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Just three kilometres from Young along Murringo Road, planted to a brisk 500 metres above sea level, Grove Estate was originally sown to vines in 1886, by Croatian settlers who brought cuttings from their farms on the Dalmatian coast. Some of these ancient plantings, emigrated at a time when much of Europe was ruled by Hapsburg emperors, remain productive to this day. Newer blocks were gradually established around these priceless parcels, ostensibly with a view to supplying leading national brands. The quality of fruit became so conspicuous that Grove Estate sanctioned industry celebrities from Ravensworth and Clonakilla to begin bottling under their own estate moniker. The greater Hilltops region is renowned for elegantly structured Cabernet and Shiraz. Grove Estate go one better, they deliver harvests of the most princely Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera. Grove Estate's Flanders Fields is a decidedly Chardonnay dominant effervescent Cuvee, a true Methode.. Quiet consummations of grove estate»
Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Wrattonbully South Australia
Tapanappa acquired and renovated the precious Whalebone Vineyard at Wrattonbully in 2002. The thirty year old Shiraz and Cabernet vines have responded magnificently. The paradox is that despite being cooler than Coonawarra, the fruit ripens earlier and more completely. The still air, cool night and warm days particularly suit the rejuvenated vines. The quality of fruit is ideal for a masculine Medoc style, not surprising given the similarity of soil, geology and climate to that of St. Emilion in Bordeaux. By maestro Brian Croser, only a few hundred cases are made.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$305.50
The precious grapes are hand picked and vinified in separate batches. Grapes are de-stemmed, partially roller crushed and chilled to 2°C in one tonnes fermentation tubs. A four day cold maceration precedes fermentation by native yeasts and bacterial strains, hand plunged twice daily to break up the cap of skins. At the peak of vinification, temperatures reach 34°C before fermenting to dryness. The wine and skins are sealed down for a further week of maceration before draining and gently pressing into French oak barriques. Upon completion of malolactic, batches are sulphured and racked several times over a period of fifteen months maturation, to be bottled unfiltered after a light egg white fining.
Dark garnet/ ruby colour. Intense black currant, dusty herb and spice edge of Cabernet, the anise and blackberry of Shiraz. Intense but refined flavours, the freshness and vibrancy of Cabernet accentuated by the smoky and minty hallmarks of Whalebone terroir. Significant tannin structure before an even, mouth coating savoury finish. To accompany spring lamb or rare pigeon breast with fines herbes.
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