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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 and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Rolf Binder is one of the Barossa's quiet achieving superstars, recipient of the most conspicuous national accolades, Barossa Winemaker of Year and Best Small Producer, Best Barossa Shiraz Trophy and coveted listing in the illustrious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Binder's focus has always been on old vines fruit, in particular, the abstruse canon of early settler varietals which populated Barossa Valley during the 1840s. Wild bush vines Mataro, picked off patches at Tanunda along Langmeil Road, ancient growths of Grenache from Gomersal and Light Pass. Rolf's tour de force are eight superlative rows of Shiraz, established 1972 by the Binders junior and senior, which yield a mere 250 dozen of the most spectacular, full bodied Barossa flagship. The profound opulence of Rolf Binder's Hanisch is matched in no lesser way by the sublime excellence of the estate's Barossa Shiraz, not to be missed at $21, a most opportune entry into the felicitous house of.. Seven decades of tillage at tanunda»

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Excellent Langtons Classification. The consumate Cabernet, one of Australia's icon wines. John Riddoch brewed up Coonawarra's second vintage in 1896 under a woolshed which now ages barrels of Katnook Cabernet. The original Coonawarra Fruit Colony itself was headquartered in a limestone building which now serves as cellar door. Vines have been trained over the course of decades to extract maximum flavour from the long slow Coonawarra ripening, achieving harvests of Cabernet with ripe generous flavours and fine lingering tannins.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$431.00
Coonawarra produces Cabernet wines with attractive ripe fruit flavours, generous palate structures and soft tannins. Katnook is home of the finest Coonawarra Cabernet, its vineyards, planted to prime Terra Rossa soils comprise two hundred hectares at the heart of this comparatively small and remote region, affording Katnook full licence to collate and assemble parcels of the finest fruit. Batch vinification takes place in closed static fermenters with regular pumping over. Upon completion, parcels are macerated for a week or two before transfer into a selection of seasoned and new 225 litre French and American oak barrels for thirteen months maturation. Alcohol 13.5%
Deep, dark plum colour, purple robes. Complex array of ripe fruit and sweet oak aromas, dark plums and blackberry, mulberry and cassis combine with subtle sweet vanillin and notes of chocolaty oak. A richly layered palate of dark berry fruits, black currants highlight the generous palate structure, combined with subtle sweet oak flavours and rich chocolaty notes. Fine lingering tannins complement the rich fruit flavours.
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