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Connoisseur’s Choice

Connoisseur’s Choice

Six truly outstanding wines from around the regions.

Producer: Colour: Mixed Case

£257.00 £245.00 per case

The Malleea by Majella

The Malleea by Majella

The Malleea by Majella continues the great Australian tradition of Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blends.

We use the finest parcels of fruit from our oldest vines, ferment them gently in our modern fermentation cellar, and then finish off the ferment in new French oak hogsheads. After MLF the wine was then aged for another 18 months in these barrels before bottling in imported fine Italian bottles.

“The Malleea” is a rich, dark magenta colour with a bright purple hue. Lush mulberry, blackcurrant, blackberry and vanillin oak on the nose. The layered palate is of cassis, plum fruit and spice with undertones of mint. Fine structured tannins and subtle oak enhance the finish.

Truly one of Australia’s great wines!!!

6 in stock

Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

This is the first release of this wine. Fruit was sourced from close-planted low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith’s Balhannah Vineyard in the central Adelaide Hills, planted in 2005. The distinctive site has always shown potential for a single site wine, and in this particular year the fruit was outstanding. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite and shale. Low yields are achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning. 2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was relatively dry and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was also mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit. The Shiraz was hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal intervention. No berries were harmed during the making of this wine! It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons for fourteen months, followed by a further fourteen months in bottle. Crimson in colour with purple at the rim. The nose is very perfumed – rose petals, dried herbs, and red berries. Initially it’s generous on the palate, with boysenberry, mulberry, and blueberry notes. Then more layers of flavour and texture reveal themselves. Some cinnamon, some fennel seed, some rhubarb; fine but firm tannins that extend the palate, accompanied throughout by fresh acidity and intense perfume.

3 in stock

Dexter Mornington Chardonnay

Dexter Mornington Chardonnay

Dexter Mornington Chardonnay

Aromas of lemon, white peach, nectarine and pear combine with subtle oak. Subtle flavours reflective of the aromas – particularly lemon, pear and elegant oak. The wine has a soft middle palate with good length and a nice acid balance.

2 in stock

Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon

Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon

Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 

This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979), as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for old-vine single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at Henschke’s Eden Valley vineyard in the 1960s.

Description

Deep crimson with red hues. Concentrated and complex aromas of cassis, black and red currants, blackberry leaf and violets with underlying savoury nuances of crushed dried herbs, cigar box, beefstock and anise spice, all supported by dark cedary French oak. A flood of rich blackberry and bright red currants greet the palate, which is precisely defined by purity of acidity, an elegant structure and layers of long, silky fine-grained tannins that provide great persistence.

This is one of Australia’s greatest cabernets, staring down Coonawarra and Margaret River (just for starters)…It has a purity and elegance that puts it in a class of its own.

James Halliday

6 in stock

Stargazer Tasmania Pinot Noir

Stargazer Tasmania Pinot Noir

Stargazer Tasmania Pinot Noir, from a single vineyard, wild ferment. Only 2466 bottles produced.

A stunning wine from a fabulous producer. Dense purple hues give way to an opulent nose showing the red fruits which are typical of the Huon Valley: pomegranate, cranberries and rhubarb compote. Long and lingering finish. Effortless power and finesse.

Drink now or keep.

Fantastic with game dishes such pan-roasted pheasant breast with a blackberry jus.

Stargazer Tasmania Pinot Noir ticks all the boxes.

2 in stock

2 in stock

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