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Andrew Nugent grew up next door to the great historical wineworks at Penfolds Magill. He honed his craft as viticulturalist and vigneron amongst the illustrious wineries of old McLaren Vale. In the 1990s, Nugent planted new vines at Woodside along Bird In Hand Road, on the site of an ancient gold mine, a godsend of fortuitously fertile soils and magnificent mesoclimes for stellar quality Adelaide Hills wine. Bird In Hand have since amassed a breathtaking tally of international accolades for the unrivalled excellence of their superlative vintages, wonderfully small batch releases, with the magnificence of structure, seamlessness and immaculacy of fruit, to enthuse curio and cognescenti alike... Vivid vintages from the tailings of adelaide hills»
Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»

Shaw Smith Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of wine grape varieties and remains the ultimate challenge for many makers. Shaw + Smith have accepted the challenge, albeit in a highly exacting, small batch way. Site selection, the right clonal mix, miniscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success. A single vineyard wine from vines planted at a density of 2780 per hectare, to a select mixture of Burgundy's highly regarded 777 clone, as well as MV6, the backbone to many of Australia's finest editions of Pinot Noir.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$491.00
Shaw and Smith are an alliance between cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith, heirs to one of Australia's great winemaking legacies. The estate vineyard is located on the Shaw + Smith property at Balhannah, the soil structure being brown loam over red clay and schist. Hand pruned, with vertical shoot positioned canopies, the yields are miniscule, just 1½ tonnes per hectare. The hand harvested grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed into open, two tonnes fermenters. A cold maceration of four to five days precedes vinification and hand plunging six to eight times per day. A course of malolactic and term of maturation ensues in a combination of new and older French oak barriques.
Bright, deep scarlet in colour. A modern Pinot with characteristic red fruit aromas in the strawberry/ raspberry/ cherry spectrum. Palate is mid weight, yet suprisingly supple and rich. Fruit focused at this stage and will continue to develop additional layers of expression.
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