One of Victoria's quiet achiever wineries
The Team At Witchmount Have Been Rewarded For Their Efforts By A Succession Of Spectacular Vintage Releases The growing seasons here enjoy extended Autumn ripening so essential to bringing out the intensely fragrant fruit characters and refined tannins of world class Cabernet Sauvignon. Treated to an extended term of maturation in seasoned French and American oak, Lowen Park articulates the piquant eucalypt aromatics and spiced bush lemon complexity of a unique Victorian vineyard.
Founded 1859 when two companies merged their viticultural interests
DUVAL LEROY ARE ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING. exclusively family owned Champagne firms. solidly established within the the top tier of Maison. A mostly Pinot Noir wine (75%) from some of the better Crus Montagne de Reims and C√īte des Blancs. Headquartered at Vertus. in the heart of La Cote des Blancs. Duval Leroy cultivate two hundred hectares of the most exceptional quality vines. .
JOHN AND PATRICIA KENNEDY MAKE A VERY SPECIAL WINE. Work in the vineyard is focused on unravelling intricacies within their site, identifying those areas which produce the best fruit. There is a perceptible learning curve from year to year, as the Kennedys continue to extract a finer quality of fruit with each vintage. The property was carefully chosen and the viticulture is tailored to growing grapes that are flavoursome, structured and balanced, to be crafted into wine by the eminent Sandro Mosele.
A DECOROUS SHIRAZ WINE IN THE ROBUST, fully ripened, effusive plum and pepper style which can only be achieved from fruit grown to the higher, coolly ripened aspects of Valley King. The most intensely flavoured grapes are harvested off diligently husbanded vines, painstakingly pruned to limit yields and concentrate flavour. Treated to a traditional vinification, minimal handling and a spell of ageing in the highest quality French oak, The Stables
fills the palate with dark plum fruit, well polished integrated oak, seasoned by complex high country spice.
A PURE CARICATURE OF WATERVALE, a highly eloquent expression of Riesling, as influenced by the very special terroir and clime from which it is derived. Planted in 1969, the Knappstein Ackland River site is a dry grown property of classic red loam over limestone soils, perfect for yielding vintages of outstanding Riesling fruit. The delicate floral nuances and calico textures are unique to the handful of precious sites within this exclusive Watervale precinct.
The vineyards of
Mount Langi Ghiran are nestled between two dramatically beautiful mountain ranges on the southern edge of the Great Dividing Range in Western Victoria, 180 km west of Melbourne
Pronounced "Mount Langee Jeeran", the name is Aboriginal for "Home of the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo". The initial vineyards were planted by the Fratin brothers in 1963, on the site of a vineyard that had been in operation at the turn of the century. Their first plantings were Shiraz, and initially, the grapes were sold to neighbouring winemakers. The exceptionally high quality of their fruit quickly drew a strong following and encouraged the Fratins to begin making their own wine.
In 1979, Trevor Mast was appointed consultant winemaker. Inspired by the potential of the vineyard and keen to develop it further, he purchased the property in 1987. Two partnerships followed, until in late 2002 the property was purchased by the Rathbone family, also proprietors of Yering Station winery in the Yarra Valley. Trevor Mast remains winemaker at Mount Langi Ghiran, where he utilises traditional non-interventionist winemaking methods.
State-of-the-art winery technology and fastidious vineyard management enable Mount Langi Ghiran to consistently produce wines of the highest quality. The hallmarks of the elegant and supple Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz are sweet dark fruit, spice and liquorice, accompanied by the unmistakable aromas of cracked pepper. Each vintage, the vineyard and winemaking teams seek to capture the cool climate characters of pepper and spice, while attaining rich, ripe fruit flavours.
While the climate at Mount Langi Ghiran is marginal for grapegrowing, Langi's spectacular setting creates a unique environment ideal for producing wine of distinctive character
The vineyards are situated at the base of the 540 metre cliff face of Mount Langi Ghiran. Directly opposite, approximately three kilometres away is the equally majestic Mount Cole and adjoining state forest. The two mountains create a cooling effect as cold air tumbles down the mountains and flows through the valley at night. During Autumn, the mountain shadows the vineyard before day's end shortening the effective sunshine hours, and thereby extending the growing season.
Derived from ancient Ordovician red clays rich in ironstone, the soils at Langi vary somewhat within the Shiraz block which contributes to the complexity of the wine. The topsoil comprises granitic sands and silts eroded over the years from the Mount. Red clay loams are well known to Australian viticulturists, they provide excellent drainage and impart desirable characteristics for red wine production, such soils occur in the Barossa, Coonawarra, Pyrenees and Grampians regions.
The Shiraz vines at Mount Langi Ghiran, which range up to 40 years in age, are particularly suited to these conditions. It is during the long ripening period that the signature intense spicy, pepper flavours develop, and the excellent sugar-acid structure is preserved. The soil profile enhances the control of the vine's water requirements allowing the vines to naturally stress at critical periods of growth which further concentrates fruit flavour.
Paxton Vineyards Pty
Ltd is one of South Australia's leading producers of quality fruit for the wine industry
David Paxton has been growing grapes in McLaren Vale for almost 30 years. In this time he has developed and managed vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra, Yarra Valley, regions of Western Australia and has consulted to growers across the country. David's company Paxton Vineyards owns approximately 200 acres of premium McLaren Vale vineyards and manages over 500 acres in the region as well as over 25 on Kangaroo Island. Whilst the majority of the grapes grown by Paxton are sold to wine companies, a small portion is utilised for the Paxton label.
For decades Paxton have nurtured their vineyards in the McLaren Vale. During this time the philosophy and reputation has been built on growing grapes of exceptional quality. The Paxton mission now is to showcase quality, varietal expression and natural regional diversity within a range of wines that will indulge lovers of the finest drop. It's been heads down, tails up for everyone at Paxton, for as long as they can remember.
In Paxton's home of McLaren Vale South Australia, their vineyards are spread across a number of sites and soil types which are managed without compromise from planting to harvest. The Paxton winemaker's mission is to produce and showcase the region's fruit quality, varietal expression and natural diversity, particularly with Shiraz, which is now well recognised as the region's top performing variety.
Paxton call the approach back to the future
It involves combining traditional, hands-on management, integrated and complimented with modern technology. The Paxton winemakers choose to propagate vines from old pre-clonal selection vineyards to benefit from stock with a history of low-yield and high quality. The vineyard site characteristics that the Paxton winemaking team target have soil profiles that allow perfect control of soil moisture content via irrigation, maximising fruit quality and intensity.
Here the winemakers work with the concept of terroir, although they make nothing of the mystery that is often attached to the word. It can be complex but it is not magic. Paxton considers terroir as the interaction between a vine, its environment and the impact of man's management with the moisture balance of the soil being possibly the major influence. Management techniques are varied to suit variety and style.
The Paxton name is known within the Australian wine industry for growing and supplying grapes to wineries, and only a small portion is utilised for the Paxton label. Utilisation of techniques such as shoot thinning, leaf plucking and fruit thinning are employed to attain superior quality. Targeted crop levels for Shiraz are 6 - 8 Tonnes per hectare.
Dandelion Vineyards really
do wish you were here
Their vineyards are family, their wines are children. Serious stuff, certainly. Proper fun, absolutely. The lifelong search to appreciate and understand the essence of wine, its terroir, leads to a vinous treasure hunt, following the Dandelion's wishing clock if you will, that always inspires. Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time.
Dandelion grow their own grapes and source from the best of family vineyards. Their wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express terroir in the wines. Dandelion believe that to capture variety, vintage and vineyard requires an enlightened approach. Separating single sites and even single soil types, vine by vine if need be.
Dandelion are a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Their wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Dandelion combines old vineyards, a young winemaker and a couple of mates to help out in between, making for the ideal winery.
Dandelion wines are a combination of all of their favourite local terroirs with mature, and in some cases centurion plus vineyards, down and dirty viticulture through purist winemaking. A vinous treasure hunt in their own vineyards. Wish you were here.
Where convict past
and Barossa tradition meet, Westlake are a small, family operated vineyard committed to producing exceptional wines
Established to the renowned northern Barossa Valley sub regions of Koonunga and Moppa, Westlake take aim aim to capture the soils and seasons in which these vines grow and to celebrate their differences, ensuring that each vintage will have its own story to tell. By combining a colourful convict past and traditional Barossa heritage, Westlake look forward to continuing a unique story. Ultra rare, hand crafted, Barossan wine with a difference. Right from the start, the vision was to produce the best possible fruit from estate vineyards in a sustainable way, ensuring that the environmental care would benefit future generations. From that came the urge to complete the cycle and make wines from fruit that was only sourced from estate vineyards, tended by hand throughout the year.
The philosophy behind Westlake wines was to capture the soils and seasons in which these vines grow and to celebrate their differences in the bottle. This ensures that every vintage release is a direct reflection on what the vineyard endures throughout the year. Completely open to the forces of nature, there have been some vintages which were not released, due to the fact that they have not reached the highest standards. Rest assured that if it's in the bottle it is good. Finally, there is not much point in doing this if you donít enjoy it or have anyone to share it with, so it is with great joy that Westlake can share with friends everywhere to celebrate what they do.
Nestled amongst the rolling hills at the northern fringe of Barossa Valley is the highly prized Jaensches Vineyard, in family hands for three generations. Although the soils vary across the block they mainly consist of shallow red brown top soils over heavy red clays, scattered with ironstone and quartz. The variations and aspects of each plot provide us great blending material, adding complexity and depth to our wines.
The picturesque Higgins Block Vineyard, located in the sub region of Koonunga, with its gentle slopes falling down to the gum studded creeks, really isnít a bad place to work! This part of the valley has the ability to produce amazingly concentrated world class wines that are highly sought by collectors world wide.
Jaensches Vineyard crops and canopy levels are naturally controlled due to the hard nature of soils and climate. Wines from this block typically display dark fruits, with rich colours and ample tannin structure. Jaensches vineyard has been planted to varieties that are suited to the site such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Durif, Grenache, Mataro, Petite Verdot and Viognier. Higgins Vineyard soils consist of shallow red brown top soils over heavy red clays, famous to the Koonunga region to Biscay like soil over red clay. With its rows running East/West it has proven to be ideal in controlling canopy size and crops levels already impressing with spectacular fruit, displaying wonderful aromatics and colour. Planted to Durif, Graciano and several clones of Shiraz, Westlake look forward in showcasing the results of vintages well into the future.