Adelaide Hills make some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world
Beautifully Stylized With Tropical Florals Delicate flavours cleanliness and length. Paul and Kathy Drogemuller are completely passionate about the grapes they grow. At vintage they walk through the vineyard tasting grapes, looking for just the right flavours before harvest. Paracombe continues a strong reputation as the essential Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, a simply stunning wine that's making friends everywhere.
Lethbridge was originally planted to vine by Swiss immigrants circa 1874
Replanted And Redeveloped In 1996 The site is managed to the biodynamic principles of Biological Farmers Australia Real wine is the passion, wines which are the product of healthy vines and traditional vinification. A mixture of clones, including MV6 and 114, 115 and 777 are grown to a number of unique terroirs on the Lethbridge property. All blocks are picked and handled separately in order to construct a Pinot Noir with penetrative palate and engaging complexity.
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A bright, vibrant wine full of regionality and tell-tale minerally nature that speaks of it's locale, a simply delicious wine that offers good ripe grapefruit characters and hints of cranberry, there's passionfruit, and a whiff of grassiness. It's wonderfully racey with pungent green vegetable and sweet tropical fruit, steely with minerals, brightly focused with sharp happy flavours and exceptionally long. The wine shows great intensity and length due to the cool, slow ripening and low crop, with abundant gooseberry and snow pea characters and riper hints of passionfruit and melon, both on the nose and in the lingering flavours. Everything comes together, it's a forward drinking wine best enjoyed early for its fresh fruit character.
FRUIT FROM THE SUPERLATIVE DIXONS CREEK PROPERTY CONTINUES TO BE THE FOCUS FOR TREMENDOUS SINGLE VINEYARD EFFORTS BY DE BORTOLI. There is a common thread in the detail and texture of wine from these older sites, as influenced by the vagaries of growing season and clime. Some splendid blocks of vine were established decades ago, today they yield the finest harvests in Yarra Valley. Fashioned from the pick of fruit on Section A5 at Dixons Creek, an extraordinary Chardonnay of prominent peach, melon and fig characters, a wine of focus, power and restraint.
EXCELLENT LANGTON'S CLASSIFICATION. The timeless Claret
style of red wine, this is the bespoke blend on which Yarra Yering's reputation was built and continues to endure. Almost deceptively, they drink well in their youth, yet are known to evolve for decades. Half Cabernet, a fifth of Merlot, the balance in Malbec and Petit Verdot, all harvested off the original 1969 unirrigated estate plantings at Gruyere in Yarra Valley. Beautifully balanced and integrated, the fruit of an iconic vineyard, such delicacy within a sleeping powerhouse of precision.
DE BORTOLI ESTABLISHED THEIR BELLARIVA VINEYARD AT KING RIVER NEAR THE BASE OF VICTORIA'S SNOWFIELDS IN 1994. Planted to some of the more exotic Italianate grapes, it is the source of Pinot Grigio for a wine that's more about vitality and style. Finely polished, juicy and fragrantly aromatic, finely textured and dry, its soft stonefruit characters, lemon lime sherbet flavours and withheld acidity make Bella Riva an engaging, food friendly style which will appeal to all comers, above all it is delicious.
A PURE GRAMPIANS SHIRAZ, much of the fruit from vines planted to the eastern granite slopes of Mount Langi Ghiran. A significant whole bunch maceration component is central to the style, building on the perfumes and delicate aromatics. Showing terrific weight of fruit flavours, complex spice and balanced tannins. With an excellent balance of finesse and depth, pointing the way for Cliff Edge Shiraz in terms of intensity and structure. Deep and dynamic, fashioned from parcels of the most splendid Victorian Shiraz, a more powerful rendering than it's local siblings.
Narkoojee is a
boutique winery committed to the production of premium quality wines, reflecting both varietal and regional character
Narkoojee, meaning â€śplace of flowersâ€ť, was a dairy farm owned and operated by Edna and Athelstan Friend, since the early 1940s. Their son Harry planted the first experimental vines back in 1980. Narkoojee had very humble beginnings with the cellar door operating out of a small weatherboard bungalow at the back of Harry and Val Friendâ€™s house. The grapes were taken to the old butter factory in Glengarry, where the wines were made. Today Narkoojee has a five star state-of-the-art winery that was officially opened on 10 December 2004 by the Hon. John Brumby MP, Treasurer of Victoria and Minister for State and Regional Development.
Narkoojee is situated at Glengarry, 15 km north of Traralgon in Central Gippsland, Victoria, Melways Reference 628 D7. It is nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range with magnificent views of the Strzelecki Ranges. The winery is approximately 2 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne's CBD.
The glories of Gippsland have long delighted all who explore the region. For wine lovers and gourmet travellers, a hidden treasure awaits as they discover the intensely flavoured reds and the rich and complex chardonnays produced by Narkoojee at Glengarry in Gippsland. The distinctive appeal of Narkoojee is drawing acclaim from many top restaurants, wine shows, wine writers and wine consumers across Australia, and overseas.
The vineyard has been established on deep alluvial soils with mixtures of clay, silt, sand and ironstone gravels. The combination of location, soils and climate creates the ideal environment for the production of classic cool climate wines. The vines are trained to a lyre trellis system, which increases sunlight penetration and air circulation, producing fruit of optimum quality.
The first wine made by Harry in 1985 was a Gold Medal winner at the Lilydale Wine Show. Since then, Narkoojee has gone on to win many medals and trophies, including the Michelin Trophy for best wine in show, Le Concours Des Vins Du Victoria for the Reserve Chardonnay.
Harry Friend was raised on the dairy farm, which is now home to the Narkoojee vineyard and winery. He graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Engineering and spent most of his career as a Civil Engineer. He retired from his position as Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Victoria University in 1994 to manage the Narkoojee winery and make wine on a full time basis. Axel Friend graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science (Winegrowing) from Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, in 1999. Since the age of 15, Axel has helped in the vineyard alongside his father, Harry. His knowledge of plant physiology and wine chemistry led to his role as vineyard manager and co-winemaker. Axel has travelled extensively throughout Europe and worked with Camp America in North Carolina.
Early Harvest wine
is the combination of fresh thinking, and winemaking skill that has resulted in new style of wine with an unexpected benefit.
Crafted using the first picked grapes of the season to create a new refreshing style of wine naturally lower in calories than other brands.
The naturally occurring benefit of low calorie in no way compromises the taste or traditional varietal characteristics of the wines.
Crafting of all wines is a process involving fruit selection, crushing, fermenting and maturing before bottling. First picked grapes yield less sugar whilst retaining full fruit characteristics to produce a wine that is lighter in colour and also naturally lower in calories.
The fruit used for Early Harvest is picked earlier than fruit picked for traditional white wine varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon blends.
In spring and summer, the shoots grow longer and the grape flowers begin to form grape berries, a process called 'berry set', which then increases in size.
In late summer or early auumn, the ripening process starts. It is now that sugar, flavour, colour, and many compounds develop within the berry cells. Berry size and bunch weight increases dramatically. The stage where the grapes start to ripen is called 'veraison'.
In autumn the vintage commences.
The ripening process may take 4-7 weeks. When the grapes are of a suitable composition to make a particular style of wine, the harvest date is declared and the bunches of grapes are picked.
The challenge began
when it was decided to fashion hand made wines from precious fruit grown to superlative sites which escaped the vine pull of the 1980s
The Longhop and Old Plains range of wines are produced by Domenic Torzi and Tim Freeland. The former Gawler high school mates first mooted the idea of making icon wines from the Adelaide Plains in 2002. Vineyards were secured, the requirement being old vines a priority. The small band of growers have embraced the ideal of delivering premium grapes in order to showcase the power and rich fruit flavours the Adelaide Plains has to offer.
Great wine begins in the vineyard and for Old Plains and Longhop nothing is more important. The source vineyards are all unique, remnant plantings that have survived urban expansion and the pursuit of other agricultural profits. They also escaped the vine pull schemes that were popular during the 1980s.
These government sponsored schemes saw old, low yielding vines uprooted with the help of subsidies and replaced by cash crops of vegetables and wheat. In some instances vast tracts of old vine shiraz was replaced by chardonnay! What a waste. The remaing small vineyards are true masterpieces of wine grape flavour, weathered, gnarly and magnificent in their defiance of commercial expansion.
The American importer of Old Plains and Longhop wines, Vine Street Imports hosted their first ever range tasting at Philadelphia in 2008. With 20 plus Australian and New Zealand winemakers in attendance, Vine Street sent out invites across the US states to distributors, retailers and trade punters. With approx 120 wines on offer and approx 400 attendees on the day, they were treated to possibly the most diverse wines ever shown in USA. Old Plains launched Raw Power Shiraz with great success, described as the wine of the tasting for delivering value for money, quality and a sharp marketing edge. American consumers have since embraced Raw Power for its sheer quality.
The unique combination
of the Adelaide Hills chilly climate, diverse soils and natural elevation all play a major part in making the Bridgewater Mill wines so special
Made by the Petaluma winemaking team, Bridgewater Mill is focussed on producing cool climate Adelaide Hills wines. When coupled with the winemaker's integrity and focus on preserving the cool, crisp fruit from vineyard to bottle, what ends up on your table is a sophisticated yet simple wine designed to enjoy and to share. The perfect accompaniment to any meal, whether you're fine dining or lunching with friends.
Bridgewater Mill is renowned for world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Alongside the Viognier, Chardonnay, and rich smooth Shiraz, the Pinot Grigio and RosĂ© are true to style, with crisp natural acids and clear varietal characters. A gentle and non-intrusive winemaking approach is taken to lock in freshness and best reflect the Adelaide Hills grapes in the bottle.
To achieve the mouth-watering freshness of a Bridgewater Mill wine the cool crisp climate, the carefully nurtured vines, clean handling and gentle winemaking must all work together in a seamless fashion. This is achieved year in, year out with a combination of science and intuition and for one sole reason. To be enjoyed.
Fresh and pure are the perfect adjectives when it comes to describing Bridgewater Mill, and that is whether you're describing the wines or the Adelaide Hills region. So whether you're enjoying the bone-dry finish of a Rose, the elegantly structured Shiraz, the ripe and opulent Viognier or one of the many other Bridgewater Mill wines. You can at least be sure of one thing. The taste will be fresh and pure, with food and with friends.
The heritage listed Bridgewater Mill, est. 1860 is a beautifully restored stone flour mill, and is perched over a running tributary, complete with a still turning water wheel. The cellar door lies at the very heart of the Adelaide Hills, and is open daily from with all current vintages of Bridgewater Mill, Petaluma and Croser available for tasting.
The broad, curvaceous brush strokes found on the Bridgewater Mill wine labels typify the freshness and purity of the Adelaide Hills region. This area of South Australia is wine country at its most divine. The undulating slopes offer a variety of aspects for growing, and the cool crisp climate along with some of the oldest soils on the earth's surface all contribute to make Bridgewater Mill wines loved for their freshness and purity. Just like the region.