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Samuel Smith migrated from Dorset England to Angaston in the colony of South Australia circa 1847, he took up work as a gardener with George Fife Angas, the virtual founder of the colony. In 1849, Smith bought thirty acres and planted vines by moonlight, the first ever vintages of Yalumba. One of his most enduring legacies were some unique clones of Shiraz, which were ultimately sown to the illustrious Mount Edelstone vineyard in 1912. Angas's great grandchild Ron Angas acquired cuttings from the Edelstone site and migrated the precious plantings to his pastures at Hutton Vale. The land remains in family hands, a graze for flocks of some highly fortunate lamb. In between the paddocks, blocks of Sam Smith's experimental vines yield a harvest of the most spectacular Shiraz to be found in.. The return of rootstock to garden of eden»
Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»

Stanton Killeen Reserve Durif CONFIRM VINTAGE

Durif Rutherglen Victoria
One of Australia's finest examples of the abstruse hybrid grape, an accord of Shiraz and Peloursin, grown to one of the world's most exclusive appellations, crafted by one of Australia's most capable custodians of Durif. A history of phyloxera has served to quarantined the vines and preserve the sacred old rootstock. Rutherglen is fortuitously endowed with the most precious productive parcels of Durif anywhere in the world. A meaty, toothsome wine of dense loganberry fruit flavours, dusky pastille and mouthcoating bitter chocolate tannins.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$455.00
Rutherglen has gained a reputation for full bodied dry reds with singular ageing potential. The Stanton & Killeen property sprawls over a roll of picturesque, gently undulating farm country. It is the local history and traditions that make Stanton & Killeen central to the history of Rutherglen and development of winemaking in Australia. Some of the original vineyards planted by Jack Stanton in 1921 are still in production and yield some of the finest fruit in the district. Norman Killeen married Jack's daughter and joined in the family business to establish Stanton and Killeen. A harvest of Rutherglen's finest Durif is vinified and aged fifteen months in a combination of new and prior use French and American oak barrels.
Dark scarlet colour. A strong varietal bouquet displaying hints of violet, cinnamon and cloves with a mix of crushed dark berries. The full bodied palate shows great appeal with spicy fruit flavours including berries and plums which are rounded out with some clean toasty oak. An outstanding balance of fruit, acid and tannin structure.
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