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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River.. A better block on hay shed hill»
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 McLaren Vale shiraz; licorice, dark chocolate, savoury firm, ripe tannins, blackberry, positive oak the icing on the cake. Terrific.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »

Sipsmith VJOP Dry Gin 700ml

Gins
Sipsmith make their exquisite Gin by hand in genuinely small batches, just a few hundred bottles a time. The long, slow, painstaking process is the only way to craft a fine spirits of the quality that is Sipsmith Gin. Imagine the ingredient botanicals of a fine Gin as components in an orchestra, Juniper takes the lead, amplified in the ensemble that is VJOP, raised to an edifying decibel rate by an enhanced proof of alcohol, a virtual symphony in J Major, in Very Junipery Over Proof.
Crystal clear, luminous. Junipery pine and cedarwood dominate the nose, zesty orange notes. Intensely juniper on the front palate, piquantly spiced, the richness of dark chocolate follows. Long and dry finish, wonderfully balanced as the Juniper shines lingering and long.
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