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    Dr Frederick Kiel would take the trek by paddle steamer from Melbourne every summer during the late 1800s to spend his summers at Sorrento. His children established a grazing station nearby, on a property acquired from the Baillieu family along Portsea Ocean Beach, ultimately planted to vineyards in 2000. These are the most extreme western longitudes of Mornington, the undulating paddocks and sweeping views of tempestuous Bass Strait are a magical place for growing Burgundesque styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, well protected north facing parcels of propitious free draining limestone and calcareous sands. The windswept maritime vineyards of little Portsea Estate yield the quality of Mornington that have to be experienced... Mornington's westernmost vineyards»
    Jane Mitchell is one of Clare Valley's leading wine industry identities, Clare Valley Legend and Clare Valley Winemakers Hall of Fame, Centenary Federation of Australia Medal, SA Tourism Commission, Australian Regional Winemakers Forum, Wine Federation of Australia Council and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board. Mitchell's largest vineyard is at Watervale, a very bleak place in the middle of winter at pruning time. It is known by the vineyard workers as Alcatraz, a place to do penance in the cold, wind and rain of a Clare Valley winter. Alcatraz only ever yields minimal harvests, source of the most memorable vintages in our nation's.. These old clare valley vines are just getting better»
    Lindsay McCall's enthusiasm for great wine began in the 1970s, he established his first Mornington plantings in 1985 on the site of a derelict orchard at Red Hill along Paringa Road. From day one, McCall focused on exactingly managing the soils and the vines, after completing his day job as local school teacher. His affinity for the land and astonishing feel for winemaking produced monumental vintages of Pinot Noir, which propelled the exquisite range of Paringa Estate wines to international renown. McCall works closely with Mornington's finest vignerons to nurture better standards of viticulture and deliver finer vintages with each harvest. Limited yields of elite parcels, the artisanal efforts of Paringa Estate are regional icons, weaving the pick of Mornington's fruit into one of our nation's most illustrious.. Exquisite editions by the master of mornington»

    Balgownie Premium Cuvee Brut CONFIRM VINTAGE

    Chardonnay Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
    Balgownie's Yarra Valley vineyards were planted in 2003 to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a view to exploiting the slow ripening temperate climes and rich soils of the region for the creation of exquisite and stylish sparkling wines. Vinified to a combination of new and old world winemaking techniques, the tradtional cepage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is partially barrel fermented in seasoned oak before being treated to a term of extended lees contact, infusing the palate with rich yeasty brioche characters and refined textural creaminess.
    Available by the dozen
    Case of 12
    $239.00
    The emergence of Balgownie Estate as a preminent winemaker in the 1970s led to the rapid expansion of the central goldfields wine growing region and was a significant player in the rebirth of the Victorian wine industry as a whole. In 1999, fine wine enthusiasts Des and Rod Forrester assumed proprietorship of Balgownie and set about updating the vineyards and winery. The Forresters embarked on a search for the idyllic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir site, eventually identifying a property in the Yarra Valley where they established seven hectares of closely managed vines. Crafted to Methode traditionelle, Balgownie Brut is rested on sediments before completing secondary fermentation in bottle. Alcohol 12.5%
    Pale golden colour with clear, sparkling bead. Bright and lifted aromas of citrus and new seasons apple with hints of guava and passionfruit. Lovely fine palate showing cut stonefruit, lemon and biscuit complexity, light tangy citrus acids and a hint of red berry fruit characters before an elegant crisp finish. The aperitif wine of choice, choose Balgownie to accompany hors d'oeuvres, appetizers and nibbles.
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