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Xavier Bizot can make wine anywhere he pleases, he is a Bollinger and grew up amongst the Vignobles Superieurs of Champagne. Bizot has chosen to make wine alongside Brian Croser's family, from grapes harvested off three magnificent sites, on two paradoxically varied terrains. Planted to the salubrious Terra rosa soils atop an invaluable archeological dig at Wrattonbully, rich with the undisturbed fossils of ancient Cenozoic sea animals, Crayeres Vineyard was established right across the road from Tapanappa's illustrious Whalebone. The weather here is astonishingly similar to Bordeaux and makes an awesome Cabernet Franc. Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser are also fortunate to take their pick of properties in Adelaide Hills. To wit, Charles (Chilly) Hargrave's distinguished old vines at Summerton and a highly opportune slice of a slope on the lofty altitudes of Piccadilly Valley. It is here within the cooler climes where Xavier Bizot has found a terroir to emulate the Grand Cru of Vallee de la Marne & Montagne de Reims. Simply stellar harvests, where vigneron de Champagne met the gifted grower from Adelaide... The twin tales of terre a terre»

Scarpantoni Block 3 Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
From the home of the 2007 Jimmy Watson, the fruit of McLaren Vale's illustrious Block 3 has also claimed Winestate Shiraz of Year and hotly contested VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Estate founder Domenico Scarpantoni established a peerless reputation as vitculturalist during distinguished tours of duty at Seaview and Thomas Hardy Tintara. Block 3 sets the benchmark in McLaren Vale Shiraz, vinified from grapes hand picked off gnarled and parched, dry grown old vines, seventy years and more of age.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$221.50
Scarpantoni pride themselves on making wine from fruit grown to their own vineyards. The sites are scattered around McLaren Vale, all enjoy their own soil profiles, aspects and exposure, factors which influence the grapes, ultimately defining the character of the finished wines. Scarpantoni's vineyards were planted by the family themselves, except for one. Block 3 was established in the 1940s, now source to a pure, single vineyard wine. Block 3 runs along the right hand side of the Scarpantoni wineworks, on a patch of sandy soil which retains moisture at lower depths, ensuring natural nourishment for the deep rooted vines throughout the most severe of droughts. It yields a harvest of the most remarkable quality Shiraz.
Inky purple/ black in colour. Exquisite bouquet of ripe, aromatic blackcurrant, liquorice and nutty, toasted oak. The palate is full and rich with coffee, cassis and spice characters balanced by fine tannins and elegant acidity. Ripe blackberries, licorice, cinnamon and mocha are the hallmark Block 3 characters. To accompany slowly braised osso bucco or middle eastern seasoned lamb stew and couscous.
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