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Skillogalee Clare Valley - A 5 stars winery, James Halliday 

Winery is located at the Western extreme of the Sevenhill sub-region within the Clare Valley wine region at an altitude of around 475m.  First plantings in the 70s.  Company is owned by Dave and Diana Palmer.  They are also owners of a delightful and fantastic 143 year on-site old stone cottage restaurant.  All wines from Skillogalee are from fruit harvest of their own vineyards.

Skillogalee Riesling 2015
From low yielding vines on high slopes about 500m above sea level using sustainable farming practices. 2015 was warm and dry.  The fruit was processed in a number of individual parcels, with each contour/block of vines picked as it reached its optimum ripeness and flavour. Each parcel was then fermented separately, allowing us to vary winemaking and processing techniques to suit the individual characteristics of each, and giving us the opportunity to enhance individual highlights, before blending immediately prior to bottling. 

The wine is straw like in appearance with a green tinge. The nose has a big lift of jasmine and lemon zest. The palate is full-flavoured with succulent and juicy acidity showing tangerine, some Tahitian lime and citrus spice. It has impressive length, a natural acid backbone, and has a mouth-wateringly dry finish.  
Skillogalee Trevarrick Shiraz 2012
Trevarrick is the original name of the Skillogalee property in the early 1850s. Wines is made only in vintage years of exceptional quality. 

The wine has an attractive crimson robe with purple highlights. Aromas of black cherry, pan juices, mulberry and black pepper jump out of the glass. The palate is both medium bodied and sumptuous, with flavours of coffee, roasting herbs, black olive and boysenberry appearing in abundance with hints of spearmint on the finish.

Patritti Wines Adelaide Region - 5 Stars Winery, James Halliday

Founded by Giovanni Patritti in 1926. He began by leasing vineyards and making wines in the region.  Business continued to build and gradually soared in the 1970s and vineyard plantings increased rapidly.  Now, the second and third generation oversee all wine and grape production. Their passion for high end, small batch winemaking has resulted in a "Five Star" rating from James Halliday and many 90+ scores of current release wines.  Many of these wines come from their 50+ years family owned vineyards, namely Tatachilla and Blewitt Springs.  Patritti also produce a range of wines from other Adelaide regions.

Patritti Gloria Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre Mclaren Vale 2013 
Fruits sourced from the Tatchilla and Blewitt Springs vineyards in the Mclaren Vale region. 55% Grenache 33% Shiraz and 12% 
Mourvèdre.  A wet winter and hot dry summer allowing ripe fruit to develop with high quality fruit with small berries, great flavour and balanced acidity.  Fruits harvested by hand in batches at optimal ripeness. Wines have undergone 12 months ageing in both French and American oak puncheons. 

Bright ruby purple colour with a vibrantly perfumed
nose of raspberry, dark cherry, dry peppery spices and nutty oak. The smooth, medium-weight palate delivers more peppery spice, dark cherry, violets and musk. Well integrated yet subtle tannins lead the wine to finish on a high note.
Patritti Blewitt Springs Estate Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2014
Despite 2014 being a challenging year, low yielding fruits resulting wines displaying excellent intensity.

This wine is deep red in colour.  It exhibits jammy, plummy, spicy Shiraz fruit flavours and aromas that are well supported by French and American Oak.