Rich plum red in colour. The nose has lovely hints of plums and savoury spice, mulberries and anise with leather notes and earthy undertones, evolving fragrances of dried herbs and dark chocolate. The palate is soft, round and very generous. Tightly structured with good length on the back palate and a fleshy, juicy middle. A rich, round but firm tannin structure, good oak and finally, excellent length towards the finish.
The worthy vineyards along Stonewell Road at Marananga
Have Been Source Of The Most Memorable Vintages In Barossa Cabernet Tscharke established a smaller block of vine here in 2001 the quality of fruit however belies its teenage years. The auspicious plantings were sown east to west, aimed at protecting fruit from the parching late afternoon summer sun. The accumulated skills of six generations in Barossa viticulture, have sired a precious site which yields a multi dimensional Cabernet wine of amazing depth, structure and length.
FROM FRUIT GROWN TO CLOSELY HUSBANDED VINES ON THE VILLA MARIA ESTATE PROPERTY, at the outskirts of the eminent Gimblett Gravels precinct in Hawkes Bay. The vineyard has been managed to holistic principles of viticulture for many years, the quality of wine speaks for itself. Rather than relying on herbicides or pesticides, the focus is on enhancing soil health and yielding harvests of clean, natural grapes. Yields are kept limited to realize a quality of fruit that's concentrated and bursting with ripe natural sugars.
THE MOUNT RILEY TEAM PRACTISE AN EARTH TO BOTTLE DISCIPLINE OF WINEMAKING AND VITICULTURE, a totally holistic endeavour which can operate around the clock to get the fruit in on time, right at the most perfect point of ripening. What gives Mount Riley estate it's greatest edge however are it's splendid vineyards which yield immaculate harvests of generously flavoured fruit. Mount Riley make the essential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, its appeal gains momentum with white wine enthusiasts throughout the world of wine, after every new vintage.
IF YOU LIKE EFFERVESCENT PINK WINES YOU WILL POSITIVELY LOVE JANSZ ROSÃ©. Crafted from the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me
of vintage, the realization of a joint venture between Tasmania's finest sparkling wine vineyards and the eminent House of Louis Roederer, all in the pursuit of defining the ultimate Aussie CuvÃ©e
. Every block of vines was established with the specific aim to yield fruit exclusively for sparkling wine. Each stage of the winemaking process is made to the timeless Champenoise of true Methode Traditionnelle
LANGTONS OUTSTANDING CLASSIFICATION. An exclusively Barossa Valley Shiraz this year, from a number of very old vineyards most being between seventy and a hundred years of age.
Hugo Wines is
very much McLaren Vale, continuing the tradition of quality boutique winemaking from one of the nation's finest estate vineyards
The story of Hugo Wines is intrinsically linked to the property on which the vineyard is established. John Hugo's maternal great grandfather, George Sauerbier acquired the property and first farmed the land in the early 1900s, originally a Southdown sheep stud, grazing cattle and dairy, almonds, glasshouse tomatoes and mixed cropping, not to mention paddocks of grapevine meant for personal consumption. At that time, anything planted had to perform and provide a return, whatever the soil and climatic conditions.
There were no local sources of water and the science involved in agriculture as we know it today was in its infancy. Machinery was limited and the majority of tasks were performed by hand, quite often with the aid of magnificent heavy horses which have now been replaced by tractors and harvesters. Generations later in 1951, still in family hands, Colin and Gwendoline Hugo (nee Sauerbier) built a new homestead and established a block of dry grown Grenache vines which remain productive until this day, the source of an amazaing quality bush wine.
When John took over the reins from his father Colin, he decided to produce an estate label under the guidance of eminent McLaren Vale winemaker Wayne Thomas. The inaugural estate Shiraz was vintaged in 1979 and the estate Cellar Door was opened in October 1982. Much critical acclaim has since been awarded to Hugo Wines.
There are currently thirty hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Grenache, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc under vine. Many of the original plantings date back to 1970 when John Hugo followed in his father's footsteps on the family vineyard at McLaren Flat.
John and Liz Hugo take pride and joy in the vineyard where they work and at the McLaren Flat estate wineworks where they live. To manage the day to day tasks of managing a vineyard, the family relies on the help of farmhands who return year after year, not to mention the highly capable pruners who know the individual vines like the back of their hand.
Consistency and quality is what Hugo Wines are all about, using nothing but estate grown fruit makes the realization of the highest standards in McLaren Vale wines a reality. The climate soils and proximity to the coast are also contributing factors in maintaining quality. Since inaugural release, Hugo Wines have received many conspicuous wine competition accolades. The Reserve Shiraz is made from the oldest dry grown Shiraz vines on the property. When the old vine Shiraz grapes are processed, parcels are kept seperate for barrel fermentation in new American and French oak hogsheads. Batches earmarked for inclusion into the Reserve Label are only approved after a barrel cull to determine the finest barrels. You can be assured of an exceptional red wine.
The Scholz's Australian
story began in 1845 when 40 year-old Johann Gottfried joined his neighbours to flee the religious persecution of his Silesian homeland, and emigrate to a fertile valley on the other side of the world
Like the other settlers, Johann established a mixed farm of sheep, cows, crops and fruit trees as well as a few grape vines along the alluvial banks of the Para River. This northern Barossa location is distinguished by its cooling gully breezes during vintage, providing slow ripening and a clearer expression of berry and spice flavours in red wines and lifted varietal fruit characters in whites.
Johann had also spent most of his early career as a bone-setter in the Prussian Army and it was his healing hands which were in demand, as the early settlers had to contend with the daily bumps, breaks and bruises of their harsh environment.
In 1914, when World War I broke out against Germany, fourth generation Herbert Bernard left for the United States rather than be interned. Here he learned the new science of physiotherapy at famous spas such as the Chicago Steam Baths. Herbert's fame grew during the 1940s, particularly during the post-War polio epidemic, when he gave many locals a new life by rejecting the traditional medical prescription of bed rest and advocating exercise instead.
Herbert's son William Herbert, known as 'Bert' was forced to study medicine to continue the family tradition
Bert graduated in 1954 and practised in Victoria and at Loxton in the Riverland before returning to Angaston in the mid 1970s. He wisely maintained the Shiraz and Semillon vines, now the backbone of some of The Willows most popular wines, but replaced the old Pedro and Doradillo grapes, which had been used for brandy production.
In their place went more Shiraz, plus Cabernet, Grenache, Mataro, Riesling and Muscadelle. He even showed a progressive streak by planting Pinot Noir, which still remains today.
Unfortunately Bert's enthusiasm about grapegrowing coincided with the industry's worst downturn. In the late 1970s the red wine boom became the red wine glut and Bert sought a better price for his grapes by transferring his contract from the Kaiser Stuhl Cooperative to Saltram, where an old family friend, Peter Lehmann was chief winemaker.
Cockatoo Ridge Wines
are among the most recognised labels in Australia
Cockatoo Ridge is headquartered in the Barossa Valley on the principal road between the two main Barossa towns of Tanunda and Nuriootpa. This high profile site was once the old Hardy's Siegersdorf winery, built in 1930. The property, held under long term lease by Cockatoo Ridge, is being renovated and will include administration, triage (bottle fermenting of sparkling wine) and barrel storage.
The brand's international popularity is growing rapidly, with sales to the United States alone expected to increase from the current 2,000 cases to more than 50,000 over the next 12 months. The strength of the brand lies in dedication to quality wine-making, product consistency, intensive marketing and careful cost control.
The fruit for Cockatoo Ridge's wines is sourced from their own carefully tended vineyards and from reputable contract growers throughout the Barossa Valley. The skilled winemakers often identify additional sources of premium fruit in areas outside the Barossa Valley, without compromising the house style.
Cockatoo Ridge Wines operates on a quality fruit philosophy. While the winery aims for self-sufficiency in fruit supplies, the production system is also geared to sourcing premium grapes from growers who are contracted to meet strict quality standards.
Cockatoo Ridge's philosophy is to deliver optimal value to wine lovers, and to remain responsive to changes in the global wine markets. Long established expertise in viticultural practices has led to a vigorous planting program that's been initiated to ensure adequate supplies to satisfy Cockatoo Ridge's growing domestic and export demand.
The Cockatoo Ridge label was originally owned by Yalumba and was launched in 1991 with a NV sparkling wine. Since its release the label has grown into one of Australia's most recognized wine brands, with the product range now including a selection of table wines. In 2002 Cockatoo Ridge Wines was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Building on strong domestic sales and the introduction of new brands, Cockatoo Ridge have forged strategic relationships with leading distributors in international markets.
Bellarmine produces a
range of wines which are made from grapes grown on its picturesque estate in the cool climate region of Pemberton in Western Australia
Bellarmine Vineyard was planted in 2000 and is owned by a German doctor, Dr Willi Schumacher and his wife Gudrun Schumacher. The Schumachers are passionate about great wine and searched the world for a place to plant vines before they chose what has become the Bellarmine property. The vineyard is an elevated site with gravelly laterite soils. Since the first vintage in 2004, Bellarmine has been consistently producing stunning wines. Bellarmine Wines is rated 5 stars out of five by renowned wine reviewer James Halliday.
Named after 15th Century made jugs used to carry wine from oak cask to table, the labels show etchings taken from Bellarmine jugs. Bellarmine Wines is a coupleâs dream come true. Theyâd like to share their dream with you.
Dr Di Miller has been making wine since 1999. Before this she enjoyed working in mixed and small animal practice as a veterinarian in the U.K. and Australia. Di is passionate about wine and about her work for Bellarmine which she sees as a very high quality vineyard that produces restrained, savoury wines full of flavour and balance. âEach year the wines get better and betterâ, enthuses Di, who has made the wines for Bellarmine since they began production in 2004.
Di also manages the Bellarmine wine company which she has done since July 2008. Prior to this she was Senior Winemaker and Manager of the highly successful contract winery, The Vintage Wineworx in Porongurup, Great Southern. In 2007, Di was a State finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Now in her second year of the Master of Wine course run by the London Institute of Masters of Wine, Di has enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone Valley in France and Ribera Del Duero, Rioja, Jerez, and Madrid in Spain.