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Major Sir Thomas Mitchell left more than just an invaluable bequeth of our nation's most detailed frontier maps. Mitchell distinguished himself in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic wars in the renowned 95th Baker Rifles. A gifted draftsman, he found his way to the nascent colonies of Australia, where his acumen at mapmaking won him the office of Surveyor General. During one of Mitchell's historical expeditions, he charted the fertile lands around Victoria's Goulburn Valley, establishing the colonial fruitgrowing township of Mitchell's Town. The district's auspicious orchards flourished until Colin Preece identified the region as an opportune place to grow world class wine. Vineyards thusly planted around the Goulburn billabongs, came to be known as Mitchelton. Now a half century of age, the vines remain one of Victoria's venerable sources of superbly structured, deeply flavoursome wines... Barriques between the billabongs»
Jane Mitchell is one of Clare Valley's leading wine industry identities, Clare Valley Legend and Clare Valley Winemakers Hall of Fame, Centenary Federation of Australia Medal, SA Tourism Commission, Australian Regional Winemakers Forum, Wine Federation of Australia Council and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board. Mitchell's largest vineyard is at Watervale, a very bleak place in the middle of winter at pruning time. It is known by the vineyard workers as Alcatraz, a place to do penance in the cold, wind and rain of a Clare Valley winter. Alcatraz only ever yields minimal harvests, source of the most memorable vintages in our nation's.. These old clare valley vines are just getting better»

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
$359.00
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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