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William James Maxwell was an architectural sculptor who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1875. He built a mock castle and established a family vineyard just outside Adelaide, which he named Woodlands Park. His son planted vines in nearby McLaren Vale and his grandson served a term as winemaker for Hardy Wines at the historic Tintara wineworks. William Maxwell's progeny remain in McLaren Vale, producing the southern hemisphere's most successful brands of Honey Mead, as well as vintages of the most extraordinary value in McLaren Vale Shiraz. But what does Maxwell taste like? Gentleman James Halliday describes Maxwell as robust, picking the eyes out of.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »
The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»
There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the.. Brockett begets the best of bellarine»
Rockbare are raiders of precious but wayward vineyards, planted to outdated standards of viticulture, sadly unviable for large scale winemaking. These are however, precisely the nature of site that Rockbare choose to retain. Winemaker Tim Burvill worked at Wynns and Penfolds, where he refined his style alongside some of the best winemakers in the nation's history. Establishing his own label, he embarked upon a secret project to acquire parcels of prodigal Barossa vine. With a backbone of fruit grown to some of the oldest sites in Australia, much of Rockbare's fruit comes off vines a century or more of age. The intense power and complexity of Rockbare's.. Precious & prodigal parcels of the barossa»

Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Bellarine Victoria
One of Australia's most perennially feted and esteemed Pinot Noir, generously flavoured, brilliantly balanced, stylish and approachable. The Geelong/ Bellarine area has a long history of viticulture, which dates back to colonization by Swiss immigrants in the 1840s. Curiously, Pinot Noir is a wine that performs well in the cooler climes of the lower Swiss Alps. It remained however for Scotchmans Hill to establish Geelong as one of Australia's leading winegrowing regions, due in no small part to the quality and consistency of their splendid Pinot Noir.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$383.00
From some of Victoria's finest Pinot Noir vines, planted to volcanic clays over basalt limestone subsoils, trained to vertical shoot positioning and moderated by Port Phillip Bay's revitalizing maritime winds on Bellarine Peninsula. Clones MV6, 114 Burgundy, 115 Burgundy & D5V12 up to thirty years of age, yielding 1½kg per vine, 1½tn per acre. Grapes are hand picked, destemmed to small fermeters and cold soaked for five days, accentuating fruit flavour. The musts are wild fermented for a week, pressed and racked to barrel for completion and malolactic. The finished wine is matured for up to a year in a selection of new to four year old French Troncais oak barriques.
Deep garnet hue. Lifted, perfumed nose, violet notes, plum and dark fruit, complemented by beetroot, spice and earthy characters, cedar oak in the background. Full complex and rich palate with fresh raspberry and dark fruit flavours, beetroot and spice notes. A touch of sappiness and earthy tones throughout the mid palate, rounded out by cedar oak. The structure is defined by firm acid and fine grained tannins, contributing roundness and length.
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