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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the.. A better block on hay shed hill»
Long Standing Members of the elite Grange Growers Club, Kalleske's are one of Barossa's leading Shiraz growers, providing fruit from the most memorable vintages to Penfolds for decades. After five generations, Kalleske have begun to reserve the pick of crop for their own label, a highly limited luxury range destined for the most discerning connoisseurs and Shiraz enthusiasts in the know. Kalleske have collated parcels from distinguished vineyards in the ancient hamlets of Moppa and Greenock, Belvedere and Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer, superior old sites which have been husbanded by the same families for generations. Open top ferments, basket.. Superior value in old village barossa shiraz»
Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»
Kooyong Estate only make limited editions from tiny blocks of vine, a hectare or less, which yield deeply personal wines, highly eloquent of their terroir, aspect and clime. There are the pebbled ironstone soils of Farrago, which create an uncannily Burgundesque style of Chardonnay, redolent of grapefruits, mealy bran and wet flint. The precious half hectare at Faultline articulates the savouryness of seaweed and struck match. The sheltered lee of Haven Block encourages the grapes to bloom with chewy red jube characters. The windswept parcel at Meres infuses wonderfully perfumed rhubarb and ribena notes into a velvetine tannin structure. All are equally.. Venerable vintages from the most precious parcels»

Wynns Michael Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Distinguished Langtons Classification. Michael is Wynns best of vintage Shiraz. The first Michael, labelled as Hermitage, was a special edition from the 1955 vintage, made after David Wynn noticed the outstanding quality of wine within two particular barrels, he ordered they be bottled separately. Michael vintage 1955 is an industry legend, good bottles of the original release still represent a memorable tasting experience. A regal Shiraz wine from nothing but the very finest Coonawarra vineyards, only made in years when fruit is of extraordinarily high quality.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$863.50
Wynns have been releasing Coonawarra flagships every year for a half century, wines of exceptional flavour, richness and longevity. During those special seasons where the grapes are of extraordinary quality, two flagship reds are also released, John Riddoch Cabernet and Michael Shiraz. Revived with the superlative 1990 vintage, Michael is only ever produced if the vintage has yielded fruit of peerless quality, the selection process includes only the top 1% of the most exclusive parcels of Coonawarra Shiraz. A decadent indulgment from an oustanding year, the finished Michael is matured fourteen months in a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels.
Bright, vibrant, intense purple hue. Dominated by concentrated red currants, cherries and raspberry aromas which mesh with black olive, mulberry and white spice. A complex nose with abundant and layered fruit. The palate combines a fine and elegant structure with generous fruit flavours. Red berries and dark brooding spice fill the mouth, supported by soft ripe tannins and balanced stylish oak. Michael shows us controlled red fruits, succulent acid and many complex layers, rich and full from start to finish, a seamless inky, dense palate, lingering effortlessly on a lasting, splendid finish.
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