ARTHUR JACKAMAN WAS A WORLD WAR II PARATROOPER WHO ESTABLISHED A CABERNET VINEYARD IN THE 1960S, selling his fruit to the big brands for bottling as port wine. Jackaman chose Langmeil to husband his treasured vines and the property remains productive as one of the Barossa's most stately blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand pruned, hand sorted and picked, the precious parcels of Jackaman's fruit are treated to a traditional vinification, followed by transfer to a luxurious selection of mostly new French oak hogsheads for an extravagant two years maturation.
THE ARCHETYPAL WEST COAST BORDEAUX STYLE, a vibrant c√©page
of Cabernet and Merlot, Malbec and Franc, picked off the first vineyards ever planted to Margaret River. A component from the younger Woodlands Brook site contributes structure and aromatics. Woodlands remains an enigma, as the vineyard team place great trust in the quality of fruit, the finished wine can be both pretty and powerful. Vinified exclusively of Wilyabrup parcels, painstakingly hand sorted, berry by berry, the graceful tannins continue to soften, as the fruit begins to sing.
PINOT NOIR GROWN TO A MIXTURE OF BLACK CRACKING CLAYS, characteristic of Tamar Valley vineyards, a further component from the volcanic soils of Pipers River. Both these terroirs have an excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season. Intensely perfumed with distinctive soft velvety textures and rich fresh vibrant fruit, Ninth Island is a wine that captures your palate's attention, offering the most sensual Tasmanian summer berry characters, appealing tannins and excellent mouthfeel.
NOT MANY COUNTRY TOWNS CAN BOAST A WINERY ON THE MAIN STREET, but at Heathcote it's a part of the scenery. Heathcote is renowned throughout the world for producing much of Australia's finest Shiraz. Enter the Cravens Place, an elegant effort, stylish and quintessentially Heathcote. Sourced principally from sites at the warmer, northern periphery of Heathcote township, Craven's Place is fashioned to be a supple, bright and approachable wine. Ageing in choice oak barriques contributes to the complexity and allows the quality of Shiraz to realize its full potential.
Hungerford Hill has
always pushed the boundaries.
Since its founding in the 1970s in the world famous Hunter Valley, Sydney's doorstep, Hungerford Hill has been at the forefront of multi-regional winemaking, producing award-winning wines from Australia's best regions.
Designed for the future, Hungerford Hill has a new winery and cellar door that pushes the boundaries of architecture and style.
The Hungerford Hill Winery in Broke Road, Pokolbin stands as a sentinel at the entrance to the Pokolbin district in the Hunter Valley. It is a powerful landmark for visitors to the area, situated at the beginning of the road which leads into the gently undulating valley and eventually to the more rugged Upper Hunter.
Its near neighbours present a diverse architectural palette. The prestigious Lakes Folly, on the western boundary, still operates from a romantically gabled shed.
Opposite, Peterson's Champagne House is a cluster of neo colonial brick cottages. A little further along Alan Jack + Cottier's 1971 award winning building at the Rothbury Estate has a proprietorial air, perched high on the hill at the end of a grand entrance drive. Across the road from Rothbury is Len Evans' more recent venture, the Tower Estate Winery, with its intriguing ziggurat shaped entrance.
The Tait family
have been coopering the finest wine barrels for over a century, today they are one of the Barossa's premiere winemaking estates
The genesis behind Tait Wines was Giovanni Tait (1927-1997). Giovanni learned cooperage from his father and grandfather before migrating to Australia from Italy in 1957. He took up work as a cooper in the Barossa. His skill and craftsmanship at his chosen trade led him to B Seppelts and Sons where he took an active role in the vinification and maturation of wine in the finest oak casks.
Giovanni's vision was to establish a traditional winery that practised the old winemaking methods to produce hand crafted wines that were powerful in depth, flavour and taste. It was not until his sons grew older that his dream became a reality. With his sons, he founded Tait Wines.
Each year, the family acknowledges their Giovanni Tait's vision by dedicating the estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon in his memory. A reflection of Giovanni's remarkable personal attributes, it is a wine of maturity, depth of character and vitality.
Tait knows that all quality wine starts in the vineyard. The Barossa fruit they use is always from very low yielding sites, displaying highly concentrated flavours and aromas. Tait produce all wine on site to ensure quality and consistency. Traditional winemaking methods are utilised, including open fermentation, extended maceration and basket pressing. The finished wines display the indelible marque of uncompromising excellence.
The growth in stature for Tait Wines has come about fairly quickly and directly reflects the dedication and vision of Bruno Tait. Bruno's wines have received highly favourable reviews overseas ( 93 Parker points for the 2001 Basket Pressed Shiraz, 92 Parker points for the 2002 The Ball Buster, 90 Parker points for the 2001 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon)
Bruno's efforts epitomize the Barossa style, big and rich, full of flavour. The attention to detail and the close relationship with his growers ensures that Bruno can access the highest quality fruit (the old vine material is from vines 50-80 years old) which he handcrafts into wines that are reflection of his own personality, big and generous with loads of personality. Bruno also works in close partnership with his exporters, essential to maintain his presence in the competitive international market, whilst remaining true to his own style.
Stonehaven opened in
March 1998, and is located just 6km south of Padthaway, the gateway to South Australia's Limestone Coast
Stonehaven takes its name from one of its vineyards which originally formed part of the pioneering Hynam Station established by one of the region's first settlers Adam Smith in 1846. Stonehaven features the latest winemaking technology that provides the winemaker with unprecedented control over the winemaking process, allowing them to maximise the special characters of every batch of premium fruit that comes into the winery.
Since opening, the winery and its wines have won numerous awards, including a number of gold medals at major national and international wine shows and an engineering excellence award. In 2000 Stonehaven was honoured to be named 'International Winery of the Year' at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition. Though Stonehaven can process 10,000 tonnes of fruit every vintage, each vineyard block can receive individual treatment. Fruit can be soft pressed in very small batches to fully capture regional characteristics.
Through a specially designed computer program, every stage of the winemaker's craft can be managed with a precision previously unknown. Fermentation can be controlled to maximise varietal flavours. Reds are tasted twice a day and whites once a day to monitor their progress. The result is superbly crafted wines. Perfectly matched to contemporary tastes. Singular expressions of the winemaker's art.
If the vineyard is Stonehaven's nursery, then the barrel hall is Stonehaven's finishing school
This hall is exactly one acre in size and at full capacity can hold 15,000 barrels, which is equivalent to 500,000 dozen bottles of wine. After crushing and fermentation, the wines which require barrel maturation are pumped to this hall and decanted into a selection of the finest French and American oak available. This maturation in oak allows the wine to develop structure and further character to complement the fruit flavours but never to dominate them. The time the wine spends in barrel varies depending on the wine and in some cases, Susanne Bell will ferment in barrel which adds further unique characters to the resulting wine.
Stonehaven sources fruit from more that 2,200 acres of premium vineyard holdings in several distinctly different microclimates located throughout the prestigious Limestone Coast district of South Australia. These include: Padthaway 452 hectares, Wrattonbully 160 hectares, and Coonawarra 127 hectares.
Located in the south eastern corner of South Australia, the Limestone Coast includes Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Robe and Mount Gambier. Stonehaven wines are blended from fruit sourced from all three of the major areas; namely Padthaway, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully, which make up the Limestone Coast.
Since its first
vintage in 1985, Coldstream Hills has grown to be one of the Australia‚Äôs leading small wineries, with a reputation for producing an outstanding range of wines
Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. As a winemaker for over 30 years, James Halliday expressed his passion through involvements with other winemakers, devoting his time to crafting some of Australia's most memorable labels. From its initial vintage of 450 cases, Coldstream Hills has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries, its wines sold in some 16 countries and a reputation out of all proportion to its size. Coldstream Hills maintains its small winery essence with most of the wine literally being hand made. Situated in the cool and beautiful Yarra Valley, about one hour's drive east of Melbourne, its steep, close-planted vineyards have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines (most notably Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs) which reflect a climate cooler than Bordeaux and a little warmer than Burgundy.
France also provides all the oak barriques (1500, but increasing year by year) and no small amount of inspiration for the winemaking team. To create the specialties of the Coldstream Hills winery each year outstanding parcels of grapes are earmarked for special attention during making, using new French barriques.
The emphasis at Coldstream Hills is on the varietal fruit and length of flavour which the Yarra Valley bestows on each grape variety. The varietal wines are designed to be enjoyed upon release - attractive when young, but will certainly reward careful cellaring. The wines are quite literally, hand made, mainly using small open fermenters (of three to four tonnes capacity) for the red wines, while the white wines are barrel fermented.
These techniques are directed to making wines which are characterised by elegance and finesse, by silky supple texture, length of flavour, subtle oak and the ability to develop extra dimensions of complexity with bottle age. These are not weighty, extractive, tannic or alcoholic styles, however impressive well-made examples of these may be.
When the resulting wine is regarded as outstanding it forms the strictly limited quantity of wine bearing the Reserve label. While the fruit remains the driving force, there is more focus on structure and complexity. The Reserve wines are designed to improve for at least five years, and live for a decade or more.
Coldstream's founder James Halliday, is one of Australia's most distinguished wine journalists, consultants and judges. With two other Sydney lawyers, he founded Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley in 1970. After moving to Melbourne for his law firm in 1983, he and his wife established Coldstream Hills in 1985. He worked as a hands-on winemaker at Brokenwood, at Coldstream Hills, and several stints in France, before increasing age persuaded him that jumping in and out of open vats could be a terminal health hazard. As a journalist he has written over 45 books and several thousand newspaper and magazine articles, winning a number of major wine writing awards in Australia and the United States. He was also awarded Australia's most prestigious wine award - the Maurice O'Shea Award - for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry in 1995.