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From low yielding vines planted to the rich Terra rosa soils of Wrattonbully. Big on flavour and deep in colour with an intense aroma that displays classic spice and ripe berry notes supported by well integrated oak, Shiraz has long been a wine that Yellow Tail does best. Yellow Tail»
Don Lewis spent thirty five years crafting the nation's most memorable vintages while at Mitchelton. Nowadays he travels to Spain each year where he makes wine for Merum Priorati, returning to Australia just in time for vintage. Tar Roses»
The diligent efforts of Witchmount's dedicated viticultural team have placed Sunbury indelibly on the world of wine map, after claiming a significant gold medal win at the prestigious Rhone Valley Syrah du Monde. The excellence of Witchmount's superlative wines are based around parcels of closely managed Shiraz, cultivated by a grower who was raised amongst his vines and knows each planting intimately. Witchmount»
With a booty of twenty gold medals to date, Grant Burge's Filsell vineyard, bearing century old vines, is considered one of the finest in Barossa Valley, consistently yielding fruit of great intensity and concentration.. . Grant Burge»
Leasingham have remained at the fore of Clare Valley viticulture, making great wine since 1895. They have since established an endowment of the region's most auspicious vineyards. Leasingham»
Charles Cimicky was inspired by his father to take over the reins at the family estate, that's when the good wines started turning into awesome wines. Today, Cimicky is one of the most meticulous winemakers in South Australia. Charles Cimicky»
The long, late ripening conditions and exhilarating continental microclimes of Barwang Vineyard, marked by cold nights and warm summer days, produce red wines of considerable flavour profile, power and extract. Since the 1996 edition, Barwang Cabernet Sauvignon has claimed trophies and prestigious accolades, with every vintage collecting at least one significant gold medal. Barwang»
Named for a rare grasshopper Sigaus childi, found only at Central Otago within the Earnscleugh gold mine tailings, just across the road from Grasshopper Rock vineyard. The site is fortuitously harsh and sufficiently challenging to make the vines work their hardest. Grasshopper Rock»
Awarded 3 GOLD MEDALS and made exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon, picked extremely ripe to maintain the full sweetness of the style, and sourced primarily from McWilliam's own vineyards in the Riverina wine region in New South Wales. Partially fermented on skins for eleven days to extract maximum colour and flavour, a high quality grape spirit distilled at the McWilliam's Hanwood winery, near Griffith was added to the ferment in stages to assist with the integration of flavour. McWilliams»
After years of self management, the ancient Garden Gully vines have been nursed back to health, for harvests of the most exemplary fruit. Exacting regimens of pruning and the close husbanding of vines were an act of faith, the task was completed successfully and the ancient plantings were restored to their former glory. Garden Gully»
Frank Potts established the Bleasdale vineyards in 1850, his eponymously labelled wine commemorates a legacy of innovation and resourcefulness. Frank Potts is a Bordeaux styled Cabernet which may contain varying portions of Malbec or Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc or Merlot depending on the performance of vintage. Bleasdale»
An impressive succession of highly awarded vintages, twice in a row Gold Medal Liquorland Top 1OO, Gold & Silver New World Wine Awards and second equal at the prestigious UK Wine Magazine taste off. Flanked by the ocean, mountains and rivers of the South Island, Waipara Hills yield the most stylish wines. Waipara Hills»
Star Lane
Star Lane Merlot 2010
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Varietal Merlot
Region Beechworth / Victoria
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Star Lane Shiraz 2012
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Varietal Shiraz
Region Beechworth / Victoria
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Star Lane - Star Lane - Tasting Notes On Australian & New Zealand wines
Star Lane is a family owned and operated vineyard winery in the Beechworth winegrowing region

Brett Barnes is the viticulturalist and Liz Barnes is the winemaker. Rick Kinzbrunner from Giaconda Winery has assisted Liz in the making of the wine since the establishment of the winery commencing with the 2005 vintage. Rick has kindly imparted wisdom and knowledge along with a few trade secrets to help create Star Lane’s wines into wines with elegance, finesse and distinction. The fruit is all estate grown. Merlot and Shiraz are planted on red loam over mudstone soils. There is also a planting of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo on granite soil at partners Kate and Rex Lucas’s place just a couple of kilometres away. The vineyards are slightly sloping with views stretching across the hills that encircle them in the valley to which they are planted. - Star Lane - Tasting Notes On Australian & New Zealand wines

Being 450 metres above sea level the evenings are very cool from the mountain breezes and the days are long and sun filled. This creates a fantastic environment for growing grapes. The cool evenings allow for a long slow ripening period allowing the grapes to develop wonderful flavours and the sunny days allow for the fruit to mature, ripen and develop over the growing season. A great deal of time and effort is put into the canopy and management of the vineyards. Fruit is kept to 1.8 tonne per acre so the crop levels are very low, the vine being in perfect balance. Such low cropping levels create concentrated wines with depth and character.

Grapes are all hand picked and great care is taken by the group of pickers that come back every year to assist with the vintage to make sure that only the best gets put into the bucket. The fruit is picked in the cool of the evening and vintage is a fun and social occasion. Friends and family all get the opportunity to participate in some way.

Only the very best fruit has the opportunity of making a great wine. You cannot make fantastic wine without wonderful fruit. A lot of time and effort is put into the vineyard to insure that this is the case. Once the fruit has been picked it is processed immediately and then the magic starts to begin. Parcels are destemmed and crushed into tank where the natural yeast present on skins starts its work within a few days. - Star Lane - Tasting Notes On Australian & New Zealand wines

The wine takes usually a week or more to go through its process in open top fermenters. It is left on skins a week or two after primary ferment for cold maceration. The ferments are hand plunged and pumped over every four hours during ferment, even at night. Temperatures are closely monitored before the wine is basket pressed to extract the final juice from the berries and skins.

The wine is put into tank to settle overnight before transfer to barrel for secondary fermentation and natural malolactic. This process is not hurried and is allowed to go through in a long and slow motion through winter, into spring and then is completed in early summer before the heat begins. The wine is usually only racked once and egg white fining is usually used at the end of the winemaking process to soften tannins and provide a great mouth feel. The oak barrels used are 100% French with 40% to 50% new oak included in the mix of barrels each year. Sirugue and bossuet are the barrels used and the wine is kept in these barrels for almost 2 years. The wines are made to be complex with elegance and finesse and true to varietal character. They are distinct but with a reflection of the region to which they are grown.

Wines are made at Star Lane Vineyard by hand with passion and a heart felt love of the job. As anyone who has a winery knows, it takes a team of dedicated people at harvest and throughout the vintage to make a good wine. Many, many hours of work and care are tendered. Star Lane wines are truly hand crafted, there is very little chemical or additive intervention in the production. This process of making wine allows the fruit to show its true expression. This is what Star Lane are all about. - Star Lane - Tasting Notes On Australian & New Zealand wines

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