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Straw lime colour. Lifted citrus aromas with distinct notes of slate and spice. The palate displays classic Watervale characters of lemon and lime with a fine mineral structure. Showing wonderful depth of flavour, a distinct delicacy and liveliness. The natural acid level provides the wine's backbone and palate line and is perfectly balanced even in the wine's youth.
Developed by the legendary John Duval
Bin 407 Could Only Be Achieved After Volumes Of High Quality Cabernet Sauvignon Became Consistently Available Realising the opportunity for Penfolds to develop a pure Cabernet wine as inspired by the flagship 707, albeit at a slightly more approachable entry level. Bin 407 is true to the enduring Penfolds style, a profound construct of Cabernet, featuring strong varietal character and solid structure with ripe fruit at centre stage. French and American oak, a portion of which must be new, is there in support.
Zilzie know from good Shiraz
They Have Grown The Finest Fruit For Decades And Now Retain Access To The Most Splendid Vineyards The quality of their winemaking has claimed thirty trophies since they embarked on their own label At Zilzie, Shiraz is taken rather seriously, the finest harvests from good Barossa vineyards are sourced to be fashioned into a lush and velvety, mouth filling experience. Zilzie indulges the senses with its rich full bodied palate, endowed with dense plum fruit flavours, elegant, silky tannins and supple hints of licorice spice.
ONE OF VICTORIA'S MOST RELIABLE PRODUCERS OF DISTINCTIVE REGIONAL WINES, Yarra Ridge design a crisp, golden delicious Chardonnay with prominent varietal fruit flavour, fine structure, persistence and length. Yarra Ridge was an early instigator of the fruit forward Yarra Valley Chardonnay style and has been a staple on fine dining menus across Australia for decades. Ongoing developments in viticultural management and refinements in the vinification have achieved a consistent wine of character and charm to accompany all good faire.
HARDYS HAVE DELIGHTED YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART, fun loving palates across Australia with their lively and zesty Omni range of sparklers. While not actually being blue or blueish, Omni Blue
is a sweeter, fruitier style of sparkling made from aromatic grape varietals like the luscious Frontignac. A fresh and lively wine with moderate alcohol, this is the perfect all occasion sparkler, best enjoyed chilled and young with good company. Celebrate your life every day, add colour to your world and create your own Omni sparkling moments.
COLDSTREAM HILLS MAKE THE QUINTESSENTIAL YARRA VALLEY PINOT NOIR, gentle and exquisitely balanced, well developed and engagingly complex. Whole bunch stalkiness and refined French oak add structure and interest. A gamey, earthy proposition displaying all the requisite varietal characters, a stylish wine of intensity and velvet textures, brimming with punnets of ripe berry flavours. Elegantly medium bodied, lined with silky tannins, the Pinot Noir of choice to accompany gourmandise venison, braised hare or succulently roast duck.
FRUIT FROM AN ARRAY OF MARLBOROUGH VINEYARDS REPRESENTING A BROAD CROSS SECTION OF SOIL TYPES AND MICROCLIMES, contribute a diverse range of aromas, flavours and textures to Lawson's Dry Hills. The time of picking is crucial to Sauvignon Blanc and the closer a winemaker scrutinizes his fruit, the more optimal will be the decision to harvest. Each site is harvested at optimal ripeness and some are picked in several passes. Rich oak ferments contribute subtle mealy characters and added palate weight.
Great friends and
fellow wine loving barristers, Greg Melick and Francis Douglas, had been interested in acquiring a vineyard for many years
In 2002 Greg finally found the ideal site which consisted of approximately 14 hectares of grazing land on well-drained north east facing slopes, with cracking clay over a calciferous base. The site was also frost free. Robert Drew was contracted to establish the original vineyard for planting - which has now been planted with 2.9 hectares of Riesling and 3.8 hectares of Pinot Noir. In 2006 the demands of the expanding vineyard, and Robert Drewâ€™s own very successful vineyard, necessitated the appointment of full-time viticulturist Paul Smart.
Paul is also a talented winemaker and the Pinot Noir is made on-site with the assistance of a Vaslin Bucher basket press and the wise counsel and assistance of neighbour and Morningside winemaker Peter Bosworth. All Pressing Mattersâ€™ Rieslings are made under the supervision of Julian Alcorso at Winemaking Tasmania.
In 2008, the tyranny of distance finally took its toll on Francis who sold his interest, but not before Greg and he decided to name the vineyard, Pressing Matters, which was inspired by a print by Tasmanian artist, Tom Samek. It was only fitting that Tom also design the label.
Production remains low but is slowly increasing and to date there has been outstanding success when exhibiting at the Royal Hobart International Wine Show (Trophy for the Most Successful Tasmanian Exhibitor 2009) and Tasmanian Wine Show (Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor - 2010, Best Wine of Vintage for 2008 and 2009).
While Pinot volumes remained too low to exhibit until the 2008 vintage which won a Silver medal, all but one of Pressing Matters Riesling have won at least a Silver medal including 6 Trophies and 10 Gold medals. As a result of many favourable reviews extensive enquiries have been received from retailers and restaurants but it is Pressing Matters policy, where possible, to hold wines back from release until they have had a chance to start fulfilling their true potential.
Low yielding, old
and dry grown Barossa Valley vineyards are the cornerstone of Torbreck Vintners
Torbreck founder David Powell was immersed in the study of Economics at Adelaide University, when an uncle introduced him to wine. Young Dave realized that grapes could be more intriguing than numbers. He began spending more and more of his spare time in the Barossa Valley and during the winters, he availed himself of the opportunity to venture overseas to work harvests in California and Italy. He travelled throughout the famous wine regions of Europe and even spent time in Scotland as a lumberjack. This experience was instrumental in illuminating the unique attributes of the Barossa, at a time when others felt its heritage was past the sell by date.
Finding work at Rockford, Powell became steeped in the traditional culture of the Barossa as the idea of owning his own winery began to take shape. David was saddened by the vinous devastation caused by the mid 1980s government sponsored â€˜Vine Pullâ€™ scheme. He became convinced that a market existed for old vine wines as influenced by the classic RhÃ´ne styles. Lacking deep pockets (but inspired nonetheless), he set about approaching local landowners concerning their neglected properties.
Powell began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry grown old vines and was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the property. Dave nurtured these old, lifeless and overgrown vineyards in his spare time. Near lifeless, he brought them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit which he made into wine.
Bringing the old practice of share farming back to the Barossa subsequently secured for him a regular supply of fruit from the best Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro vineyards, including a few hectares of what are thought to be among the oldest grapevines on the planet. In return for his equity of toil and sweat, Powellâ€™s efforts were rewarded with a few parcels of dry grown fruit, and he turned these wages into the first bottles of Torbreck.
As the first vintages lay in barrel, Dave thought back to his experiences overseas and realized that the growers of the Barossa Valley had overlooked the suitability of the French white RhÃ´ne varieties. Powell purchased 30 acres of land in Marananga in 1994 for the purpose of planting Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. Shiraz was included in the mix in what is now known as the Descendant Vineyard, also the site of the new Torbreck winery.
In 1995 Dave crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine Torbreck after the forest in Scotland where he worked as lumberjack. Other acquisitions (included a one hundred year old vineyard that had been previously share farmed) soon followed, and Torbreck continues to follow the path of sourcing the best fruit possible from its own vineyards and those of select growers. It can be said that the Torbreck portfolio offers the best of both worlds, old and new. Powell is a passionate believer in the Barossa Valley and its viticultural heritage. Dave loves the intense, rich, Rhone-like flavours that come from old vines. His approach to grapegrowing and winemaking melds the regionâ€™s terroir with its traditional winemaking practises. In so doing he has achieved a style that fuses his love for the Barossa with his admiration for the valleys of the RhÃ´ne.
Tempus Two is
the culmination of Lisa McGuiganâ€™s dream to create a successful, ultra - premium wine brand and tourism experience
Tempus Two is proudly, home to Roche Wines, Tempus Two Wines and Hunter Valley Wine Country's premier outdoor events. Events on the estate have included sell out concerts by Sir Elton John, sell out concerts with Rod Stewart, and a night with the world's greatest guitarist, Santana. KD Lang has appeared on the main stage, as well as a spectacular performance by Matchbox Twenty and Thirsty Merc.
Tempus Two Winery represents a bright new chapter in one of Australiaâ€™s most exciting wine stories. Lisa McGuiganâ€™s passion for wine was inevitable as she represents the fourth generation of one of the Hunter Valleyâ€™s most famous winemaking families. Before turning to the industry ingrained in her soul, she spent a decade pursuing a career in hospitality and five star hotel management. It was during this time that she conceived Tempus Two - right down to the tiniest detail.
Sharing the vision is the Roche family, creators of the multi-award winning Hunter Valley Gardens and now developing some of the Hunter Valley's finest wines. Their passion for the area is seen in the commitment to building first class facilities so it was inevitable that the two families would unite in wine and wine tourism. Roche Wines include the historic Tallawanta vineyard, the revered Stevens vineyard and the recently redeveloped Harrigans Hill vineyard. The range includes the highly awarded Roche Premium range, including the benchmark IJR and WR Hunter Shiraz, the Tallawanta range and the fun new Harrigans Hill range.
The award winning structure is comprised of a state of the art boutique winery, cellar door, Oishii - Japanese and Thai Restaurant, and 10,000 seat amphitheatre. The winery features a range of cultural events throughout the year including themed dance nights, community art shows, drama and theatre productions. Tempus Two also hosts a variety of functions from private weddings and celebrations, to corporate dinners, conferences and product releases.
At the centre of the facility is the Cellar Door, home of Roche and Tempus Two Wines. Entry is greeted by guitars and/or funky chill-out beats that fill the air and create a unique, modern atmosphere. Beyond the glass doors lies an intricate floor mosaic. The estate's trademark handcrafted Italian bottles with distinct Copper and Pewter labels are all about a combination of new-wave winemaking techniques and innovative packaging. The dynamic winemaking team put care and effort into sourcing only the finest quality grapes, from the Hunter Valley and Australia wide.
Tempus Two regularly hosts some of the most spectacular and largest outdoor concerts staged in Hunter Wine Country at the 10,000 seat, magnificently architected amphitheatre. These events feature a number of the worldâ€™s best known performers and are much more than just a concert. Coupled with the performance by the headline act is a range of dining options, from five star degustation dinners prepared by a number of the Hunterâ€™s leading chefs, to outdoor food stalls operated by a number of restaurants from around the Hunter Valley.
From vineyards established
early in the winemaking traditions of Central Otago, as handled by owner operators who are amongst the region's most passionate
Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vineyards and is one of most respected wineries in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's rugged South Island. The joint venture company, founded by some of Central Otago's most devoted and skillful growers, has grown into a leading New Zealand boutique winery with export markets everywhere.
Mt Difficulty really is a boutique estate, situated in Bannockburn, a unique and rare area of extremes. Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Central Otago's wine production. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. Martinborough in the North Island and USA's Oregon are the only other regions where Pinot noir seems to flourish.
The estate's vineyards are owned and operated by the same people who started up and own the Mt Difficulty winemaking operations. The Mt Difficulty brand started in 1998 with a very small production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Previously their grapes were included in many top-performing wines from other Central Otago wineries. The inaugural Pinot noir went on to win a Gold medal at the 1999 Air New Zealand wine awards, the Chardonnay attaining Silver. This was a great result for a startup winery and showed to the world the potential of Central Otago for these varieties.
The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot noir grapes. This, along with a mix of clays and gravels ideal for viticulture, provides an excellent basis not only for Pinot noir, but also for Pinot gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Mt Difficulty was named after the mountain over-looking Felton Road and the southern Cromwell basin. This mountain is a very important part of the Bannockburn microclimate providing shelter from the cool winds of the Wakatipu Basin and Gibbston.
All wines that carry the Mt Difficulty label are subject to two strict criteria: they have to be sourced from vineyards situated in a very specific area â€“ Bannockburn, south of the Kawarau River â€“ and they are to be under the umbrella of the Mt Difficulty management team. The very special qualities for growing grapes and the management of the vineyard is reflected in the quality of the ultimate product.
The area of Mt Difficulty has undergone enormous transformations prior to ever becoming a vineyard. Of all the sites chosen to be a vineyard, Templars Hill was the most woebegone and unlikely: a rabbit infested, gullied and briar covered wasteland that took a lot of work to get into shape to become a vineyard. To ensure the full potential of the region is realized, the winemaking team have a policy of very low cropping levels across all vineyards. Most of the vines are relatively old for Central Otago, extremely valuable in adding extra complexity and concentration to Pinot noir. In early 2001 Mt Difficulty commissioned a brand new, state of the art winery amidst estate vineyards on Felton Road. The winery was specially designed to produce hand made Pinot noir, along with separate facilities for other varieties such as a specific barrel hall for Chardonnay. This facility, along with the expertise of winemaker Matt Dicey, translates the outstanding quality of the grapes into equally outstanding wine.