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View details Leabrook Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
$ 22.99 Leabrook Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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SauvBlanc / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
Leabrook is made to be marvellously eloquent with all the intense perfumery, crisp flavours and revitalizing acidity, which have so endeared adherents of the Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc style. All the work in constructing such a wine happens in the vineyard, the challenge for the winemaker is to preserve the character and allow the charming fuit to speak for itself. A minimal handling of the precious grapes and long cool ferments, serve to retain all the lovely expressions which lie just below the skin.
 
View details Leabrook Estate Pinot Noir 2015
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PinotNoir / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
Leabrook are all about crafting restricted yields of hand picked Adelaide Hills fruit through a Burgundian approach to winemaking. Vines were originally establsihed to a quarter hectare hobby block of rocky clay soil in Onkaparinga Valley, closely planted in the traditional French way, the inaugural vintages immediately started to show promise. A historic woollen mill in Lobethal was ideally suited as a wineworks. Textural, elegantly aromatic and exquisitely balanced, the limited release wines of Leabrook may not be easy to find but they are worth the challenge.
 
View details Leabrook Estate Chardonnay 2013
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Chardonnay / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
Much of the philosophy at Leabrook centres around creating wines which are excellent as a compliment to good food. The finest Chardonnay are renowned for their innate affinity to cuisine, Leabrook defines the ultimate in styling, immensely food friendly while offering serious palate weight, superior length and remarkable elegance. From the Mawsons Ridge vineyard at Forest Range in the hills above Adelaide, the fruit of low yielding vines is essential, a remarkable wine of impeccable balance, pristine elegance and superior length.
 
View details Great Little Neeyo Tempranillo 2014
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Tempranillo / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
An engaging Tempranillo wine in impressive new world styling, a fashionable fusion of savouryness, freshness and fruit.
 
View details Great Little Gruner Veltliner 2016
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Gruner Veltliner / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
Think Adelaide Hills Gr√ľner Veltliner and tasty Al fresco nibbles, what could be better? A distant relative of Traminer and Pinot Noir, Gr√ľner Veltliner was recently redefined as seriously epicure when it triumphed over a field of prestigious Burgundies at a Grand Cru taste off. Indigenous to the temperate vales of Austria and the Danube, ever so popular around the cosmopolitan bars of Vienna, refreshingly crisp with zests of tropical fruit, its clean, revitalizing palate lingers with racy varietal notes of piquant white pepper and fragrant lime.
 
View details Great Little Graciano 2014
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Shiraz / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
One of the great grapes of D.O.C Rioja, there is much about the torrid terroir and capricious climes of Australian viticulture that's perfectly predisposed for the gracious Graciano. A beautifully perfumed wine with layers of complexity and palate richness, star anise, spiced cherries and cardamom spice, all supported by ripe llquorice tannins and a veneer of judicious mocha oak.
 
View details Great Little Clare Valley Fiano 2016
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Fiano / Clare Valley / SouthAustralia
From fruit grown to the Kelly Family property at Valley Clare, a mesoclime that's not dissimilar to the old world origins of the Fiano varietal in Sicilia and Campania. A robust, animated wine, alive with aromas of fresh picked guava, red apples and pear, venturing into pine, lime and citrus nuts, the complexity and palate weight are seasoned by gentle herbs and honeyed cashew, a rewarding textural finish. The fruitiness and exquisite palate length of our eccentric merits accompaniement to the finest white meat recipes and cosmopolitan Al fresco fare.
 
Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Lobethal in South Australia

Leabrook Estate specialises in high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and produces wines from a range of other cool climate varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The story of Leabrook Estate started in 1978 around bottles of Burgundian wines at dinner parties. The wines had great character and delicacy. This was the beginning of Leabrook estate founder Colin Best's love affair with Burgundy and things Burgundian. These wines had an extra dimension of elegance and intensity.

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After a visit to Burgundy, Colin started by leasing a small quarter hectare patch of rocky clay soil in the Adelaide Hills where he planted clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; a hobby block that for several years taught the trials and pitfalls of mildew, weeds and winemaking techniques. The French had close planted for a reason, based on 200 years experience. The resulting wines immediately started to show promise and before long, Colin Best was planning his retirement from engineering to devote his life to viticulture.

Colin approached winemakers already established in the relatively young Adelaide Hills wine region and was overwhelmed with their generosity and assistance. The attitude and friendliness of the Adelaide Hills vignerons contrasted so greatly with the elements of the contract engineering scene, that Colin became a full time vigneron. A historic former woollen mill in Lobethal was ideally suited for winemaking, with thick walls and connections to effluent disposal and within a kilometre of my vineyard and this became Leabrook Estate Winery.

The Leabrook Estate vineyard lies in the Onkaparinga Valley in the Eastern area of the Adelaide Hills. The climate is well suited to most cool climate varieties and ripening is usually reliable, provided the fruit is exposed to light and there is no over cropping. The vineyard lies on a gentle slope with relatively shallow soils. The soil profile consists of clays over dolomite and is reasonably well drained. The vineyard is protected from the prevailing winds causing good fruit set from flowering.

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Hedge pruning exposes the fruit to light, necessary to achieve grapes of the highest quality. If the season has been too favourable for the vine, and foliage is excessive, workers are dispatched to the vineyard prior to harvest, plucking leaves from around the bunches to expose the fruit, and cutting away excessive growth. Fruit quality can also be affected by other factors. All Leabrook Estate vineyards are netted to minimise bird damage. A large fan has been installed in the lower lying frost prone area of the vineyard to circulate air on frosty mornings and protect the young growing shoots.

Leabrook Estate's policy is to achieve the best possible quality fruit. Vines are stressed with water levels kept to the minimum, while still providing healthy leaves to aid ripening. Spraying for mildew are kept to the very minimum; pesticide sprays are non existent, relying on natural predators to control pests. Picking time is a very complex affair. Up to 30 small batches of grapes are sampled and tested for taste and physical characteristics from the 2 hectare vineyard, and a picking strategy is developed over several weeks to provide the particular flavour profile designed for Leabrook Estate Wines.

All fruit is hand picked with any damaged or unripe fruit discarded in the vineyard and during a final sorting during the crushing process at the winery. Great care is taken during picking and transportation such that the fruit arrives at the winery in exactly the same condition as existed on the vine. A small group of pickers are employed to ensure a constant flow of fruit from the vineyard to the winery for immediate processing. The same care extends through the winemaking process, when only gentle crushing is performed and there is no rough pumping of must, relying only on gravity to take the grapes into their fermentation stage.

Boutique winemaking has a number of inherent advantages, mainly to do with quality control associated with small quantities. Every barrel can be hand nurtured during the year and crafted into a style based on the same fruit source each year. Techniques can be fine tuned, both in winemaking and possibly more importantly in the vineyard, where the vine's balance can be determined to give the best quality fruit for the particular site.

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