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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»
Established 1908, Redman's Coonawarra are still made by the Redman brothers from fruit grown to the original family parcels. The tradition began 1901 when Bill Redman, at the tender age of fourteen, made the journey to take up an apprenticeship at the John Riddoch wineworks and to labour amongst Coonawarra's founding vineyards. Bill Redman's earliest vintages were sold off to other companies but it was not until 1952 that the Redman family released their own wines under the moniker Rouge Homme. Redman was finally branded under its own label in 1966, it remains one of the most enduring marques in Coonawarra. Husbanded by the 4th generation, parcels from the.. The velvet virtue of old coonawarra vines»
Boutique winemaking affords great advantages, every vine can be uniquely husbanded, quality control is maximised, each barrel can be individually sampled and assembled into the perfect cuvee. Engineering types are innately suited to such viticulture. Colin Best embarked upon his sabbatical to the great vineyards of Burgundy's Cote d'Or. He returned to plant Pinot Noir on a craggy half hectare near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. An ancient masonry wool mill was outfitted for winemaking and Leabrook Estate was born. This is an aesthetic range of meticulously crafted, limited vintages, fashioned for the aficianado of bespoke, small batch, little vineyard wines... The lobethal libations of leabrook»
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»

De Bortoli Windy Peak Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2013 CONFIRM 2013 VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Yarra Valley Victoria
Over the years Windy Peak have consistently out performed many pricier labels through sheer quality and value, by virtue of cutting edge viticulture and flair in the art of vinification. Having assembled parcels of the finest Yarra Valley fruit around a backbone of Tarra Warra Merlot and Dixon's Creek Cabernet, the De Bortoli winemaking team have come up with another winner. A plummy red wine with velvetine tannins and clean, polished finish, very easy to sip and savour as aperitif, innately suited to warming comfort food.
Accessing the right vineyards and bringing in the fruit on the most appropriate day of fruit ripeness at vintage time is both an art and a skill. Candidate sites are visited by the winemaking team and earmarked for inclusion before determining the time of picking. Grapes are chosen from the best Yarra Valley vineyards, harvested at ripe levels of baume to achieve a balance of fresh fruit flavours and good structure. Extended maceration and warmer ferments achive a richer, more solid style of wine. Bunches are destemmed and crushed into a mix of static and rotary fermenters for a fortnight's vinification on skins for full extraction of colour and tannin, followed by pressing and racking to barrel for maturation.
Bright crimson with purple hues. Lifted, fragrant blackberry bouquet, plums and bramble fruits on the bouquet accompanied by liquorice and dark chocolate aromas over hints of cedar. A rich, generous palate full of blueberry fruit, supported by fine integrated tannins and subtle oak. Windy Peak a highly approachable Cabernet Merlot wine to accompany braised meats and hearty pasta, always terrific with cheese.
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