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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.. The compelling case for old vines grenache»
Unico Zelo are an old world style of winemaking co-operative, a congress of Adelaide Hills family growers who take their work seriously, to ensure that their harvests are fashioned into a range of exquisite, artisanally crafted limited edition wines. Italian varietals are the specialty, a class of grapes which grow magnificently within the premier precincts of Adelaide Hills, eco friendly to local flora and fauna, they bloom wonderfully in the parched, unirrigated mesoclimes of native Australia. Made to measure for enthusiasts of the small batch Adelaide Hills style, aficianados of Italianate chic and gourmands at large, the wines of Unico Zelo raise the fruit.. The adelaide collective of veteran vignerons»
Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
The Australian winemaking industry is grateful to Leontine O'Shea, instrumental in the establishment of Mount Pleasant wines, she sent her son Maurice to France for an education in viticulture right at the outbreak of World War I, gifting him his first Hunter Valley vineyard in 1921. Mount Pleasant are now custodians of some grand old sites, a canon of small, elite blocks of vine that yield a precious range of icon wines, which represent peerless value and readily disappear before release of the following vintage... The legacy of grand old hunter valley vineyards»

Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Clare South Australia
Valley Clare produces some of the most highly sought Shiraz wines in the world. Just like the French, Kilikanoon make a second tier wine from the same vineyards as the estate flagship Oracle. The best parcels of Clare Valley fruit, from vines up to forty years of age, are selected and assembled to create the terroir based Covenant Shiraz. Intensely varietal with lifted aromas of black olives, a wine of extraordinary power and finesse, as spiced plums and splendid French oak see the fruit through to the stylish, evenly textured finish, seamless and long.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$287.50
Kilikanoon's proprietor Kevin Mitchell is a seasoned veteran of the wine industry, starting out as cellar hand and assistant winemaker with Krondorf, d' Arenberg, Kingston Estate, Orlando, BRL Hardy, Kendal Jackson and Willamette Valley in the US. Covenant Shiraz is treated to a traditional handling, fermentation takes place in small open vats followed by a gentle pass through a basket press. Hand picked Shiraz grapes are selected from six vineyards throughout the Leasingham Valley, each is fermented separately, basket pressed and aged eighteen months in a selection of small French oak casks.
Bright red colour with youthful crimson hues. Intensely focused bouquet, expressive of dark fruits, licorice, wild olives and quality French oak spice. Richly apportioned with layers of complexity, fruit weight and flavour persistence, the palate combines dark fruits, cooking spices and chocolate notes, beautifully supported, classy French oak flatters and integrates, providing seamless length and flavour persistence.
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