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Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland idylls of the apple isle, that Melick established Pressing Matters, a meagre four hectares of superior European clones Pinot Noir. Mr.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»
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»

Petaluma Piccadilly Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
Langtons Distinguished Classification. A powerful yet elegant wine, enriched by the extravagance of barrel ferments, new French oak and battonage. Petaluma assembles Chardonnay from an archive of superior blocks in Piccadilly Valley, all are fortuitious microclimes, blessed by slow ripening conditions, very similar to Chardonnay's ancestral home in La Bourgogne. These splendid sites are closely planted and fastidiously managed through strict regimens of shoot and fruit thinning, to achieve the most meagre yields of peerless quality Chardonnay.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$305.50
Grapes are all hand picked, a portion are whole bunch pressed, the balance are gently destemmed, chilled and crushed. Following several days days of cold settling, most of the partially clarified juices are filled to a high proportion of new Dargaud et Jaegle French Vosges oak barriques and hogsheads for vinification. Upon completion to sugar dryness, barrels are racked and inoculated through Petaluma's own native bacteria. The unique bugs present at malolactic impart a lovely creaminess and contribute textural mouthfeel. Batches are treated to regular lees stirring battonage over the course of several months, before being racked and rested for the final assemblage.
Bright, light straw colour. Abundant white peach and nectarine aromas, gentle toasty smoke. A creamy textured palate, refreshing acidity contributes zing to support the distinctive, nutty sweet fruit characters, leading to a dry finish without hardness. A very textured wine with lovely lingering acidity in a drink now style which will evolve beautifully, one of nature's wonders from Piccadilly Valley.
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