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Great wines from the Great Southern, the nether southwest rump of the continent, which yields the most astonishing quality vintages, both red and white. Castelli are a family of renewable power engineers, who are at their happiest picking grapes off vines. Boutique and very hands on, their efforts have been rewarded by prestigious international accolades, including Royal Perth Trophy for Best Chardonnay, San Francisco and International Wine Challenge Gold for Cabernet Sauvignon, Sydney Blue Gold for Shiraz. Defined by weighty palates, edifying complexity and statuesque grace, the entire range of Castelli represent an inspiring opportunity for immersion into the chiselled and strapping, stately Great Southern styling... Wonderfully winsome whiffs from the west»
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Pennys Hill Skeleton Key Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Penny's Hill was declared Australia's Best Boutique Wine in 2006 and Australia's Best Boutique Shiraz in 2007. Following the footsteps of an unbroken cadence in superlative vintage editions, displaying the quality and depth expected from Penny's Hill, Skeleton Key is packed with flavour, deep in colour, beautifully balanced and a wonderful accompaniment to fine dining. Intensity and fine integration set this bellwether label apart from the rest, it displays the consistency and excellent quality for which Penny's Hill Shiraz has become famous.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$233.50
Penny's Hill is an eighteen acre block, planted to Shiraz by proprietors Susie and Tony Parkinson in 1991. Narrow rows and high density plantings saw a move away from traditional viticultural practices and has contributed to the quality of harvest, year in and year out. Fruit is destemmed and treated to several days of open fermentation on skins prior to pressing. By keeping parcels separate throughout the vinification, a range of styles can be considered from which to assemble the ultimate McLaren Vale Shiraz. Choice batches, free run and pressings complete their ferments in a high proportion of new French oak barriques, followed by eighteen months maturation.
Deep, dark crimson red. Sweet red currant and blackberry fruit supported by vanillin spice and a perfumed lift. Rich, ripe dark berry fruit complemented by layers of spice, dried herbs and chocolate. Great length and intensity, all the defining characteristics of a big rich black wine, chocolate and earth combine to create a delicious persistence. Indulged by extended maturation in the finest oak, a McLaren Vale Shiraz of generous flavour, consistency and renown.
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Penny's Hill is are renowned for their distinctive red dot packaging and overwhelming critical acclaim ever since the inaugural 1995 vintage

Penny's Hill remain committed to producing the very finest fruit from their superlative estate vineyards, the superior Penny's Hill site, Goss Corner and Malpas Road properties. Penny's Hill are housed at Ingleburne, originally owned by Thomas Overton who farmed the land and established a Dernier school on the property in 1848. Ingleburne was established by Thomas Goss who leased and later purchased the property in 1854. Goss had the good fortune to return from the Victorian goldfields some fifteen hundred pounds for the better. No doubt this enabled him to build the double storied residence, so long a landmark on the way south from McLaren Vale to Willunga.

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Ingleburne remained continuously in the hands of the Goss and Rowland families until it was bought in 1998 by Susie and Tony Parkinson as the new base for their Penny's Hill label. A major restoration and the development of a new cellars, gallery and function facility has been undertaken including the erection around the boundary of an impressive limestone wall by local artisan Tige McMillan. Ingleburne is able to host a wide variety of function activities. And will continue to graze sheep, feed chooks and grow nice green grass. Art is represented by Red Dot Gallery, a venture with artist David Dridan, which ensures the representation of a wide range of painters and sculptors.

Penny's Hill have a policy of minimal use of fertilizers on the vines. Pest and disease management is all about preventative measures and minimising the use of chemicals within the vineyards. The vineyard philosophy is simple; to maximise the quality of the Estate grown grapes. Penny's Hill keep crops to a minimum, and the vines are carefully hand maintained.

Close proximity to the winery aids ultimate quality while small batch winemaking enables us to isolate parcels to keep separate throughout the winemaking process, allowing further options for final selection and blending. Every step of the way, Penny's wines are gently guided to an ultimate balance of texture, complexity and interest.

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One of the Shiraz Blocks on the Penny's Hill vineyard has shallow soils at the northern end of the vineyard, which produces tannic, deeply coloured wines. The soils become deeper, moving south, where the wine produced tends towards a more elegant and fruit-driven style. There are several picks across the vineyards over different days, so the winemakers can keep these parcels separate from the vineyard to the winery. The reds finish their fermentation in barrel. A small proportion of the Chardonnay is barrel fermented and matured in oak, and whilst the Semillon is a fresh fruit driven style, a tiny percentage spends a short time in oak to add texture. Penny's Hill gently guide their wines every step of the way through the winery, to make wines of complexity, texture and interest.

Whilst McLaren Vale is noted for consistent climatic conditions, the slightly higher elevation (approximately 140 metres above sea level) of the Penny's Hill vineyard reduces temperature extremes in summer, which means even ripening and higher fruit quality. Every step of the way, from tending the narrow planted, low yielding vineyards through to hands-on winemaking, a meticulous approach ensures wines under the Penny's Hill banner deliver an exceptional balance of texture, complexity and interest, with quality exceeding price, the ultimate objective. The internationally acclaimed, award winning estate wines of Pennys Hill guarantee luscious flavour, elegance, balance and palate satisfaction.

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