We are pleased to present to you our new collection of small batch limited release wines.
We took fruit from Steve Morrison’s high altitude ‘Revee Estate’ vineyard in Tumbarumba and tiny parcels of fruit (one barrel each) from Clonakilla and one other Murrumbateman vineyard. Whole bunch pressing, warm fermentation, lees stirring and 11 months aging in French oak were used to produce this vintage. “…intense, grapefruit-like varietal flavour and taut, acidic backbone…beautiful wine” – (Chris Shanahan – Canberra Times – 4 1/2 stars)
The Viognier is at its expressive best this year, low yields having worked to concentrate the flavours. Nectarine, apricot and ginger notes along with some complex barrel ferment characters on the nose. A balanced palate which achieves richness without heaviness.
2012 Pinot Noir
A grand total of 30 cases from one hogshead (300L) produced from the cool, low yielding 2012 vintage. A blend of fruit from young vines (clones 777 and 115) and the old, unidentified clone planted by John Kirk in 1978. Unfiltered. Two bottles per customer.
Is it possible to make a Grenache blend in Australia in which the natural fruitiness of the variety is balanced by a truly savoury dimension, such as you find in the great wines of the Southern Rhone? Well here is our attempt. “…a harmonious, fine, medium-bodied expression of this classic Rhone variety.” (Chris Shanahan – Wine of the week – 4 stars.) Four bottles per customer.
A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc and 23% Merlot. The thick skins of the cabernet varieties protected the grapes from damage from the inclement weather in 2011. The grapes achieved significant ripeness. Some of the highest sugars we saw all vintage in fact. A brooding Cabernet nose; blackberry leaf and cassis, backed by perfectly tuned oak. Dark, dense tannins. Great presence in the mouth.
Watch out for the release of the 2011 Shiraz Viognier magnums and the 2012 Hilltops Shiraz on May 28.