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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 and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
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Prunotto Roero Arneis DOCG CONFIRM VINTAGE

Arneis Piedmont Italy
The idyllic hillsides of Langhe are the most felicitous winegrowing climes in Piedmont, amongst the finest viticultural precincts in all Italy, it has been this way for millennia. Alfred Prunotto established a peerless reputation for quality by isolating and retaining the most exquisite sites, his heirloom vineyards continue to outperform. Harvests of Arneis from splendid sites in the communes of Monteu Roero and Montaldo Roero, Monta and Vezza d'Alba, are assembled into an immaculate wine of refined structure, comely bouquet and pristine, engagingly flavourful palate.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$311.00
Fruit is harvested at healthy levels of complete ripeness, brimming with a fine concentration of esters and ideal acidity. Bunches are picked into small packing cases and delivered to the winery, softly pressed and cold settled at cool temperatures to separate juice form gross solids. The musts are vinified at moderate temperatures around 18°C over the course of a fortnight, followed by several months maturation.
Straw yellow, greenish hues. Intense floral and fruity aromas, almond and white pommes characters over a background of fine mineral crispness. A lengthy, well structured palate of drying fruit flavours, its astringency kept in check by apple and kernel notes, all supported by balanced acidity and culminating in a long, crystalline, savoury finish.
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