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January Mixed Dozen and upcoming tastings

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:04:43 AM Australia/Sydney

Happy New Year! We trust you had a lovely festive season, whether you had a break or kept working along like us. 2016 is set to be another huge here for East End Cellars and the Tasting Room, we have some great new releases coming out very soon, a heap of tastings and masterclasses already in the works, plus the East End Wine Down party coming up very soon... stay tuned.

January Mixed Dozen 
RRP $336, SPECIAL OFFER $265 - BUY ONLINE

We're extremely excited to welcome back our monthly mixed dozens.
For this dozen we've picked some brilliant new releases that have made their way onto our shelves over the past few months; great value wines that are perfectly suited for warm weather and Summer BBQs. We have wines from all over the world, some new producers plus a few hidden gems we've come across. All bases are covered, with a gorgeous Tassie Sparkling, delicious dry Clare Valley Riesling and a commanding McLaren Vale Shiraz for the purist.
For the adventurous there’s a whole-bunch, nouveau style Yarra Valley Syrah or an Etna Rosso from Sicily (so hot right now).

In the dozen you'll find;
42 Degrees South Tasmania Sparkling NV
Adelina Polish Hill River Riesling 2015
Save Our Souls Mornington Chardonnay 2013
Agathist Alchemy First Wine Grenache 2013
Cillar de Silos Joven de Silos Ribera del Duero 2014
Contesa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2013
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2013 
Jim Barry 'The Barry Bros' Clare Valley Shiraz Cab 2013
Le Vigne di Eli Etna Rosso 2013
Mac Forbes Pretty Young Thing Syrah Nouveau 2015
Mitolo Angela McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013
Pierre-Henri Morel Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2013

The total retail price comes to $336 for this dozen, but rather than our normal 10% discount we're offering over 20% off for this mixed dozen for making it only $265, including our usual free freight for delivery in Australia

Purchase the January Mixed Dozen online or send us an e-mail to wine@eastendcellars.com.au

Yarra Yering New Release Tasting & Back Vintage Masterclass
Tuesday the 2nd of February in The Tasting Room, 7:30pm start
- $25 a ticket - BUY ONLINE
What a great way to kick off our tasting program for the year with the iconic Yarra Valley producer Yarra Yering!
This will be the first chance to see the new release 2013 wines, due to come out the start of Feb. The 2013’s are the first vintage under stelvin and show the greatest influence so far of current winemaker Sarah Crowe. We also have a look at the previous two vintages as a comparison.
On arrival Dry White No 1 2012
Bracket 1 - Underhill Shiraz 2010, 2012 and 2013
Bracket 2  - Dry Red No. 2 2011, 2012 and 2013
Bracket 3 - Dry Red No 1 2011, 2012 and 2013

Tickets are only $25 each, but seats are limited. To book your place you can purchase a ticket online, or email wine@eastendcellars.com.au

Out of Step Tasting
Wednesday the 3rd of February at East End Cellars, 5pm-7pm
- FREE
From old school Yarra to a very much new producer from the region the very next night we have one of the winemakers from Out of Step wines in the shop. The Out of Step label started in 2012 and over the past few years we've been very impressed by their wines, including varieties that one wouldn't normally associate with the Yarra such as Nebbiolo and Grenache, plus they make a really great Savvy too! They have a great range of small batch wines, made to reflect their site and the variety but most importantly, be extremely delicious.
Please join us on Wednesday the 3rd anytime between 5 and 7pm to have taste, with wines available at special prices to purchase on the night.

Champagne Masterclass at Deviation Road
Sunday 21st February 2016, at Deviation Road Winery - $115 per ticket
Discover grower champagnes with host Kate Laurie and special guest host  Sophie Couvreur from Champagne, France.  
Sophie exports hard to find grower champagnes around the world through her family business Champagne et Villages. We will be taking a close look at a selection of Sophie’s top grower houses, alongside Deviation Road’s award-wining Australian sparkling wine.
For futher details, check the following link, Champagne Masterclass at Deviation Road
The Details:
When: Sunday the 21st of February
Where: Deviation Road Winery, 207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood
Cost: $115 per person
Bookings: www.deviationroad.com/wine or call 08 8339 2633 (bookings essential)

 
   

 

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Ochota Barrels, Prosecco Tasting and our Little Book of wine

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 6:13:24 PM Australia/Sydney

 

 

Ochota Barrels
Taras and Amber Ochota continue to produce some of the most sought after wine in the country. The fantastic 2015 conditions have led to a sensational release of reds and whites. Built around remarkable aromatics, elegant fruit, textural intrigue and very high drinkability without being simple or light on. As per usual with Ochota Barrels, quantities are extremely limited and demand is high so don't delay.

2015 Ochota Barrels Fugazi Blewitt Springs Grenache 2015 Ochota Barrels A Forest Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

 

The wine that really started it all for us with Ochota Barrels and still the flagship wine for their Summer release. The 'Fugazi' delivers everything we love about Grenache... bright mid palate with a lovely blend of spice. This year, complemented by gorgeous, sweet red fruits. Easy to drink, yet still with cellar potential. 

$37.80 in any six
$42.00 per bottle

 

 

In previous releases the Grenache and Shiraz wines have been the standout wines for us from Taras, this year the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have quickly caught up. The '15 A Forest, has the earthy, forest floor like qualities of previous vintages, but there is a huge burst of crunchy fruits that makes this a salivating Pinot with plenty of length. 

$39.60 in any six
$44.00 per bottle

2015 Ochota Barrels I Am The Owl Syrah 2015 Ochota Barrels Slint Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

 

Whole bunches play a very intelligent role with this years I am the owl syrah. Loaded with pepper and brimming with fresh thyme and sage, so much life here and that's just the aromatics. The same characteristics flow on the palate showing signs of that cooler climate feel with superb tannins to round it all out.  

$37.80 in any six
$42.00 per bottle

 

The best Chardonnay we've seen from Ochota Barrels. The palate is fuller textured but the wine still displays lovely elegance and poise. Crisp acidity adds a freshness to the wine with subtle complexity and great depth.

$37.80 in any six
$42.00 per bottle

 
  Bisol Prosecco Tasting
Thursday 26th of November, 5pm till 7pm - FREE
The rise in popularity for Prosecco continues to grow, but in Australia we're generally only seeing a small snapshot of the wines that are produced in Nothern Italy. Bisol are one of the leading producers of Prosecco, a historic winery located in S. Stefano di Valdobbiadene. Bisol cultivate directly more than 20 of the best-located plots in the steep hills that lead from Valdobbiadene towards Conegliano, the most prestigious area of the Prosecco appellation. Thursday the 26th from 5 to 7pm we have a range of their cru Proseccos to taste, covering several vineyards and styles. Drop by for a taste and a chat with Italian Wine guru Alessandro Ragazzo, plus the wines will be available at special prices on the night!
 



The Little Book of Wine
Ladies and gentlemen, once again we are excited to share the latest edition of our brand new 'Little Book of Wine'!
The look has changed but the contents of our handy pocket sized guide to all your summertime vinous needs remains the same; the result of many hours of hard tasting, in our relentless quest to find the best value and most interesting wines available.
Inside you'll find loads of great specials, tasting notes on wines we're loving at the moment and some cracking bargains for good measure.
Pick up your free copy in-store today or view the book online in two different formats:

- PDF version (iPhone/iPad friendly)
- Flash version



 
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The Little Book of Wine, more great Champagne buys plus some upcoming tastings

Thursday, 19 November 2015 6:22:07 PM Australia/Sydney

 

The Little Book of Wine
Ladies and gentlemen, once again we are excited to share the latest edition of our brand new 'Little Book of Wine'!
The look has changed but the contents of our handy pocket sized guide to all your summertime vinous needs remains the same; the result of many hours of hard tasting, in our relentless quest to find the best value and most interesting wines available.
Inside you'll find loads of great specials, tasting notes on wines we're loving at the moment and some cracking bargains for good measure.
Pick up your free copy in-store today or view the book online in two different formats:
- PDF version (iPhone/iPad friendly)
- Flash version

Two Metre Tall Tasting
Sunday 22nd of November, 2pm till 4pm - FREE
Ashley and Jane Huntington describe themselves as farmers brewing farmhouse ales & ciders from their own 600ha property in the Derwent Valley of Tasmania. Their range of beers and ciders is diverse, with barrel aging, spontaneous fermentations, experimentation and everything in between. This Sunday afternoon, the 22nd of November we have Ashley in the shop to launch their Sour Cherry Ale and Sour Plum Ale, amongst a few other brews. If you love beer and have yet to meet Ashley we highly recommend you drop by, his enthusiam and passion is second to none and he is always good for a chat.
Drop on by from 2 till 4pm to have a taste and chat, plus the limited ales will be available to buy on the day too.

Bisol Prosecco Tasting
Thursday 26th of November, 5pm till 7pm - FREE
The rise in popularity for Prosecco continues to grow at a rapid rate, but in Australia we are generally only seeing a small snapshot of the level of wines that are produced from Nothern Italy. Bisol are one of the leading producers of Prosecco, a historical winery that is located in S. Stefano di Valdobbiadene. Bisol cultivate directly more than 20 of the best-located plots immersed in the steep hills that lead from Valdobbiadene towards Conegliano, the most prestigious area of the appellation. Next Thursday the 26th from 5 to 7pm we will have a range of their Prosecco to taste, covering several vineyards and styles. Drop by for a taste and a chat with Italian Wine guru Alessandro Ragazzo, plus the wines will be available at special prices on the night!

More Great Champagne Buys
 
The Champagne season is well and truly flowing... Below are two of our favourite non-vintage Champagnes available at some great prices too!

Gosset Grande Reserve Brut NV Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Reserve Champagne

 

While Champagne is often considered an aperitif or to drink just for a celebration, the right  cuvee can also pair very well with food. That customary brioche nose has an air of freshly risen pizza dough, lemon trees and nettles. The palate still shows that  trademark crunch with a fuller bodied mouth-feel but with youthful appeal, thanks to a calm persistent freshness.

$81.00 in any six
$90.00 per bottle

 

 

Why is it year after year Billecart-Salmon is consistently one of our top selling Champagnes?  It’s simple, the non-vintage Billecart-Salmon offers the best of both worlds with complexity and delicacy,  making it perfect for any occasion. This quality makes  it easy for us to sell, and even easier to enjoy.  The outstanding value while the Aussie dollar is struggling helps too!

$67.50 in any six
$75.00 per bottle



 
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Amazing Aussie Chardonnay

Saturday, 7 November 2015 2:15:43 PM Australia/Sydney

 

Italian Dinner
Wednesday the 18th of November at Ruby Red Flamingo 8:00pm - $220 a ticket
A slight change of plans to the original dinner posted last week, we will now host it at the fantastic Ruby Red Flamingo in North Adelaide.
We've now covered pretty much all of Italy this year from North to South with David Ridge in our Italian Wine Masterclasses. Now we want to finish on a high, with a selection of the best wines from all the tastings accompanied by fantastic food from Ruby Red Flamingo.
Bookings are now open and are essential prior to the dinner. You can purchase a ticket online here, or by email to wine@eastendcellars.com.au otherwise you can call the shop on 8232 5300.
The Details:
When: Wednesday the 18th of November, 8pm start
Where: Ruby Red Flamingo, 142 Tynte St, North Adelaide
Cost: $220 per person BOOK ONLINE HERE

The wines on show during dinner will be...
NV Bellavista ‘Alma’ Cuvee Brut - Lombardy
Bisol Valdobbiadene Proseccco Crede 2013 – Veneto
Lini 910 Lambrusco NV - Emilia-Romagna
Jankara Vermentino di Gallura 2014 – Sardinia
Tavignano Verdicchio Superiore Misco 2013 – Le Marche
Cos Rami Sicilia Bianco IGP 2013 – Sicily
Koferhof Kerner 2013 - Alto Adige
Gravner Ribolla Anfora 2006 – Friuli
Castello Neive Roero Arneis 2011 – Piedmont
Quintarelli Ca' del Merlo Veneto IGT 2006 – Veneto
Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2007 – Abruzzo
Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo 2010 – Campania
Le Ragnaie VV Brunello di Montalcino 2009 – Tuscany
Vietti Barolo Brunate 2008 – Piedmont
Le Vigne di Eli Etna Rosso Moganazzi Volta Sciara – Sicily
Valentina Cubi Meliloto Recioto della Valpolicella 2011 - Veneto
Marsala - Sicily

Chardonnay Specials
Australian Chardonnay is on fire at the moment, producing some outstanding wines from across the nation. We've loved watching the growth of Australian Chardonnay, leaving behind the dark days of ABC (anything but Chardonnay) to starring on the world stage. So much so, Aussie Chardonnay has taken wine writer Jancis Robinson's fancy too; "such progress towards finesse has been made by Australia's best Chardonnay practitioners recently that I am now looking for serious alternatives to fine white burgundy in the cooler reaches of Australia..." Like Pinot Noir, everyone will always be drawing comparisons to Burgundy, but we truly believe Aussie Chardonnay is standing out on its own.
Below are just four of our favourites at the moment, including a wine from recent Young Gun Winemaker of the Year, Adrian Rodda.

A Rodda Beechworth Chardonnay 2014 Vasse Felix 'Filius' Margaret River Chardonnay 2014

 

Adrian Rodda makes two brilliant Chardonnays, one from the Yarra and this enthralling wine from Beechworth. We've been huge fans of both for several years now and the 2014s are once again outstanding. This year’s Beechworth is an illustration of great poise; with rich exotic fruits on the nose and the palate working in harmonious fashion creating an elegant yet powerful wine. Adrian is also the recent winner of this years "Young Gun Winemaker of the Year" award.

$43.20 in any six
$48.00 per bottle

 

 

Now is the time of Australian Chardonnay, we’ve gone through the over oaked styles, moved on from the overly lean, or overly fruity wines and what  we’re now producing is world class. One leading light in this movement has been Vasse Felix with their majestic Margaret River wines. The Filius Chardonnay is a fruit forward style bursting with flavour, toasty notes of biscuit and cashew combine well with fresh mandarin and lemon sorbet.

$23.40 in any six
$26.00 per bottle

Oakridge 864 Single Block Funder & Diamond Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Holyman Chardonnay 2014

 

Yes. Beautiful. Complex. Struck match, creamy texture, white peach, grapefruit, the skin of pears, the sweetness of wood spice. Immaculate and wild at once. Powerful push through the finish. Quite superb.
Rated : 96 Points

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

$72.00 in any six
$80.00 per bottle

 

Spent fireworks, bran, white peach, preserved lemon, lime, vanilla, grapefruit and ginger. Medium bodied, tight acidity, gentle creamy gloss, distinctly flinty and chalky, all bursting with ripe citrus, green apple tang and spice on a very long finish. Power. Movement. Complexity. Touch and go for 97 points. I’m really excited by this wine!
Rated : 96 Points

Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

$46.80 in any six
$52.00 per bottle

 
 


Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass with Kate Laurie from Deviation Road
Tuesday 24th of November at the Tasting Room, 7:30pm start - $125 a ticket
We have the brilliant Kate Laurie from Deviation Road on board to run some Champagne Masterclasses at EEC, Kate’s expertise in all things Sparkling have shone in her wines at Deviation Road. Her training in Champagne along with almost yearly visits since also highlights her skills in producing great quality methode champenoise wines. With Kate’s knowledge, our range of wines and the great cheese selection we have in the Tasting Room, we've put together a fantastic tasting that covers the diversity of Champagne, along with a look at Kate’s work in the Adelaide Hills too.
The Line Up of Wines will be as follows;

Flight 1:  Blends
Deviation Road Loftia 2013
Ayala Brut Majeur NV
Didier Ducos Brut l'Ablutien Champagne NV
Gosset Grande Reserve Champagne NV

Flight 2:  Blanc de Blancs
Deviation Road Beltana Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009
Jose Dhondt NV
Agrapart 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blancs Brut
Michel Genet Champagne Brut Esprit Blanc de Blancs

Flight 3:  Rose
Deviation Road Altair Sparkling Rose NV
Pol Roger 2006
Egly Ouriet
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Rose Champagne 1990
Platters provided by the Tasting Room.

The Details:
When: Tuesday, November 24th, 7:30pm start
Where: The Tasting Room at East End Cellars
Cost: $125 per person. Must be paid beforehand to secure your seat. BOOK ONLINE HERE

There is only a limited amount of seats left so if this is of interest we urge you to book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available to purchase from our website or email wine@eastendcellars.com.au or call us on 8232 5300.
 

 
 
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Champagne Specials & Masterclass plus Pizzini Wines

Friday, 30 October 2015 4:46:05 PM Australia/Sydney

 

Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass with Kate Laurie from Deviation Road
Tuesday 24th of November at the Tasting Room, 7:30pm start
- $125 a ticket

We have the brilliant Kate Laurie from Deviation Road on board to run some Champagne Masterclasses at EEC, Kate’s expertise in all things Sparkling have shone in her wines at Deviation Road. Her training in Champagne along with almost yearly visits since also highlights her skills in producing great quality methode champenoise wines. With Kate’s knowledge, our range of wines and the great cheese selection we have in the Tasting Room, we've put together a fantastic tasting that covers the diversity of Champagne, along with a look at Kate’s work in the Adelaide Hills too.

The Line Up of Wines will be as follows;
Flight 1:  Blends
Deviation Road Loftia 2013
Ayala Brut Majeur NV
Didier Ducos Brut l'Ablutien Champagne NV
Gosset Grande Reserve Champagne NV

Flight 2:  Blanc de Blancs
Deviation Road Beltana Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009
Jose Dhondt NV
Agrapart 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blancs Brut
Michel Genet Champagne Brut Esprit Blanc de Blancs

Flight 3:  Rose

Deviation Road Altair Sparkling Rose NV
Pol Roger 2006
Egly Ouriet
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Rose Champagne 1990

Platters provided by the Tasting Room.
The Details:
When: Tuesday, November 24th, 7:30pm start
Where: The Tasting Room at East End Cellars
Cost: $125 per person. Must be paid beforehand to secure your seat. BOOK ONLINE HERE

Tickets are available to purchase from our website or email wine@eastendcellars.com.au or call us on 8232 5300.

Champagne Specials
Speaking of Champagne...  Here's four current winners we have in store, at some very hot prices:

Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne NV Dom Perignon Champagne 2005

 

One of the most iconic Champagne's on the market, the Krug Grande Cuvee. Often touted as the winemakers Champagne, because of its complex nature and powerful palate, but it also possesses great focus and finesse. Even though it has been built on several vintages and made to be consumed with ease now, this is cuvee that will age effortlessly at the same time.
Spoil yourself...


WAS $300.00
ON SPECIAL FOR $225.00 per bottle

 

 

"The 2005 Dom Pérignon is incredibly delicate, understated and silky, with gorgeous textural balance and class. Today, the 2005 comes across as a smaller-scaled version of the 2004 in that it is a Dom Pérignon built on finesse rather than the power that characterizes vintages such as 2002 and 2003. Today, the 2005 is a bit inward and not fully expressive, which is a good sign for the future. Still, given its mid-weight structure and previous showings, my impression is that the 2005 is best suited to near and medium-term drinking. Then again, Dom Pérignon has a brilliant track record for aging."
95 Points

Antonio Galloni - Vinous

WAS $240.00
ON SPECIAL FOR $200.00 per bottle

Agrapart 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV Ayala Brut Majeur NV

 

There is a  real sense of place with this wine; you can  almost taste the chalky soils of this almighty  region. There is also a great purity and finesse  to this wine, the beautiful silky texture of chardonnay made with restraint, it doesn’t disappoint. It is no surprise that this producer  has recently become a three star domaine alongside such illustrious names as Krug, Egly- Ouriet and Selosse. A must have this summer!

WAS $95.00
ON SPECIAL FOR $80.00 per bottle

 

From a house with over 150 years of history and still family owned, comes this truly modern Champagne. Elegance and freshness are the keywords here. Low dosage, quality fruit and 3 years lees ageing making for a delicate expression of brioche and poached pear. Perfect as an aperitif but dry enough to come alive with seafood or a cheese plate.
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$72 in a mixed 6
$80 per bottle

 

 


 
  Pizzini Wines
This week our feature winery in The Tasting Room has been the brilliant King Valley producer Pizzini. The focus has been on their range of wines using one of our favourtie grape varities, Sangiovese
. Tonight from 5-7pm and tomorrow from 2 until 5pm we will have a range of wines to taste from Pizzini, so why not drop by for a taste with the wines available to purchase at special prices during the tastings.   
 
 
 
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Sicilian Specials, A Huge Italian Wine Dinner and Christmas Function offer

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 7:05:04 PM Australia/Sydney

Sicilian Specials, A Huge Italian Wine Dinner and Christmas Function offer

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Murdoch Hill Artisan Range, Sicily & Sardinia Tasting, La Prova Wines & more...

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 5:40:50 PM Australia/Sydney

Murdoch Hill - Artisan Range
A year ago we talked about young Michael 'Doc' Downer returning to the family winery to take over the winemaking reigns after working vintages for Vietti (Piedmont), Best's Great Western and Shaw+Smith (he even worked a stint here at EEC). Doc's new range of Single Vineyard wines under the 'Artisan Wines' banner continues to grow from strength to strength, with a modern, minimalistic approach, using wild yeast, whole bunch fermentation and extended skin contact to express the fruit and unique characters of each top quality vineyard. Doc has breathed new life into the family business producing lovely handcrafted wines that speak true to the variety and the area and we're thoroughly enjoying his work.

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Rusden, Cillar de Silos and Beer & Bubbles

Thursday, 8 October 2015 3:53:57 PM Australia/Sydney

Rusden, Cillar de Silos and Beer & Bubbles

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New Releases from Spinifex and a great Spanish Tasting

Thursday, 1 October 2015 8:38:49 PM Australia/Sydney

Spinifex Picking our favourite winery is very much like picking a favourite child... But if we had to pick our top 5, we could guarantee Spinifex would feature on that list. They are wines we are always happy to recommend without any hesitation and for most staff, our house wines. The wines of Spinifex are crafted by the “silent assassin” Peter Schell. Pete has been a leading light for the style of wine the Barossa can, and we believe should, produce. Spinifex is all about finding that perfect balance of power and grace; with the emphasis on purity and the fruit. All week long Spinifex are our "Featured Winery" in the Tasting Room, with their wines available by the glass and in special tasting flights. This Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday from 2-5pm we will also have the Spinifex range on the tasting bench, with Peter Schell joining us on Friday night. Below are four of our favourites from the new releases from Spinifex, including their brand new Eden Valley Riesling. You can also check out the whole range on our website: Spinifex Wines

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Hickinbotham, William Downie & O'leary Walker New Releases

Friday, 31 July 2015 11:14:15 AM Australia/Sydney

Wines of Place - Hickinbotham Vineyards and William Downie 
The word "terroir" is a French term used to describe the environmental and other factors influencing the unique vineyards and farms of France. The notion is the best wines are made in the vineyard, not the winery and the right site selection and care of the vines means less input from the winemaker. Many wineries have adopted this idea across the world and here in Australia this philosophy is taking hold more and more. Two great examples are Hickinbotham in Clarendon, SA and William Downie across several regions in Victoria.

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