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Grown to the frigid climes of Central Otago, the vines at Prophet's Rock were established 1999 to the most auspicious sites in the nether regions around the ancient goldfields of Bendigo Creek. Challenging aspects with breathtaking views of Cromwell Basin and Pisa Ranges, these are places defined by their fortuitous soils and favourable climes, tiny parcels of vine capable of just a few hundred cases each vintage, picked for their confluence of growing conditions and husbanded by a devout cadre. The winemaking is decidedly French, small vessels and wild yeasts, followed by an extended term on sedimentary lees for opulence. Invigorated by the warmth of alluvial pebbles and infused by the minerality of quartz schists, the opportune vines yield a small range of wines, made by environmental purists in the old fashioned way,.. Bounty of bendigo goldfields»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking tally of dozens national Trophies and countless competition Gold. They remain the quiet achieving tour de force behind the most memorable vintages and outstanding.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
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»

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa South Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon was at the heart of Max Schubert's quest to establish the national flagship Australian red. Max Schubert was deeply inspired by Cabernet following his return from Bordeaux, Penfold Grange was originally planned as a Cabernet Cuvée. After many vintages of trial and tribulation, he became frustrated in his attempts to formulate a great Australian Cabernet but the lessons and experiences were passed on to successive winemakers. The tradition of development and refinement continues to this day, Penfold represent the first Australian growth of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Each
$219.99
Dozen
$2639.00
Deep, dark scarlet red. Dark and brooding, alluring perfumed aromatics, the nose shows concentrated cassis, a blackberry and blueberry compote of Cabernet fruits supported by perfect oak. Olive and aniseed, dark chocolates and oak barrel abound, vanilla stick over a background smoky French vanilla oak. The flavours are captivating and distinctive, gorgeous fruits in the dark blue to black flavour spectrum, the tannins roll on, firm and chewy, succulent and refined.
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