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Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally.. Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»
After founding Mornington's eminent Moorooduc Estate and decades crafting the most memorable vintages for Mornington's leading brands, Richard McIntyre established a tiny, single hectare vineyard, on a prominent, high elevation site at Arthur's Seat, with a view to producing limited yields of the most exquisite small batch wines. The techniques of choice are wild yeast ferments, minimal intervention and good French oak, with a nod to traditional Burgundian practices, which allow the wines to speak of provenance, express their specificity of clone and articulate their sense of place. There's not much Bellingham made but every bottle passes through the hands of.. Limited editions by the master of moorooduc»
The very first blocks of vine planted at Scotchmans Hill, are now in their fourth decade. Set aside for bottling as a range of limited release, single vineyard wines, they represent the first growth of viticulture from the fertile crescent of Port Phillip's western shore. Crafted to traditional old world techniques, very similar to the great Crus of la Bourgogne, they afford the true enthusiast an opportunity to engage with the decadent delights of the greater Geelong, as sampled alongside Gruyere, game and the finest gourmandise... All the best from scotchmans hill»
David Wynn introduced cardboard wine casks, flagons and the Airlesflo wine tap to the nation. He is best remembered for re packaging the Coonawarra estate which bears his name and which endures as one of Australia's icon brands. Wynn was a master of his craft and studied oenology at the world renowned Magill wineworks. An astute marketer and talented blender, he also had a keen eye for the land, investing in the ancient John Riddoch fruit colony and planting vines on a challenging site, high atop the lofty latitudes of Valley Eden. Mountadam Vineyards were built from the ground up, with a view to crafting a limited range of well structured, weighty wines,.. The legacy parcels of mountadam vineyards»

Watershed Awakening Single Block A1 Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

98 Halliday Points!
Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Watershed's distinguished vineyards are planted at the very heart of Margaret River's most prestigious estates, along Bussell Highway at the turn off to Leeuwin and Voyager. Fruit is treated to a Burgundian style of vinification and élevage, infusing the palate with creamy cryastaline textures and luxurious lees complexity. Awakening is vinified exclusively from hand picked grapes grown to a select block at Watershed, inoculated by wild indigenous yeasts and completely barrel fermented, for a wine of opulence and grace.
The founders of Watershed went to great lengths to secure the finest Chardonnay growing aspects in the land. A lengthy survey of the entire peninsula was undertaken to determine the most favourable soils and opportune mesoclimes. Terroir, place and selection, parcels of fruit and length and flavour concentration, complexity and intensity achieved through carefully selected hand picked fruit., finely crafted to a regimen of rich barrel ferments in new and one year old French oak, followed by a term of extended maturation to achieve west coast Chardonnay of the most outstanding quality and profound generousity.
Straw coloured, butter hues in the glass. Intense citrus aromas accompanied by notes of spice and roasted cashew. On the palate, the dense creamy texture is complemented by preserved lemon and mineral notes followed by a long spicy and biscut finish. A suitable accompaniement shellfish mornay, gamefish or roast squab.
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