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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Discovered by Dr Bertel Sundstrup in 1987, after a long search for the perfect site, the amphitheatre known as Dalrymple is a mere twelve hectares of sun drenched bucolic idyll, at the very heart of superior viticulture on the beauteous Apple Isle. This is Piper's Brook central, a place of auspicious winegrowing climes, long hours of sunlight and extended ripening seasons, which yield fruit of remarkable succulence, gracious acids and satin tannins. Dalrymple are a small, unincorporated winegrowing concern, whose accord with the elements and devotion to the land, are best articulated by the leisured pursuits of their chief vigneron, whose favourite pastimes.. The verdant nook on pipers brook»
Excruciatingly low yields, a ruthless hand sorting of fruit, ferments in new oak barrels and twenty months maturation, Bowen Estate are one of Coonawarra's most prestigious marques, maintaining a standard of excellence which merits inclusion into the highly prestigious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Essential for every enthusiast of stellar quality Cabernet Sauvignon, brought within easy reach this week at the down to earth.. Excellent langtons classification of australian wine»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»

Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Bellarine Victoria
An assemblage of Chardonnay from the right side of Port Philip Bay. A backbone of fruit from the Scotchman's vineyards is supported by parcels grown to good vineyards around Bellarine and Geelong. A refreshing and flavoursome fruit driven, yet texturally rich Chardonnay of quality and consistency year to year, designed to be enjoyed in it's youth.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$239.00
Established 1982, Scotchmans Hill has become a producer of some of Victoria's most perennially loved, elegant and consistent wines. Swan Bay Chardonnay is an assemblage of cool climate wines from good vineyards around Geelong and the Strathbogie Ranges. Most of the juices, approximately two thirds, are treated to a lavish oak barrel vinification to enhance the finished wine with creamy characters and fine cashew complexity, the balance is sent to fermenters for the retention of zippy Bellarine acidity and vitally fresh fruit characters. The barrel ferment component is treated to six months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques.
Pale gold with green hues. Nectarine and white peach with citrus fruits dominating the bouquet. This is complimented by creamy overtones, spice and cedar oak. Up-front fruit flavours of nectarine, white peach, melon and lemon citrus with a mineral edge throughout the palate. A generous Chardonnay mouthfeel, creamy and nutty oak characters round out the wine, which has a long, lingering back palate.
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