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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»
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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.. The essence & excellence of old mclaren vale vines»
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Gapsted Ballerina Canopy Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Alpine & King Valleys Victoria
An assemblage of King Valley fruit, some parcels acquire their individuality in the vineyard, while others develop their charm in the vinification and ageing. Previous vintages have claimed conspicuous accolades including a silver medal at the prestigious London International. Much of the fruit is sourced from eminent sites around Whitfield in King Valley, not far from the Gapsted wineworks. Growing conditions can be close to perfect in these higher altitudes and the team make it a priority to capture and preserve the exceptional quality of Shiraz.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$311.00
Central to Gapsted's viticulture is the ballerina method of canopy vine management which allows gentle morning sunlight and soft mountain breezes to delicately ripen grapes. Harvests are separated into three parcels and handled separately. Flavours and texture are enhanced through extended plunging and pumpovers. The first component is vinified to retain concentration and intensity before being filled to new French oak at the end of primary ferments. The balance is transferred to a selection of new and prior use French and American oak barrels after completion of malolactic. Parcels are treated to an extended two year maturation before assembling into the finished wine. Alcohol 14.2%
Deep, deep cherry red/ purple colour. Spiced earth and chocolate nose, cloves, fruit cake and alpine pepper. Complex, full bodied, ripe and spicy plum palate, cloves and raspberry flavours are balanced by cool climate pepper. Vanillin oak characters over a firm, lengthy backbone of rich, almost viscous, tannin before a tight, lingering finish. To accompany scotch fillet with wattle pepper and red wine jus.
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