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Welcome to the Australian Wine Centre

For more than 30 years we have built a reputation for our discerning and eclectic range as well as our ability to deliver wine to our customers worldwide.
Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney at Circular Quay, we stock wines from the most innovative and quality driven producers in the country as well as maintaining a deep inventory of old and rare vintages.
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Single vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

A little over a year ago we had a call out of the blue from a winemaker in Hawkes Bay NZ.  He explained that he was a Pinot Noir producer and asked if we would like to try his wines.  Shortly afterwards we had the pleasure of meeting Lauregan winemaker/ proprietor Mike Old in store and tasting his Hawkes Bay Pinots.  We have stocked them ever since. 
Hawkes Bay is most commonly linked to the famed Gimblett Gravels and the much sought after Bordeaux variety reds & some Syrah that have a deservedly high reputation.  Pinot Noir is, for the Hawkes Bay region, something of an under the radar variety. Pinot, as demonstrated by Lauregan, will reward the wise and adventurous spirit if the vines are nurtured on a site that suits the varieties very specific needs.  Mike’s vineyard is in central Hakes Bay, further south of the Gimblett Gravels.  Here the site is cooler and the terroir in clay based, perfect for building fruit concentration and structure.  The clay soils also allow sufficient moisture retention to enable the vineyard to be dry grown.  Mike has never irrigated.  He applies a minimal intervention approach and  a “one shoot, one bunch” method which, Mike explains, sets up low yields and consequent concentration, intensity and richness of flavour.
“The Lauregan 2017 is a fuller flavoured and bolder style of Pinot than you would commonly find in the southern Hemisphere.  It lends itself to comparisons with more robust examples of Burgundy and shares traits with opulent Oregon Pinot.  Comparisons aside, this is a wine that delivers plenty of flavour, structure and interest in a style that is all its own. The nose is dark cherry, violet/rose and savoury as well – shiitake mushroom broth?  Dark cherry and ripe red cherry coats the palate, hints of dark chocolate, savoury elements and subtle spice.  Tannins let you know they’re here but sit so very well with the weight of the fruit.  Long and pleasing finish and the benefit of a few years bottle age are very much on display. At this price it is an absolute must!”

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