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Excruciatingly low yields, a ruthless hand sorting of fruit, ferments in new oak barrels and twenty months maturation, Bowen Estate are one of Coonawarra's most prestigious marques, maintaining a standard of excellence which merits inclusion into the highly prestigious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Essential for every enthusiast of stellar quality Cabernet Sauvignon, brought within easy reach this week at the down to earth.. Excellent langtons classification of australian wine»
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.. Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
Beechworth attracts the most artisanal winemakers, the region's rich mineral soils and parched, undulating terrains, breed wines of vigorous flavour, crystalline textures and boney savoury tannins. The first parcel of Crown Land in the region was acquired by Isaac Phillips in 1857, he christened his estate Golden Ball and built a hotel named Honeymooners Inn, servicing miners on their way up the steep trails to the Beechworth goldfields. The old pub remains but the surrounding land has been turned over to viticulture, planted to vine in the nineteen naughties, it produces a quality of wine that's reserved for the nation's most exclusive winelists. Served by.. Small batches of beechworth's best»
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Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sauvignon Blanc Victoria
Taltarni's vineyards are blessed by long, cool ripening seasons which encourage grapes to develop a beguiling spectrum of opulent varietal characters. Taltarni have taken the pick of fruit from the most best blocks, to fashion into a dynamic Sauvignon Blanc that's seamlessly integrated with a rich panoply of ripe fruit and green vegetable complexities. A match to grilled calamari or warm chicken caeser.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$155.50
Sauvignon Blanc is harvested throughout the chill of early morning hours to preserve optimal freshness. Harvested early for the zesty citrus characters and slightly later for blackcurrant passionfruit flavours. Fruit is whole bunch pressed to optimal skin contact, batches are fermented at lower temperatures to retain fragrant aromatics. Components are aged on sedimentery yeast lees while treated to regular battonage, infusing elegance and subtle complexity. A short term of age is followed by assemblage into the finished wine.
Pale straw, bright green hues. Fresh and lively nose of lemon and passionfruit notes, guavas, herbaceousness and straw. The refreshingly zesty natural acidity is perfectly accompanied by persistent, sweet fruit flavours, grapefruits and lime, a textural mid-palate from lees contact. An outstanding combination of vibrant tropical fruit and green vegetable characters, before a refreshingly crisp finish.
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Taltarni is one of the earliest vineyard sites in the Pyrenees, originally planted to the classic varietals, immediately establishing a reputation for impressive robust reds and premium quality sparkling wines

The rebirth of Taltarni Vineyards in 1972 was something of a renaissance for the Pyrenees, a winegrowing region that had slipped into a nadir after a vticultural history which dates back to the mid nineteenth century. Today, the Taltarni Estate's fundamental philosophy is to produce distinctive, well-balanced premium varietal wines with recognizable regionality and estate styling.

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Founding father, Yorkshireman Edwin Makereth, a farmer and miner, first planted vines around Avoca in 1887. His adviser was an Italian viticultural expert, Romeo Bragato, who claimed that Avoca was better suited to winegrowing than most other districts in the colony. He particularly noted the area's good drainage, and advised the planting of shiraz, pinot noir, mataro and verdelho. Romeo Bragato endeavoured to encourage other farmers to establish vineyards in the area.

The depression of the thirties, World War II and the wool boom of the forties eventually saw the demise of the fledgling local wine industry, and Avoca almost lost its viticultural heritage. In the early 1960s, ex-schoolteacher turned earth moving contractor, Walter Henning combined forces with some Ballarat businessmen and began the search for land to plant a vineyard. They hired a plane and flew all around the Pyrenees, looking for a suitable site. Finally they settled on the Moonambel area.

The current 1700 acre site, which Walter Henning was to baptize Taltarni, became one of the founding wineries of the new age of the Pyrenees. The original sixty acres of vines were developed by David Hohnen, who later went on to found Cape Mentelle in Margaret River. After seeing Taltarni through it's natal period, Walter Henning passed the estate onto John Goelet (and Red Earth Nominees Pty Ltd) shortly thereafter in 1972.

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John Goelet selected Taltarni Vineyards after a worldwide search of the finest wine growing regions. The chosen site, with its red clay, quartz and sandy loam soils and cool Continental climate, was destined to produce premium quality, internationally acclaimed wines. In 1976, viticulturalist David Hohnen handed the reins to Dominique Portet, whose brother, Bernard helped find the vineyard on behalf of John Goelet. Bernard Portet had previously operated John Goelet's Napa Valley vineyard, Clos du Val. The dedication and energy of this formidable team carved Taltarni's early growth and international success.

From the outset there was a strong French influence, no more evident than in the vineyards which were planted to the classic Franco grapes. Taltarni has consolidated on a strong international reputation for its portfolio of premium wines, especially the long-living red wines, sensational Methode Champenoise styles and varietal sauvignon blanc (originally labelled as Fume Blanc).

There are now 326 acres of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, shiraz and sauvignon blanc under vine at the Taltarni Estate, with additional plantings of chardonnay, malbec and most recently, sangiovese. The current portfolio features two superb sparklings, Taltarni Brut and Brut Tache, a range of mature vine premium estate grown reds, as well as the refreshingly crisp Sauvignon Blanc and zesty Rose. Taltarni also produces wines under it's Fiddleback, Lalla Gully and Clover Hill portfolios.

Twenty years after Taltarni's conception, Red Earth Nominees crossed Bass Strait where, after a further two year search, purchased and established the Clover Hill Vineyard in northeast Tasmania. Near Lebrina, this 163 acre (66 hectare) property, which enjoys a remarkable vista over Bass Strait, has been especially tailored for premium sparkling wine production. Chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes all thrive in it's rich, well-drained soils and cool climate. More recently, in 1998, Taltarni's third vineyard was acquired and developed, Lalla Gully, just a few minutes drive from Clover Hill. Lalla Gully is a picture perfect speciality vineyard growing cool climate chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot meunier.

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