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Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»
Just outside the Gippsland town of Leongatha, a few minutes down the road from the hallowed grounds at Bass Phillip estate, ten precious acres of exceptional terroir were planted in 1990, to artisanal clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. The propitious easterly aspects make the most of morning sun, an auspicious bequeath of fertile Ferrosols oblige the rootstock and infuse the fruit, while reducing the vigor and rationing the harvest. Lucinda Estate was never established as a producer of scale, its scant yields were always destined to be in pursuit of stunning Syrah and the perfect Pinot. Victoria's Gippsland is a place of paradise for vintages in the.. A glimpse of the gippsland grail»
Xavier Bizot can make wine anywhere he pleases, he is a Bollinger and grew up amongst the Vignobles Superieurs of Champagne. Bizot has chosen to make wine alongside Brian Croser's family, from grapes harvested off three magnificent sites, on two paradoxically varied terrains. Planted to the salubrious Terra rosa soils atop an invaluable archeological dig at Wrattonbully, rich with the undisturbed fossils of ancient Cenozoic sea animals, Crayeres Vineyard was established right across the road from Tapanappa's illustrious Whalebone. The weather here is astonishingly similar to Bordeaux and makes an awesome Cabernet Franc. Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser are also.. The twin tales of terre a terre»
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.. The compelling case for old vines grenache»

Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
On the rolling slopes of Xanadu, vines flourish in the rich, free draining gravel soils, fed by an abundant supply of pristine water and sheltered by forests of magnificent marri trees. The site was chosen for its propensity to experience near perfect ripening conditions, beautiful indian summers with cool nights and clear warm days. The vines deliver an exceptional quality of Chardonnay, which Xanadu have fashioned into a generous, forward drinking wine. Natural ferments are encouraged, lees battonage is essential, infusing added complexity and charm.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$227.00
Parcels of Gin Gin Chardonnay clone are harvested throughout the cool of night, pressed, crushed and filled into a selection of predominantly older French oak barrels for inoculation by a mix of cultured and wild indigenous yeasts. The balance of the harvest is crushed and destemmed, chilled before pressing and transferred to fermenters. The settled juices are coolly vinified at 15°C through the action of aromatic strains of yeast to retain bright varietal characteristics. All components are lees stirred throughout several months of barrel maturation, to be assembled into the finished wine in November, judicious use of oak plays a supporting role.
Pale straw hues. Elegant yet powerful, grapefruits and nashi pear, gala apples with underlying hints of nougat and cashew. Medium bodied palate, white fleshed stone fruits and zesty citrus flavours. The taut mineral backbone is complimented by a lovely creamy marshmallow texture derived from lees stirring in oak. Fine and fresh, bright fruit and crisp acidity, a modern style of Chardonnay.
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