A very mild growing season which suited the Coonawarra vineyards down to a tee
This Was The Year For Exceptional Coonawarra Cabernet The Barossa and McLaren Vale also yielded excellent batches of Cabernet for Penfolds finer and more restrained, yet suitably impressive for inclusion into the super premium Bin 707. Brick red in colour, complex and controversial, the distinctive cherry/ tomato leaf, almost porty aromas and flavours of the 1982, were supported by a smooth palate, and the rich, fleshy characters of the vintage.
Pipers Brook Tamar River
Straw gold hue, crystal clear with fine bead and persistent mousse. Bouquets of orange peel and clove, a sea brine influence, complexed by fresh brioche and pastry yeast aroma. Like the bouquet, lively flavours of sea brine, citrus peel and sweet jasmine flower are complemented on the palate with truffle and butter/ mushroom characters. A racy acid and great persistence of flavour ensure an exciting finish.
WINSOME AND ENGAGING, a tawny salmon hued wine, crafted exclusively from estate grown Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, one of Australia's finest. The grapes are treated to skin contact in open fermenters, infusing the wine with colour and tannins in the traditional Tavel
style. Yering Station then spends a brief spell ageing in larger seasoned oak barrels where it integrates and mellows. Slightly less acid than most other Rose, whilst the strong for its style
oak character and complex Pinot Noir fruit, contribute to the mature, extra dry, adults only styling.
THE QUALITY OF COONAWARRA MERLOT HAD BEEN CATCHING THE ATTENTION OF STONEHAVEN FOR SOME TIME. Stepping Stone expresses the sensational regional influence and varietal definition of the tiny Terra rossa
FROM FRUIT GROWN TO THE CHINESE BLOCK ON LOPRESTI VINEYARD IN WILLUNGA DISTRICT AT THE SOUTHERN END OF MCLAREN VALE. Soils are heavy grey loam over sandstone intermixed with black Biscay clay, a hungry earth which naturally controls yield. The climate mirrors that of the Mediterranean, warm days and cool nights ensure even ripening and development of rich fruit flavours. GAM is opulent and robust, a Shiraz of great richness that's multilayered with complexity, it nevertheless retains a measure of finesse and the characteristic Mitolo softness.
OVER MANY YEARS, Rob Gibson (ex Penfolds and Peter Lehmann as chief viticulturalist)
has crafted meagre amounts of the most stately wines from his tiny operation in the Barossa Hills. Vintage 2002 claimed silver at the VISY Great Aussie Shiraz Challenge and vintage 2003 came within a hair's breadth of the Jimmy Watson. Gibson knows the Barossa and all its best growers, varietal selection is expertly matched to site and minimalist winemaking is complemented by assembling the choicest components into the most exquisite balance.
The Cope-Williams Winery
is set snugly among the verdant hills of Romsey, just 30 minutes north of Melbourne airport
Conferences & Weddings are the principal activities on a truly quiet rural site that boasts a sophisticated winery, vineyards, cricket oval, real tennis court, numerous other ball sports and a diversity of rooms for dining, conference, celebrating or just relaxing. Quality accommodation and fine dining complemented by exceptional wines make visits to Cope-Williams Winery an experience that requires reliving over and over again.
Sparkling wines, pioneered by Cope-Williams at Romsey in 1977 have become something of a signature of the Macedon Ranges wine region, backed by a diverse range of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon. This picturesque winery's vineyards provide marvelous morning and evening walks. The Lord's Taverners Cricket Oval is terrific to jog around and the real tennis court offers most fascinating entertainment and even a chance to play one of the oldest ball games in the world. Fine wines and exquisite dining complete the picture of a graceful country winery
The Cope-Williams' Romsey Vintage Brut is a rather special cuve√© of Chardonnay, only six have been produced since 1984 when sparkling production bagan. The non-vintage version is a blend of very slow ripening Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with often, a substantial proportion of reserve wine added to ensure that the authentic House Style of Cope-Williams is maintained year after year. Cope-Williams make a classic 100% Pinot Noir Rose that retains a slight pink colour from initial skin contact. An excellent aperitif or lunch wine, it is a varietal sister to the Cope-Williams Cabernet Rose. Often, a large proportion of Cabernet juice is separated and fermented separately to dryness, retaining lovely warm fruit flavours.
A sweeter version of the classic Romsey Brut is the Romsey Riche, the 35 grams of sugar added at disgorging has been given time to integrate with the wine, creating very well balanced and refreshing flavours. Cope-Williams excel at their sparklers and this includes a very splendid, blended Sparkling Red named Coniston made from many small parcels of wine with a diversity of ages. A handsomely smooth sparkling red with or without food.
Part of the Chardonnay from each vintage is made in the modern un-wooded style as an alternative to the classic barrel fermented version that has been so successful on the show circuit. The latter is released with three or more years of ageing. The Cope-Williams Pinot is as it should be - powerful plummy and gamey aromas and earthy fruit flavours on the palate. The finely balanced structure ensures longevity. The winery produces a very special Cabernet and Merlot that's only made in years when the fruit is ripe enough to avoid excessive herbaciousness. Always a long lived wine with tight nose and palate when young.
Cope-Williams make a luscious and very unique fortified wine named The Willow - a liqueur made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, fortified with aged brandy and wood aged minimum of 5 years - not as sweet as it looks - a subtle way of enhancing most desserts and especially anything chocolate, just delicious.
Massoni Wines of
Mornington was established by legendary Melbourne restaurateur Leon Massoni in 1984
Massoni's passion for fine wine was influenced by his family‚Äôs involvement in establishing such culinary icons as Melbourne‚Äôs Florentino Restaurant in 1928 and through his relationship with his uncle, master winemaker Jimmy Watson. Over the years, Massoni have focused on making wines that enthusiasts would choose to enjoy with their family and friends. In 1990, Ian Home, founder of Yellowglen, became a partner in the business and introduced Pinot Noir and Lectus sparkling wine to the product range. In 1996 Ian visualised the need to expand the company‚Äôs source of ultra premium grapes beyond the Mornington Peninsula, whose erratic meso climate and limitation in supplying quality chardonnay and pinot noir restricted the product range Massoni was able to offer.
In 1997 Ian and Wal Henning, founder of Taltarni and Warrenmang, engaged the assistance of the Stanford Group to develop GlenKara Estate, a 300 hectare vineyard in the Pyrenees region, which provides Massoni with the majority of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. In 1998 the mid price Homes range was introduced. Currently, the majority of production is sold to restaurants or exported. Massoni strive for low cropping levels which not only means that the vine is able to sustain a level of crop from year to year but also able to provide better fruit characteristics as the nutrients it produces are infused into fewer grapes, producing grapes with a greater concentration of fruit flavours.
A vineyard‚Äôs soil profile and the region‚Äôs climate is a major factor that determines the quality of the grapes which will be harvested. Massoni‚Äôs vineyards are considered to be cool climate vineyards. This means that grapes mature on the vine for a longer period enhancing both the fruit flavour and the colour extracted.
Planting the appropriate varieties on a vineyard site is vital. In order to optimise fruit characteristics you need to select the correct clones of a variety. Different vine clones will effect growth rates, crop yields and the ability of a vine to withstand climatic variations such as droughts. All of which will influence a wine‚Äôs composition.
A healthy vine will produce quality grapes. Poorly managed vines or over cropped vines will not only produce inferior fruit but will cause vine stress. This generally results in the vine shutting down in an attempt to recuperate. Stressed vines are known to produce well below average crop yields for the following two vintages.
Traditionally harvesting commences in early April through to late May. All vineyards are inspected prior to harvest and only Massoni quality grapes are processed. The vineyards are harvested in batches and each is crushed independently. This enables the winemakers to adjudicate whether the wine produced will be able to make a Massoni wine. It also allows rewards those that produce each vintage‚Äôs outstanding fruit. Wines that are not selected for a Massoni product are then sold off. The Massoni wines are then placed in 220 litre oak barriques where they will be matured for up to 20 months. Balancing oak and wine characteristic is an artisan skill which is nurtured over successive vintages. Although as a general rule 1/3 of Massoni wines are placed in new barriques, 1/3 in 1 year old barriques, and 1/3 in 2 year or older barriques. The winemaker will match each batch of wine to whether it requires a high, medium or low toasted oak barrique. The toasting of a barrique influences the extent of the oak sensation within a wine. Barriques are shaved each year by a qualified cooper and generally have a lifespan of up to 5 years. At a price of between $800 to $1,500, oak barriques are the highest perishable cost of any winery.
Dancing Water is
a small family owned winery located in the South Island‚Äôs Waipara Valley
The focus is on crafting distinctive wines that accentuate a particular takiwa (place, district, region, time, season, space), that adds individual complexity to the varietal character and allows true expression of a great site.
Dancing Water is driven by the vision of Ross Trowsdale and Clare Bisso. Ross studied Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, New Zealand, after which he travelled and worked vintages in both the New and Old World for a number of top quality wine producers; New Zealand, (Pegasus Bay and Felton Road), Australia (Wyndham Estate), the USA (Cristom Vineyards) and Austria (Weingut Stefanshof and Alois Kracher). These experiences have nurtured a love and respect for fine wine and the making of it. Partner, Clare Bisso, is the sales and marketing director for Dancing Water.
Together, Ross and Clare share a passion and love for fine wine and are dedicated to the singular pursuit of producing high quality, limited production fine New Zealand wine. The name and story behind Dancing Water are both memorable and key to the brand.
When selecting the name for the wines it was important to see that it had a deep connection to both New Zealand and to the estate's own philosophy of wine making. In researching geographical place names in New Zealand, Ross and Clare discovered Dancing Water, a little known and untouched part of New Zealand‚Äôs South Island where a mountain stream flows through magnificent terrain and native bush.
Ross and Clare liked the idea of naming the wine after a place that represents New Zealand at its purest as well as the spiritual sense of place the name evoked. They further found that in myth and legend Dancing Water is the name given to a magical substance once sought by alchemists, an elixir of life believed to rejuvenate, enrich and maintain life indefinitely. Dancing Water perfectly reflects their passion and philosophy of wine and wine making, seeking the timeless, moving and mystical qualities that signify great quality wine.
Delatite Winery is
a medium sized family-run operation that was established in 1982 by Robert and Vivienne Ritchie
Specialising in cool climate wines, especially the aromatics, it is sited on a picturesque rise overlooking the vineyards toward Mt Buller in North-east Victoria. As custodians of the land since the late nineteenth century, the Ritchie family is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and winemaking with integrity. Visit the Delatite cellar door if you are ever in the district, and sample the award-winning wines.
Delatite Winery began in the late nineteenth century, when Geoffrey Ritchie left the western part of Victoria to look for greener pastures. He intended traveling to Queensland, but fell in love with the fertile valley of Mansfield in the shadow of the snow-capped mountains, and settled on the banks of the Delatite River.
It was Geoffrey's grandson Robert who with his wife Vivienne first planted vines in 1968. The story goes that Robert was having a drink and a chat with a wine maker from Hardy's at nearby Mt Buller one evening, and a week later 3000 cuttings arrived on the door, somewhat to his astonishment. They planted them on the steep ironstone based slopes surrounding their house and added their care to the rest of the farm work. Ten years, and several hectares, later they were joined in the business by their daughter Ros, one of the first female winemaking graduates of Roseworthy College in South Australia, and the winery was built.
The effect Delatite had on the new breed of wineries was immediate. The first vintage won gold at the shows and they quickly rose to become an Australian benchmark for cool-climate white wines, especially in Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Not long after, their second son David came on board to help his father in the vineyard and his mother with the selling.
But it wasn't all plain sailing, by a long shot. Sticking to their belief that the wines should be showpieces for their new winegrowing area has often meant tough times, great sacrifices and relentless hard work.
Twenty years later and their efforts have paid off. Their successful and productive winery has a reputation both here and abroad for producing some of the finest aromatic whites in Australia, elegant Bordeaux style reds and their critically acclaimed Demelza sparkling wine. In keeping with the family's commitment to the land and their environment, they have recently introduced biodynamic practices in the vineyard. It is still wholly family owned and now Ros and David look forward to generations of successful winemaking.