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An illustrious vineyard winery of great historical import, the Kay Brothers Amery property is planted to sacred vines which can be traced back to cuttings transplanted from the original Hardy site at Tintara. Holding pride of place as one of Mclaren Vale's first commercial vineyards, the winemaking practices at Kay Brothers have remained largely unchanged since establishment in the nineteenth century. An ancient basket press, painted bright red, is still employed to gently crush grapes in the traditional old world way. The exquisite Kay Brothers range remains one of the most sensational values in superior vintages of new world wine, the fruit of distinguished old vines, family operated since establishment, an essential experience for every enthusiast of the timeless and enduring Aussie Claret style... The essence & excellence of old mclaren vale vines»
Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland idylls of the apple isle, that Melick established Pressing Matters, a meagre four hectares of superior European clones Pinot Noir. Mr Melick has come full circle, this.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»

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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