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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
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 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

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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