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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 Côtes du Rhône. 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»
    Crafted from small parcels of single vineyard, Gippsland fruit, treated to the traditional old world regimens of whole bunch and wild yeast ferments. These are a range of new world Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to match the classic Cru La Bourgogne, the cool ripening climes provide the perfect chill to encourage velvet tannins. Home Block Chardonnay, a big burgundian style with weighty palate and outstanding length, driven by powerful orchard fruit complexity, supported by textural and seductive, creamy oak richness. Exclusively Myrtle Point grown Pinot Noir, its bright sassafras, cherry fruit complexity is supported by charming pastoral elegance, a touch of barnyard, French oak sophistication and the soundest structure... All that's good from gippsland »
    A living legend and bespoke savant of the Australian wine industry, Geoff Merrill began his career in 1973 at Seppelt & Son, before completing tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella. Geoff acquired the historic Reynella wineworks in 1985 and has continued to craft many of McLaren Vale's most memorable vintages ever since. Mr Merrill has claimed countless industry accolades and many of our nation's most prestigious awards, including the hotly contested VISY Great Shiraz Challenge and the illustrious Jimmy Watson Trophy. Merrill offers a range of artisanal, limited release wines, of timely age, extravagant oak and sound value... The advanced age & luxury oak of mclaren vale's quiet achiever»

    Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris CONFIRM VINTAGE

    Pinot Gris Grigio Marlborough New Zealand
    Villa Maria possess the magic touch with Pinot Gris, regularly clearing international wine events of prestigious trophies. Private Bin has been included in the Decanter Top 50 Best Under £10 and identified as a Decanter favourite. Villa Maria retain the finest vineyards throughout New Zealand's grand expansive viticultural precincts, affording the team every opportunity to collate harvests at the zenith of flavour development. Exciting characters of lychee and pinenut, apples and melon, a crisp and racy acidity. Meet your Maria at a Trattoria, for an evening of gaiety, gorgonzola and Gris.
    Available by the dozen
    Case of 12
    $257.00
    Fruit is sourced from vineyards across a range of mesoclimes, a spectrum of flavour profiles to maintain continuity of style. The majority of sites are trained to vertical shoot position, special care is taken to maintain vine health, clean fruit and balance. Parcels are harvested over several weeks at varying levels of ripeness. Fruit is crushed, pressed and cold settled before being racked clean off lees for vinification. Neutral and aromatic yeast strains are employed to inoculate the clear juice. Fermentations are conducted at cooler temperatures, to retain delicate flavour and preserve aromatics.
    Light straw hue. Bursting with a fruit salad bowl of scents, ripe gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus lime and exotic notes. An exciting palate offering layers of juicy flavours, intensity and fullness, finishing with a refreshing crisp, clean and racy acidity. A well balanced and invigorating wine, food matches are aplenty, but ideally to be served chilled with shellfish, your favourite chicken recipe or runny cheese.
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