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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 Noir, la saveur de la France from the top pick of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Mr Riggs Montepulciano dAdelaide CONFIRM VINTAGE

Montepulciano Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vale South Australia
Two precious harvests of Montepulciano are sourced from choice sites, each articulating the uniqueness of terroir, Amadio vineyard between Kersbrook and Williamstown in Adelaide Hills is planted on grey brown loam at an altitude of 300 metres, it is pleasingly low vigor. Vines on the Pollux property in McLaren Vale ripen somewhat earlier, yielding a Montepulciano of more tannin structure and lower acidity, a confluence of personalities which coalesce into a seriously mouthfilling, savoury wine. A mere 550 dozen made.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$299.00
Bright violet, vibrant, opaque. Nose of beef stock and crushed mint, cinnamon and spice, cigar box and tobacco sweet. Soundly structured, a spectacular range of kitchen flavours, firm where it should be, intense throughout, a long finish of lingering vanilla beans straight from the pod.
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