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Samuel Smith migrated from Dorset England to Angaston in the colony of South Australia circa 1847, he took up work as a gardener with George Fife Angas, the virtual founder of the colony. In 1849, Smith bought thirty acres and planted vines by moonlight, the first ever vintages of Yalumba. One of his most enduring legacies were some unique clones of Shiraz, which were ultimately sown to the illustrious Mount Edelstone vineyard in 1912. Angas's great grandchild Ron Angas acquired cuttings from the Edelstone site and migrated the precious plantings to his pastures at Hutton Vale. The land remains in family hands, a graze for flocks of some highly fortunate lamb. In between the paddocks, blocks of Sam Smith's experimental vines yield a harvest of the most spectacular Shiraz to be found in all Eden Valley... The return of rootstock to garden of eden»
After founding Mornington's eminent Moorooduc Estate and decades crafting the most memorable vintages for Mornington's leading brands, Richard McIntyre established a tiny, single hectare vineyard, on a prominent, high elevation site at Arthur's Seat, with a view to producing limited yields of the most exquisite small batch wines. The techniques of choice are wild yeast ferments, minimal intervention and good French oak, with a nod to traditional Burgundian practices, which allow the wines to speak of provenance, express their specificity of clone and articulate their sense of place. There's not much Bellingham made but every bottle passes through the hands of a team member who has been involved with the vintage since pruning and budburst. An essential inclusion for small batch Pinotphiles in the know, there has never been a more limited release of a marvelous Mornington marque... Limited editions by the master of moorooduc»

Port Phillip Estate Port Phillip Balnarring Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Mornington Victoria
The Balnarring property is one of Port Phillip's more recent acquistions, two and a half hectares of vine which yield a conspicuously pastoral style of Pinot Noir. Foliage, minerals and twig appeal in equal measure, Balnarring articulates the nuances of vineyard and countryside, it will excite true pinotphiles and appeal to enthusiasts who delight in wines which can evoke a sense of actually being there. Its herbes de Provence and succulent acid tannin structure will court a crispily skinned duckling and match her moist meat with a fine length of cherry ripeness.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$395.00
Balnarring was established to vines in 1997 and welcomed into the Port Phillip fold ten years later, treated to the most exacting standards of environmentally friendly viticulture, plantings are all cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned. Parcels of destemmed and whole bunch fruit are treated to a mix of traditional large format wooden foudres and fermenters for maceration and inoculation to wild indigenous yeasts. After three weeks of ferment, batches are filled to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for spontaneous malolactic and a year's maturation.
Vibrant garnet colour. Highly perfumed and complex with dark cherry, plum and violet aromas over underlying savoury notes. The palate exhibits a tight and focused core. Initial ripe strawberry and raspberry characters move into the deeper territory of black cherries, liquorice and a touch of tapenade, subtle meatiness adds complexity. Fine tannins balanced with a stony acidity lead to a long, powerful finish.
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