into limited releases of the finest exemplars in old world style, Barossa village.. Savour the shiraz by scholz»

Paulett s Aged Release Riesling CONFIRM VINTAGE

Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
Neil Paulett is one of Clare Valley's most distinguished growers with decades of history in the winemaking industry. He hand picks and reserves stocks of Polish Hill River Riesling from outstanding vintages to mature quietly under the estate cellars for some years, to evolve and bloom into all those wonderful, inimitably aged Riesling expressions. Bottled in the August after vintage and kept under the Paulett cellars until current release, a rewarding experience alongside king george whiting, garfish, quenelles or white meat terrines.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$245.50
In his quest for the finest site in Valley Clare, Neil Paulett acquired a property with vines over a century old, which had been managed by a single family of growers since the 1860s. Polish Hill Riesling of the finest quality, the fruit of an exceptional growing season. There are five separate sites from which to source, vines are grown to altitudes of 500 metres, planted to favourable easterly aspects. Soils tend from shallow red and grey loams over a slate blue stone substrata. Grapes are crushed and pure first run juices are cold settled for clarification before fermenting at an even rate over the course of two to three weeks, ensuring optimal flavour retention and preserving the outstanding quality of harvest.
Light straw with hues of gold. Maturing fragrances of honey and toast on the bouquet, a clean crispness. Developing some honey, toast and richer flavours on the palate, supported by underlying lime citrus notes, a delightful freshness of mineral acid through the palate and carrying through to the beautifully aromatic finish.
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