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Deep dark garnet colour. A vibrant, juicy Shiraz exuding a glorious fragrance of plum, varietal spice and red fruits. Blackberries and red cherry dominate the intense palate, loads of plum, a spectrum of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and menthol lift.
Bethany's Reserves are wines of evolution rather than creation
GR Has Achieved The Prestigious Trust Mark As One Of The Barossa's Most Eminent Shiraz But it's not every year that one is made Parcels of the most exquisite grapes are picked from splendid sites and treated to an exacting vinification. With each vintage, harvests are assessed and a decision is made to determine if there is a parcel of GR quality. A formidable, full bodied classic with an enormous palate and undeniable ageing potential, only a few hundred cases are ever bottled.
TRUE TO STONELEIGH'S DISTINCTIVE STYLE, this flavoursome Pinot Gris captures the essence of Marlborough, a unique terroir which gives rise to the wine's quality. The skill at vinification and the resources available to Stoneleigh's winemaking team all contribute to a Pinot Gris with its own sense of place. Crafted from ripe, intensely flavoured grapes, dry in style, beautifully balanced with good weight of fruit and refreshing acidity. Completely unwooded and unoaked, Stoneleigh is bottled young to capture the fresh aromatics of Marlborough Pinot Gris.
THE MERRY WIDOW? NED KELLY AND HIS GANG LAID SIEGE TO THE GLENROWAN INN, a small hotel thirty minutes northwest of the King Valley, which was run by Widow Ann Jones. The gang held over sixty people hostage in the hotel. The Widow Jones threw a wonderful party for the bushrangers and their captives. A great night was had by all in what turned out to be Ned's last stand.
POSITIONED HALF WAY BETWEEN AVOCA AND BALLARAT, the boutique Amherst Winery has only ten acres under vine. The small yields translate into extraordinarily structured, powerfully intense wines, brimming with fine aromatics and lined with silky tannins. Local folklore has it that a shepherd discovered gold at Daisy Hill in 1848, the region flourished and suitably arable parcels were planted to vine in the 1850s. The enduring, full bodied Aussie Claret
style, supple and soft after fifteen months maturation, fully approachable as a young wine.
FROM HIGH ALTITUDE VINEYARDS THAT PRODUCE THE MOST INTENSELY AROMATIC PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY. Grant Burge is a true Methode Traditionelle
, a wine of great elegance and finesse that is also balanced with flavour and drinkability. Made from fruit grown in the Eden Valley, much of it on Burge's own Summers Hill vineyard. The grapes produced here have delicate, yet quite intense flavours, as well as the natural acidity and lean, elegant flavours that are required to make high-quality sparkling wine in the tradition of Champagne.
At latitude 45
degrees south, New Zealandâ€™s Central Otago is the southern most wine region in the world
Alpine mountains to the west, rocky ranges to the south and dry tussock covered hills to the east dominate the landscape, and all assist in the topographical elements of this most exceptional of terroirs. In between all of this grandness, on the lush valley floors are nestled the Nanny Goat Vineyards.
This is a region of climatic extremes, with typically very hot summers, short autumns and bitterly cold days in winter. The soils are rocky with poor fertility. All of these conditions are perfect for producing world-class Pinot Noir. The unique terroir of Central Otago produces wines with incredible intensity and distinction. Nanny Goat Vineyard focuses solely on Pinot Noir.
Nanny Goat Vineyard Pinot Noir is all about finesse and layers of complexity. The fruit is the focus and it is encouraged to express itself. Nanny Goat concentrates on making wines that show varietal and regional cherry fruits, with oak balance and tannin structure.
Karlsburg Winery was
founded in 1973 by Czech immigrant Karl Cimicky, who in addition to being a bit eccentric, was also a highly skilled winemaker
The estate features an incredible building that was built by Cimicky himself and has lovely formal gardens that are always manicured. Karl's son Charles took over the family business and renamed it for himself, hence the name on the bottle now. In the early 90s Charles began to take a keen interest in winemaking and the good wines started turning into awesome wines. Charles Cimicky produces rich, voluptuous, generous wines with superb balance. Now in his late thirties Charles Cimicky is one of the most quality-driven, meticulous winemakers in South Australia.
Charles Cimicky is fastidious. The winery is completely air-conditioned and individually temperature-controlled tanks are employed in the making of all Cimicky wines. Updated technology includes the unse of a membrane press and rotary fermenters. The Cimickys also have their own bottling and packaging line which is a rarity in a winery of this size.
Charles Cimicky winery and vineyards are located one kilometer along the picturesque hermann Thumm Drive in Lyndoch, on the very floor of the Valley, surrounded by the beautiful Barossa Ranges. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February, the entire 32 hectares of vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized. The fruit is aged only in top quality oak which is apparent in the finegrained tannins evident in all of their premium wines.
The winery features a castellated building surrounded by a formal garden, quite spectatular and well worth a visit
The Trumps range is named after the custom of a small group of Barossa pioneers whose habit was to seek the cellar retreat for the twin pleasures of claret and cards. In the cool depths of this refuge they would while away a hot summer's day playing Euchre and drinking red wine, well away from the prying eyes of more puritanical souls. Originally the wines were marketed under the Karlsburg label.
"Quiet achiever in the wine industry, Charles Cimicky, lead last week's Barossa Wine Show with four trophies. The Lyndoch winemaker took out awards for best wine - small producer, best Shiraz, most outstanding Barossa red wine and most outstanding Barossa wine. It was the 2006 Trumps Shiraz which impressed the judges, and Mr Cimicky was humbled by his win. He lead a strong field of Shiraz entries, which the judges described as "very strong" wines where the top exhibits were set apart by "purity, focus and balance". The 2006 Trumps offers pungent aromas of blackberries, raspberries and plums that are lifted by charry oak and a background of smoked meats. Toasty, vanilla and treacle-like oak is a match for its vibrant flavours, the finish is refined yet full with definite white pepper spice and rich ripe berries linger long after the wine is gone. This year's accolades adds to previous succes from 1997 to 2006 which include The Barossa Wine Grape Council Trophy in 1998 and 1999" -Barossa & Light Herald
As treacherous as
it is beautiful, Western Australiaâ€™s rugged southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks â€“ the wreck of the Ringbolt being one of them
Sunk in the late 1800s in what is now known as Ringbolt Bay, located on the southern tip of the Margaret River wine region, adjacent to Cape Leeuwin. It is at Ringbolt Bay where the Southern and Indian Oceans merge and their invigorating waters lap at the edge of the Margaret River wine region.
Around 1920, the WA and UK governments established a Group Settlement Scheme for people seeking a new and better life in unchartered lands in Western Australia. The scheme was set up to establish a dairy farming industry and encourage people to make the journey to Western Australia through land grants in the Margaret River region. Faced with the prospect of living in extremely tough conditions, most of the settlers despaired and moved away â€“ but a few remained and were the forefathers of the Margaret River wine region.
Vineyards were first planted in Margaret River in the 19th century but disappeared in the early 20th century as the markets looked elsewhere. The development of Margaret River as it exists today was largely due to Dr John S Gladstones. In 1965 Dr Gladstones emphasised the region's suitability on his report "The Climate and Soils of Southern WA in relation to Vine Growing", in which he said: â€śIt has distinct advantages over both those areas [Manjimup and Mt. Barker], and indeed over all other Australian vine districts with comparable temperature summationsâ€¦â€ť and Margaret River was reborn.
Defined by the oceans, the Margaret River region enjoys a temperate, maritime climate with high winter rainfall and pristine, robust sea breezes to cool the precious fruit â€“ wonderful conditions for growing superior Cabernet Sauvignon.
The name Ringbolt honours the heritage of the Margaret River wine region. â€śHold them fast, work them hard, build a heritage" pays homage to the beginnings of the Margaret River wine region and the colonial hardship which has made it what it is today. It reminds us of the countless years of hardship endured by the settlers and their strength, tenacity and commitment to making a go of the potential opportunity afforded to them.
Winemaker Peter Gambetta first worked with Margaret River fruit in 1986. He was determined to make wine there after sharing a bottle of Margaret River wine and recognising the potential of the region to produce something special. "That first vintage gave me an insight into the intensity and outstanding varietal flavour of Margaret River Cabernet" said Peter. It was the beginning of his association with Margaret River and his appreciation of its wines. That vintage was doubly memorable as he also met another winemaker who eventually became his wife.
Isabel Estate Vineyard
was established in 1982 to produce premium classical grape varieties in Marlborough
Prior to the 1994 vintage, Proprietor Michael Tiller, then an airline pilot with Air New Zealand, together with his wife Robyn, operated Isabel Estate successfully as a contract grape growing vineyard supplying some of Marlborough's leading wine producers with much sought after premium fruit.
The character and individuality of their fruit derived from a unique soil profile and vineyard location encouraged them to produce and market their own wine under the Isabel Estate label. This was regarded as the most natural of evolutionary steps. Located in the Wairau Valley in the heart of Marlborough, Isabel Estate Vineyards receives the full benefit of extended sunshine hours combined with a long, relatively cool growing season. Long, brilliantly sunny, mild autumns allow for the development of intense flavours and aromas in the fruit.
Isabel Estate is not only one of the largest privately owned estates in Marlborough, it also has some of the oldest vines in Marlborough producing exceptional quality grapes and wines from: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Yields for the Isabel Estate wines are restricted by pruning to low bud numbers and, where necessary, shoot and bunch thinning ensures that fruit quality is fully optimised.
Isabel Estate's terroir combines deep free-draining gravel with a narrow layer of calcium rich clay in the subsoil. The clay layer releases its moisture slowly preventing excessive water loss, reducing the need for irrigation in the hot, windy weather typical in the North-Westerly winds of spring and early summer.
In much of Marlborough, the water table is very close to the surface. In contrast, Isabel Estate's water table is sufficiently deep, beyond reach of the vine's roots, thereby preventing excess vigour in the vines. This contributes to the fruit quality, reducing the overtly herbaceous green characters associated with an excess of foliage and shaded fruit.
The tight complex soil structure and resultant low vine vigour has lent itself to low trellised, narrow planted rows, according to the traditional Burgundian practice. The Estate has over twice the number of vines per hectare than is usual in Marlborough. This allows for lower yields per vine, thereby giving the much sought after concentration and depth to wines that can only originate from lower yielding vineyards.