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After founding Mornington's eminent Moorooduc Estate and decades crafting the most memorable vintages for Mornington's leading brands, Richard McIntyre established a tiny, single hectare vineyard, on a prominent, high elevation site at Arthur's Seat, with a view to producing limited yields of the most exquisite small batch wines. The techniques of choice are wild yeast ferments, minimal intervention and good French oak, with a nod to traditional Burgundian practices, which allow the wines to speak of provenance, express their specificity of clone and articulate their sense of place. There's not much Bellingham made but every bottle passes through the hands of.. Limited editions by the master of moorooduc»
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»
Legendary Penfold winemaker John Duval began his apprenticeship in 1974 under the tutelage of the late great Max Schubert. Duval's family had been supplying Penfolds with fruit and root stock for generations, many of South Australia's most prestigious vineyards were sown with cuttings from Duval's family property. Duval was awarded International Wine & Spirit Competition Winemaker of Year and twice London International Red Winemaker of Year. He now focuses on releasing painfully limited editions, assembled from precious parcels of elite Barossa vine, hand crafted by one of the world's most accomplished and peer respected winemakers... Ancient barossa hamlet vines»
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.. Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Penfolds Max Shiraz Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
One of the world's most recognized marques, Penfolds define the classic Aussie accord of Cabernet and Shiraz, a genre unto itself, into an approachable, freshly flavoured, early drinking style. Dr Penfold held a firm belief in the medicinal value of wine and obtained cuttings from the south of France, replanting them around his homestead in Adelaide Hills. Max Schubert called on the fruit of these ancient cuttings in the 1940s as he began his trials in formulating the mighty Grange. He now lends his name to a splendid construct of sound structure and succulence of fruit.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$179.50
Penfolds are custodians of a great tradition in innovation, pioneering and understanding of the chemistry of wine, developing and refining the concept of the definitive Australian style. Drawing on Penfolds extensive vineyard resources, Max affords every enthusiast of good red wine, with an accessible experience in Shiraz Cabernet at its finest. Harvests are drawn from a tally of superior vineyards and vinified to the enduring Penfold claret style. Upon completion of ferments, batches are filled to a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak for a year's maturation.
Dark cherry red. Complex, leafy with olive fruit and dried oregano, beetroot and roasted Mediterranean vegetables, an array of ripe summer berries and dark spice with just a touch of subtle oak lurking in the background. Textured by assertive tannins that provide counter balance to the sweetness of fruit. Oak offers cedar and toast, char and dark liquorice over exotic spice.
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