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Deep dark garnet colour. A vibrant, juicy Shiraz exuding a glorious fragrance of plum, varietal spice and red fruits. Blackberries and red cherry dominate the intense palate, loads of plum, a spectrum of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and menthol lift.
One of the more profound Margaret River constructs of the complex Bordeaux blend
A cÃ©page Of Merlot And Malbec Cabernet and Petit Verdot Combines the blueberry and blackcurrant fruit characters of Yallingup with the perfumed violets and toothsome red currants of Cowaramup, generous fruit depth with soft oak influence, in fine support with a toasty, spiced background. Full body and sweet round flavours of cherry and other dark fruits, as well as melted chocolate, make Amy instantly appealing and oh so easy to enjoy.
Zema excel in the construct of multi varietal Bordelais styled reds
The Family Is Proudly Traditional In Their Approach To Vineyard Practice Favouring hand pruning and limited irrigation to maximise quality Demetrio and Francesca Zema chose their ground carefully in 1982. Cluny captures the mood of Bordeaux, the feel and the presence of fine Medoc. A masterfully fashioned cÃ©page of pure alchemy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Franc, magically brought forward through the addition of Malbec and patient ageing in smaller oak barrels.
RWT STANDS FOR RED WINEMAKING TRIAL
, the name given to the project internally when developmental work began on a campaign to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest level. Penfolds have sourced parcels of the most transcendent fruit from dedicated Barossa growers, chosen on the basis of aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than intensity or power. Since inaugural vintage, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT, already the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.
CABERNET WITH MERLOT IS THE WAY OF RED WINE FROM MARGARET RIVER. You'll hear some arguments from the Shiraz dudes but don't pay any attention. Vinified from fruit grown to the best sites, inaugural release was a winner at the London International. Add the plum and plush of Merlot to flesh out the opaque muscularity of Cabernet Sauvignon, Brad is hard to beat and this is pretty smart stuff. Have it alongside good food, this is gonna do some great things to your social life, so you should get some into you today.
MARGARET RIVER HAS EARNED A STELLAR INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION FOR THE MOST STATUESQUE AND REFINED CHARDONNAY. After decades of the most exacting standards in viticulture, Cape Mentelle is richly endowed with a peerless inventory of the most salubrious sites in the most excellent health, vines which yield harvests of Chardonnay grapes bursting with intense flavours. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity over a finely textured mouthfeel and long, clean finish.
THE LEGACY OF EARLY VICTORIAN VINEYARDS IS MAINTAINED THROUGH A CURIOUS CANON OF PLACE NAMES ON SEPPELT LABELS, Chalambar is a tribute to unemployed miners who turned to viticulture as the gold rush came to an end. Deriving its name from the picturesque mount near Great Western, Chalambar is a true regional icon that's been playing to packed houses since 1951. An immediately approachable Shiraz with the enigmatic capacity to age gracefully, flavours of spicy dark berry fruits and chocolate are supported by fine tannins and gentle cedary oak.
David Pettavel pioneered
the establishment of the Geelong wine region in 1842, the industry's early successes are a tribute to Pettavel's accurate assessment of the climatic and geological influences of the region
David Pettavel left Switzerland and emigrated to Australia in 1842 aboard the barque Platina. Upon landing at Port Philip, Pettavel continued directly to the hills of Geelong to plant the region's first vineyard. These vineyards, and the wine produced from them were such a success that Pettavel immediately began plans for further vineyard development throughout the rolling hills of Geelong. The shortage of skilled labour became a major constraint to Pettavel's expansion, so Pettavel returned to Switzerland, and sailed back to Australia aboard the ship the Evening Star in 1856 after convincing family and friends to follow him to Australia.
The rapid expansion and development of the wine industry in Geelong halted abruptly in the late 1870s with the passing of Pettavel, and the arrival of phylloxera which devastated the vineyards. The nearby gold rush also proved a temptation too great for many vigneron's, and labour shortages prevented vineyards from being replanted.
Michael Francis Fitzpatrick purchased land in Australia from his homeland in Ireland through an indenture scheme before emigrating to start a new life in the far away country. Michael Francis was one of the first arrivals to the Mildura region and spent his early years constructing irrigation channels that would later allow him to plant and grow grapes. Mike Fitzpatrick, grandson of Michael Francis, and his wife Sandi have continued developing the family trade of grape growing.
Pettavel is ideally located in a vineyard setting on the outskirts of Geelong, close to the start of the Great Ocean Road and associated coastal towns. The search for cooler climate production led Mike and Sandi to Geelong and in 1990 they began developing vineyards in Sutherlands Creek. Such was the quality of the grapes produced that the natural progression of constructing a winery, the second for the Fitzpatrick's, was undertaken.
Pettavel opened its doors in December 2001, welcoming the first visitors to the cellar door and diners to the restaurant with the release of the 2000 vintage wines. Since opening Pettavel has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and reviews for its food and Pettavel has developed a reputation as a leading regional destination. Robyn Fitzpatrick, Mike and Sandi's daughter, is Pettavelâ€™s General Manager. Robyn is a dedicated member of many wine and tourism committees and is passionate about promoting the Geelong wine region. Her role extends outside Pettavel, as Executive Board Member for the Geelong Winegrowers Association and Board Member for Geelong Otway Tourism.
In recent years the Geelong region has experienced rapid growth and redevelopment of the once thriving wine industry. The region now boasts over 50 independent wine producers located across a three sub-regions, the Moorabool Valley, the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula, within the greater Geelong Geographic Index. These sub-regions vary vastly in terms of climatic influence, from the maritime influenced Bellarine Peninsula and coastal towns to the continental influenced inland regions of Sutherlands Creek and Bannockburn. These varying climatic influences allow the Geelong region to produce a broad range of grape varieties and associated wine styles, offering numerous options for wine drinkers.
Welcome to Charles
Sturt University Winery, a producer of premium varietal table wines in Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia
The CSU Winery is an integral part of Australia's leading wine and food science school and as such is at the forefront of viticultural practices and wine making techniques. The winery focuses on excellence, using state of the art technology without sacrificing tradition. It is seen as important that the winery reflect the same environment as other commercial Australian wineries, being market driven and producing the quality and styles of wine that obtain ready acceptance from discerning wine consumers in the open market place.
The Charles Sturt University Winery is a producer of premium varietal table wines. It is an integral part of Australia's leading wine and food science school and as such is at the forefront of viticultural practices and wine making techniques. It is seen as important that the winery reflect the same environment as other commercial Australian wineries, being market driven and producing the quality and styles of wine that obtain ready acceptance from discerning wine consumers in the open market place.
The winery demonstrates an accountable commercial operation and provides stimulating training for those students fortunate enough to be employed (through a winery scholarship ). The wines are sold through the Cellar Door at the Winery and in selected premium wine retail outlets in each capital city of Australia as well as limited quantities being exported to the United States. Since the re-organisation of the Winery Management in 1991 sales of CSU wine have grown from 3287 cases to a budgeted 15000 cases in 2001. The winery focuses on its own range of premium table, fortified and sparkling wines and since its inception in 1977 has been awarded 23 trophies, 84 gold, 164 silver and 387 bronze medals in national wine shows.
Circe is a
partnership inspired by growing up on the Mornington Peninsula and a love of Pinot Noir
Dan Buckle and Aaron Drummond met at Mount Langi Ghiran in 2007. After a vintage of Shiraz it was inevitable that the conversation would turn to any other varietal except Shiraz. With both of them growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, they were keen and curious as to what they could do with Pinot Noir from such great soil. Drummond & Buckle acquired a vineyard along Hillcrest Road, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, three acres undervine being roughly half I-clone Chardonnay and half MV6 Pinot Noir, with north facing rows, moderate spacing and deep red volcanic basalt soils.
Hillcrest Vineyard is leased from Paul and Louise Coronel, who planted the 3 acres in 1993. Given Paul’s engineering background the vineyard is not surprisingly meticulously set up. It is dry grown and managed for quality. As such, Drummond & Buckle keep yields low, cropping at less than 2t to the acre. Being a small vineyard means that they can really focus on the detail. They both spend a lot of time in the vineyard because, as good viticulturalists know, there is no substitute for footprints among the vines.
The name Circe derives from Homer and is a nice metaphor for the seductions and perils of Pinot Noir. Dan studied arts at university before realising it wouldn’t help him get a job. He then went on to oenology. At least his studies of the classics helped in determining a good name.
The story of
Dal Zotto wine begins on the other side of the world in the town of Valdobbiadene in north eastern Italy
A traditional high-walled Italian town of stone houses and citadels surrounded by mountains, Valdobbiadene is a region renowned for wine-making. Owing to its generous soil and mild climate, vines hundreds of years old blanket the landscape.
It is here that Ottorino Dal Zotto was born and raised on his familyâ€™s vineyard. The love of viticulture, appreciation of fine wine and dedication to the highest standards was instilled from an early age, his education steeped in the practices of traditional Italian winemaking. And so began Ottoâ€™s lifetime passion.
With little else but a dream, determination and a sense of adventure, Otto packed his bags in search of the opportunities awaiting him in Australia. It was 1967 and like many Italian migrants before him, Otto migrated to Victoriaâ€™s King Valley in the foothills of the Victorian Alps in north-east Victoria. It was a taste of home; a stunning valley of rolling hills, fertile land, mild climate and an Italian agricultural heritage. Otto and his wife Elena used their agricultural experience to grow tobacco as share farmers until shrinking demand for tobacco and the introduction of the Tobacco Stabilisation Scheme bought about the decline of the local industry. With the purchase of their first property in Cheshunt 1987 came the exciting opportunity for Otto to return to his heritage. The couple planted Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines on their new property and Dal Zotto Estate Wines was born.
The winery first began as a contract supplier of premium quality grapes to larger wineries. The ideal conditions the winery enjoyed in the King Valley and Ottoâ€™s viticultural background meant our grapes were in high demand. At the same time the King Valley, once the heartland of tobacco production in Australia, was emerging as a renowned vine growing region. With time, Otto put his own winemaking skills to work using the best of the traditional Italian methods alongside some of the modern techniques Australia had to offer. Dal Zottoâ€™s highly regarded Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot and Riesling were the impressive results.
With the expansion of the winery in 1994 came the opportunity for Otto to take the path less travelled and he decided to introduce Italian varietals into the vineyard â€“ Barbera, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Arneis. All of which are perfectly suited to the wineryâ€™s terroir. Dal Zotto Estates had become pioneers of Italian varieties in Australia. The unique characteristics of Sangiovese, Barbera and Arneis are appealing to more and more wine consumers. The release of Prosecco (a dry, sparkling wine) for the first time in Australia is typical of Dal Zotto Estates commitment to both innovation and to honouring the family's heritage.
Dal Zotto Wines recently relocated their Cellar Door to the centre of Whitfield, at the same time building Rinaldo's of the King Valley Restaurant. Built in the early 1950s, the refurbished Cellar Door originally served as the Whitfield Police Station. Rinaldo's of the King Valley is operated by Otto and Elena's nephew, Adam Pizzini, who delights in sharing the family history of traditional Italian hospitality centred around the table. The restaurant sits next to the old Cellar Door in one of the farm's original tobacco sheds - the corrugated iron tobacco sheds and kilns are a major part of the King Valley landscape and offer a reminder of the region's recent agricultural history.
Adam Dal Zotto's menu features the best of local produce assembled into dishes with a delicious Italian accent. The kitchen garden next to the restaurant provides seasonal inspiration, especially through the blackboard of specials that change daily according to the available flavours. The menu works beautifully with a wine list that features many options including the Dal Zotto Estate range of favourites - hard to go past wine and food combinations made from ingredients you can see out of the window...but that's the King Valley for you.