GEORGE FRANCIS MORRIS ESTABLISHED A SMALL VINEYARD IN 1859, just two miles east of the current Mia Mia
Morris family wineworks. The first Durif vines were planted in the 1920s but it was not until Mick Morris, the first Morris family winemaker to be university educated, released his Durif under the pseudonym Claret
in 1954. A Rutherglen specialty, Durif is a characteristically big wine, originally imported from Hermitage
by Victoria's legendary viticulturalist Francois de Castella circa 1908.
A VINEYARD OF SOME HISTORICAL IMPORT, Bernoota is the original block, planted to the Follett family homestead along the banks of River Bremer, two decades before federation. A splendid construct of Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet, selected from old vines around the distinguished Follett family vineyard, perennially released to resounding accolades. Bernoota is Lake Breeze's most highly awarded wine, amassing multi awards and gold in recent years, including the highly prestigious Royal Adelaide Max Schubert Trophy.
A RICH ASSEMBLAGE OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Merlot and Cabernet Frank from Yin Barun Vineyard, Merlot from the Gralaine property near Geelong and Petit Verdot from Colbinabbin Estate at Heathcote. Hanging Rock Wines know about the noble French varietals, the estate patriarch has received French Australian Chamber of Commerce Flair Award for fostering French Australian relations. Hanging Rock's young French team have treated this complex cepage of fruit to a highly stylized vinification that's aimed at the modern Australian palate.
JEAN-MARC BROCARD OFTEN CONSIDERS HIMSELF TO BE A SERVANT OF NATURE, he is unswerving in his determination to offer beautifully made Chablis wines in their purest forms. Each edition of Brocard is a Chablis first, foremost and to the last drop, wines which are some of the most beautiful and consistently characterful, pure expressions of Chardonnays. The cool mineral discipline of the generally lean soils and clime, ultimately tightens and structures the distinctive and complex Chardonnay grapes. Petit Chablis is a signature style of the greater Chablis region.
Waipara Hills has
won international acclaim for consistently producing some of New Zealandâ€™s best quality wines
At the 2005 Liquorland International Top 100 Wine Awards in Auckland Waipara Hillsâ€™ wines were awarded four trophies including Champion Winery of the Show. Trophies were awarded for Champion Pinot Noir, Champion Gewurztraminer, Champion Pinot Gris. Launched as a public wine company in 2001, Waipara Hills was awarded the accolade of fifteenth fastest growing company in New Zealand by Deloitteâ€™s in 2004. Production From 6000 cases in 2001 to over 89,000 cases in 2006 Waipara Hillsâ€™ growth has been spectacular.
To facilitate the rising production a purpose-built 2000 tonne state-of-the-art winemaking facility was leased in Marlborough. Known as South Pacific Cellars the facility offers the companyâ€™s winemaking team a high tech platform from which to create the best quality award winning wines. Until recently the company owned no vineyards and relied exclusively on long-term relationships with some of New Zealandâ€™s most established quality grape growers in Marlborough and Waipara.
In September 2005 Waipara Hills entered an exciting and significant merger with Marlborough based New Zealand Vineyard Estates Limited. NZ Vineyard Estates brings 325 hectares of premium, mature vineyards into Waipara Hillsâ€™ supply chain ensuring enhanced volume and continuity of supply to expanding world markets. The merger was completed on 3rd July 2006 and included the aquisition of a new prominantly placed winery and restaurant facility on State Highway 1 in Waipara. This brings the company's net asset to around $48M
Along with this growth has come a considerable list of international trophies, medals and accolades. For any wine producer to win eight trophies, thirty gold medals and thirty-two silver medals in such a short time is a notable achievement and one which Waipara Hills is proud of. A condensed â€˜Honours Boardâ€™ for Waipara Hillsâ€™ wines is included. The vineyards previously owned by NZ Vineyard Estates were strategically planted in three of New Zealandâ€™s key grape producing regions: Marlborough (Sauvignon Blanc), Waipara (predominately Riesling) and Central Otago (Pinot Noir)
Waipara Hills sources grapes from its own vineyards totalling 968 acres of producing vineyards including 220 acres in Marlborough, 588 acres in Waipara, and 160 acres in Central Otago. The focus of each vineyard is to exploit the terroir of each region by growing grapes best suited to that region. All vineyards are managed on site with small and highly motivated core teams of personnel, and each is of sufficient scale to provide maximum economies.
The Marlborough Delta vineyard comprises 220 acres of Sauvignon Blanc with the potential to produce around 740,000 litres of Sauvignon Blanc juice or the equivalent of 80,000 cases. The 150 acre Home Vineyard at Waipara is planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The 278 acre vineyard at The Mound in Waipara is planted predominantly in Riesling with small blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Gewurtraminer. This vineyard is also capable of producing around 740,000 litres of wine the equivalent of 80,000 cases.
Robert Crabtree studied
law at Oxford University and was a practising lawyer/ academic at Cambridge, he always had an interest in viticulture and made fruit wines as a hobby
Crabtree's curiosity in winemaking led him to complete two vintages at Bergerac and another in New Zealand, before landing in Australia and deciding that he would become a full time winemaker. After careful selection of possible wine regions, Robert decided that the Clare Valley was to be the region of choice. Whilst studying winemaking at Roseworthy, Robert purchased a small existing property at Watervale in 1980 and named it Watervale Cellars. In 1983 Robert purchased the old Flax Mill building in Auburn. He equipped it as a small (somewhat rough and ready) winery and planted two acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. The business became known as Crabtreeâ€™s Watervale Cellars for a number of years. Robert built an enviable reputation for fine classic Watervale wines over the following 27 years and became a passionate advocate for the Clare Valley and South Australian wine industry. Robert sold his beloved property and winery in 2007 but remains a welcome friend and advisor to the new Crabtree Crew.
The Crabtree site has been planted to vineyards for well over 100 years, with the first vines being planted in the 1880s, though none of these original plantings exist. Adolf Glaetzer and his sons were largely responsible for the planting of the vineyards as they are today, with the remainder being largely Robert Crabtreeâ€™s more recent plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and a little more Riesling. Although the original plantings have long since gone, most of the current vineyards are still quite mature, including 60+ year old Grenache, 50+ year old Shiraz, and 30+ year old Riesling vines.
The winery is quite small overall, and is very much a boutique operation so far as production is concerned. The greater part of the production, as for many of the Clare Valley wineries, revolves around Riesling, with this variety accounting for approximately 50% of overall production. Second in production volume is Shiraz, and then Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Semillon.
Traditional rod and spur hand pruning is used on all vineyards, and all grapes are handpicked. All fruit is estate grown for the dry white and dry red wines, with a very small percentage of high quality Muscat grapes from the Smith family in the North of Clare (from 140 year old vines) added to complement the estate's own Muscat of Alexandria supply to make sweeter Muscat and Zibibbo wines. Vines are very low yielding and are essentially dry grown, although most of the vineyards do have drip irrigation lines to ensure the vines do not suffer from too much water stress.
The house that makes up the cellar door dates back to when the Clare Valley was first settled, and has been the home of a number of local identities over the years. Robert Crabtree resided here while making wine on the estate. Adolf Glaetzer was one of these residents, known best in the Clare Valley for his fresh fruit and vegetables rather than winemaking, though his descendants have made the Glaetzer name synonymous with Australian winemaking. Robert Crabtree purchased the house from the Glaetzer family, it is heritage listed, the oldest sections date back to 1849.
The estate is home to a family of very inquisitive alpacas, which apart from being pets, also keep the grass at bay around the winery. JosÃ©, the older male Alpaca, has the handy habit of being very protective of his family of females and keeps the sheep safe. The alpacas and sheep love nothing more than eating freshly crushed grape skins and stems during vintage, and will crowd around the winery when they see grapes on the tractor hoping to get a feed, which they usually do. Free roaming geese, an increasing number of ducks, chickens, cats, and some lorikeets, all of which can be seen wandering around the house (except for the Lorikeets of course), and some of which occasionally join in the cellar door for visitors wine tasting. Sales of alpaca wool or chicken and duck eggs through the cellar door go directly to improving education at a school in Africa that the winery sponsors.
Everything you will
enjoy about Atze's Corner is the result of a delightful family passion, the Kalleske are devoted to create fantastic wines that you will love
Century old Shiraz vines and the essence of Barossa Valley are an intrinsic part of who the Kalleske are. After six generations of vine growing and winemaking, they are proud to say that Barossa wine have run in their blood for over 175 years. But that's not all. The Kalleske style of viticulture evolved and their incredible vines evolved along with them. Alternative varietals such as Vermentino and Durif, Montepulciano, Graciano and a few other secrets emerged. That's why they prepare their wines with minimal intervention, ensuring that the wine is at its absolute best when it reaches your table. Open top fermentation, always small batch, hand plunging and pumping, oak maturation and minimal filtering completely change how a wine tastes. Savour Atze's Corner Wines and discover the flavours of Barossa Valley. You will fall in love just like they did.
Atze's Corner is a dream come true after six generations of viticulture. They brought together exceptional terroir, ancient vineyards and all the passion to produce the most exceptional wines. Their ancestors moved to Australia from eastern Prussia before settling in Barossa Valley circa 1843. They were skilled farmers who brought hope, years of expertise growing grapes and winemaking knowledge. Conditions were extremely tough but their passion prevailed. If you look around, you can still see some of their original plantings carved into the gorgeous Barossa landscape. It's not a coincidence that these old vineyards produce some of the most glorious wines to this day. Their outstanding quality together with a hand crafted process makes Kalleske wines unbeatable.
Along with his parents John and Barb, the Kalleske are the proud owners and caretakers of many original vineyards, the oldest dating back to 1912. Behind the label, Andy Kalleske decided to take this family passion to the next level. In 2005, he started Atze's Corner and his own brand of wine production.
You're able to find Barossa sub-regions separated by different terroirs. Each wine grape is unique and each terroir has its own varietal expression. Unique terroirs are responsible for how a wine will be shaped when it comes to taste, colour and smell. This is the recipe that turned the Atze's Corner label into a great symbol of quality and taste.
These old vineyards, planted by their early ancestors, were the first spark that brought Kalleske wines to life. Deep red earth, great old vineyards and generations of passionate winemaking. Atze's Corner is an artisan winery that uses amazing vineyards to produce its wines. Hand picked grapes from family owned vines around the Barossa Valley are the cornerstone of a great Barossa brand. Amongst the most iconic bottlings are the Shiraz vines planted in 1912 and 1951, owned by Barb and John Kalleske, Andy's parents. Other key vineyards they own are located at Koonunga and Ebenezer, eminent subregions of the Barossa, renowned for stellar Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Andy Kalleske was born in a family of vignerons. He's the sixth generation involved with grape growing and winemaking, always within the iconic Barossa Valley. He grew up among wine grapes and wine glasses, knowing by heart, how to nurture the fragile old vines with passion and care. After generations of distinguished Barossa winemaking, you can find exclusive, award winning red wines, refreshing white and rosÃ© styles under the Atze label.
Pepperjack wines are
an endowment, from the noble House of Saltram, to all the good red wine enthusiasts of Australia. Originally created and crafted by the nation's most eminent father and son winemaking teams, Jimmy Watson winning winemakers Bryan and N
The Dolan name is an icon of Barossa winemaking. Nigel Dolan is the current Chief Winemaker at Saltram wines, a position also held by his father Brian Dolan from 1954 to 1959. Nigel, who is also responsible for the irrepressible Metala, enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of Australia's finest winemakers. Nigel has won numerous accolades in his career, three times winner of the coveted Stodart Trophy, and most notably as a dual winner of Australiaâ€™s most prestigious prize, the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1992, and most recently in 2003 for the 2002 The Eighth Maker Shiraz.
Nigel Dolan's Pepperjack label has an interesting spin, staking a simultaneous claim on Barossa heritage, traditional winemaking techniques and modern style. Sourced from a collection of old Shiraz vines across the Barossa Valley floor and the cooler Eden Valley, with the balance from a mix of other SA regions, the Pepperjack Shiraz reflects the very best attributes of modern Barossa Shiraz - vibrancy, richness and generosity. The Eden component brings fragrance and elegance to the rich, ripe, plum-and-chocolate Barossa component, making Pepperjack immediately appealing and accessible in its youth.
Generally, the Pepperjack vineyards deliver terrific fruit definition due to the impeccable standards of the winemakers and the selected grape growers. Ruby red with purple hues, the Shiraz displays aromas of wild berries, cherries and plums supported by characteristic spice and pepper. The palate portrays concentrated, sweet plum and berry fruit characters and with careful cellaring this Shiraz will continue to improve over the next five to eight years.
The Pepperjack Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the very best attributes of modern Barossa Cabernet - vibrancy, body and elegance. The Barossa Valley floor contributes body (or weight), while elegance is derived from the cooler Eden Valley. Deep plum red in colour and displaying aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and spice with a touch of mint and cedar, this Cabernet will reward medium term cellaring over five to eight year. Whilst the Barossa component dominates the flavour, the elegance and freshness of the wine is truly appealing.
Pepperjack has been immensely successful since it's initial release, the breadth of the success being based solely on the wonderful quality of the fruit and the superior winemaking. The lavishly satisfying styling of Pepperjack crystalizes the perpective that the ancient soils and fruit parcels of the Barossa and Eden valleys can be redefined to adapt to the ever developing wine palate, and to remain forever young in appealing to contemporary tastes.
The Saltram Wine Estates Pepperjack, has grown to be a cult favourite to those wanting warm approachable reds and delectable elegant whites. Contemporary and eager to please, Pepperjack wines interpret the Saltram winemaking legacy to be that of quality, innovation and progression. Pepperjack are a unique offering from the grand vineyards of Barossa and regional South Australia, and are perfect for cosy dinners, food with friends and any other moment you wish to make special.