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Henry Best was a highly industrious merchant and butcher who serviced Ararat miners during the Victorian gold rush. He planted thirty hectares of vine along Concongella Creek in 1866 and constructed a commercial cellar wineworks which continue to process the most spectacular vintages until the present day. The heirloom plantings of Henry Best remain productive, as some of the most historically significant rootstock in the world. Home of the Jimmy Watson 2012 Trophy, Royal Sydney 2013 Australian Wine Of Year, James Halliday 2014 Wine of Year, Distinguished and Outstanding Langtons Classifications. Remarkable for a style that's all their own, chiselled, brooding and black. Best's Great Western endures as one of the new world's most preeminent, yet bewilderingly soft spoken viticultural estates. Just quietly, the wines are conspicuously under priced and of exceptional value... Carn the concongella cabernet»
Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Picardy Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Pemberton Western Australia
The inaugural vintage at Picardy produced a single Pinot Noir. With each passing year Picardy evolves into an even more dramatic expression of Pemberton's answer to Burgundy. The mix of clones has infused greater interest in the wine, showing greater texture, structure and complexity. A light to medium bodied effort with the presence and taste of a top end Côte-d'Or, Picardy would have to be one of the finest Pinot Noir in the new world. An alluring wine that's almost too easy to drink, its finely grained tannins making it completely approachable while young.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$269.50
Bill and Sandra Pannell were pioneers of the Margaret River region, having establishing the stately Moss Wood circa 1969. They also held an interest in Volnay's Domaine de la Pousse d'Or until acquisition of the Picardy property in Pemberton, which was selected for its high altitude and well drained loam soils. Several clones Pinot Noir, including Dijon 114, 115 and 777, are mostly destemmed and lightly crushed into small fermenters for cold maceration. Ferments are hand plunged three times daily before being treated to an airbag press. Batches are settled and pumped into a selection of new to four year old French oak barriques for completion of malolactic and a year's maturation.
Ruby red colour. Rich aromas of strawberry, cherry and vanilla oak are interlaced with the tell-tale leather and earth of this seductive Burgundian icon. On the palate are pronounced red berry fruits, mineral and earth, leather, sap and a touch of spicy oak. Light, fine, dry tannins and fresh clean acidity dominate the flavour. Showing perfect balance and weight, finishing dry and spicy with excellent length, superbly matched to duck or spring lamb.
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