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Constructed during early settlement by a supervisor of colonial convicts, at the very epicentre of the market gardens which serviced Hobart, Clarence House is a heritage listed manor which remains largely unaltered since the 1830s. It passed through several hands before being acquired by the Kilpatricks in 1993, who answered the call of Bacchus and established the grounds to vine. There are now sixteen hectares of viticulture, several significant Burgundy clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Tempranillo. What's most unique about the Clarence House vineyards are the soils and topography, a number of northeast slopes which catch the early sun yet shade the vines from afternoon heat. A natural endowment of rich Jurassic soils which impart wonderful mineral characters and textures into the finished wines. Limited yields of immaculate fruit, artisanal winemaking by leading vignerons of the apple.. Heirlooms of a hobart homestead»
The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined Cabernet, generously proportioned Malbec, august Chardonnay and mesmerising Riesling, all representing essential drinking and salient value, for every learned west coast gourmande in the.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»

St Johns Road Blood Courage Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
St John's Road has been brought back to life by the places and personalities, the heritage and folklore of Barossa Valley. Every winter weekend, the red blooded players at St Johns Road take to the footy field for a true blue test of skill, strength and character. Blood & Courage is the quintessential Barossa Shiraz, it's all come about because of great comeraderie and kinship between the crew. A play of ripe, rich fruit, balanced oak integration and skillful winemaking, Blood & Courage captures the very essence of ardent and impassioned Barossa team work.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$251.00
The team at St Johns Road aim to identify small parcels of exceptional Barossa Shiraz, worthy of the Blood & Courage moniker. Batches are vinified and aged separately right up to the final assembly, such that each component can be treated individually. Parcels of Shiraz from low yielding Kalleske and Schutz family vineyards in Ebenezer and Stonewell, are crushed into a ten tonne open top fermenter for several days of cool temperature vinification. Pumpover regimes and cap work is decided by taste, for optimal extraction of colour and flavours from the skins. Upon completion of malolactic, batches are pressed and filled to a selection of French oak hogsheads for a year's maturation.
Vibrant, dark opaque ink, purple hues. Strong blackcurrant, dark plum and spicy mulberry fruit, a subtle overlay of dry roasted almonds, cocoa and oak. Full bodied, like Aussie rules, intense flavours of dark berry and plum mixed with Barossa earthiness. Red liquorice and dark chocolate, fresh and lively, rich in texture with subtle oak that shows soft, well integrated tannins. A convincing finish, packed with flavour that lingers long after the last sip!
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