The steep hills and eastern aspect of the Malakoff vineyard capture the morning sun, and the unique terroir produces distinctively aromatic, rich and silky Shiraz, with a delicious plumpness. Small-tub fermentation and deft use of French oak have softened this big, powerful red.
Selected parcels of fruit sourced from the exceptional Malakoff vineyard were fermented on skins for eight to ten days in open oak barrels and hand plunged to maximise fruit aroma and flavour without excessive tannin extraction. Pressings and Free Run were combined and the wine was transferred to new French, American and Hungarian oak Hogsheads (300 litres). After 15 months maturation, the best barrels were selected and following several weeks of tasting, the resulting blend was finalised. Bottled unfiltered in December 2013, only 200 cases of this very special wine were created.
Pale rose with golden hues.
This wine is pale rose in colour with delicate golden hues, filled with the succulent aromas of ripe apricot, honeysuckle, nashi pears and candied citrus. Biscotti and cream flavours enhance the soft texture and intriguing complexity, creating a wine that is engaging, well-balanced and refreshing.
This wine is delicious with seafood such as seared scallops or pan-fried halibut steak. Enjoy it with white meats such as roast chicken or pork tenderloin, and with creamy pastas made with white cheese sauce.
Ready to drink now, or will develop over the next few years. Serve lightly chilled.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from 12 year old vines planted on limestone and sandy gravel located on the northern slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 300 metres. The grapes were machine harvested cool in the morning then pressed into stainless tanks where fermentation took place over 15 days with the selected yeast. 10% of the juice was transferred into French oak barrels (three years old) for fermentation with wild yeast over four weeks. Both fractions were kept on lees contact for one month, and after five months, the wine was prepared for bottling. No fining agents were used in order to preserve the lively colour and natural fruit aromas.
|Date Bottled||November 2016|
Bright red colour with long legs. Well balanced with a bit of natural residual sugar to round up an innate, zesty acidity, typical of cool climate Sangiovese. This wine exudes a wide range of aromas such as red cherries, plums, and ripe figs. Oak barrels supplied fantastic tarry notes and scents of white pepper. It has a medium body, round and filled with silky tannins.
This wine would be best served with spaghetti marinara, chicken cacciatore, and creamy casseroles.
Great now as a baby, and will be amazing when she grows up.
Sourced from 15 years old vines planted on limestone and sandy gravel, located on the northern slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 300 metres. The grapes were machine harvested in mid-April, crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless tank. Fermentation took place over 17 days with selected yeast, and then transferred into French and American oak barrels (three and four years old). The wine was kept on lees contact for a further three months. Finally after five months the wine was racked, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
Black cherry red.
Deep crimson red to dark burgundy colour with long legs. Well balanced with a bit of natural residual sugar to round up a typical fresh acidity from cool climate Shiraz. This Shiraz has plenty of aromas such as white pepper, cassis, plums, blackcurrant, mocha and fresh mint.
This Shiraz would be best served with roasted lamb, steak Wagyu, Lasagna, or creamy curries. It can also be paired beautifully with a variety of cheeses like Mozzarella, Cheddar or Brie.
Sourced from 45 years old vines rocky loam soils located on the Central eastern slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 280 metres. The grapes were machine harvested mid-April, crushed, de-stemmed and transferred into stainless tanks. Grapes were cold macerated for seven days before alcoholic fermentation. Fermentation took place over 21 days (in stainless steel) with the selected yeast, and once primary fermentation was over, skins were pressed and wine transferred into American (25%), French (50%) and Hungarian (25%) oak barrels for 24 months. Finally, the wine was racked, blended and prepared for bottling.
Deep burgundy red.
Deep, burgundy red in colour with dark after tones. Well balanced with a wonderful texture and velvety tannins, softening the innate zesty acidity typical of this Alpine variety. This wine releases aromas of ripe plums, figs and truffles. The firm acid backbone and fine powdery tannins show off the distinctive and intense fruit characters to full benefit, while guaranteeing this wine will improve for a decade and beyond.
This wine would be best served with rich pork dishes, cacciatore, and casseroles.
Fresh, lively and vibrant drinking now, will improve for many years. Likely peak 2024 to 2030.
Sourced from 20 years old vines planted rocky loam soils, located on the Central eastern slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 280 metres. The grapes were machine harvested early-March, crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless tanks. Fermentation took place over 18 days with selected yeast, after this the wine was transferred into French and Hungarian oak barrels (two and four years old). The wine was kept on lees contact for a further four months. Finally, after five months the wine was racked, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
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Deep garnet with blackberry, blood plum and cassis aromas. Notes of chocolate, mint, ripe berries and star anise overlay a creamy mid palate mousse from the 18 months on lees. Deftly balanced, fine velvety tannins add structured length and persistence to the finish.
Picked in the cool of the early mornings, this Shiraz was fermented on its skins in small open and tank fermenters over a period of seven to ten days. R2323, AWRI 350 and EC1118 yeasts were used to ferment the various parcels of fruit. Tannin extraction was minimised and the ferment allowed to reach up to 30°C to create vibrant fruit extraction. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel.
The wines selected for this cuvée were aged in old French and Hungarian oak hogsheads for between six and forty months and include small amounts of 2005 and 2006 vintage wine. Created by the méthode traditionelle, the wine was fermented in bottle and aged on lees for 12 months. Disgorged in December 2009, it was then cellared for a further 12 months prior to release.
Rich burgundy red.
Rich burgundy red in colour with crimson after tones. This wine releases seductive aromas such as violets, wild berries, prunes, truffle and dark chocolate, and an array of mineral notes. It carries a medium body with vibrant, almost powdery fine tannins, and a long, curvy structure.
This wine would be best served with rich chicken cacciatore, braised duck, slow roasted lamb, seafood- based dishes, and any pizza containing anchovies or calamari.
Sourced from 10 years old vines planted rocky loam soils located, on the Central western slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 350 metres. The grapes were handpicked in late-March, crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless tanks. Fermentation took place over 19 days with selected yeast, after this the wine was transferred into French and Hungarian oak barrels (two and four years old). The wine was kept on lees contact for a further four months. Finally, after six months the wine was racked, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
Pale white gold.
Pale white gold with a fine bead, and an enticing fusion of floral and primary fruit characters with subtle citrus hints. A classic méthode traditionelle sparkling with 24 months on lees, the creamy, mid-palate leads to a smooth, tapering tail that is delightfully crisp and clean.
The very first Chardonnay grapes of the season were picked in the cool of the early morning, and pressed off skins and handled without sulphur dioxide to minimise phenolic extraction. The juice was fermented to dryness using traditional ‘Prise de Mousse’ yeast at 16°Celsius. MLF was inhibited, and the wine was stirred on lees for complexity and harmony for 6 months. Using the “méthode traditionelle”, the final assemblage was fermented in bottle and aged on yeast lees for 24 months, before being disgorged in November 2015.
Hints of peach and meringue meld elegantly with sweet cashew, vanilla and pastry notes. Subtle oak adds complexity that integrates seamlessly with the creamy apple and peach palate, leading to a crisp, lingering tail.
Smooth and delicious now, it will improve for the next decade.
Since 2008 Mount Avoca has fermented increasing amounts of its Sauvignon Blanc in French and Hungarian oak to build complexity and interest into the blends. All components in this limited release Fumé Blanc were fermented and matured in barrel. Some were drawn off for full solids fermentation with indigenous (wild) yeast, and others were encouraged to go through partial MLF to further enhance the complexity. All barrels were matured on yeast and stirred (battonage) weekly to increase the weight, balance and mouth-feel prior to bottling in late 2014. Only 220 cases made.
Light green colour with almost mineral spring facial stripes.
Well balanced with a bit of natural residual sugar to round up an innate, zesty acidity, typical of cool climate Viognier. This wine delivers an exquisite array of aromas such as ripe apricots, marzipan, orange liqueur and chamomile. Its body is graceful and velvety, with a mouth-watering oily structure and a crisp finalé.
This wine would be best served with Thai, Chinese, Indian, seafood and poultry dishes.
Drink now, or allow the wine to develop over the next three to five years.
A plush, crimson colour with vivid dark violet tones.
This elegant, cool-climate Tempranillo releases an array of succulent aromas such as wild strawberry, mint, morello cherry, vanilla and mocha. This is a medium-bodied wine with savoury oak characters, powdery tannins and a long, spicy, smooth finish.
Enjoy this wine with meats such as shoulder cuts of beef, Spanish chorizo or a hearty paella. Pair it with an oily fish such as salmon, or a rich
Fresh, lively and vibrant drinking now, will improve for many years. Likely peak 2024 to 2030.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from six year old vines planted on rocky loam soils, located on the central eastern slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 280 metres. The grapes were handpicked from mid-February, crushed, de-stemmed, cold macerated and transferred into stainless steel tanks. Following 12 days fermentation, the wine was transferred into French oak (four years old) and Hungarian oak (one year old) and allowed to carefully mature for an additional eight months.
Bright gold with lychee, lime and candied lemon peel aromas. The initial sweetness evolves into orange and melon and is balanced with crisp acidity that gives the wine its impeccable line.
Enjoy with your favourite dessert.
Divine now, or cellar if you can and enjoy how it develops over the next 5+ years.
The story of the 2010 Cordon Cut wine starts well before the grapes were harvested. The canes with the fruit (called “cordons”) are cut and left to hang on the trellis for three weeks prior to harvesting. This reduces the grapes to about one third of their original weight, not only concentrating the sugars but also intensifying the flavours. Assessed daily, the grapes were harvested and pressed into stainless steel in late March 2010. After cold settling for a week, a small percentage was racked off for barrel ferment and the rest was co-inoculated and fermented in tank. Specialist yeast strains were used to accentuate the already abundant aromas and lift the fruit. After eight months of storage and barrel ageing, the 2010 Cordon Cut Sauvignon Blanc was carefully blended and bottled in January 2011, and bottle-aged for a further 10 months prior to release.
|Date Bottled||January 2011|