The primary aim at Evans & Tate is to make wines that are truly expressive of the sensational winegrowing terroirs which make Margaret River so special
THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED IN CAPTURING THE SENSATIONAL STYLE OF PINKLY HUED. lusciously grape flavoured wines that are finding a home within the hearts of Moscato lovers everywhere. A cepage of mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. with additions of Canada Muscat and Chardonnay. brought together in a brightly fruit forward. slightly petulant. toothsome fruit cup. best described as irresistible. .
The vines of Charmes Chambertin are planted to rocky brown soils
Partly Alluvial And Rich In Limestones Clays A fortuitous mix which yields harvests of the most extraordinary Pinot Noir Elegantly perfumed, eloquent and statuesque, the wines of Aux Charmes have been revered for centuries by kings and emperors alike. The proprietors of Dugat-Py have been local winegrowers since the days of the three musketeers, their parcel of Charmes is a relatively recent acquisition, brought to an uncompromising standard of excellence within the life of a generation.
Dark scarlet colour. A strong varietal bouquet displaying hints of violet, cinnamon and cloves with a mix of crushed dark berries. The full bodied palate shows great appeal with spicy fruit flavours including berries and plums which are rounded out with some clean toasty oak. An outstanding balance of fruit, acid and tannin structure.
INSPIRED BY THE LUSH FRUITINESS OF THE ITALIAN CLASSIC MOSCATO D'ASTI
, Gapsted is a blend in name and in style, of the piquant Traminer Musque
grape and the wickedly luscious Frontignac Muscato bianco
. Traminer is sourced from Whitlands Vineyard, grown to the higher, elevated aspects of Valley King, picked early to retain freshness and lively fruit character. This slightly spritzy Moscato
drinks well on its own but also suits a range of lighter desserts such as pannacotta or soft cheese, dried fruits or peach almond recipes.
HEGGIES IS AN EXQUISITE, though difficult to manage, single vineyard site. The undulating slopes, high in Valley Eden, prevent frosts from settling, such that the unique terroir is encouraged to produce remarkable wines. Merlot is planted to rocky outcrops where top soils are thin, resulting in a restricted water holding capacity which encourages lower yields, simply ideal for achieving great intensity of flavour and colour. Working with the challenging natural surroundings, the winemaking team try to capture the flavour and balance of the grapes in their purest essence.
PEPPER TREE ARE TRADITIONALLY CRAFTED FROM CHOICE PARCELS OF FRUIT WHICH CAN BEST DISPLAY HEIGHTENED VARIETAL CHARACTER AND A SENSE OF PLACE. Wrattonbully adjoins the famous Coonawarra and shares many of her sister's viticultural endowments. Fashioned to be a true expression of the terroir whence it originates, Pepper Tree is a generously flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon with all the warmth and charm that defines the natural endowments of Wrattonbully's rich Terra rossa
AN ASSEMBLAGE OF FRUIT GROWN TO SEVERAL ELITE CENTRAL OTAGO SITES, the estate flagship barrel selection, from the Sam Neill family vineyards, normally a selection picked off Gibbston First Paddock, Bannockburn's Fusilier and Earnscleugh's Red Bank. A charming effort in Burgundian styling, unequivocally world class, artisanally crafted Central Otago Pinot Noir. Each block and clone are picked and fermented separately, the final wine is assembled just before bottling. Small batch? You bet, a mere few hundred dozen are made each year.
Georges Duboeuf is
known as the Roi de Beaujolais, The King of Beaujolais
Vines have been growing in Beaujolais since the second or third century, as attested by various writings. What is certain is that Beaujolas owes its name to the Sires of Beaujeu, who reigned over a large and important territory from the 9th to 11th centuries. In 1400, Edouard de Beaujeu gave his lands to the Bourbon. Pierre de Bourbon married Anne de France, Louis XI's daughter, who became known as Anne de Beaujeu and was the Regent of France. She bestowed her patronage on the town of Villefranche, and in 1514 Villefranche was designated the new capital of the Beaujolais.
Fast-forward to the 21st century, when the first Appellations d'Origine Controlle (AOC) of Beaujolais were created: Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Regnie, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, Chenas, Julienas Later, Saint Amour was granted AOC status (in 1946), and most recently (in 1988) Regnie gained status as an AOC. The vineyards in the Beaujolais region spread out over 30 miles from north to south and 8 miles across, bordered by Maconnais to the north, the Rhone Valley to the south, and the river Saone to the east. The vineyards in northern Beaujolais have a predominance of granite, which gives aromas of ripe fruit and faded rose. In the south, a clay-limestone soil gives a bouquet of red fruits.
The way to make Beaujolais wine is slightly different from making other wines. Carbonic Maceration is the name of the fermentation technique used to make Beaujolais. First, whole bunches of grapes are placed in the vats, and the weight of the fruit begins to crush the bottom one-third of the grape clusters. Fermentation begins when naturally occurring yeasts consume the grapeâ€™s sugar and create alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). The carbon dioxide then envelops the remaining two-thirds of the grape clusters, which allows intracellular fermentation to occur within the whole grapes â€“ the grapes actually ferment inside their own skins! Carbonic Maceration lasts four days for Beaujolais Nouveau, 6 - 8 days for Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages and up to 10 days for Cru Beaujolais.
A central issue in wine growing is controlling the yield of each vine, and winegrowers use pruning systems to control yields. There are two pruning systems practiced in Beaujolais: the Guyot and the Gobelet. The Guyot-trained vines in Beaujolais will result in larger grapes, so that wines will be fruity and light, while the Gobelet-trained vines in Beaujolais Villages and the Crus produce smaller, more concentrated grapes (and thus, more concentrated wines).
Duboeuf Beaujolais is a joyous wine, full of charm and fruit. The reduced yields demanded by Duboeuf in the vineyard create a wine that is full of the juicy fruit forward flavors that Beaujolais is known for, with greater structure and concentration. Bright ruby-red in color, this wine is bursting with red fruit aromas, interweaving strawberries, raspberries and red currants with the scent of flowers. Supple and harmonious in the mouth, the red fruit carries through until the finish. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais is pure pleasure in the glass, the quintessential summer wine, full of flavor to match with any and all summer faire.
The great thing about Duboeuf Beaujolais is while the wine tastes great at room temperature, itâ€™s even more delicious chilled. Putting a bottle in the refrigerator will enhance the crisp, refreshing red berry flavors that are so prevalent in Georges Duboeufâ€™s Beaujolais. And if youâ€™re sitting out back with friends, eating dinner hot off the grill, keep the wine chilled on ice by grabbing an ice bucket or a sand pail if itâ€™s closer. For summer entertaining, itâ€™s all about fun and relaxation.
The Long Paddock
wines honour the ingenuity and courage of the early Australian drovers
Inflicted with cruel and regular droughts, these men and women faced the option of giving up and starving along with their cattle and sheep or flinging open their boundary gates and allowing their stumbling, starving stock to roam the bush roads and tracks in the desperate hope of finding food and water. Somewhere. Anywhere. This was known as â€śdroving the Long Paddockâ€ť, a task that could take them away from their family and home for months and months. Sometimes even years. Fortunately some stock was saved. Unfortunately for some, when the rains didnâ€™t come the heartbreak of seeing their stock die became a regular occurrence. This was the beginning of the Long Paddock tradition.
Long Paddock's flagship Anvil Shiraz reminds us of times gone by when settlers handcrafted their farming implements with the heat of the forge and the strength of the anvil. Filled with hope and determination, these pioneers set about taming much of Victoriaâ€™s uncharted lands. Celebrating the badge of Redbank, The Anvil Shiraz continues the Redbank philosophy of seeking outstanding fruit from premium regions within Victoria.
Much of Victoria is littered with long abandoned miners' camps and long forgotten mine shafts that gave little to the battling prospector of the 1850s gold rush. During the same time notorious bushrangers roamed the high country of North East Victoria robbing the gold and mail coaches and stealing the valuable livestock of wealthy land owners. This colouful heritage inspired the wines from the King Valley. New varietal styles from high altitude vineyards reflect the diversity of the King Valley. Fruit for these wines is harvested from vineyards that sit at nearly 800 metres above sea level, covered in snow in winter and shrouded in cloud during other times of the year.
The high altitude valleys of Eastern Victoria are about three hours drive from the state capital, Melbourne. Situated in the heart of the Alpine Way, the region was the home of The Man from Snowy River, the horseman immortalised in Banjo Patterson's classic Australian poem. After the Second World War, the region was settled by many Europeans, mainly Italian. These hard-working migrants established a thriving farming community. The rich, fertile soils and high rainfall provided an ideal climate for growing quality crops. The most prolific plantings were tobacco, but other crops such as hops and wine grapes also grew well.
Today tobacco and hops farming has all but disappeared, and the region is becoming one of the more important cool climate grape growing areas in Australia. More than 2,500 acres are planted out to premium grape varieties, with some vineyards planted in granite based soils on mountain slopes more than 800 metres above sea level. Early autumn mornings see these vineyards hidden by low cloud that shrouds the nearby mountains.
The Long Paddock winemakers and viticulturists work closely with a dedicated family of carefully selected independent growers. These small family-run vineyards offer unique and subtle soil and altitude differences that provide the winemakers with an opportunity to create distinctive wines reflecting the finest attributes of the regions. Fruit for the Long Paddock and King Valley wines is sourced from high-altitude vineyards in Victoriaâ€™s high country, from the Alpine, King and Ovens Valleys.
In 1836 George
Fife Angas, Chairman of The South Australian Company, was approached by the Lutheran people of Silesia, who were fleeing Prussian oppression and seeking a new homeland
He sent his chief clerk, Charles Flaxman, to Prussia and, after a favourable report, chartered two ships to take the migrants from Hamburg. As each ship arrived in Adelaide, the emigrants were dispersed to various settlements in the vicinity. After much negotiation, Pastor August Kavel secured land in the Barossa Valley to congregate the migrants, and in 1842 the village of Langmeil was established.
One of the new settlers was a 32 year old blacksmith, Christian Auricht. With his wife and four children he settled first in Glen Osmond, then in Klemzig and finally in the new village of Langmeil. There he acquired the largest allotment of land. Once cleared he planted a mixed fruit orchard and a Shiraz vineyard. The property remained with the family until the 1930s when it became a winery called Paradale. By early 1970 Paradale had been taken over by Bernkastel Wines. Bernkastel continued its business until 1988 when its crushing operations ceased and by 1993 the cellar door was closed.
The property was purchased in 1996 by three local businessmen whose families have lived in the Barossa Valley for several generations, Richard Lindner, Chris Bitter and Carl Lindner. They restored the remaining old buildings and the village well, refurbished the winery and named it Langmeil, after the original village. Some of Christian Auricht's original vines still remained, a 31/2 acre patch of the 1840s Shiraz, albeit neglected. The most important task was to revive them. The vines are dry grown, and after careful tending Langmeil's first vintage was hand picked in 1997.
Like many wine growing regions, the Barossa has had its dark days. One of the worst was in the mid 1980s. Australia was experiencing a glut in wine production and export markets were very small. In South Australia the surplus was such that the government believed they had to intervene. They offered a bounty of $1500 per acre to growers to pull out their vines and they could not replant for seven years. The purchase price of grapes hit an all time low of $150 per tonne for premium Shiraz (in 2003 premium Shiraz earns $5000 per tonne). A lot of local growers accepted the offer and many prime vineyards disappeared.
Fortunately, a small group of Barossa winemakers understood the significance of the rare old vines and refused to destroy them. They lobbied and educated the consumer, the media and the government and promoted this unique aspect of the region. A delegation of Masters of Wine was invited from England to sample Australia's finest wines including some from the Barossa. This was the turning point. The praise the wines received brought big orders. The United Kingdom started what is now a global demand for Barossa and Australian wines.
It is said great wine starts in the vineyard. Langmeil's commitment to 100% premium Barossa wine certainly upholds this philosophy. Paul Lindner, chief winemaker, is involved in the winemaking process from vine to wine. Through liaison with growers, he sees how the seasons affect the fruit; he learns then recommends the best practices to ensure optimum quality. By keeping individual vineyard parcels separate throughout the winemaking process, he can assess each vineyard for consistency and quality every vintage.
Richmond Grove Wines
maxim proclaims special wines from special places, and Richmond Grove is nested in its own special place, in the Barossa Valley town of Tanunda
Richmond Grove believe that to make the best wine, the grapes must be selected from the region most suited to that particular grape variety. For this reason the estate sources grapes from across Australia's most renowned wine making districts to create a portfolio of wines that showcases the distinctive characters of geographical regions within Australia.
Richmond Grove began life more than a century ago in 1897 when Ernst Gottlieb Hoffman (better known as E.G.), having inherited his father's fertile mixed farm and orange grove, began to establish a winery on the river bank. E.G.'s father was among the original Lutheran settlers from Silesia who had left Germany in the mid-nineteenth century to escape religious persecution. E.G. had 120 acres of land. Retaining his father's grove of 100 Washington Navel and Parramatta orange trees as well as 30 acres of bushland, he planted the remainder of his property with vines. E.G. chose to call his vineyard and winery Orange Grove Wine Cellars and the first wines were released in 1897.
At its peak, Orange Grove was crushing 500 tons of grapes, producing between 80,000 and 85,000 gallons of wine. Much of the wine was sold wholesale for export to the United Kingdom or for Port. E.G. also sold his wine under his own Orange Grove Wine Cellars label, mainly to hotels in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide, and even as far as country Victoria. He proudly made deliveries with his own horse and dray. In 1945 E.G. sold Orange Grove to Leo Buring, 68 years old and a leading figure in the Australian Wine Industry.
Orange Grove became Leo Buring's Chateau Leonay, named after his property at Emu Plains in New South Wales. Buring began to rebuild the winery, adding turrets to its corners and also planning to incorporate huge towers. He improved winery plant and equipment and designed new labels, which featured a drawing of his dream winery to be built in the style of a Flemish Chateau. In 1955, a year before his retirement, Buring appointed as winemaker a promising young Roseworthy graduate, John Vickery.
In 1962 Chateau Leonay became a subsidiary of Lindemans, which focussed on upgrading the winery by introducing the most modern plant and equipment. The Richmond Grove label's original vineyard was planted in 1974 at Sandy Hollow in the upper Hunter Valley, and the first wines from the Sandy Hollow vineyard under the Richmond Grove label appeared on the market in 1977. John Vickery transferred to Lindemans at Coonawarra in 1973, with the task of enhancing its red wines, which resulted in the prestigious 1981 Jimmy Watson Trophy.
As an Upper Hunter Valley Winery founded in 1973, Richmond Grove had enjoyed considerable success throughout the 1980's, particularly in New South Wales. As a result, it needed to expand nationally and considered the assets of Chateau Leonay ideal, with its beautiful setting, high quality vineyards, state-of-the-art technology and its legendary winemaker. Thus in 1993 Chateau Leonay was renamed Richmond Grove.