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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 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 Noir, la saveur de la France from the top pick of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Biserno Tenuta di IGT CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Tuscany Italy
A solid backbone of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with smaller components Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Piero Antinori, the icon vintner who created the concept of super Tuscans in the 1970s, was inspired by unique soils along the Upper Maremma to plant Biserno's specialty, the esoteric Cabernet Franc.
Each
$379.99
Dozen
$4559.00
Grapes yielding a mere 1½ bottles are selectively hand picked off vines grown to complex silts, alluvial sands, a high percentage of clay and a conglomerate rich in minerals, all very similar to those found in Bordeaux. Berries are further sorted upon arrival to the wineworks, de-stemmed, gently crushed and vinified for three to four weeks at 28C before being treated to full malolactic in a combination of barrels and fermenters. Matured fifteen months in a selection of French oak barriques before assemblage, bottled and treated to another year of ageing under the Biserno cellars before release. Alcohol 14.5%
Intense dark, saturated colour. Fragarances of dark fruit, perfumes of cherried oak, scents of liqueured plums, blackberries and spice, notes of sandalwood and mineral. An exceptionally fine palate exhibiting extraordinary length and great succulence of fruit flavour, sweet berry confit and sustained chocolate. A complex yet brilliantly integrated wine of singular balance and restraint.
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