WINES

ENTIRELY GROWN, VINIFIED AND BOTTLED ON THE PROPERTY.
From the Original and Lineage Vineyards

“là-bas” CHARDONNAY

Twenty year old vines grafted with two excellent Burgundian clones.

Fermented in 35% new Burgundian  coopered oak for 17 months. Complete malolactic and stirred on fine lees.

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010

2014

2014 “là-bas” CHARDONNAY

(Tasting Jan 2016)

Colour: Bright, silver straw

Nose: Delicate floral

Palate: 2014 a cooler year for the site. Curd texture, mouth feel long finish. This wine is tight, shall live long due to only the vineyard’s acidity.

Alcohol 13.5% | Best Drinking 2015 - 2030

2013

2013 “là-bas” CHARDONNAY

(Tasting Jan 2015)

Colour: Bright straw, lime, gold

Nose: Assertive

Palate: Texture and length of fruit having slight fig and cashew tone with honeydew. Long length and line in the mouth.

Alcohol 13% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2015 - 2030

2012

2012 “là-bas” CHARDONNAY

(Release Jan 2014)

This wine was produced from the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in Beechworth, planted in 1978, an excellent clone and on their own roots.

Fine ordorician soils and well chosen orientation have proved advantageous for this vineyard.

As Chardonnay is not grown at the Golden Ball this fruit was an excellent opportunity as vine maturity and fruit quality were a given.

Fermented in 35% new Burgundian coopered oak for 17 months. Complete malolactic and stirred on fine lees, this wine has elegance and acid tilth with fine depth of fruit displayed. Flint and lemon curd on the palate build the texture of this wine. Four barrels produced, 13% alcohol.

Alcohol 13% | Cellar/Best Drinking

2010

2010 “là-bas” CHARDONNAY

This wine was produced from the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in Beechworth, planted in 1978, an excellent clone and on their own roots.

Fine ordorician soils and well chosen orientation have proved advantageous for this vineyard.

As Chardonnay is not grown at the Golden Ball this fruit was an excellent opportunity as vine maturity and fruit quality were a given.

Fermented in 30% new French oak for 18 months. Malolactic completed, filling the palate fuller to the wine thus able to see its context for future vintages. Lees stirring for texture and oak influence from our selected barriques.

Alcohol 13% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2012 - 2016

“Cherish” ROSE

Entirely Shiraz, this fruit is picked specifically for rosé.

Made in the Provencale style: whole bunch crushed, into the basket press, pressed and let to wild ferment in three to four year old French barriques leaving to lay in barrel for nine months.

Barrel stirred for texture and mouth feel.

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012

2015

2015 “CHERISH ” ROSE

Entirely Shiraz, this fruit was picked specifically for rosé.

Made in the Provencale style: whole bunch crushed, into the basket press, pressed and let to wild ferment in three to four year old French barriques leaving to lay in barrel for nine months.

Barrel stirred for texture and mouth feel.

Light crimson copper hue in the glass.

Subtle oak with savoury quince notes, berry fruits and fresh acid giving it a clean dry finish.

Alcohol 13.5% | Cellar/Best Drinking A spring/summer wine best enjoyed early. Can cellar two years.

2014

2014 “CHERISH ” ROSE

Entirely Shiraz, this fruit was picked specifically for rosé.

Made in the Provencale style: whole bunch crushed, into the basket press, pressed and let to wild ferment in three to four year old French barriques leaving to lay in barrel for nine months.

Barrel stirred for texture and mouth feel.

Light crimson copper hue in the glass.

Subtle oak with savoury quince notes, berry fruits and fresh acid giving it a clean dry finish.

Alcohol 12% | Cellar/Best Drinking A spring/summer wine best enjoyed early. Can cellar two years.

2012

2012 “CHERISH” ROSE

Entirely Shiraz, this fruit was picked specifically for rosé.

Made in the Provencale style: crushed, left on skins for a short time, then basket pressed and put to wild ferment in three to four year old French oak barriques leaving to lay in barrel for seven months.

Light crimson copper hue in the glass.

Subtle oak with savoury quince notes, berry fruits and fresh acid giving it a clean dry finish.

Alcohol 12.8% | Cellar/Best Drinking

Golden Ball - ShirazSHIRAZ

At the Golden Ball we pick our Shiraz in three stages which can only be days apart. To pick in the cool mornings is advantageous with our fruit. Indigenous yeasts post fermentation skin contact and the malolactic stage in barrel are all attributes that bond well with the lineage vineyard site along with the Burgundian coopers used for barrel aging.

  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

2012

2012 SHIRAZ

Tasting Nov 2014

Colour: Purple glint highlights.

Nose: Briar forest, dark spice mace and clove warmth.

Palate: Dark fruits, bramble, length of oak. Tannins there for the stead of time. The acid balance to carry the mouth filling fruit. A more inline wine, finer than the 2010 vintage; will hold well to cellar.

Alcohol 13.5% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2015 - 2027

2010

2010 SHIRAZ

Tasting May 2013

Colour: Jeweled purple, crimson highlights.

Nose: Briar savoury notes.

Palate: Savoury bramble, medium berry fruits, underlying mocha cocoa notes. Taught structure with soft tannins, under pinned acid with lasting mouth length.

Alcohol 13.8% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2014 - 2020

2009

2009 SHIRAZ

Tasting January 2012

Colour: Purple depth.

Nose: Bramble spice, reserved upon opening.

Palate: Full Shiraz elegance, spice and tight firm tannins to hold the wine. Mouth filling acid and fruit to take this wine into the future.

Alcohol 14% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2012 - 2018

2008

2008 SHIRAZ

Tasting July 2010

Colour: Vibrant purple hue.

Nose: Dark brooding nose.

Palate: Reserved tight acid, blackcurrant dark cherry and Dutch licorice. Masculine subtle oak holding firm tannins. Long finish on the palate.

*A decant of this wine will reward.

Alcohol 14.4% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2012 - 2016

“GALLICE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, MALBEC

Vinified separately, the fruit drawn from the original vineyard. The vintage composition typical make up is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Malbec. Barrelled in 35% new barriques from prestigious Bordeaux coopers are used to compliment the wines.

  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

2012

“GALLICE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, MALBEC

Tasting Nov 2014

Colour: Dark, rich, ruby tinted.

Nose: Depth of black fruits with mocha highlights. Some cigar box and dried leaf notes.

Palate: The fruit pure and long lasting in the mouth. Enduring length of fruit presence weighted with ample acid and seamless tannins. This wine will go on for many years.

Alcohol 13.5% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2020 - 2032

2010

“GALLICE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, MALBEC

Tasting July 2014

Colour: Dark & rich, tinted.

Nose: Depth of black fruits with mocha highlights.

Palate: The fruit pure and long lasting. Enduring length of fruit presence weighted with ample acid and seamless tannins.

Alcohol 13.8% | Cellar/Best Drinking� 2017 - 2022

2009

“GALLICE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, MALBEC

Tasting January 2012

Colour: Dark and rich.

Nose: Depth of black fruits.

Palate: Deep black cassis berries, lasting dark chocolate notes hallmark of the Gallice blend. This wine has not seen its best years yet, they are to follow 2020-2024.

Alcohol 14% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2015 - 2020

2008

“GALLICE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, MALBEC

Tasting July 2010

Colour: Dark crimson ruby.

Nose: A nose of violets, bramble and black cherry with a dark spice accent.

Palate: Mouth filling cassis and dark fruits abound, lovely mouth filling acid follow through with firm structured tannins, holding the wine on the palate, finishing with dark chocolate notes.

* This wine will see at least 2018-2020. The Cabernet is a beautiful component of this wine. It has endowed upon the Gallice an excellent vintage. (I hope you will find this on your palate and thoughts).

Alcohol 14.2% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2018 - 2020

MERLOT

The Merlot is grown in our original vineyard. There are years when exceptions are made and a barrel maybe drawn to bottle. We began this in 2008 and have done so in 2012 and 2013. These being vintages when it warranted standing alone. Bordeaux coopered oak.

  • 2012

2012

2012 MERLOT

(Tasting May 2015)

Colour: Dark cherry hue

Nose: Cedar, plum, mulberry

Palate: Damson plum fruit binding. Tight acid and tannins to grow with this wine.

A careful decant will reward with this wine.

Alcohol 13.5% | Cellar/Best Drinking 2015 - 2022

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