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Established 1851 by the French Marist order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winery, under continuous management ever since. The city of Lyon's Society of Mary sailed to New Zealand with little more than faith, fair winds and a few healthy vines. Men of Burgundy, they knew from good wine, they chose their ground and planted rootstock near Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. Agriculture and livestock were a necessity, but the establishment of a productive vineyard was essential. The area is now known as Hawke's Bay, internationally renowned for the rich terroirs of Gimblett Gravels, home of New Zealand's most salient brands... The burgundy tradition of te ika a maui»
There are but two winemakers who can lay claim to a staggering four Jimmy Watson Trophy victories. Wolf Blass was the man behind the label. John Glaetzer was the man behind Wolf Blass. While working for Wolf, Glaetzer was moonlighting on his own brand, applying the same extravagance of technique to the pick of Langhorne Creek fruit. Perfection in the form of black bramble fruit, muscular yet affable tannins, all framed by the luxury of ebony oak. Aspirants of the great Black Blass Label fables of 1974, 1975 and 1976, are privately advised to avail themselves of John's Blend, Cabernet or Shiraz. Crafted from the same parcels, in the same way, by the same hands,.. Timeless mystique of langhorne creek»
Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»
Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

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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