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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.. Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
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Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»
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Antinori Tenute Marchese Vin Santo 375ml CONFIRM VINTAGE

Trebbiano Malvasia Tuscany Italy
Vinsanto is also known as Vino Santo or sacred wine, so named for it's use by clergy and congregation during the holy mass. It has been vinified in Tuscany since at least medieval times and Antinori have been making it for centuries. A pious cepage of Trebbiano and Malvasia sourced exclusively off vines grown to three Antinori estates in Chianti Classico.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$509.50
Grapes are selected and picked at various times throughout the harvest. Those picked during the earlier parts of vintage show higher acidity, while those picked later attain higher levels of ripeness, achieving a balance between natural fruit sugar content and acidity. Grapes are spread by hand on special straw mats in the appassitoio, a large, airy loft at theTignanello wineworks, where they are left to dry until the end of December. Fruit is pressed and the must transferred to traditional small, 50-200 litres oak casks known as caratelli, for a long, slow vinification which is arrested when the wine reaches 16. Vinsanto is aged in the caratelli three years before a very light filtration.
Bright yellow colour with deep amber hues. Gently vinous bouquet with honey and dried fruits notes. An attractive set of leather, caramel, roasted nuts, spices and orange peel. Dense and round on the palate with fine structure with a delicate and long finish. Aftertaste caracterized by pleasant dried fruits and toasty notes.
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