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Deep garnet colour. Dark cherry and spice with hints of liquorice, violets and leather. Up front, the palate shows dark plum and wild blackberry fruit, followed by feminine floral notes and a hint of earthy funk. Finely structured tannins and juicy acid backbone achieve length and intensity, a long and satisfying finish.
BULLER OF RUTHERGLEN HOLDS AMAZING STOCKS OF AGED RED IN BARREL WHICH IT CALLS UPON FROM TIME TO TIME, to blend into superlative and extremely limited releases. Inspiration and the high art of blending are the catalysts for this stalwart winery's precious little specials, and in this instance they've brought together an uncompromising cuvee of 15% 1972, 37% 1988 and 48% 1996 vintages which have been topped up with a liqueur doseage to undergo a second fermentation. A currant jelly-like colour and mousse bordering on whipped strawberry leads to a magnificently round and contented palate of dry and sweet ju-jube-like flavours.
THE QUALITY OF COONAWARRA MERLOT HAD BEEN CATCHING THE ATTENTION OF STONEHAVEN FOR SOME TIME. Stepping Stone expresses the sensational regional influence and varietal definition of the tiny Terra rossa
REDMAN'S COONAWARRA ARE STILL MADE BY THE REDMAN BROTHERS FROM FRUIT GROWN TO THE ORIGINAL FAMILY PARCELS ESTABLISHED IN 1908. The association began circa 1901 when Bill Redman at the tender age of fourteen, arrived in South Australia to work amongst the vines. He quickly formed an affiliation with the area and six years later encouraged the rest of his family to join him. Grown to some of the best sites on Coonawarra's Terra rosa
, this well appointed wine offers commodius fruit flavours, subdued oak and the most hospitable tannins.
A LIVING LEGEND OF THE AUSTRALIAN WINE INDUSTRY, Merrill Reserve has claimed Australia's most prestigious awards, including Jimmy Watson and Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Merrill Reserve is a compilation of his best wines, as selected from a vintage of small parcels which have been treated to an extended maturation. Merrill Reserve can be best described as voluptuous and seductive, laden with complex chocolatier flavours and tensile textures, beckoning and beguiling before revealing the stately structure within.
Australia's pre-eminent wine
authority and critic, James Halliday has awarded Ashbrook Estate a five red star rating, an accolade afforded to Australiaâ€™s finest wineries
Established by the Devitt family in 1975, Ashbrook produced its first commercial wine (Riesling) in 1979 and its 30th vintage in 2008. Only handpicked estate grown grapes are used. All the processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are closely controlled using the Estate's own state of the art facilities. Extensive use of the sophisticated lyre trellising system in the vineyard maximizes flavour potential and allows Ashbrook to produce only a premium label for each grape variety.
Ashbrook is one of the quietest and highest achievers in Australia, maintaining excellent viticulture and fastidious winemaking. All vineyard management techniques, including the application of composted mulch, are focused on the sustainable maintenance of excellent vine health. All grape picking and all vine pruning are carried out by hand. Seventeen hectares of grapes produce 150 - 170 tonnes of fruit which equates to 12,000 - 14,000 cases of wine annually.
The mild maritime climate of Margaret River allows Riesling to express more floral characteristics and greater palate intensity than seen in cooler regions. Rieslings from Margaret River produced the regionâ€™s first ever trophy and gold medal.
Ashbrook Rieslings are made mainly from free run juice. Grown to a variety of trellising systems and picked over several weeks to produce a wine which encompasses a range of flavours and aromas, Ashbrook Semillon is entirely unwooded.
Ashbrook is arguably Australiaâ€™s premium producer of Verdelho in the unwooded, crisp, fruit driven style. Sauvignon Blanc is vinifie to an unwooded style based around ripe rather than green fruit characters. Chardonnay is 50% fermented and stored in new French barriques for 7-8 months. There is no lees stirring or malolactic fermentation, thus highlighting Margaret Riverâ€™s attractive and intense primary fruit flavours and aromas which combine seamlessly with a backbone of quality oak. Margaret River consistently produces Australiaâ€™s best Chardonnays.
Shiraz is grown entirely on a lyre trellis system to eliminate green characters and highlight the attractive fruit flavours of this variety. Ashbrook produces Shiraz wines of a silky, rich texture and medium to full bodied style, enhanced by 12 months in French oak and two years of bottle maturation. Margaret River is regarded as the premier region in Australia for Bordeaux blends as typified by Ashbrookâ€™s blend of approximately 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Two years in French Oak and two yearsâ€™ bottle maturation produce classical wines of elegance, intensity and opulence.
Ashbrook Estate wines are marketed throughout Australia, mostly restaurants and specialty bottle shops. An important part of Ashbrook Estate is the cellar door where visitors are always welcome to sample the wines in the colonial style mud brick winery. Access to the cellar, which is open every day, is through picturesque farmland and stands of healthy natural forest. Ashbrook has established export markets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan and is developing further markets in Asia.
Karina is a
small family owned vineyard and winery established in 1984
Owners Gerard and Joy take pride in the fact that all wines bearing the Karina label are 100% Estate grown and made.
Visitors can enjoy complimentary winery tastings and meet the winemaker, or stroll through the picturesque gardens.
Gerard and Joy Terpstra. Harrisons Road, Dromana 3936. Mel Ref 160 J7
Tel: (03) 5981 0137, Fax: (03) 5981 0137 Open Every Weekend - Public Holidays and Every Day in January 11am - 5pm
The dedicated vignerons
of the Stoneleigh team work closely with the Stoneleigh winemakers to develop perfectly balanced, ripe flavoursome fruit unique to the Rapaura region of Marlborough
Not only is Stoneleigh recognised in New Zealand for its consistent production of premium quality wines but now the rest of the world is catching on. Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc keeps reinforcing its presence in key overseas markets. The wine has recently been listed at the world-renowned Ritz Hotel in London. Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc is being poured over the very chic art deco Rivoli Bar, and has been included on the hotel's wine list. In addition, Stoneleigh has recently become the top selling NZ Sauvignon Blanc across the Tasman; Australian's just cannot get enough of this superior Sauvignon Blanc.
Stoneleigh offers a range of premium quality wines with distinctly Marlborough flavours - refreshing and pure. Stoneleigh winemaker, Jamie Marfell says "Stoneleigh's unique infertile and free draining stony soils have combined with Marlborough's high annual sunshine hours and crisp coastal climate, to create a world-renowned terroir and microclimate." Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines can all be found on the Stoneleigh vineyard and the site is home to some of the oldest grafted Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc blocks in Marlborough. Some blocks of these varieties are now over 20 years old. The Stoneleigh vineyards support environmentally sustainable practices and are part of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
On the site of a former riverbed at the northern side of Marlboroughâ€™s Wairau Valley in New Zealand, the Stoneleigh range takes it name from the abundance of stones that cover the area. The exceptional quality of the wines owes much to these stones. These stones reflect heat up onto the vines enhancing the ripening process and within the soil create the ideal growing environment. Located in the heart of Rapaura area and the locally known Golden Mile of vineyards the Stoneleigh Vineyard,178 ha, is on the northern side of the Wairau Valley, within 2 km of the Wairau River and the Richmond Ranges. The vineyard has a range of soil types but includes more of the typically stony and recent riverbed soils.
Stoneleigh's award winning history came into being after only a decade of winemaking at the Marlborough estate. Stoneleigh Marlborough Chardonnay 1996 was named White Wine of the Year at the 1998 International Wine Challenge in London. This highly prestigious accolade was followed by two successive vintages of Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc collecting Best Buy recommendations from Wine Spectator USA. the run of shw successes continued when Stoneleigh Marlborough Riesling 1999 collected Gold at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, and sibling Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir 1999 claimed Silver, at the same event.
Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Marlborough Chardonnay 1999 won a highly prestigious Blue-Gold Medal at the Sydney International Wine Challenge and Gold Merdal at Intervin. Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2000, followed up with a stunning Gold Medal win, Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy and Champion Commercial White Wine Trophy at the Air New Zealand Awards. The same wine also claimed Gold at New Zealandâ€™s Liquorland Top 100 competition. The lineage of highly acclaimed releases have continued, the Rapaura Series Marlborough Pinot Gris claimed another Blue-Gold and Top 100 Award for Stoneleigh at the Sydney International Wine Competition.
The Stoneleigh winemaking style is a direct reflection of the unique characteristics of the terroir. Winemaker Jamie Marfell, aims to maximise these unique flavours inherent in the fruit and deliver a wine of exquisite quality and style. The unique stony free draining alluvial soils, together with the slightly warmer climatic conditions of the Rapaura area, produces fruit that ripens earlier than other regions of Marlborough. These grapes have a ripe fruit spectrum which is distinctive in style and quality compared with grapes from other parts of Marlborough and New Zealand.
Goldwater Estate was
established by Kim and Jeanette Goldwater in 1978 when they pioneered winegrowing on Waiheke Island with the planting of the first vinifera vineyard
The Goldwater philosophy is simple - great wine is born in the vineyard. Goldwater combines old world traditional wine making techniques with modern day technology to achieve outstanding and memorable hand-crafted wines.
The success of Goldwater wines is demonstrated by the fact that there are now more than thirty vineyards on Waiheke Island. Careful site selection, sustainable viticultural practices and meticulous vineyard management, including innovative trellising and low yields, ensure the production of exceptionally high quality grapes.
The Estate owned Waiheke Island vineyards extend over 35 acres of free-draining clay based hillside soils and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Chardonnay. It was not until 1992 that the Goldwaters made their first wine in Marlborough. Today they are equally well known for their outstanding Sauvignon Blanc (previously Dog Point and New Dog) and Roseland Chardonnay. Both these wines are now focused on Wairau Valley fruit. The Boatshed Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are a blend of fruit from both the Wairau and Awatere valleys in Marlborough.
In Marlborough's internationally acclaimed Wairau Valley, grapes are grown on 85 acres of silty clays over gravels by growers who have been with Goldwaters for over 10 years. A further 70 acres is being progressively planted in the Awatere Valley under new partnerships, which will bring additional complexity and depth to our Marlborough wines.
A new vineyard in the highly esteemed Gimblett Gravels sub region of Hawkes Bay has recently been planted for Goldwater Estate. It has been propogated from vines on Waiheke Island to produce a blended Merlot red. In April 2006, Goldwater Wines merged with Vavasour Wines, the pioneering winery from Marlborough's Awatere valley.
In the Hawkes Bay, 20 acres of red Bordeaux varieties are planted on the deep, stony, free draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels region. These plantings have largely been propagated from Goldwaterâ€™s successful selections of vines on Waiheke Island and are with a talented viticultural team in the Bay.
With thirty years of experience in winegrowing, the Goldwaters recognise the importance of soil and vine health and wherever possible choose organic or soft practices within this sustainable framework. Soil and plant analysis is completed regularly and close vine monitoring extends throughout all areas of the vineyard. Goldwater Estate has been an initial participant in the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand Scheme. This scheme has been widely adopted throughout the country to provide a best practice model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery. Through these practices the objective is to address concerns in matters pertaining to the environment and winegrape production. Goldwater also aim to improve vineyard management and wine quality through sustainable practices.