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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.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Balgownie are one of our nation's great small vineyards, pioneers of the reprise in Bendigo viticulture, with the foresight to establish vines in 1969, the first local plantings in over eighty years. Grown to terrains very near the tailings of Victoria's original gold rush, the auspicious Balgownie vines yield discreet yet exquisite harvests of the most edifying and undervalued Victorian vintages. A bespoke favourite amongst enthusiasts of the old school style in elegant and finely boned Aussie Shiraz, Balgownie represent the essential accompaniment to meaty eggplant inspired recipes, or a princely roast of lamb, the best of.. Balgownie begets the best of bendigo»
There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket.. Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
Long Standing Members of the elite Grange Growers Club, Kalleske's are one of Barossa's leading Shiraz growers, providing fruit from the most memorable vintages to Penfolds for decades. After five generations, Kalleske have begun to reserve the pick of crop for their own label, a highly limited luxury range destined for the most discerning connoisseurs and Shiraz enthusiasts in the know. Kalleske have collated parcels from distinguished vineyards in the ancient hamlets of Moppa and Greenock, Belvedere and Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer, superior old sites which have been husbanded by the same families for generations. Open top ferments, basket.. Superior value in old village barossa shiraz»

Watershed Senses Cabernet Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Western Australia
The Watershed property is strategically positioned within the most precious winegrowing terroirs, along the major arterial highway for traffic travelling to and from Margaret River township. Senses has accumulated an impressive list of wine show competition awards. Watershed's vineyards are fortuitously positioned astride some of the best soil compositions in Margaret River, where the vines yield harvests of Merlot and Cabernet endowed with exemplary varietal characters, an intensity of flavour and the finest, showroom tannins.
The Watershed property enjoys the influence of balmy maritime climes, growing conditions very like Bordeaux which contribute to the statuesque Medoc style of Watershed Wine Project Cabernet Merlot. The winemaking team are highly proficient at Cabernet Merlot, having collected accolades at the distinguished Mundis Vini in Germany, the world's largest international wine show. Fruit is harvested to healthy levels of baume, crushed and vinified before eighteen months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep scarlet colour. Aromas of black currant and fresh mint, liquorice and plums over a measure of mocha and cigar box oak. An effusive palate of ripe berries, plums and cassis, velvety textures are supported by firm but flattering French cedar/ vanilla oak, all complimented by fine silky tannins which linger on the finish.
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