When Hilde and Ian (Duke) Ranson sold their clothing manufacturing business in 1998, they were able to fulfil a long-held dream of establishing a vineyard in the Porongurup subregion of Great Southern with the acquisition of a 65ha farm at the foot of the Porongurup Range. They planted shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and riesling. Hilde, a successful artist, designed the beautiful, scalloped, glasswalled cellar door sales area, with its mountain blue cladding. The appointment of Rob Diletti as winemaker will, if it were possible, increase the quality of the wines.
Estate-grown, small parcels. The colour is deep, the palate exceptionally focused and full-bodied, yet it has the Duke's lightness of touch courtesy of contract winemaking by Rob Diletti of Castle Rock. This is a great wine with a very long future. Drink to: 2048; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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