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There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the Brunello commune of Montalcino. Whole bunches and wild ferments in the like of ancient clay urns, hand plunged in the old world way, appreciatively unfiltered for a tasteful measure of sauvage. Aficianados of small batch, limited release endeavours by Australian winemaking luminaries, are quietly advised to.. Brockett begets the best of bellarine»
William James Maxwell was an architectural sculptor who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1875. He built a mock castle and established a family vineyard just outside Adelaide, which he named Woodlands Park. His son planted vines in nearby McLaren Vale and his grandson served a term as winemaker for Hardy Wines at the historic Tintara wineworks. William Maxwell's progeny remain in McLaren Vale, producing the southern hemisphere's most successful brands of Honey Mead, as well as vintages of the most extraordinary value in McLaren Vale Shiraz. But what does Maxwell taste like? Gentleman James Halliday describes Maxwell as robust, picking the eyes out of McLaren Vale shiraz; licorice, dark chocolate, savoury firm, ripe tannins, blackberry, positive oak the icing on the cake. Terrific value. Oh yes, he suggests that it should be enjoyed by.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »

Delamere Sparkling NV CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pipers River Tasmania
Single vineyard Pinot Chardonnay, from the exclusive appellation of Pipers Brook, crafted to true Methode traditionelle, the full course of bottle riddling and disgorgement, liqueur de tirage and reseal. The latitude and mesoclimes at Delamere are uncannily similar to the Champagne growing terroirs of la Bourgogne, ideal for the realization of sparkling wines, endowed with old world charisma. A luxurious Tasmanian Cuvée with opulent nose and textural palate, to savour alongside sophisticated canapes.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$383.00
Gaze across the natural amphitheatre to the closely planted rows, these are some of the oldest vines in Pipers Brook. The fertile soils at Delamere had previously lent themselves to the successful establishment of a wonderfully diverse fruit orchard and market garden. It was the pioneering vision of Richard and Dallas Richardson that in 1981, saw the more elevated areas of the property planted to the noble cool climate cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A harvest of Chardonnay clones Penfold 58 and I10V1, Pinot clones D5V12, D2V5 and MV6, are hand picked off fully mature vines, vinified and treated to full malolactic, followed by extended lees maturation, dégorge and dosage.
Lemon straw hue, an excellent, persistent mousse. Aromatic nose of biscuit and citrus, apples and mixed red berries. Creamy stonefruit and strawberry flavours, underlying brioche characters and earthy notes, hints of truffle and toast. A wine in superb balance, Chardonnay contributes great length, Pinit Noir adds full mid palate richness, a finely structured sparkling with racy acidity and exquisitely long, fine finish.
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