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There are fewer than twenty hectares of Stefano Lubiana vines, overlooking the spectacular tidal estuary of Derwent River. Chosen for its felicitious winegrowing aspects, it is a place of scrupulously clean soils, free of any pesticides or manufactured treatments. Insects are welcome here, they are mother nature's endorsement of a holistically biodynamic viticulture. Lubiana is a fifth generation winemaker, one of the apple isle's leading vignerons, he works to an arcane system of seasonal chronometers, governed by cosmic rhythms, the turning of leaves and angle of the moon. His wines are given full indulgence to make themselves. Ferments lie undisturbed and movements to barrel are led by gravity. A peerless expression of vintage, an orphic approach to the winemaker's art, a humbling eloquence of our southernmost.. Celestial wines from southern climes»
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... The twin tales of terre a terre»

St Hallett Old Block Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa Eden South Australia
A national flagship wine, articulating the concordance between the Barossa and Eden Valleys, derived from low yielding vines up to a hundred years of age. The meticulous nurture and respect for these Old Vines demands that parcels are culled throughout the winemaking, from pruning in the vineyard until the final stage of sampling the ageing stocks, to determine the best barrels. Old sites in the warm nether parts of the Barossa establish the rich foundation, whilst higher, cooler aspects of the Eden Valley contribute lifted aromatics and seamless tannins.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$899.50
Each parcel is crushed into a fermenter and inoculated by select cultures. Each batch is vinified separately at controlled temperatures of 20C to 24C. Ferments are managed with pumpovers and drain returns to aerate as much as possible during the early stages, enhancing colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Parcels are pressed off skins into oak before beeing seeded with malolactic, a bacterial culture which converts natural malic acid to lactic acid, softening and stabilising the wine microbiologically. Each parcel is then assigned the most appropriate selection of seasoned and new, ancient French oak forest barrels. After twenty months maturation, the aged stocks are sampled to determine the final assemblage.
Deep crimson red. Powerful lifted aromas of mocha and dark chocolates, intertwined with soft, underlying dark berry fragrances. The palate oozes classic Old Block fruit, swirling the wine in the glass gives that sense of comfort as the enormous brooding complexity edifies. Rich dark fruits, blackcurrant and boysenberry with smooth chocolate textures, sensual tannins and a persistence of flavour. Decant for two to three hours before serving alongside venison or game.
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