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Ken Helm A.M. received the Order of Australia for his work with Riesling, for his contribution to the Australian wine industry, for his support of cool climate wine producers and service to the Canberra community. Helm placed the Canberra region firmly on the map for world class wines after his inaugural 1977 release won significant international accolades. Ken's flagship wines are Riesling and Cabernet, he retains strong ties with eminent wine makers around the globe. Trips to the vineyards and wineries of Mosel, the Rhine valley and Bordeaux provide new inspiration and contribute to the development of his Canberra wines. In 2000 Ken instigated the Canberra International Riesling Challenge, his continuing role as chairman allows him to constantly keep abreast of new developments in Rieslings around the.. Meet one of our nation's most peer respected winemakers»
Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world,.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»
Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River will be delighted, redolent reds.. A better block on hay shed hill»

Watershed Shades Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Margaret River makes bold, flavoursome Chardonnay wines, offering a weight of fruit that drinks brilliantly without being aged or exposed to oak. A conspicuous wine show competition champion, judiciously medium bodied, fragrant with grapefruits and honey dew, kept vital and fresh in modern unwooded styling. The profound richness of natural Chardonnay fruit is upfront and central, lingering at the finish on the toothsome varietal characters of fresh fresh cut melons, tangerines and peach.
The growing conditions around Watershed's vineyards, right at the atrium of the dynamic Margaret River appellation, are considered ideal for the production of exuberant Chardonnay wines. Grapes are harvested to healthy levels of baume, exhibiting excellent concentration and clean acids. To retain all the natural assertiveness and intensity of flavour, Shades is treated to a pristine vinification, unwooded and unoaked.
Bright straw hue. A classic varietal Chardonnay bouquet of peaches, melons and citrus. On the palate vibrant notes of stonefruit are complemented by fresh grapefruit characters before a slightly nut infused, soft finish and creamy finish. Shades should be enjoyed right now alongside chicken or Vietnamese faire.
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