A GENEROUS SHIRAZ WINE, offering a smooth, easy to enjoy palate and pleasant fruit filled finish, [yellow tail] has amassed copious medals and accolades internationally. A big hit in markets overseas, where it is received as the most successful entry level Australian red wine. Decanter UK identified founder John Casella on it's definitive industry Power List
, further commenting that the success of Yellow Tail in securing a sizeable proportion of the international market, [Yellow tail] has ensured that Australian wines will continue to be enjoyed throughout the world.
THE HOLY TRINITY OF SPARKLING GRAPES IN CONSUMATE METHODE TRADITIONELLE
. A cepage
of Chardonnay for elegance, Pinot Noir and Meunier for palate weight and depth. Vintage Brut derives great complexity through a judicious selection of fruit from Chandon's rich endowment of cool climate vineyards, crafted to a diversity of extravagant handling techniques. Perfumes ranging from florals and yeast, to cashew and savoury, a measured elegance which continues alongside the rich and creamy textures of this flagship Cuvee
SERESIN ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE SOIL WHICH GROWS THEIR GRAPES. Adherance to principles of environmental sustainability means organically grown, hand tended vines, raised on a cornerstone of working in harmony with nature. Vines that sprout berries exhibiting the distinctive expression of Marlborough are located in the cooler western end of Wairau Valley. Free draining soils and extended ripening conditions suit the style which is Seresin, minimal intervention allows the layers of flavour to evolve.
THE HIDDEN GEM IN THE ELDERTON PORTFOLIO, a perennial favourite on the national wine show circuit. It was postulated that by assembling the finest components of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz which Elderton could produce, a truly wonderful wine would be created. This is Ode to Lorraine
, a rigorous selection is conducted each year to isolate the best barrels, much of which are earmarked for the estate flagships. An exceptionally well rounded claret style, born out of extensive sessions around the tasting bench.
Grasshopper Rock is
a small Central Otago wine producer, dedicated exclusively to the production of first class, single vineyard Pinot Noir
In establishing the vineyard, the proprietors searched for land that would provide the best conditions for consistently producing a premium Pinot Noir in a elegant Central Otago style. The chosen site is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The property enjoys high sunshine hours and high mean temperatures and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frosts, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.
From its beginnings, Grasshopper Rock has produced award winning wines. The wine is often selected to showcase pinot noir from the Alexandra sub-region of Central Otago. The 2006 vintage achieved international acclaim when it scored 92 points (outstanding) in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate magazine in 2008. The 2007 vintage is a wine of greater intensity and was awarded three GOLD MEDALS including GOLD at the Hong Kong IWSC. The 2008 vintage has been awarded two GOLD MEDALS including GOLD at the International Wine Challange (IWC) in London and BLUE GOLD and TOP1OO at the Sydney IWC. The 2008 pinot noir is one of the best pinot noir of the vintage for Central Otago and New Zealand.
Purchased in 2002, the vineyard at Earnscleugh Road is one of the few large tracts of quality grape land in the Dunstan Basin, which surrounds Alexandra. Within the site, there are three distinct areas: blocks 1 & 2 are hill soils on shattered schist with schist outcrops; blocks 3 & 4 are at the foot of the hill, on loamy sand over schist gravel; blocks 5 & 6 are out from the hill on shallow loamy sand and stony sand on greywacke and schist gravels.
The gentle, north facing slope attracts high temperatures and has the potential to produce a unique wine of greater complexity, from the mix of pinot noir clones planted on the different blocks. 38,000 vines were planted on 8 hectares in 2003 and the first vintage was harvested in April 2006.
Earnscleugh Road is at the southern most latitude of established wine growing in Central Otago. At 45Â°15' south, the vineyard is one of the southern most vineyards in the world, along with a select group of other vineyards on the Earnscleugh Rim.
At Grasshopper Rock, the passion for the people who make Pinot Noir is to achieve excellence, working with the best raw materials and managing them to the best of their ability. Grasshopper Rock is a unique combination of land, climate, vines and people. The five shareholding families of Grasshopper Rock live throughout the country, from Hamilton to Invercargill. The families originally met through a common interest in agriculture, with four members involved in rural banking. Today, these interests have diversified into banking and finance, dairy farming, sheep and beef farming, pharmacy, fine arts and white baiting. All share an interest in New Zealand wine and food, and annual meetings held at Wanaka are always a celebration of the best of local produce, including their outstanding Pinot Noir.
The Yelland and
Papps story perhaps doesn't fit in with the usual line spun by wineries in the Barossa - six generations of this, five generations of that
It is a story about new beginnings, a story about a young couple, with a young family, forging their own path within a wine region as first generation winegrowers. While not locals, there is a saying in the Barossa that you have to have a grand-parent in the ground before you are considered a local, Susan Yelland and Michael Papps call the Barossa home and are as passionate as any sixth-generation Barossan about the region, its vines and its history and its characters. Michael has lived in the Barossa for the past 20 years, working in the wine industry in a number of sectors from winery work to bottling lines and wife Susan, moved to the Barossa in 1999 from the Yorke Peninsula after time spent in Adelaide and New York studying at the Windows of the World wine school. Today Michael and Susan own a five acre property on the valley floor out side of Nuriootpa and have two young children, Peyton and Campbell.
With no prior study in winemaking they started producing wines from 2005, initially only for family and friends and Susan and Michael soon realised that their passion lay in the wines and vines of this famous region and Yelland & Papps was born.....and the passion runs deep. It encompasses not only the old-vine material of the Barossa, names familiar to all such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mataro all make an appearance in the Yelland & Papps range. It's a passion for the future stars of the Barossa, varieties such as Vermentino, Carignan, Roussanne, Barbera, Dolcetto, Primitivo, varieties that are well-suited to Australia's most famous wine region and the proof is in a glass of Yelland & Papps wines.
Yelland & Papps embarked upon their ventures of winemaking in the right way, purely for their own enjoyment and for the appreciation of family and friends. They remain dedicated to sustainable agriculture, to a holistic vineyard management and minimal intervention in the winemaking.
They are passionate about running a small winery and living in a sustainable fashion, of using minimal inputs during the winemaking process to allow the fruit to speak in a clear voice, uncluttered by over zealous oak and a heavy hand. Passionate about the produce they farm, a visit to the charming Yelland & Papps cellar door will see you sampling their Delight, Devote and Divine wines but seasonal produce fresh from the property - walnuts, lentils, jams, terrines and vegetables are all on offer.
Rated five red stars and one of the Ten Best New Wineries in Australia by James Halliday, the wines of Yelland & Papps have certainly hit a chord with wine press gaining rave reviews in James Halliday's Wine Companion, Nick Stocks Good Wine Guide, Winefront, The Adelaide Review Hot 100. But it is the wine drinker that has come to love and appreciate the wines of the new Barossa that Yelland & Papps represent, balanced, flavoursome and food-friendly offerings that are produced in a thoughtful fashion, respecting the history of the Barossa and the land from which the come from.
In a relatively short space of time, Yelland & Papps have become one of the brightest stars of the New Barossa. One of the producers leading the region into the future while showing a deep respect for the past, experimenting with new varieties and techniques and aiming for a sustainable future that they can pass on to their next generation. The wines and the philosophy behind them speaks volumes.
Eden Road are
creating some of the most exciting contemporary styled wines from the ancient soils of the Australian high country, engaging in a passionate search of fruit for the creation of truly regional wine
Few wineries as young or as small as Eden Road have won so many prestigious awards. Their dedication to searching for great terroir, coupled with a desire and devotion to unlocking the potential and uniqueness of local fruit. Since its very first Vintage when it won the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, Long Road Shiraz has quickly become one of the most storied and eagerly sought after Shiraz wines. Part of the intrigue of Long Road Shiraz stems from the fact that it was born to express the new and exciting wine regions around the high country of NSW, as an elegant and contemporary style of Shiraz. The style has evolved since 2008, when exploring the high country of NSW predominantly involved Canberra and the Hilltops region. It has now extended to include the hidden jewel of the Gundagai region as a thriving source for Long Road Shiraz.
The home of Eden Road stretches across the deeply eroded mountain ranges of Southern New South Wales. The Eden Road estate vineyard and winery is located just south of the village of Murrumbateman, at the heart of what is known as the Canberra Wine District. The Long Road Shiraz continues to fascinate wine show judges and wine critics, winning three trophies at the Canberra regional wine show for Best Shiraz, Best Red Wine and best wine of the show. Long Road Shiraz then went on to win Australia’s most sought after trophy, the Jimmy Watson memorial trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show. As recently as November 2012, The Long Road Shiraz won the Trophy for Best Shiraz at the National Show.
Eden Road also makes wines from vineyards established in ideal locations on the Hilltops region. Amongst the sheep paddocks of Gundagai, the mountains of Tumurumba and home in the village of Murrumbateman lies some of the oldest soils on earth. Despite being a young company, Eden Road is privileged to be making wine from some of the oldest soils on Earth. Formed over 400 million years ago by rich rain forests and dense wetlands, this environment is ready to be developed into world class terroir.
The talented team at Eden Road were certainly not the first to identify the potential for this wonderful country. In the early 1980s, research programmes funded by the largest wine companies in Australia discovered new regions for growing vines capable of producing great red and white wines. That source identified a then-logging community of Tumurumba perfect for growing Chardonnay and Pinot. Gundagai's rich terra rossa soil, deposited from South Australia some 1.5 million years ago, ensures an ideal setting for producing quality Shiraz.
In a separate development in the early 1970s, a scientist from the Australian CSIRO and Department of Agriculture pioneered NSW vineyards in what is now misleadingly the Canberra Wine District. The two locations were to the north east of Canberra on Lake George, and a tiny village to the North West called Murrumbateman. Eden Road's estate was planted two years later in 1975 on this site.
In addition to hand tending their Estate Vineyard at Murrumbateman, Eden Road works with vineyard owners to foster a natural approach to vineyard management, going beyond the standard modern model of winemaking. Their goal is to collaborate with vignerons to express the Australian high country, some of the oldest soils on Earth, and the vision of Eden Road Wines. In the weeks preceding vintage, Eden Road continuously analyse samples of grapes for sugars, baume and pH, total acidity and ripeness. Nick Spencer and Hamish Young constantly inspect the vineyards, bringing back fruit samples to be tested in Eden Road’s laboratory. The early expression of the character of vintage year in the maturing fruit guides the decision on the perfect moment for harvesting. Eden Road makes wines to be fully appreciated when they are mature, the vinification is gentle and unobtrusive.
The Hollick vineyard
and winery is located on the Neilson's Block, one of the original John Riddoch sites in the Coonawarra
Driven by quality and a hands-on approach, Hollick wines are made from three core vineyards. Neilson's Block, re-planted by Ian and Wendy Hollick in 1975, the nearby Wilgha vineyard, purchased in 1987 and the Red Ridge vineyard developed in 1998 at Wrattonbully, giving Hollick over 200 acres of vineyard in total. Eighty percent is planted to red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot. The balance of the vineyards are planted to the white varieties of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
The first commercial wine under the Hollick label, the Cabernet Sauvignon, was released in 1983. Successful vintages followed, with wines across the Hollick range winning numerous trophies and medals at National Wine Shows, including the 1985 Jimmy Watson Trophy. Consistently producing exemplary fruit, much of its production is generally earmarked for inclusion in the Ravenswood and Neilson's Block Merlot wines. Extensive canopy renovation of the original 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon plantings was commenced in 2002.
A historic cottage, which was restored by Ian and Wendy in 1983 is a feature of the entrance to the winery. Heritage listed and built in 1860, it was the birthplace of famous lyric poet John Shaw Neilson and was the original cellar door. This 12 hectare vineyard was one of the original John Riddoch selections in Coonawarra and prior to the commencement of planting in 1975 was a dairy farm. The vineyard is largely planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a small area planted to Pinot Noir.
The 80 plus hectare Wilgha property was purchased by Ian and Wendy in 1987. The property featured established, dry grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards with the Shiraz today forming the backbone of the Wilgha Shiraz. The vineyard was developed steadily with the bulk of the planting occurring in 1993 and 1994. The total area under vine is 45 hectares today. This vineyard also features the Italian Block where varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo have been trialled for their suitability in Coonawarra.
The Red Ridge vineyard is located near the town of Naracoorte in the GI of Wrattonbully, which is approximately 50kms north of the Coonawarra winery. The vineyard features similar soils to Coonawarra with shallow Terra Rossa over limestone. The climate is marginally warmer than Coonawarra, facilitating grapes to ripen on average 2 weeks earlier.
Ian was adamant that the climate at Red Ridge would be ideally suited to Shiraz, and with this belief planted 20 hectares of this variety in 1998. In 2000 a further 4 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and a hectare each of Tempranillo and Sangiovese were planted.