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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
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St Huberts Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria
St Huberts won much fame in Europe during the latter part of the 1800s, for the extraordinary quality of their new world wine. In the twentieth century, this noble estate lead the Yarra Valley's second golden age. The present day property boasts old vines planted in 1966 which generally yield low crops of intense fruit, brimming with rich flavours. A mere twenty one hectares of vine are crafted into one of Victoria's most enduring Cabernets. A tribute to the quality is the assertion by local growers that these vines produce the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Yarra Valley.
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The precious St Hubert Cabernet blocks were reclaimed after the property reverted to grazing and dairy in the 1920s. The soil is relatively deficient in some nutrients, thus the vines are not overly vigorous. The scarce winter rainfall is collected in a dam at the vineyard and used for irrigation as required in summer using a trickle irrigation system. Fruit is primarily sourced from St Huberts Block, with the inclusion of parcels from Yarra Valley flats. Individual batches are vinified in open vats and closed static fermenters, each in turn is pressed off and racked into a high proportion of new French oak barriques for fifteen months maturation, developing superb depth and wonderful complexity.
Dark red, crimson hues. A brooding example of Yarra Valley Cabernet, intense dark berry fruit notes of blueberry and cassis, violets intertwine with reserved, integrated oak and just a hint of mocha. The palate is medium to full bodied, showing lovely roundness and depth. Tannins from the fruit and oak are ripe and powdery, providing excellent structure and length. A stately wine to be enjoyed alongside aged sirloin and jus.
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Hubert de Castella was an Australian winemaking pioneer and at the start of the 20th Century, St. Huberts was one of the colony's grandest wineries

Hubert de Castella's passion for the Yarra Valley saw him establish the St Huberts vineyard in 1862. In 1880 St Huberts won Emperor Wilhelm 1 of Germany's award for the most successful exhibitor at the Melbourne International Exhibition, an outstanding achievement.

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The onset of the Great Depression in the 1920's precipitated the rapid decline of St Huberts, and in the 1920's the land, reverted to grazing and dairy production. In 1966 replanting occurred at the present site, and there are currently 21 hectares under vine.

The St Huberts vineyard is placed on one of the best viticultural sites in the Yarra Valley. The land is gently sloping, thus maximizing drainage and preventing the vines from getting wet feet or water logged roots that can lead to rotting of the root system. The northwest aspect of the vineyard maximises the exposure to the sun, vital for ripening in a cool climate region. Rainfall is about 900mm per annum.

Due to the fact that most of the rainfall is winter dominated, the likelihood of botrytis setting in during harvest is minimized. The winter rainfall is collected in a dam and then used for irrigation as required in summer using a trickIe irrigation system.

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The area is generally free of frost in spring although a severe late frost can be experienced once every 10 -15 years. This is usually associated with the El Nino weather pattern. The soil is well drained grey clay loam over a clay layer of 500 - 600mm depth, however it is relatively deficient in some nutrients, thus the vines are not overly vigorous. Fertilizer is applied every two - three years to replace the nutrients that the vines take out of the soil.

120 years ago St. Huberts wines were the toast of the colony, winning awards internationally, as well as mightily pleasing the grandees back home. Today, the oldest vines on the property were planted in 1966 and generally yield low crops with intense fruit flavour and great depth of colour. A tribute to the quality is the assertion by most winemakers in the area that these vines produce the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Yarra Valley. The individual vineyard parcels are painstakingly fermented in a range of fermentation vessels in order to enhance the differing flavour and tannin profiles of the Cabernet. These parcels are separated and racked into new and seasoned French oak for fifteen months, to develop the complexity of the wine. The finest oaks are selected to showcase the varietal fruit of the finished Cabernet wine.

To maximise fruit exposure to the sun, a number of trellis types are used, including Scott Henry and the Hanging Cane trellis. Although some of these systems are labour intensive, they assist in improving fruit quality, yield and reduce the need for sprays. The St Huberts wines of today are a reflection of the one of the best vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. The Estate Vineyard at St Huberts has long been considered one of the finest spots in the valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. The St Huberts wines are all about complexity and soft, ripe flavours.

"The modern St.Huberts estate is the reincarnation of one of Victoria's most famous and historic vineyard properties. Today's St. Huberts was one of the properties that launched the Yarra Valley's second golden age in the 1960s, and the wines continue to be good examples of regional styles. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars here, don't miss them!" -Ralph Kyte-Powell

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