Negro Amaro is a wonderful grape which suits the growing seasons and soils to be found in the Apulian heel of the Italian boot
It Makes A Wine That Smells And Tastes Of Italy Itself The savouryness of olive grove and piquant aromaticness of tomato leaf duskyness of almond and juicyness of ripened fig. Terre di Sava share a passion for the gastronomy and traditions of Apulia, viticulture here is as old as time itself and Negroamaro wines have been enjoyed for millennia. Match Luccarelli with sardines or red pepper recipes, Mediterranean cuisines and the finest fare.
By virtue of their prolific range of single vineyard editions
ASSEMBLING PARCELS WITH THE GREATEST SYNERGY ARE CENTRAL TO THE PRODUCTION OF A MT DIFFICULTY IN PERFECT BALANCE. Fruit is sourced from the south side of Kawarau River at Bannockburn. where different clonal parcels on the same block. which can ripen together. are handled as a unique individual parcel. Exhibiting an amazing weight of fruit on the palate. a powerfully structured Otago Pinot. fleshy and plushly textured. finishing with a lovely extraction of velvet tannin and perfumed cherry plum richness. .
PLANTED TO A PROPERTY NAMED WILDFELL
IN 1851 BY THE ORIGINAL PROPRIETOR, Redbox estate's vines are gingerly husbanded to yield the most essential examples of Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Redbox make the most of an affinity between this slow ripening noble varietal and the condusive climes of Yarra Valley. Re established in 1986, the innovative approach to viticulture and highly skilled efforts of the team translate into a wine of luscious berry fruit characters, supportive oak and mouthfilling tannins, in a graceful contemporary styling.
THE MOST HIGHLY COKE ADDLED MARKETING EXECUTIVE COULDN'T HAVE COME UP WITH A BRAND LIKE DOWIE DOOLE
, but fast forward and the label now enjoys a growing reputation for profound Shiraz wines in Australia and overseas. Small crops of extraordinary quality fruit are grown to some enduring Mclaren Vale vines, to be fermented and matured at the Boar's Rock wineworks.
THE NAME STONIER IS WIDELY RECOGNISED AS MORNINGTON'S MOST SPLENDID CHARDONNAY, sourced from a select coterie of hand tended vineyards amongst the rolling hills of the peninsula. A unique topography and cool maritime climes make a distinctive expression of Chardonnay. A richly barrel fermented wine, the highly talented team arbor through a diligent lees stirring and fermentation process, to achieve a complex array of exotic fresh citrus fruit flavours supported by natural acid with a delicate mineral character, in a fruit driven, early drinking style.
Established 1860, Tahbilk
is one of Australia's most scenic and historic wineries
Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of the nation's premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks. The vineyard comprises 168 hectares of vines which include the rare Rhone whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne, along with classical varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.
Harvest commences in early March and continues for five to six weeks with approximately 1,600 tonnes of grapes processed. Total production is over 100,000 cases with just over 20% being exported to the key markets of U.S.A., United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries.
In 1860, the same year that Phylloxera was first observed in France, Melbourne businessmen, including John Pinney Bear, formed a company to create a vineyard on the Goulburn River, with the grand aim of planting a million vines, an achievement yet to be realised with some 360,000 vines currently planted! The site chosen was referred to by Aboriginals as tabilk-tabilk meaning the place of many waterholes.
The next major development came in 1875 with the construction of a New Cellar, running at right angles to the 1860 Cellar
Excavated in just 12 weeks by James Purbrick (a third cousin to Reginald who was to purchase Tahbilk some 50 years later), 20,000 cubic yards of soil was removed by horse drawn carts (one of which is on display in the original cart-sheds opposite Cellar Door). The walls and arch of the New Cellar are 3 feet thick with the arch being self-supporting (using no keystone) and then covered with earth. The bricks are interlocked as only sand and lime were used to join them together with the whole cellar completed in time for the 1876 vintage.
The Swiss-French impact then continued with Francois Coueslant, considered in his day to be a most knowledgeable vigneron and progressive farm-manager, taking on the General Managers role from 1877 -1888. He was responsible for, amongst many innovations, the construction of the distinctive Tower (1882) that surmounts the original Winery building and features on current Tahbilk labels.
The Tower's first level played a functional role in winemaking until the 1940's. The second level was used as a storeroom for oats for the horses, with the third level described by Coueslant as "an observation room, from which you will be able to have an eye over all the vineyard, which fact may help the work a little". The upper level was purely aesthetic.
Water Wheel Vineyards
is owned by the Cumming family who have farmed in the Bendigo region for fifty years
The history of the estate vineyards date back to 1833 when John Catto left his native Scotland to seek his fortune in the new colony of Australia. He settled near what would become Bendigo, calling his new home Memsie after the village from where he had come. John Catto planted his Memsie vineyard on clay soils, rich with limestones. The historic Memsie vineyard now produces delicious and well rounded, full flavoured Water Wheel wines.
Ron and Peter Cumming have a strong background in horticulture and place a strong emphasis on vineyard management. In 1989 the Cumming family purchased the winery, and the surrounding twenty acres of vines. Since then, three new vineyards have been planted at Bridgewater on Loddon to help enhance the complexity and improve the overall wine quality. Total plantings now exceed three hundred acres, and a recent initiative to reduce the levels of cropping to three tonnes has seen a vast improvement in all the Water Wheel editions.
Average rainfall in the Bendigo Winegrowing region is 17 inches/ annum. Whilst it is possible to grow wine grapes with this rainfall, the Water Wheel winemakers believe that to do so places too much stress on the vines, the vineyard is therefore irrigated by the nearby Loddon river with ground level mini sprays. Vines are hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun to achieve maximum ripeness. Red wine grapes are grown on heavy clay soil and white wine varieties are planted on lighter, better drained soil. At the winery the emphasis is on producing high quality, fruit driven wines with strong varietal definition and length on the palate.
The first Water Wheel Estate Vineyard was planted in 1970
"Some excellent values emerge from this Victoria winery. The top bargain is the brilliant blend of 86% Shiraz, 9% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Memsie. Aged 6-9 months in old American oak, it exhibits a dark ruby/ purple color, a big, sweet perfume of blueberries and blackberries, soft, heady fruit flavors, a touch of wood, and a background earthy, spicy component. This is a wonderful source for fine wine values from the relatively cool climate Bendigo area!" -eRobertparker.com
"Iâ€™m not sure why the folks at Water Wheel seem intent on making better and better wines and charging less for it, but Iâ€™m not complaining. This has mouthfilling, luscious black berries, sweet vanilla oak, spice, it presses all the right shiraz buttons!" --Max Allen. "Here we go again with one of Australiaâ€™s most consistent, under-priced reds. Itâ€™s packed with dark fruits and spice, supported by slightly toasty oak. The palate is satisfyingly rich, fresh, and very well balanced. Enjoyable now with good beef, but will age for several years with considerable grace. Highly Recommended!" -Winewise
"Bendigo-based Water Wheel is one of the few smallish producers who seem able to match it with the big wineries when it comes to offering value-for money table wines. This blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and malbec is far more complex than the red fruit bombs we tend to get for such a modest price. This has real complexity in the mouth and on the nose with intriguing spice, earth and savoury characters meshed together. Medium-bodied, so a good match for winter fare such as shepheard's or steak 'n' kidney pie. Bargain Buy!" -Jeff Collerson
Fairhall Downs is
a family owned and operated Marlborough company, proudly specialising in premium, single vineyard wines
Ken and Jill Small abandoned the long, cold winters of a Southland sheep farm to pursue a vision of making good wine in sunny Marlborough. They realized their dream at a property along Wrekin Road close to the head of Marlborough's Brancott Valley near Blenheim. Ken and Jill started growing grapes under contract, planting vines on their first eight hectares of Fairhall River Valley land in 1982. In 1994, they formed a partnership with daughter Julie and her husband Stuart Smith who, like Ken, came from an agricultural background, farming with sheep and deer in Canterbury. Together, Ken and Stuart worked side by side at Fairhall Downs. Vineyard tips and techniques were passed on, hopes and ambitions shared and soon a winemaker was being hired. The first bottle of Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc was produced in 1996.
The site of Fairhall Downs was never left to chance. Marlborough's southern valleys are recognised for their unique wines and enjoy international recognition. Located at the upper end of the Brancott Valley, which has its highest points to the south and faces the main Wairau Valley in the north, Fairhall Downs vineyard basks in all day sun. Wither silt loam soil over clay gravels allow for free-draining. The soils combined with the area's low annual rainfal create optimum growing conditions for grapes. When harvested, those grapes produce some of New Zealand's finest wines.
The premium varietal wines produced by Fairhall Downs Estate have earned national and international acclaim since its inception. Fairhall Downs now prides itself on producing consecutive vintages of premium, single vineyard wines. They are enjoyed widely throughout New Zealand, while recognition overseas makes the winemaking so much more rewarding.
Vineyard practices at Fairhall Downs Estate are meticulous, earning a library of gold medals and trophies. Accolades have gone to Fairhall Downs Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, a quintessentially Marlborough wine with fresh, intense fruit flavours.
The restricted cropping and sustainable viticultural practices ensure successive vintages of the highest quality, Marlborough wines are produced. Fairhall Downs Chardonnay, a well-balanced wine famous for its pure, incisive fruit flavours, has earned national awards, while Fairhall Downs Pinot Gris looks close to rival that varietal most famously produced in Alsace.
Meticulous attention is paid to the cultivation of the grape varieties at Fairhall Downs elevated 32 hectare property. Knowing that sustainable viticulture and skilled winemaking methods are paramount for the best Marlborough wines, the team sets itself strict procedures. These include restricted cropping practices and careful pruning, trimming and leaf plucking methods, ensuring premium vintages of its sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot gris varietals are consistently produced. From the sun filled cellar door tasting room, the picturesque countryside scenes can take on a personal piquancy for enthusiasts sampling Fairhall Down's vintage wines. Vistas include the rolling Wrekin Hills and the rugged, purple tinged Brancott mountain range beyond.
Jane and Andrew
Mitchell established the winery in 1975 on the Mitchell family property in the western hills of the Clare Valley in South Australia
An old sandstone apple store was converted to serve as a rustic cellar door sales area. Continued growth has resulted in further development of the winery buildings and winemaking plant. Currently the prize harvests of premium fruit is crushed and processed in a well equipped modern winery. The imposing two-storey century-old family home sits amid the vineyards, overlooking the winery.
Andrew Mitchell was born on the Mitchell family vineyard. He studied Economics before the idea of returning and establishing the winery became a reality in 1975. Studying Wine Science at Riverina College (Charles Sturt University) in the late seventies helped crystallise Andrew's winemaking philosophies. Andrew has always sought to make wines of intensity of varietal fruit flavours and definitive regional character; wines which are balanced, drink well when young and have the capacity to age well.
Over the last few years Andrew has travelled extensively and spent vintage in France in order to develop his understanding of the great wines of the world. Together with his study of Anthropology and Classics, this experience will ensure the continued development and refinement of the Mitchell style. Andrew has recently taken on a 3 year term as Chairman of the Clare Valley Winemakers Association.
Jane Mitchell came to the industry from a nursing background. In 1977 she completed the Wine Production and Marketing Course at Roseworthy College (now University of Adelaide). With Andrew Mitchell she continues to develop the wine styles and marketing strategies. Jane focuses on the management and marketing of the business and continues to build the reputation of Mitchells as "One of the finest small wineries in Australia" -James Halliday
Jane's commitment to the wine industry has seen her take an active role in the Clare Winemakers Association, the group which promotes the area as a whole. In this role she was instrumental in initiating the Clare Gourmet Weekend as the first of its kind in Australia. This is a celebration of food and wine in the idyllic rustic surroundings of the Clare Valley. In recognition of her work in promoting the area and the wine industry generally, Jane was one of the first appointees of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Currently she sits on the Australian Regional Winemakers Forum, Wine Federation of Australia Council and has recently finished a 6 year term with the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board.
The grapes for Mitchell wines come from the company's four local vineyards. Varieties planted are Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Grenache and Cabernet. Soils are red-brown loam and clay over limestone. The altitude of these vineyards is between 300 and 400 metres and the average rainfall in the vicinity of 600mm, falling mostly in the winter (May to September)