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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»
Planted to a rocky hillock just east of township Clare, Mocandunda is a collaboration of three well seasoned vignerons, the Messrs Heinrich, Ackland and Faulkner. Heinrich grows fruit for a number of the nation's leading labels, Faulkner is one of Clare Valley's most accomplished agronomists, Ackland established the illustrious Mount Horrock Wines. Mocandunda was years in the making, one of the highest altitude terroirs in all Clare Valley, the extended autumns and dry grown vines, encourage a exceptional ripening of grapes, intense with varietal characters, magnificently balanced between natural fruit sugars, acidity and tannin. Mocandunda sell the lion's share of their crop to eminent brands, their harvests have claimed Winestate Trophy and South Australian Wine Of Year. A small cut from the finest pick of Mocandunda fruit is reserved for the estate's own label. Originally planned as a pure Riesling monopole, the vineyard now hosts blocks of the most exquisite.. The craggy copse on valley clare»

Houghton Jack Mann CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Frankland River Western Australia
Oustanding Langtons Classification. Jack Mann was one of Australia's most innovative and influential winemakers. He immersed himself in the single pursuit of producing the most stately wines while at Houghton throughout a half century of memorable vintages. Cuvee Jack Mann is Houghton's finest wine and Western Australia's most iconic Cabernet. Small amounts of peerless quality grapes, an original Houghton clone developed by Jack Mann himself, are hand picked from the very heart of a distinguished vineyard and individually considered for inclusion.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$749.50
Fruit is sourced from the distinguished Justin Vineyard in the Frankland River region. Soils are largely degraded granite gravels, some of the oldest in the world. Even within the single vineyard, particular blocks of vine, more than thirty five years of age, known as patches 12 and 13, are set aside exclusively for Jack Mann. Grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted, crushed and vinified in small open top fermenters. Caps are plunged by hand before gently pressing the wine into new and one year old French oak barrels from choice Bordeaux cooperages for eighteen months maturation, before assemblage, fining and bottling without filtration. Only a few hundred cases are ever made.
Dense, deep purple red, scarlet hue. Intense aromatics of blackberry, cassis and dark berry fruits, black olive and hints of mint with dark chocolate and fine cedary French oak. The palate is full flavoured, rich, complex and intense. Concentrated, classic varietal fruit characters, plush and sweet, supported by fine tannin structure and integrated French oak, great acid definition and depth of flavour characterize this exceptional wine.
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