Tasting Cases - Oz Masterpieces and more

This Wednesday we have added 3 superb Australian Masterpieces Tasting Cases from Kay Brothers ( 30x6available) , Clarendon Hills ( just 8x6 available)  and The Colonial Estate ( just 6x6 available).

All the wines are available for delivery from the end of next week.

Established in 1890 by Australian born brothers Herbert and Frederick Kay the Heritage Listed Kays Amery Winery celebrated its first grape crush in 1895 and is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands with third generation Colin Kay continuing the family winemaking tradition.

The Hillside vineyard was initially planted in 1892 and in 1992 a systematic replanting of the eastern hillside commenced using cuttings taken from the 100 year old Block 6 Shiraz vines. Sitting on an Easterly facing slope directly above the famed Block 6 vineyard, Hillside Shiraz shares the complex geology, cooling summer breezes and warm summer sun of its more famous sibling. Developing intense flavours, balanced structure and good palate weight that McLaren Vale is famous for, the Hillside Shiraz is a classic example of full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Robert Parker described winemaker Roman Bratasiuk as "one of Planet Earth's greatest winemakers, and obviously a top-notch viticulturist given his obsession with sourcing extraordinary fruit from ancient McLaren Vale vineyards."

All Clarendon Hills red wines are essentially subject to the same carefully controlled winemaking techniques.  They are all sourced from single vineyards and hand-picked from old vines to allow for whole berry fermentation.  They are fermented using wild yeasts, undergo extended maceration, and are finished without fining or filtering. Clarendon Hills red wines are 100% varietal, aged for approximately 18 months in French oak barrels, and are turned out in quantities of about 500 cases each in each vintage.

The Colonial Estate is a range of limited-production Barossa Valley wines that are handpicked and vinified using mainly French methods by Jonathan Maltus of Bordeaux's' Chateau Teyssier and Le Dome. .Colonial Estate's approach is deliberately and uniquely French. The wines are handpicked into trays and double-sorted. The reds receive cold pre-maceration, delestages, pigeage, and maceration on the skins prior to ageing in French oak; whilst the whites get whole-bunch pressing and lees batonnage and are fermented with yeasts imported from Champagne . The reds come, in principle from the prime Northern Arc of the Barossa Valley and the whites from the cool-climate of the Adelaide Hills. The wines are produced from vines that are either owned by the Company or are from selected growers.

( and of course our new tasting cases from last week are still available although the Hartford cases are running low)

From Vergelegen .....a wonderful tasting case showcasing the Premium wines of one of South Africa's oldest ( founded in 1700) and greatest wine estates, Vergelegen.  At Vergelegen, master winemaker Andre van Rensburg combines simplicity  with rigorous selection and infinite attention to detail and craftsmanship in the holistic pursuit of wines that are an expression of terroir. The case comprises two bottles of each of the Premium Chardonnay, Premium Sauvignon Blanc and Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.

From Seifried....a value priced tasting case from boutique New Zealand winery Seifried Estate includes ( in the sixer case) two bottles of the Estate Riesling, two bottles of the Estate Gewurztraminer and two bottles of the Estate Gruner Veltliner.  These delightfull cool climate whites are bursting with gorgeous tropical fruit flavours and zesty acidity.

From Robert Oatley....Classic grape varieties are matched to the leading wine regions of Australia with winemaking led by Australian winemaker of the Year , Larry Cherubino. This tasting case includes 3 terrific wines from the Signature Series - the Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, the Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the Great Southern Riesling.

All cases are available for delivery next week.