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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 will be delighted, redolent reds which bloom with berries and violet cassis, powerfully.. A better block on hay shed hill»
Legendary Penfold winemaker John Duval began his apprenticeship in 1974 under the tutelage of the late great Max Schubert. Duval's family had been supplying Penfolds with fruit and root stock for generations, many of South Australia's most prestigious vineyards were sown with cuttings from Duval's family property. Duval was awarded International Wine & Spirit Competition Winemaker of Year and twice London International Red Winemaker of Year. He now focuses on releasing painfully limited editions, assembled from precious parcels of elite Barossa vine, hand crafted by one of the world's most accomplished and peer respected winemakers... Ancient barossa hamlet vines»

Skillogalee Riesling CONFIRM VINTAGE

Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
Skillogalee is Celtic for a sort of gruel commonly fed to prisoners. When John Horrocks finally made it back to Penwortham after his trek through the Flinders ranges on Afghan camels, he gave the creek nearby the name Skillogalee in memory of the scant provisions which sustained the expedition. Skillogalee makes wine in a small but modern facility, which crushes only around 250 tonnes each vintage, affording the team a unique opportunity to hand make discrete quantities of individually carefully crafted, small batch vintages.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$287.00
The grapes for this pleasingly dry Riesling are harvested off low yielding vines, grown to the highest slopes of Skillogalee, 500 metres above sea level. Vines are hand pruned and the fruit is mostly hand picked. Yields are kept to a modest two tonnes per acre, extremely low, but the site produces Riesling with intense flavour profiles and heady aromatics. The family owned vineyard is managed in accordance with sustainable farming practice. Estate grown, vinified and bottled, grapes are handled and processed in small individual parcels, as each block achieves its optimum flavour ripeness. Components complete their vinification with a view to retaining individual character before assembling into the final wine.
Pale citrus colour. Lively fresh kaffir lime and white blossom florals, acacia and linden blossom aromatics. The palate has tight, stoney minerality with intense lemon drop, citrus flavours. A refreshing, crisp acidity provides the backbone for a dry, lingering finish. Drink now with fish, seafood or white meats.
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