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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious.. Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by showroom tannins. The very elite of Frankland River Shiraz... Artisanal wines of distinguished sites»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
Rockbare are raiders of precious but wayward vineyards, planted to outdated standards of viticulture, sadly unviable for large scale winemaking. These are however, precisely the nature of site that Rockbare choose to retain. Winemaker Tim Burvill worked at Wynns and Penfolds, where he refined his style alongside some of the best winemakers in the nation's history. Establishing his own label, he embarked upon a secret project to acquire parcels of prodigal Barossa vine. With a backbone of fruit grown to some of the oldest sites in Australia, much of Rockbare's fruit comes off vines a century or more of age. The intense power and complexity of Rockbare's.. Precious & prodigal parcels of the barossa»

Wirra Wirra Chook Block Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
From time to time, Wirra Wirra produces wines from very small parcels of extremely intense, high quality fruit. Chook Block is a unique wine which is only assembled in the most outstanding vintages, pointedly one year in four. It is not made to a particular style, winemaking is purely, in a custodial sense, attempting to reflect the remarkable quality of Chook Block Vineyard Shiraz in exceptional years. Bunches are all picked by hand and treated to the highest scrutiny, removing any fruit that is not of the highest order before inclusion.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$839.50
Chook Block was planted in 1960 on Nocowie Vineyard immediately behind the Wirra Wirra wineworks. The terroir is fortuitous and unique, sandy topsoils over subsurface sandy loam with red brown impervious clay and patches of limestone. Fruit is cold soaked for five days to extract maximum colour without excess alcohol. Ferments are hand plunged and tasted twice daily. At the required level of dryness and extraction, juices are basket pressed until the first sign of tannin hardness. Batches are transferred to a high proportion of new French oak barrriques for completion of malolactic. Barrels are rack and returned every four months throughout twenty one months of maturation.
Dense plum hue with garnet rim. Fresh boysenberries, blackberries and plum, interlaced with sweet cedar, bitter chocolates and licorice, tar and earthy notes. The palate is mouth filling with rich satsuma plums and blackberry fruits, dark chocolate and aniseed. Rich and brooding, balanced by mouth watering savoury tannins and fine cedary oak.
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