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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
Somewhere near the Seaview end of McLaren Vale's Chapel Hill Road, a perfunctory passerine perched her pincers astride a pair of power poles and saw herself alit. Down she went amongst the dry grown branches of an old Grenache vineyard, setting the valuable veterans ablaze. The scorched site eventually came to the attention of a winemaking trio, the Messrs Leske, Tynan & Cooke, Masters of Wine and a venerable vintner, all driven by a consuming passion to make greater Grenache. Thistledown vintage very small amounts of the most extraordinary Grenache. Beautifully detailed and conspicuously elegant, their floral bouquets and graceful finish emulate the aromatic.. Polly & the pyre to paradise»
Tim and Simon and all the Wicks, nurse the rootstock and foster the clones which are in highest demand by the Adelaide Hills most accomplished vignerons. The Wicks are Adelaide Hills born and bred, they called upon an old mate named Tim Knappstein to assist in the establishment of a vineyard and wineworks, set amongst the ancient eucalypts on the scenic slopes of Woodside. Each and every planting was determined according to a viticultural algorithm, based on clonal selections and terroir, aspect, soils and clime. The shrubs reached maturity and the wines that flowed are claiming a conspicuous tally of triumphs at significant national wine shows. Representing.. The wonderful wines of wicks»
Established 1968 by Word War II flyer Egerton E.S Dennis, on ninety acres of McLaren Flat along the prestigious winegrowing terroirs at Kangarillla Road, the Dennis family pioneered the production of Mead alongside colleague and enthusiast John Maxwell. Dennis initially sold his harvests to some of Australia's most eminent brands before founding his own label in 1971,with the object of converting the high quality fruit into pure, estate made wines. Since establishment, Dennis Wines have collected hundreds of medals at national and international wine shows, twice claiming the revered Bushing King awards for best wine at the McLaren Vale Winemakers Exhibition. A.. Dennis of kangarilla road»

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
$239.00
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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