GEORGE FRANCIS MORRIS ESTABLISHED A SMALL VINEYARD IN 1859, just two miles east of the current Mia Mia
Morris family wineworks. The first Durif vines were planted in the 1920s but it was not until Mick Morris, the first Morris family winemaker to be university educated, released his Durif under the pseudonym Claret
in 1954. A Rutherglen specialty, Durif is a characteristically big wine, originally imported from Hermitage
by Victoria's legendary viticulturalist Francois de Castella circa 1908.
VASSE FELIX WERE BRIEFED IN THE 1970S BY DR TOM CULLITY, Margaret River's founding vigneron, to make the best possible wine. Tom Cullity is the Margaret River flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, the articulation of several decades viticulture at Vasse Felix. Balance, elegance, complexity and restrained power are the hallmarks, the direct result of an uncompromising approach to quality. Among the first estate plantings were Cabernet and Malbec,Tom Cullity is crafted from the fruit of these eminent old vines, the ultimate elocution of Margaret River Cabernet.
JEAN-MARC BROCARD OFTEN CONSIDERS HIMSELF TO BE A SERVANT OF NATURE, he is unswerving in his determination to offer beautifully made Chablis wines in their purest forms. Each edition of Brocard is a Chablis first, foremost and to the last drop, wines which are some of the most beautiful and consistently characterful, pure expressions of Chardonnays. The cool mineral discipline of the generally lean soils and clime, ultimately tightens and structures the distinctive and complex Chardonnay grapes. Petit Chablis is a signature style of the greater Chablis region.
AFTER THE CRUSHING OF GRAPES AND COMPLETION OF FERMENTS, most red wines are filled to oak, it is here that the ageing barrels must be topped up from time to time, as a portion of the stocks evaporate into thin air. It's known in winemaking parlance as angel's share
. A wine of great personality, personable and charismatic, the very best of McLaren Vale in every way, Angels Share articulates the more vivaciously ripe and upfront style of Aussie Shiraz.
Established by Helen
and Kevin O'Brien in 1997, Kangarilla Road Vineyard and Winery is based in McLaren Vale South Australia
McLaren Vale is less than an hours drive from the city of Adelaide. The region is defined by some lovely beaches on the western boundary and by low lying hills to the east. McLaren Vale is the best region in Australia to achieve the wine styles that Kangarilla Road does well. The long, dry growing season can often become indian summers, translating into Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay fruit of aromas and flavours and balanced nicely in the reds with soft approachable tannins. In addition, the Kangarilla Road winemaking team are playing around with some new varieties to the district, namely Zinfandel and Viognier and we are very excited about the quality of these wines to date.
Kangarilla Road is the main road running past the vineyard towards the small village of Kangarilla, the name is a derivation of the Australian Aboriginal language and refers to the abundance of resources locally. The vineyard and winery - which was originally established back in 1975 - offers thirty acres of mature vines that contribute rich fruit characters so typical of McLaren Vale.
Kevin O'Brien is an oenologist with twenty years experience in the wine industry. Helen O'Brien brings flair to Kangarilla Road and has extensive experience in the public relations, promotions and fashion industries. The estate philosophy is really quite simple - to produce wines that the winemaking team themselves can enjoy drinking - wines to savour with food and friends.
Mesh is an
ambitious project by two of Australia's foremost Riesling specialists
When Robert Hill Smith from Australia's oldest family owned winery Yalumba, joined forces with Clare winemaker extraordinaire, Jeffrey Grosset to create a new Eden Valley Riesling, it was clear that this would be no ordinary wine. Jeffrey Grosset needs no introduction. His Polish Hill and Watervale Rieslings are highly prized Australian wines. The Hill Smith's Pewsey Vale Riesling is now regarded by many as a benchmark Australian estate Riesling.
Born of occasional musings between Robert Hill Smith and Jeffrey Grosset, the essence of this project is two of Australia's best known Riesling makers working together to elevate the status of both Riesling and the Eden Valley. The project also offered a forum in which both winemakers could share ideas, debate and discuss.
Given both Grosset's and Yalumba's history with Stelvin screw cap closures, it was only natural that this wine should be bottled under Stelvin. Yalumba was instrumental in the pioneering development of the Stelvin closure in the early 1970s. Jeffrey Grosset was a protagonist for the Clare Winemaker's 2000 and 2001 releases of Riesling with Stelvin closures.
The two parties agreed on the name, Mesh for all the images the word evoked
"This single word represents so much of the philosophy behind the wine - the weaving together of ideas and the combining of skills and knowledge" said Robert Hill Smith.
Jeffrey Grosset, a graduate of Oenology and Agriculture, he gained vast experience with larger Australian companies, and in Europe, before starting his own winery in 1980. Grosset Wines is in the historic township of Auburn, the gateway to the Clare Valley. Emphasis is placed equally on technical expertise in winemaking and viticulture.
All six wines Jeffrey produces consistently achieve outstanding ratings but he is best known internationally for his Polish Hill and Watervale Rieslings. In 1998, Jeffrey was voted The Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine "Australian Winemaker of the Year" and in the same year, named the inaugural "Riesling Winemaker of the Year" at the Riesling summit held in Hamburg, Germany.
Paynes Rise is
a boutique vineyard winery near the picturesque hamlet of Seville in Upper Yarra Valley, highly specialised at crafting small batch vintages, from precious parcels of carefully picked, exclusively estate grown fruit
The ethos behind the vineyard is to produce classic, fruit driven wines with a complexity that reflects the unique expression of their cool climate Upper Yarra heritage. It is the realisation of many years of hard work, dedication and passion. Paynes Rise endeavour to produce varietal fruit driven wines with complexity, that are expressive of the vineyards unique qualities and upper Yarra cool climate. They aim to present a place rich in history, charm and character, where visitors can relax and enjoy Paynes Rise wines. The very inviting cellar door is incorporated into the 1860s homestead and property of Seville‚Äôs first settler, Thomas Payne. Estate visitors have the opportunity to wander throughout the original house and historic outbuildings.
Paynes Rise planted to a north facing slope at Seville in Upper Yarra Valley. This area experiences cooler average temperatures than the Northern and Central regions of the Valley, mainly due to its higher elevation. The elevation of site at Paynes Rise is 200m above sea level. The soil type is an immensely deep and fertile red volcanic light clay soil. The climate provides for a very slow even fruit ripening period, reflected in the intense characters from the area. Great wines begin in the vineyard. The vineyard consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The team take pride in producing fruit that's of the highest quality, from parcels of exceptional vines that are in perfect, natural balance.
The cool climate coupled with the regions relatively high average rainfall and fertile soils provides for very healthy, vigoros vines. Many viticultural management techniques are employed to manipulate the vines growth to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and desired fruit production.
Crop levels are evaluated several times throughout the season and thinned where required to maintain low cropping levels. At harvest all fruit is hand picked and sorted in the field. The aim is to create an outstanding range of wines by employing the highest standards of vine husbandry and dedicated land management.
June 1955 Roberto
and Rosa Pizzini, their three children, Elena, Rinaldo, Alfredo and a baby on the way, embarked on a journey from Trento Alto Aldige in the Italian Alps for a new life in Australia
The four brothers and their families continued to grow tobacco together and progressively grew their business to eventually become the largest tobacco producing company in the southern hemisphere, which at one point was able to employ and support seventeen share farmers as well as the four brother's families.
In the 1970s the tobacco industry began to change in Australia as a quota system for the growing and sale of tobacco was being introduced. Over the next decade Alfred and his wife Katrina planted Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz, all of the fruit produced from these vines was sold to different winemaking companies around Australia.
Riesling was the first varietal planted in 1978, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc followed soon after. In the late eighties Alfred began to experiment with the Italian varietals Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. After establishing that the King Valley's terroir was suited to Italian varietals Alfred planted Verduzzo, Arneis and Picolit.
Gary Crittenden founder of the wine label Dromana Estate was instrumental in helping Alfred source some Sangiovese stock for the vineyard. In 1994 Alfred and Katrina introduced the Pizzini wine label with the inaugural release of a Chardonnay. Initially the wine was made by John Ellis of Hanging Rock, but over time Alfred choose to bring the winemaking back to the King Valley. Now the wines are made by Joel Pizzini, Alfred and Katrina's son. Joel has studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and has completed three vintages in the Piemonte and Tuscany regions of Italy.
Pizzini Wines exists as an Italianate Australian identity, based around the passions and commitment to family heritage, hard work and determination. Alfred and Katrina Pizzini's vision was to establish a winery that consistently delivers the finest Italian styles, in combination with strong King Valley regionality. Today, winemaker Alfred Pizzini endeavours on a daily basis to be the leading producer of fine Italian varietals. With twenty five years of hands-on viticultural, fashioning complex and serious wines, Pizzini aims to strike the better balance between number of vines per hectare, type of trellising, soil types and land aspects, to ensure the vineyards produce mature fruit, with maximum concentration of flavours.
Alfred knows his vineyard back-to-front, he says it's one of the most important aspects to making a good wine. Being able to grow and select the right fruit to make a particular wine style is as important as the viniculture itself. Over the past couple of years Alfred has enlisted the services of Alberto Antonini, a world travelling consultant winemaker and viticulturist specialising in the making of Italian style wines. Alberto guides Alfred and Joel with viticultural advice and blending to help make the style of wines Alfred wants to produce.