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Australian – Connoisseur’s Choice

Six truly outstanding wines from around the regions.

Producer: Colour: Mixed Case

£241.00 £235.00 per case

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The Malleea

“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!!!

10 in stock

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.

9 in stock

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.

11 in stock

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Hunter's Semillon

Gundog Estate Hunter’s Semillon – The intention with this wine is to deliver a modern style of Hunter Semillon which offers outstanding early drinking appeal in combination with an ability to age if you can keep it that long. Relative to The Chase Semillon, we are sourcing fruit from blocks on heavier soils, offering bolder flavours and more structure. The principle sources being the dry-grown Vernon Vineyard in Mount View, and the 69’ and 89’ blocks of Semillon at the Somerset Vineyard. Ripeness levels from these vineyards / blocks are consistently higher (by around 0.5 Baume) than those servicing The Chase Semillon.e over the short to medium term. The frame is still fine, but the flavours are more generous.

3 in stock

Premium Vintage Cuvée

Sparkling Wine

Aromas The nose displays creaming soda, musk, fresh honeydew melon, lemon tart, and bath salts. How it tastes. The palate delivers ginger, mouth-watering juiciness and crisp Granny Smith apple-like acidity. It also displays generous lime fruit and a touch of fine talc phenolics, which lifts the creaminess.

8 in stock

Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

The structure and definition of Cabernet Sauvignon coupled with richness and depth of Shiraz align, courted by the prudent use of American oak. It is a wine that epitomises Penfolds’ winemaking philosophy and the art of multi district blending.

4 in stock

3 in stock

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