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Beechworth attracts the most artisanal winemakers, the region's rich mineral soils and parched, undulating terrains, breed wines of vigorous flavour, crystalline textures and boney savoury tannins. The first parcel of Crown Land in the region was acquired by Isaac Phillips in 1857, he christened his estate Golden Ball and built a hotel named Honeymooners Inn, servicing miners on their way up the steep trails to the Beechworth goldfields. The old pub remains but the surrounding land has been turned over to viticulture, planted to vine in the nineteen naughties, it produces a quality of wine that's reserved for the nation's most exclusive winelists. Served by savvy sommeliers and savoured by the most discerning patrons, the limited releases of Golden Ball are an essential experience for aspirants of grand Victorian growths... Small batches of beechworth's best»
There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard Vineyard, establishing Brokenwood as one of the most cherished marques in Hunter Valley wine... Sociable soils make for healthy vine»

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 by the dozen
Case of 12
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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