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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
An Irish cobbler named Reilly settled into the tiny Clare Valley township of Mintaro circa 1856. He converted a stone barn into a homestead cottage. Reilly's Cottage served as the local cobbler's shop in the centre of the bustling town, which had boomed after the establishment of salubrious slate quarries. Almost 140 years later, the cottage has been restored to its former glory by relatives of Reilly, the family Ardill, once again it is a hive of activity, home to the eminent and award winning range of Reilly.. There once was a man named reilly»
Originally formulated by John Charles Brown OBE in 1954 and crafted to this very day in the exact same manner, Brown Brothers flagship icon endures as one of the nation's most distinguished single vineyard wines. Mondeuse plantings were brought to Australia in the early 1900s by the legendary Francois de Castella of St Hubert fame, they have remained the most precious parcel of Brown Brothers heirloom vines since the 1920s. At Milawa, Mondeuse translates into an inky, deeply tannic wine, it forms synergies with the sweet fruit plumpness of Shiraz and statuesque elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon to coalesce into a rich, opulent style of eloquence and structure... The brown brothers most closely guarded secret»

Torbreck Kyloe Mataro CONFIRM VINTAGE

Mourvedre Barossa Eden South Australia
Mataro wines are known for their substantial tannin profile, Kyloe means highland steer, a wild and hardy beast. Torbreck take the pick of crop from the finest blocks in Barossa Valley, each one picked to a different schedule determined by individual ripeness, ensuring complete flavour development, essential to retaining upfront fruit characters in the finished wine. An extended term of age in well seasoned barrels, tames the masculine tannins without infusing conspicuous oak, for an old world style of Mataro offering an intensity of pure varietal eloquence.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$347.00
A compilation of Mataro from splendid sites in the ancient Barossa winegrowing districts of Marananga and Ebenezer, Seppeltsfield and Moppa, Greenock and Gomersal. All parcels are picked at different times during vintage to achieve harvests of perfectly ripened fruit. Bunches are destemmed into a mix of large oaken vats and traditional open top concrete fermenters, juice are gently pumped over the cap and skins twice daily throughout a week and more of vinification. Upon completion, batches are basket pressed and naturally settled before racking into a selection of older, prior use French oak hogsheads, for two years maturation and assemblage without fining or filtration.
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