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15/12/2008

Release of the Single Vineyard Series whites

Sporting the new Single Vineyard Series label, but these wines are still the same three favourite white varieties from the team at Kirrihill. Expertly sourced from the best vineyards in Clare and Adelaide Hills and hand crafted into a trio of single vineyard, single varietal wines.

2008 Kirrihill Sauvignon Blanc — Barton Springs Vineyard, Adelaide Hill RRP $19.95

2008 Kirrihill Pinot Grigio — Serendipity Vineyard, Adelaide Hills RRP $19.95

2008 Kirrihill Riesling — Cuaisin na Sléine Vineyard, Watervale RRP $19.95

As much as the Kirrihill team doesn’t like to over-use the cliché that great wine begins in the vineyard, Senior Winemaker Donna Stephens can’t hide the pride they have in the quality of the vineyards they work with and believe that the Single Vineyard Series exemplifies the theory that matching variety to vineyard is the ultimate expression for viticulturist and winemaker. “And when you get the match right, even a challenging vintage can’t make a dent on the resulting superior quality of your wines.”

The Kirrhill Pinot Grigio comes from the Serendipity vineyard in Birdwood, Adelaide Hills and the inspiration for the style was sought from the north-east Italian Friuli region, hence the Grigio not Gris designation. The vines were planted at 380 metres above sea level in a north south orientation on the loam over podzol soils. The cool climate and intense sunlight at a higher altitude heightens the grapes’ colours and flavours. The fruit was picked a little early giving the desired restrained and more mineral style of wine. Lees stirring for eight weeks added textural complexity and palate weight.

The Kirrihill Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Barton Springs vineyard, which takes its name from the old world English meaning “farm” and the nearby springs at the base of Mount Torrens. The vines are planted in an east west orientation on the gravelly loam over scree soils and at 480 metres above sea level it’s among the highest vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and thus one of the coolest in the Hills.

Two separate picks were made two weeks apart, one a little early to capture freshness and one at optimum ripeness. Several hours of skin contact followed to increase the textural richness of the wine and separate portions were fermented on full solids and in old French oak barrels to give the wine additional extra dimensions.

The grapes for the Kirrihill Riesling come from thirty year old vines on the Stanway family’s Slate Creek (Cuaisin na Sléine) vineyard in the Clare Valley sub region of Watervale. The vineyard was planted on the deep red clay loam, over red limestone soils with pockets of slate at 350 metres above sea level. Donna comments, “The key to this wine’s character is the slaty soil giving it poise and definition. The whole wine making process was completed as quickly as possible in order to retain the Riesling’s characteristic crispness and elegance.”

The new Single Vineyard Series whites are here now, to continue to fill the gap for cool wines from cool climates at affordable prices.

Kirrihill wines are widely available:

Online @ www.kirrihillwines.com.au

In all good Australian retailers and restaurants, distributed through

Chace Agencies (SA/NT) — 08 8363 7881

The Wine Company (NSW/VIC/QLD) — 1800 855 577

Wine Savvy (WA) — 08 9244 3299

Harry Williams (ACT) — 02 6242 7222

International

Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, UK & USA

Contacts

Matt McCulloch, Kirrihill Wines P: 08 8842 1233 E:m

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