A cool climate Cabernet wine of impeccable integration and exceptional balance
Sourced From The Trevor's Cabernet Block On Fowles Plunkett Whitegate Vineyard In Strathbogie Ranges Where harvesting generally occurs from late February through to early May The sandy loam soils on the elevated and undulating, gently inclined site stimulate the vines into yielding the most intensely flavoured Cabernet berries with pungent aromatics and toothsome tannins. A very well balanced, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a long flavourful finish.
The wines of Shadowfax have gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time
DUE IN NO SMALL PART TO THE REMARKABLE QUALITY OF FRUIT. A prolific trophy winner. Shadowfax have achieved the new wave of Chardonnay. refreshingly fruit driven. livelier than it's Victorian siblings. characterised by slatey. flavoursome acidity. a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. A modern style that's perfect for cosmopolitan faire. offering excellent palate weight and solid structure. to accompany fresh fried flatheads or grilled and marinated spatchcock. .
ESTABLISHED 1967, Deakin Estate sold their harvests until a winery was built in 1980. Many of the vines have now achieved considerable age, but the team's efforts remain focused on producing fruit of the highest quality and wines brimming with flavour. A brightly lit, fruit forward Sauvignon Blanc that's best enjoyed young for its zesty, youthful freshness. Classic food accompaniements are oysters and goat's cheese but shellfish and chicken asparagus would also be a great match.
THE FIRST AND FINAL WORD IN WORLD CLASS BAROSSA CABERNET, aged in a luxurious selection of completely new French oak hogsheads. The Ashmead block is so low yielding that it was almost gutted and re established to more productive plantings. The vines suffer from the notorious Dead Arm
disease but yields an extraordinary quality of fruit. Fortunately for the world of wine, Ashmead was retained as an Australian Grand Cru Classe
. Elderton are not unfamiliar with ultra Cabernet, having claimed significant trophies including the 1993 Jimmy Watson.
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.
KONRAD HENGSTLER DISCOVERED MARLBOROUGH WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH NEW ZEALAND IN 1987 AND WAS IMMEDIATELY ATTRACTED TO SAUVIGNON BLANC. Today Konrad excels at everything Sauvignon Blanc and loves everything Marlborough, his estate wineworks are located in Waihopai Valley at the very heart of Marlborough, it enjoys magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The terroir and microclimes here yield a tremendous quality of Sauvignon Blanc, fruit which ripens to perfection, translating into wines of intense regional character.
Penley Estate is
a medium sized winery and vineyard located in the Coonawarra, and is the chosen home of winemaker Kym Tolley
The mission of Penley Estate and Kym Tolley is to produce a selection of wines with an emphasis on quality of product as well as the skill, enthusiasm and artistry of the team of people involved in the wine making process. Kym has always had wine in his blood, he is a direct descendant of two of Australia's most famous winemaking families, the Penfolds and the Tolleys.
Twenty five years is a long time to be in the same profession but ask Kym Tolley what he would do if he was not a winemaker and the answer is simple. "I've not been able to think of anything else I'd prefer to do," he said. "Winemaking satisfies all my creative urges along with my need for discipline. To me, it's simply fantastic to be able to make a life out of being creative."
Directly related to two of Australia's pioneer wine families, the Penfolds and the Tolleys, Kym continues to mix the best of traditional and modern winemaking methods at Penley Estate. Born in 1953, Kym Tolley was educated at St Peters' College Adelaide. He completed his diploma in wine production at Roseworthy College in 1977.
In 1973 Kym joined Penfolds under the tutorage of another famous Penfold, Jeffrey Hyland, and Grange creator Max Schubert
He remained with the company until 1988 when he left to establish Penley Estate. For Kym, Penley Estate is a dream come true. His vision was to develop a solid business which would allow perpetuity and future growth for his family, while providing the opportunity for him to continue to create interesting and quality wines.
Father to Hannah, Lachlan and Madeline, Kym often quotes an historic quote of Australian wine writer James Busby who in 1830 said: "A man who could sit under the shade of his own vine with his wife and his children about him and the ripe clusters hanging within their reach in such a climate as this and not feel the highest enjoyment, is incapable of happiness"
Throughout the years that Penley Estate has been producing premium quality wines, the winery has enjoyed an extremely successful wine show and review record. Penley's Trophy record alone, if averaged out over the years averages out at approximately 4 per annum, an impressive feat.
Alexander Park is
a model vineyard which produces premium fruit
- State of the art trellising systems
- Exploring the latest techniques in canopy management
- Applying the Australian Wine Industries Quality Assurance system
- Implementing sustainable soil management principles, and
- Selecting the most suitable grapevine varieties and clones for the Strathbogie Region
Alexander Park had its first vintage in April 1999, with all expectations of quality far exceeded. At full capacity the winery is able to process up to 7,500 tonnes of fruit. Designed by award winning architect Scott Shelton, the winery is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also very practical.
The winery has two functions. The first is the production the house's own brands, and the second function is to provide contract winemaking services for numerous Australian wine companies, presently including Southcorp. The property is 140 kilometres north of Melbourne, off the Hume Highway, located in the Strathbogie Ranges at 510 meters above sea level. The property is 2,200 acres or 890 hectares in size, whilst the topography is classified as undulating to hilly.
The first vines were planted in December 1996 comprising 33 acres of Shiraz and 32 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon
In November 1998, 109 acres of vines were planted: 15 acres of Shiraz, 15 acres of Pinot Noir, 35 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, 17 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 acres of Merlot and 15 acres of the Bernard Clones of Chardonnay. In September 1999 there were further plantings including 5 acres of Riesling, 5 acres of Verdelho and 7 acres of Chardonnay. Three types of trellising have been used at Dominion Estates; Vertical Shoot Position, Scott Henry and Geneva Double Curtain.
Fifty per cent of the vineyard is VSP, 40% is Scott Henry, and the remainder is GDC.
Trellis design has been selected keeping in mind the vineyard's aims of 'Super Premium' wine grape production while still maintaining a cost effective approach to the management. Different trellis types impart individual flavour characteristics. The aim of selecting these trellis types is to obtain distinctively different grape flavours and therefore more complexity in the finished wine.
Irrigation is used to supplement the vines' moisture requirements during the hotter summer months. Water is stored in three large reservoirs and is applied to the vines through a state of the art pump and micro irrigation dripper system, supplied by Netafim Irrigation Systems.
The story of
Tyrrell's Wines is inextricably linked to the story of wine in Australia
It is a story about pioneers, men and women who transformed the Hunter Valley of NSW, planted grapes there, and looked for better ways to make wine. English immigrant Edward Tyrrell planted his first vines in the Hunter Valley in 1858 establishing Tyrrell's Wines after receiving a land grant in apparently poor pastureland in the lee of the Hunter Valley's Brokenback range.
His first vintage was in 1864 and by the turn of the century the land had became recognised as some of the Hunter Valley's finest vineyard land. The Hunter Valley was ideal for the production of premium wines, notably Shiraz in the reds and Semillon in the whites. Both made table wines of power and distinction, with the ability to age beautifully in the bottle. These two varieties provided the basis for the beginning of the Tyrrells premium Winemakers Selection Range.
Tyrrell's vineyards are established in Australia's premium wine growing regions - McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast and Heathcote - but still call the Hunter Valley home. Most of the distinguished Tyrrell Hunter Valley wines are grown at the Pokolbin and Ashmans Vvineyards in the heart of the Lower Hunter Valley, very near the winery itself.
Today Tyrrell's are a truly national winemaker, exporting Tyrrell's wines around the globe
These are all non-irrigated, dry grown vineyards, dependant entirely on 750mm of rainfall a year. Yields are very low from these vines, but the fruit is of the highest possible quality. Vines are characteristically short, (often less than one metre tall) and gnarled.
This clever design by mother nature together with experienced vineyard management has ensured that over the generations the vines have grown to efficiently distribute the precious and rare moisture to the grape bunches. The Lower Hunter does actually have extensive subterranean water pockets, but due to the proximity to the coast and ocean, this water is too high in salinity to be used on vines. Vines on Tyrrells original blocks around Ashmans winery are amongst the oldest in the Hunter Valley at 70 to 120 years old.
The Tyrrell's Glenbawn Estate Vineyard was planted in the late 1960's and the winery completed for the 1974 vintage. The area has a lower average rainfall than the Lower Hunter Valley, but close proximity to Lake Glenbawn on the Hunter River provides a reliable source of water for drip irrigation. Machine harvesting of these vineyards makes the most of cooler temperatures at night. The winery now processes over 2500 tonnes of fruit and must during the vintage period. During the year blended products or parcels of wine are transported by tanker to the Ashman's winery in Pokolbin for bottling, blending or further oak maturation.
The Heathcote area in Central Victoria is fast becoming known as one of Australia's superstar wine growing areas. Spotting this potential some years ago, Bruce Tyrrell secured over 80 acres of prime land around the Mt Camel range. Shiraz wines of unimaginable depth of colour and extreme weight of fruit are now the hallmarks of this relatively new region. The relatively young vines upon this particular vineyard are planted in the russet red cambrian soil, found at the foot of Mt Carmel at the Southern end of the Colbinabbin Range. Wines are relatively low yielding but produce extremely high quality grapes. Climate is warm, dry and reliable from year to year.
Founded by Margaret
and Steve Graham, Boat O' Craigo is a tight knit operation, spanning two generations, it is their labour of love that keeps the wine flowing
Boat O' Craigo's distinctive name echoes that given to a farm in the town of Craigo in Scotland. It's a place where ancestors settled alongside the docking point for the ferry that crossed the North Esk River. The Boat Oâ€™Craigo name and tradition have drifted across seas to settle and book end Victoriaâ€™s burgeoning Yarra Valley with two magnificent vineyards, one in Healesville and the other in Kangaroo Ground. One red, the other white. As with the ferryâ€™s docking-point, it is here at the gateways to the Yarra Valley that the physical journey of travels ends, although the journey of the senses is only just beginning. Fifty acres of vines, spanning across two stunning sites, enables Boat O'Craigo to produce outstanding estate grown wines across a range of noble varieties.
Boat O' Craigo's single vineyard wines are hand crafted from grape varieties specifically chosen to suit each site. Harvests are cropped at lower yields to concentrate the flavour of fruit that's hand picked at just the right time to ensure wines of premium quality and character. Boat O' Craigo work closely with the winemakers to ensure the style of each wine reflects not only the natural characteristics of the vineyards, but also the brand. Senior contract winemaker Rob Dolan has been a Yarra Valley winemaker for over 20 years and is recognised as one of the great characters of the wine industry. Rob has an outstanding winemaking record and has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the Yarra Valley.
The cooler, more sheltered Healesville vineyard site nestled in the foothills of the Black Spur Ranges has alluvial river gravel soils and has perfect growing conditions for our early ripening varieties including Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir being the only red vines.
The warmer Kangaroo Ground site on the western edge of the valley with its rich black volcanic, basalt soil, North East facing slope, giving it maximum sun is the home of our Black Cameron Shiraz, Braveheart Cabernet Sauvignon and several other red varietals even Grenache.