EXCELLENT LANGTONS CLASSIFICATION & GOLD MEDAL 2008 CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES. Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata
that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an arm
of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.
FROM GOOD VINEYARDS IN THE MCLAREN VALE AND LANGHORNE CREEK, an assemblage of Shiraz wines that have been vinified and aged separately, isolated on the basis of character and complexity, then woven into a tapestry of remarkable integration. Tiraged and treated to a secondary fermentation in bottle, Black Chook has developed a rich chocolate and cherry ripe palate with light biscuitty oak and gummy, chewy tannins. A luscious Sparkling Shiraz, sagaciously balanced, destined to compliment pork, turkey, and every festive engagement.
DALWHINNIE VINEYARD WAS PLANTED TO A UNIQUE TOPOGRAPHICAL AMPHITHEATRE WHICH PRECIPITATES ITS OWN MESO CLIMATE. The site is totally frost free and allows fruit to reach complete physiological ripeness in nine out of ten years. This rare confluence of temperate climes, cooler altitudes and parched Pyrenees soils, sublimate into one of Australia's most enduring and distinctive styles of Cabernet Sauvignon. A stunning wine, the overall impression is of ripe pure black fruits, layered with rich dark chocolate and seasoned by notes of violet and camphor.
MARLBOROUGH'S NATURAL ENDOWMENTS ARE BREATHTAKING TO BEHOLD, the vastness and bounty of this beautiful land stirs the imagination and yields no finer example of Sauvignon Blanc than Braided River. The principal vineyard for Braided River sits on the confluence of the mighty Wairau and Waihopai Rivers in Marlborough. Riper characters here are achieved at lower sugar levels, offering great intensity and style at moderate alcohol levels.
McWilliamâ€™s Wines is
one of Australiaâ€™s largest and most highly regarded family-owned wine companies
Since 1877 when Samuel McWilliam planted his first vines at Corowa in New South Wales, successive generations of the McWilliam family have been pioneering the art of fine winemaking in Australia. Always innovative, McWilliam's has ensured its position at the forefront of Australian winemaking by introducing new production techniques and some of the world's most advanced technology in the company's wineries and vineyards.
McWilliamâ€™s Mount Pleasant Estate â€“ nestled in the slopes of the Brokenback Range in NSWâ€™s lower Hunter Valley â€“ was established in 1921 by legendary winemaker, the late Maurice Oâ€™Shea. Today, the Hunter Valley is widely regarded as the home of semillon, and McWilliamâ€™s as the producer of Australiaâ€™s best wines from the variety. Oâ€™Sheaâ€™s ground breaking work has been kept alive by revered winemakers Brian Walsh (1956-1978) and Phillip Ryan (1978-current). The fact that there have been just three Chief Winemakers at Mount Pleasant since 1921 has ensured consistency of wine style and quality.
McWilliamâ€™s Barwang Vineyard is located in the emerging, cool-climate Hilltops region, located on the southwest slopes of the Great Dividing Range, near Young in New South Wales. This high-altitude (560m) vineyard enjoys a dry summer and autumn, with cool nights and mild days resulting in a long ripening period. Heavy snowfall and frost in winter are quite common; and whilst substantial rainfall occurs in the growing season, most falls in spring. The regionâ€™s soil is deep red, decomposed granite clays impregnated with basalt. Showered with trophies and medals and praise from the media, McWilliamâ€™s Barwang range has already carved an impressive reputation.
The Laira Vineyard was established in 1893 in Coonawarraâ€™s famous terra rossa heartland
It is today widely regarded as one of the regionâ€™s best plantings of Shiraz. With Shiraz the only wine grape planted in Coonawarra from 1900 to 1950, the variety has played an important role in establishing Coonawarraâ€™s international reputation as Australiaâ€™s pre-eminent red wine region. McWilliamâ€™s Wines is today one of the largest landholders in Coonawarra, with almost 300 hectares of mainly cabernet sauvignon and shiraz vines. In recent years, the company has extended the Estate to include the 165 hectare Station Block and 100 hectare Kirkgate vineyards
The Yarra Valley â€“ located just 50kms from Melbourne â€“ is one of Australiaâ€™s premier cool-climate wine growing regions. It experiences consistently cool to mild weather, which allows for the slow, even ripening of fruit and produces long-lived wines of the highest quality. Lillydale's two vineyards, Morning Light and Sunnyside, were among the first to re-establish in the Yarra Valley in 1976. McWilliamâ€™s award-winning Lillydale Estate range â€“ which is overseen by McWilliamâ€™s Chief Winemaker, Jim Brayne - exhibits classic cool-climate characters.
"Plant a six-inch nail in this soil, water it and in a year you will have a crowbar." So said John James McWilliam when he arrived in Hanwood in 1913. The development of the Riverina region as a major wine producing area was primarily due to the foresight of the McWilliam family. The Riverina, and Hanwood in particular, was an area John James McWilliam â€“ the son of McWilliamâ€™s founder, Samuel McWilliam â€“ had identified earlier as having the potential to service the growing domestic and export wine markets. McWilliamâ€™s Hanwood winery is distinguished by its barrel-shaped cellar door tasting room, and the large array of old bottles and winery memorabilia displayed in a 17 metre-long museum in the shape of a bottle.
Based in the
heart of Australia's Barossa Valley and boasting vineyards over a century old, Elderton is a producer of some of the world's great wines
Winner of Australia's most coveted wine award the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy (1993) and the prestigious London International Wine & Spirit Competition's World's Best Shiraz Trophy (2000), Elderton remains proudly owned by the Ashmead family. The Elderton Vineyard is located on the banks of the North Para River, which is on the southern edge of the township of Nuriootpa. The Barossa Valley's climate is classified as Mediterranean, which amounts to warm summers (average temperature in January is 25Â°C to 35Â°C) and cool wet winters with an annual rainfall of 550 mm. The vineyard was planted in 1904 by Samuel Elderton Tolley, with a view to supplying Barossa wineries with premium fruit. After a period of neglect, the Ashmead family purchased the vineyard in 1979 and went about restoring it to its former glory. Modern viticulture practices were employed and the vineyard began to flourish.
The inaugural 1982 vintage is now considered a collector's item. The first Command Shiraz followed suit in 1984 making it one of Australia's oldest blockbuster wines. Elderton went on to be distinguished by Australia's most coveted wine award the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy (1993) and the prestigious London International Wine & Spirit Competition's World's Best Shiraz Trophy (2000). In 2003 Elderton finished building its own winery in Nuriootpa, formerly a Penfolds site. Elderton was now able to grow, produce and bottle wines all on the family estate. This means a greater to attention to detail.
The vineyard now comprises 70 acres with the principle varieties being Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The majority of the vineyard is between 40 and 100 years in age. This age, combined with minimal irrigation, produces rich, concentrated fruit for exhibiting classic varietal characters. The majority of the vineyard is planted east to west, allowing the breezes from the Barossa ranges to flow through the rows rather than across them. These breezes assist with canopy management.
The real strength behind the Elderton success is the ancient 72 acre Barossa Floor Vineyard, which produces fruit of the highest quality year in year out. Each block on the property is cherished but the two standouts are the 104-year-old Command Shiraz block and the 64-year-old Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon block. Some of the older blocks on the vineyard are planted with unknown clones, however, all plantings since 1949 are Shiraz 1654, BVRC12 or BVRC30, with the Cabernet Sauvignon being G9V3 or LC10. The trellising used throughout the vineyard for recent plantings is simply a double wire vertical with single wire trellising used on earlier plantings.
Following fast on the heels of the estate's world renown reputation for red wines, Elderton is gaining a reputation for white wines. The white grapes are mostly all picked in the cool of the night to ensure that they come into the winery at the right temperature. They are crushed at this temperature, where some whole bunch pressing is also done and only the free run juice is used, which in most instances is fermented at cool fermentation (14â€“16Â°C) levels.
The red grapes are also picked in the cool of the night, much of the old vine stock is hand picked to ensure the longevity of the vines and integrity of the fruit. They are crushed and fermented in open concrete, static stainless steel fermenters, or limited amounts of barrel fermentation. These ferments are temperature controlled (normally 20â€“24˚C) before they are fermented to dryness. The wines are then pressed off in the air bag presses releasing most of the colour and complex tannin structures before being blended back into the total blend. The wines are then pumped over to temperature controlled maturation cellars and carefully monitored before further blending and bottling. The best French and American oak and all barrels are benchmarked annually by the winemaking team and the respective coopers to ensure that the oak complements the wines fully.
McWilliamâ€™s Mount Pleasant
Estate nestled in the slopes of the Brokenback Range in the Hunter Valley was established in 1921 by legendary winemaker, Maurice Oâ€™Shea
The Griffith-based McWilliam family, already a famous Australian wine company, purchased a half share of the Estate and encouraged Oâ€™Shea to continue with his winemaking style and creations. McWilliamâ€™s acquired the remaining share in 1941. It was with the McWilliam familyâ€™s financial backing Oâ€™Shea selected and purchased the Lovedale and Rosehill properties and planted them in 1946. Oâ€™Sheaâ€™s groundbreaking work has been kept alive by revered winemakers Brian Walsh and Phil Ryan. The fact that there have been just three Chief Winemakers at Mount Pleasant since 1921 has ensured consistency of wine style and quality.
The Hunter Valley in New South Wales was established as a wine region in the early 1820s, following the rapid growth of agricultural and pastoral activities after the arrival of free settlers. Further impetus was added to the Hunter by the advent of amateur viticulturalist James Busby who, returning from the second of two extensive study tours of the winegrowing regions of Europe, arrived back in New South Wales with a named collection of some 500 vine cuttings. Today, the Hunter Valley is widely regarded as the home of Semillon, and McWilliamâ€™s Mount Pleasant as the producer of some of Australiaâ€™s best wines from the variety, including McWilliamâ€™s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon.
The winery is today one of the most awarded in Australia. Since 1979, Mount Pleasant has won more than five Championships, 128 trophies, 500 gold, 500 silver and 1104 bronze medals. After the McWilliams acquired ownership of Mount Pleasasnt, Maurice Oâ€™Shea went on to make some of Australiaâ€™s most highly regarded wines.
English immigrant Charles King planted the Old Hill Vineyard on rich, volcanic soil in Pokolbin in 1880
When Maurice Oâ€™Shea purchased the King familyâ€™s 16.3ha Hunter Valley property in 1921, he extended the land holding with the purchase of two adjoining parcels of land, on which the â€˜Old Paddockâ€™ vineyard was planted. The original Mount Pleasant vineyard features mature, low-yielding vines and is considered one of Australiaâ€™s oldest, premier vineyards in Australia. The rich, heavier soils are the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago â€¦ today they are the producer of some of the most regarded Shiraz fruit.
McWilliams Lovedale Vineyard is located in the Lower Hunter Valley which falls within the northern section of the geological province of the Sydney Basin, which is often referred to as the main coal basin of New South Wales. It is dominated by a number of siliceous rocks, including quartose, lithic sandstone, shale, claystone, mudstone and conglomerates.
The sandy aggregate soil is only complemented by the harsh reality of a vineyard located in the Hunter Valley, which means rain and humidity often plays havoc with harvest. However, the resulting wine seems to defy these adversities, with McWilliamâ€™s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon reflecting the fact the unique structure of the soil and the environment it lives captures the perfect tightness and acidity for making quality Semillon.
In a little
over 30 years, Rosemount Estate has established itself as one of Australia's most dedicated, innovative and leading wineries
Much has changed over the years at Rosemount Estate however, the commitment to quality that defined the original vision for Rosemount Estate's humble beginnings in the Hunter Valley has remained intact. This vision has remained pivotal to the progress and success of the now world famous winery that is Rosemount Estate.
Bob Oatley established Rosemount Estate in 1969 after a career in the coffee industry where he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services in Papua New Guinea. Bob Oatley instilled at Rosemount Estate a mentality learned in the coffee industry, that a quality product will always be sought out and appreciated. Bob Oatley's wish to establish a reputation for fine wine production was satisfied early and has led Rosemount Estate to establish a wide variety of vineyard sites around Australia that take advantage of the varied soil types and regional climates. In 1992 he was awarded the Graham Gregory Trophy for 'Significant contribution to the Wine Industry of New South Wales.'
The Rosemount Estate crest reflects the Upper Hunter Valley setting of the Rosemount Estate and the passions of the founding Oatley family. The horse silhouette on the top left denotes the many stud farms of the Upper Hunter Valley and the Oatley family's long association with thoroughbred horse racing. The adjacent rose represents the beautiful rose gardens that lead up to the cellar door at the Rosemount Estate Denman Vineyard. The bunch of grapes below signifies the long, and successful history of viticulture at Rosemount Estate.
Rosemount Estate's essential philosophy to winemaking is an incredible drive to draw the very best from the materials at their disposal - not only the fruit, but also the oak and the winemaking equipment.
"I believe that the Australian legacy to the world of wine is a focus on varietal flavour. At Rosemount Estate, I have taken this further to make wines that are renowned for their full flavour, yet easy-drinking nature. This is the hard option, so it's no surprise that it's also the most rewarding." - Ex-Rosemount Estate Winemaker, Andrew Koerner
As the grapes approach maturity, the winemaker works closely with vineyard managers across the estate, travelling the country to assess sugar levels and flavour levels in order to define the point of optimum ripeness. When the winemaking team believe the grapes are ready, the vintage can begin. On arrival at the winery, each load of grapes is appraised to ensure that quality standards are at their peak. The winemaker will then decide upon appropriate crushing, pressing and fermenting techniques to harness and optimise the potential of every batch.
State of the art winemaking equipment is available to the Rosemount Estate team, guaranteeing their ability to nurture each batch of wine to retain clear varietal and regional character. From rotary fermenters to computer monitored temperature control, Rosemount Estate Winemakers have the very best facilities at their disposal.