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There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the Brunello commune of Montalcino. Whole bunches and wild ferments in the like of ancient clay urns, hand plunged in the old world way, appreciatively unfiltered for a tasteful measure of sauvage. Aficianados of small batch, limited release endeavours by Australian winemaking luminaries, are quietly advised to.. Brockett begets the best of bellarine»
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 Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»

Heathcote Estate Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
A Shiraz of power and elegance, Heathcote Estate claimed a significant gold medal at the prestigious London International. Inspired by the amazing depth and character of Terra Rosa Shiraz, the Bialkower and Kirby families determined the most idyllic location to propogate vines for an ultra premium Shiraz to rival Australia's finest. The shared vision of excellence is reflected by a single minded focus towards quality across all parts of the process. A superlative effort by one of Australia's great winemaking collaborations, the Messrs Dexter and McKenna.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$269.50
A structured yet poised and sophisticated Shiraz endowed with flavour and complexity, the synergy between Heathcote and Shiraz. A dry and mild climate combines with ancient red soils to produce an effort of telling regionality. Five separate blocks are handled as fourteen individual parcels. A combination of destemmed grapes and whole bunches are vinified in a mix of open and closed fermenters. Upon completion, batches are pressed and transferred immediately to barrel for malolactic, followed by three rackings over a term of seventeen months ageing in a selection of French oak barriques. Half the barrels are culled over time, only the very best are included into the final wine.
Dark dense red. Powerful nose of blackberry and raspberry with nuances of cedar, chocolates and spice. Flavours are a subtle combination of dark berry fruits integrated with complex oak and mixed spice. The wine features soft supple tannins, seamless integration of oak and acid with a long rich lingering finish.
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