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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»
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»

Riposte Sabre Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
En garde! The illustrious Tim Knappstein has returned with the cut and thrust of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. Knappstein hails from a long lineage of great winemakers, he was the first to plant vines at Lenswood in 1981. He still lives amongst the undulating aspects of Adelaide Hills and works with the most dedicated growers. Knappstein has accumulated the experience and skill to put all his efforts to bear on any style of his choosing. Pinot Noir is sourced from some of the eldest and most distinguished sites in the premiere precincts of Lenswood and Piccadilly.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$203.50
Of great interest to Knappstein is the spread of ripening between newer clones Pinot Noir, 777, 114 & 115, as opposed to the established MV6, D4V2 and D5V12. The newer clones ripen earlier and are better suited to the cooler, higher aspects of Adelaide Hills. The Knappstein team work closely with growers to produce moderate yields of superior quality fruit, well exposed to sunlight for optimal development of colour, flavour and tannins. The Sabre is made in small batches, all parcels are cold soaked and hand plunged in traditional open fermenters, treated to full malolactic and ten months maturation in a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques, followed by a minimal filtration.
Scarlet purple colour. A substantive nose of ripe red berry fragrances, garden vegetable, barnyard and game. An opulent palate of earthy dark fruit flavours, currants and black cherry, tomato leaf and piquant bucolic characters, supported by a fine length of firm yet malleable tannins, sheathed within a an inseparable frame of sassafras oak, all providing balance and structure.
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