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The 1890s brought boom years to the nascent Aussie wine industry, as connoisseurs throughout Europe and the Empire were introduced to the Dionysian delights of new world Claret by Tyrrell, St Huberts and Wirra Wirra. An enterprising family of Scots took heed of the times to plant grapevines on a uniquely auspicious block in Valley Clare, they called it St Andrew and produced forty vintages of the most sensational quality Claret until the 1930s. The Taylor family acquired the fallow farm in 1995 and brought St Andrew's vines back to life. The treasured block endures as home to the flagship range of Taylor wines, one of the most distinguished vineyards in all.. *according to the french»
Jane Mitchell is one of Clare Valley's leading wine industry identities, Clare Valley Legend and Clare Valley Winemakers Hall of Fame, Centenary Federation of Australia Medal, SA Tourism Commission, Australian Regional Winemakers Forum, Wine Federation of Australia Council and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board. Mitchell's largest vineyard is at Watervale, a very bleak place in the middle of winter at pruning time. It is known by the vineyard workers as Alcatraz, a place to do penance in the cold, wind and rain of a Clare Valley winter. Alcatraz only ever yields minimal harvests, source of the most memorable vintages in our nation's.. These old clare valley vines are just getting better»
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.. Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most.. Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»

Peter Lehmann HV Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Eden Valley South Australia
A splendid high altitude effort, expressing fully the uniqueness of Chardonnay grown to the lofty terroirs of Eden Valley. Grapes are sourced from choice independent grower vineyards, tucked way up high in the eastern Barossa ranges. The region is particularly cool, perched atop steep slopes and on lean rocky soils, planted to clones of Chardonnay which can thrive in the challenging mesoclimes. Yields here are normally low, producing outstanding white wines with a measure of delicacy and purity of fruit.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
An early harvest Chardonnay style, fashioned to a combination of old and new world winemaking techniques, followed by a term of cool barrel maturation, achieving a delicate wine with remarkable balance of fruit, preserving the divinely pristine persona of the vineyard. Determining the optimal date for picking is essential to constructing a wine of balance and finesse. Following harvest and the crush, batches are drained directly into French oak hogsheads set in a cool environment allowing natural yeasts present on the grapes to initiate ferment. Upon completion, the wines are treated to partial malolactic, barrels are topped up and stirred regularly for eight months prior to stabilisation and bottling.
Fine green/ gold tinge to the colour. Lovely nose of cut stonefruits and lemon preserve, hawthorn and ripe nashi. A lovely balance of fruit complexity on the palate has been derived from rich barrel ferments and battonage. H&V will acquire a deeper gold colour and become richer in flavour as it evolves. Today it represents a very ready to appreciate Chardonnay alongside chicken roast and rabbit terrines.
Peter Lehmann
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