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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 Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard Vineyard, establishing Brokenwood as one of the most cherished marques in Hunter Valley wine... Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
Right across the road from Jasper Hill's Emily Paddock,a precious parcel of ancient terra rosa soil was acquired and planted to vine by a baronial Mornington estate, highly accomplished growers with a consuming aspiration to grow the finest Shirazin all Heathcote. They settled on a coveted site along Drummond's Lane, strewn with unique green Cambrian shards, a sacred place to yield the top growth amongst single vineyardHeathcote Shiraz. Decades later, the vintages remain excruciatingly measured in availability. Painstakingly hand made, arcanely labelled behind the monikers, Pressings, Block F and Block C, the cherished editions of Heathcote Estate represent the Grand Cru of identifiably terroir driven, small vineyard Australian Shiraz... The likely lads of drummond's lane»

Port Phillip Estate Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Mornington Victoria
Blessed by the finest microclimes in Mornington, the Port Phillip property is a decidedly cooler suntrap amongst the undulating folds of scenic vistas near Red Hill. There are a mere half hectare of Port Phillip Shiraz vines, fully mature and cosseted with care, they yield the most engaging quality of harvest on the peninsula with each and every vintage. A wine of concentration, brooding fruit and evocative savouryness, the Shiraz of choice to decant and breathe, before service alongside charred meats, crackling pork or Chinese duck.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$407.00
The viticulture at Port Phillip is proudly old fashioned, biological farming systems focus on the health of soil through the use of compost teas, mulches and natural plant conditioners. Grapes are all picked by hand and any questionable bunches are discarded. Shiraz is harvested and treated to a traditional old world vinification in a mix of open top concrete and wooden vessels, a portion of whole bunches are included in the macerations, inoculated to the action of wild indigenous yeasts, for three weeks of ferment. Upon completion, batches are filled to seasoned French oak barriques for spontaneous malolactic and sixteen months maturation, bottled without fining or filtration.
Deeply coloured. Cracked pepper and char, a complex mix of red and black fruits, wet forest, seasoned by charcuterie and lithe spice. The medium weight palate is laden with blackcurrant, mixed dark berry and fleshy plum flavours, a twist of milled pepper and trade spice, audacious, framed by cherry oak and supported by agile tannins, all the way to a long sustained finish.
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