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Established 1973, Woodlands of Wilyabrup were one of the first vineyards in Margaret River, planted with a view to emulating the great growths of Bordeaux. Recipients of the highly prestigious Jack Mann Memorial Medal and Wine Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for their tremendous vintages of all things Cabernet. Assembling the rich Medoc style blends are what Woodlands do best. Painstakingly crafted by hand, to challenge the primacy of the illustrious Chateaux de la rive gauche, very few vineyards yield the quality of fruit that merits vintaging into a statuesque wine dominated by the prettily fragrant Cabernet Franc. Woodlands were established from the ground up with a view to achieving limited harvests of the abstruse Bordeaux varietals, only a few hundred.. The complex bordeaux blend by one of margaret river's founding wineries»
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»
Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Kooyong Estate Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
Sandro Mosele has established himself as a tour de force on Mornington Peninsula, making better and better, ever more interesting Chardonnay wines, across a spectrum of sites and clone. Avail yourself of the entry level into the House of Kooyong, one of Australia's most artisanal Chardonnay specialists, fashioned to the big dry styles of Burgundy's magnificent Cote du Beaune. Exactingly crafted from an assemblage of fruit, hand picked and meticulously sorted, off the eminent Kooyong and Ballewindi vineyards.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$359.00
Kooyong Estate is highly specialised for the big and rich Burgundy style, rendered from tiny parcels of unique terroirs that are matched to the individual characteristics of clone. A total coverage amounting to nine hectares of prime Mornington viticulture, are fastiduously husbanded to yield nothing but the most exceptional quality harvests. Vertically shoot positioned, estate grown fruit, forms the backbone, supplemented by choice parcels grown to mature local vines. Chardonnay is gently whole bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques for a wild, indigenous yeast vinification, followed by ten months maturation sur lie and minimal filtration before bottling.
Bright straw lime colour. A delicate, aromatic nose showing grapefruit and lime, hints of fresh ginger, soft layers of cream and quartz silica minerality. The palate is pure and fine with some flintiness. A Clonale that is pert and linear in youth but with the lees creaminess in place to build texture and weight as it evolves.
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