A COLLATION OF FRUIT FROM THE VOYAGER NORTH BLOCK AND WEIGHTMANS VINEYARDS AT MARGARET RIVER, enhanced by a choice component from the eminent precinct of Wilyabrup. Vines planted to gently rolling gravel hills and managed to restrained yields achieve the finest harvests. Girt by Sea is a seemless Cabernet Merlot wine in suave Margaret River styling, vigorously fruit driven and seductively soft, its ripe tannins offer sensational early drinking, it will thrill all who indulge in this most satisfying West Australian accord of noble red grapes.
FROM FRUIT GROWN TO THE CHINESE BLOCK ON LOPRESTI VINEYARD IN WILLUNGA DISTRICT AT THE SOUTHERN END OF MCLAREN VALE. Soils are heavy grey loam over sandstone intermixed with black Biscay clay, a hungry earth which naturally controls yield. The climate mirrors that of the Mediterranean, warm days and cool nights ensure even ripening and development of rich fruit flavours. GAM is opulent and robust, a Shiraz of great richness that's multilayered with complexity, it nevertheless retains a measure of finesse and the characteristic Mitolo softness.
FULLY ORGANIC CERTIFIED GROWN AND MADE, Huia are focused on hand crafting unique wines which express the effusiveness of Marlborough fruit. The range of sites available to Huia provides some exciting opportunities for vinification through traditional as well as more modern techniques to increase the depth of flavour. Fermented to a dry, adults only styling, elderflower notes, red bell pepper and nettles lift the nose; the palate is exquisitely balanced and refined, the excellence of terroir imparts a structure of rich minerality.
THE PRECIOUS PINOT YIELDING NANNY GOAT VINES ARE PLANTED TO HAGGARD ASPECTS ALONG CENTRAL OTAGO'S AUSTERE VALLEY FLOOR. This is a region of climatic extremes, very hot summers, short autumns and bitterly cold days throughout the winter. Soils are rocky and offer poor fertility, growing conditions which are heaven sent for making world class Pinot Noir. The inhospitable climes deliver a harvest of the smallest berries, bursting with flavours, concentrated with intense varietal characters, endowed with stalky tannins and fruit laden acids.
The Yealands Estate
wineworks were created to operate sustainably at every level. Opened August 2008, the winery was built under the draft Green Building Code, the first in the world to be accredited CarboNZeroCERTâ„˘ from inception. Functionally it opera
Aesthetically, the building is designed to blend into the landscape with no disruptive contours. Rainfall from the roof of the winery is collected in swale drains on either side of the building, and either recycled or piped out to our wetlands. Throughout the building, motion sensors control lighting and air conditioning, ensuring neither is left on needlessly. Extensive insulation and heat recovery technologies reduce heat loss and recycle energy for re-use. Probes inside and outside the building maintain constant temperatures while solar panels, wind turbines and the burning of vine prunings generate supplementary power. The goal is to become self-sufficient in energy, supplying surplus power back to the national grid.
Yealands Estate is located in Awatere Valley, the southernmost, coolest and driest of Marlboroughâ€™s growing regions. Its proximity to the coastline and strong offshore winds impart a distinctive mineral and fresh herb character. Whilst geographically diverse, Marlborough's maritime climate, long cool growing season, and young fertile soils promote intense varietal characters, fresh natural acidity and succulent ripe fruit flavours that the world has quickly embraced. The unique combination of soil, climate and water, innovative pioneering spirit and commitment to quality, all come together to deliver pure, intense and diverse wines brimming with flavour. Such ideal conditions achieve consistent quality across all Yealands Estate wines, whether working with small batches of hand picked fruit or larger volumes of table wines.
Peter Yealands carries a trademark can-do attitude that's the stuff of legend. Happiest working the land at the controls of a bulldozer or digger, Yealands has a track record of making pioneering, innovative plans come to fruition. Peter, wife Vai and son Aaron now focus their energies on building Yealands Estate into a global brand.
Yealands has developed seven of his own vineyards in Marlborough, plus several others under contract for other companies. His entrepreneurial vision however extends well beyond grapes. He was issued with New Zealandâ€™s first marine farming license in 1971 for the harvest of green lip mussels. Thanks to his efforts in designing innovative technologies and helping establish aquaculture in the region, marine farming now contributes $160 million a year to New Zealandâ€™s export earnings.
Yealands Estate vineyards are all fully accredited through the Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand programme. Other environmental auditing initiatives include carboNZero certification and ISO14001 environmental management systems accreditation, providing a measurable and accountable method for review and improvement of sustainability practices.
Wine production is an energy intensive business, the juices needing to be warmed, prior to fermentation and bottling, and cooled for storage and stabilisation, throughout the winemaking process. The application of cutting edge technology, insulation and general work practices, all combine to make Yealands winery three times more efficient in energy utilisation than the New Zealand wine industry standard. The winery's power and water heating is supplemented by wind turbines, solar panels and grape vine prunings. The addition of a third, larger turbine, will realize the goal of being completely energy self sufficient. The large winemaking area contains tanks of varying sizes. From their laboratory on the mezzanine floor overlooking this, the winemakers are able to control temperature of each tank separately and precisely. Besides aiding the sustainability drive, this permits monitoring each batch of wine with absolute precision.
Hay Shed Hill
is a classic old vineyard in the heart of the Willyabrup Valley, where the regionâ€™s first vines were planted and the great tradition of Margaret River wine began
The Hay Shed Hill property was a group settlement farm for returned soldiers from the 1st World War and was originally established as a diary farm. The current homestead, considerably renovated, still has much of the original Group Settlement look and feel. Vines were first planted in 1973 to the varieties which have put Margaret River on the wine map; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The property was known as Sussex Vale until 1989 when it was bought by Barry & Liz Morrison. The Morrisonâ€™s were instrumental in establishing what you see today, managing to turn a fairly run down farm with a few vines into a quality grape producer with nearly 18 ha of vines. The place was planted right, the right varieties on the right slopes with the right soils. The winemakers today enjoy the advantage of working with truly mature vines.
As the old hay shed from the dairy days was a local landmark, the Morrisonâ€™s used this to create the new name for the property, Hay Shed Hill. Tools found in the hay shed provided them with the inspiration for Hay Shedâ€™s sister label â€“ Pitchfork Wines. In 1992 the winery was redesigned by a local architect to complement the existing house and hay shed. The effect is a visually stunning structure, which complements the existing buildings and is both striking and charming when viewed upon approach to the winery.
The Morrisonâ€™s owned the property for 11 years until 2000 when they sold to a wine investment group based in New South Wales. In 2002 the property and business was sold to Australian Wine Holdings Limited. The current winemakers bought back the farm in late 2006 and began the revival of this great vineyard and wine brand commencing with major vineyard investment and the re-design and renewal of the wine branding and labels.
Michael Kerrigan, formally the Chief Winemaker of Howard Park and MadFish Wines for the previous 12 years and a small group of partners took over the Hay Shed Hill vineyard and brands just before Christmas 2006. He was familiar with the Hay Shed Hill vineyard and its potential. He could not pass up an opportunity to be part of such an exciting winery that is producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines as good as or better than any wine producer in Margaret River â€“ and that means world class wine.
Hay Shed Hill vineyard has the mission of producing world class wines that reflect the place of their origin; wines of depth and flavour that are true to region and true to the vineyard. Small, old, hands-on vineyards and wineries like Hay Shed Hill need to be owned and run by winemakers and grape growers; people who are attached to the land and the place and wish to express its character through the wine. In the end corporations shouldnâ€™t run boutique wine businesses.
What makes a good vineyard? If you want to make good wine you need to start with good fruit from a good vineyard. Winemakers have bought back the farm. A good vineyard has all the attributes of regional climate, in Hay Shed Hill's case the kind maritime conditions of the southwest Cape of Western Australia with its mild temperatures and dry summers â€“ remarkably similar to the conditions of Bordeaux. Good soil, well drained gravelly loams. But most important are the individual site characteristics which have a major influence on the weather and local climate experienced by the vines. The Hay Shed Hill site is hilly with wonderful north facing slopes giving maximum sun light to the Cabernet Sauvignon and south facing slopes reducing the heat load on the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The property is an outstanding site combining the attributes of fully mature vines with distinctive soil type and the mild weather conditions of the area to produce some of the best fruit from the region. The right varieties planted to the right slopes.
The 'two hands'
are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz who formed the company in 1999 with the clear objective of making the best possible Shiraz
Michael came to the wine industry from a construction background having spent years attending wine tastings and collecting the wines of the world. In 1998, he established his own Australian wine export company and after three successful years of selling other people's wine, he and business partner Richard Mintz decided to start their own operation.
From day one, Michael's role has been multi-faceted. He heads up the marketing side of things and is constantly nutting out new ways to keep the ideas fresh. He is eagerly involved in all aspects of the production process and has successfully overseen the construction of the new Two Hands cellar door and winery in the Barossa Valley at Neldner Road, Marananga.
Richard was a disenchanted chartered accountant by training with an M.B.A. from Adelaide University whose passion for wine started when he was appointed Chief Executive of one of Australia's leading cooperages. In early 2003, Richard left the cooperage to devote himself wholly to Two Hands Wines. He is active in all areas of the business from handling many of our long term projects to supporting international distributors, liaising with growers and even getting his 'two hands' dirty during vintage.
From the beginning the wines were very well received at home and abroad with a healthy stream of reviews, culminating in 2004 with Robert M. Parker pronouncing Two Hands as 'the finest negociant operation south of the equator'
In 2000 they started with just 17 tonnes of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Padthaway wine regions. The heart of the operation is still Barossa Valley based, the cellar door and winery are located in the sub district of Marananga. Opened in December 2003 the cellar door has already come to be regarded as one of the highlights of the region with its contemporary interior design and commitment to providing guests with an educational and personal wine experience. The Marananga winery was officially opened in November 2004, designed specifically for small batch production of the very best parcels of fruit.
The Two Hands are innovative and not afraid to think outside the square as there are many different steps and countless hours involved, from vineyard, through to winemaking, tasting, blending and maturation in order to make consistent, quality wines. The Two Hands winemakers concentrate their efforts on sourcing the best fruit from the best Shiraz vineyards in Australia, working closely with growers on achieving the full potential of each individual site.
Quality, without compromise is central to the Two Hands philosophy, driving all the decisions from fruit and oak selection to packaging and promotion. Two Hands seek to differentiate ourselves, to be unique, fun and innovative while maintaining a high degree of professionalism and integrity.
Dog Ridge is
located at the base of The Southern Mount Lofty Ranges over looking the McLaren Vale wine region
DogRidge Vineyards employ modern viticultural practices which optimise sun exposure and canopy health, resulting in ripe fruit of intense colour and quality. This desirable combination has led to the creation of wines that express outstanding depth of colour, aromatic elegance and richness of flavour.
DogRidge is a family owned operation of 140 acres (56HA). We have many different vineyards ranging in age from young 2004 graftings of Viognier to some of the oldest bush vines remaining in the region today. At the McLaren Flat vineyards, DogRidge boasts several 1940â€™s plantings of Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon that form the basis of the premium bottled product.
The soils vary considerably over a small area giving us the opportunity to select small parcels of the best fruit which reflect the terrior of each site adding to the uniqueness of the finished wines. DogRidge is also a respected grower for several premium McLaren Vale wine companies and is a current member of the Wine Grapes Australia group of premium grape growers.
DogRidge the name comes from an old vigorous grape vine rootstock now no longer used in modern viticulture
The name Dogridge was adopted as it suits the winemaking family's extreme love for Curly Coat Retrievers and the position of the family home on a sandy ridge in McLaren Flat. DogRidge can be one or two words depending on your mood. Either way, itâ€™s lovely wine however you say it!
The DogRidge winemakers are proud of their environmental record. Property management is focused on sustainability and includes minimizing impact on the environment, the incorporation of biodiversity in the vineyards, management and renovation of remnant areas of native vegetation, recycling both oak and green waste and conserving valuable water resources. Cleaning semi-trailer loads of rubbish from creeks at DogRidge â€śTHE DIGSâ€ť Vineyard, removing feral non-native vegetation and rebuilding eroded creek banks with native species.
DogRidge Duck Chase vineyard was established in 2001 on a severely neglected elevated site overlooking McLaren Vale on the edge of the Onkaparinga Gorge National Park. The site was cleared again of all feral species and the valuable ancient gravelly soils brought back to life in preparation for the establishment of this state of the art vineyard. In planning for this, significant open space has been revegetated by planting 6,000 trees and shrubs, all local native species, which has introduced some biodiversity into the project.