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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.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»
Samuel Smith migrated from Dorset England to Angaston in the colony of South Australia circa 1847, he took up work as a gardener with George Fife Angas, the virtual founder of the colony. In 1849, Smith bought thirty acres and planted vines by moonlight, the first ever vintages of Yalumba. One of his most enduring legacies were some unique clones of Shiraz, which were ultimately sown to the illustrious Mount Edelstone vineyard in 1912. Angas's great grandchild Ron Angas acquired cuttings from the Edelstone site and migrated the precious plantings to his pastures at Hutton Vale. The land remains in family hands, a graze for flocks of some highly fortunate.. The return of rootstock to garden of eden»
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»
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»

Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling CONFIRM VINTAGE

Riesling Adelaide Hills South Australia
In 1947, Wirra Wirra patriarch Greg Trott lost the only watch he ever owned, from that day forth he never bothered with wearing a timepiece again. Confdent to the end that he could tell time by the sun, Trott was notoriously always late, hours and even days. Fortunately, his great legacy to the nation was unhurried and unstrained, to make great wine, one needs to ignore the clock and allow the magic of nature to determine its own course. Adelaide Hills Riesling at its finest, left to its own as it slowly vinifies over the course of weeks, without the distractions of a clock.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$251.00
From mature sites at Lenswood and Mt Torrens, off vines up to forty years old. The Wirra Wirra team intervene as little as possible in the magic of fruit evolving into wine, placing their faith in the management of vineyards and blessings of nature. Grapes are selectively hand picked to avoid any sun damaged berries, to minimize skin contact and retain delicate aromatics. Bunches are crushed and de-stemmed through a membrane press. Solids are separated, the free run juices are clarified and transferred into fermenters for inoculation with either QA23, Anchor VIN 13 or PDM yeasts, followed by several weeks vinification at cooler temperatures to maximize purity of Adelaide Hills fruit character.
Brilliant pale straw, green hues. A lifted bouquet with classic talc, perfumed floral notes and a citrus zest. Displaying an intense core of ripe citrus throughout the palate with persistent flavour and a minerally structure offset by a hint of brown lime. Refreshing acidity persists providing a beguiling mouth feel and a long finish. This wonderfully pristine and classic dry style Australian Riesling can be fully appreciated in its youth.
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  • Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 375ml CONFIRM VINTAGE

    Shiraz
    McLaren Vale South Australia
    Case of 12 $191.00