Hand picked Shiraz from the vineyards surrounding Hundred Tree Homestead on Sally's Hill
INCLUDING PARCELS FROM THE FAMOUS SALLY'S PADDOCK. An exceptional Shiraz wine reflecting the wonderfully idiosyncratic flavours of Sally's Hill fruit and unique style of Redbank. Made in small batches. wild yeast fermented. hand punched and basket pressed. Sally's Hill truly expresses the potential of a pure varietal wine from fruit grown to unirrigated vines planted in 1973. The quintessential High Pyrenees Shiraz style. full and delicious. round and distinctively soft. .
Amberley makes every day Valentine's Day
With Kiss & Tell You too can turn any moment into the most romantic day of the year with Kiss & Tell Kiss & Tell! You too can turn any moment into the most romantic day of the year with Kiss & Tell. Kiss & Tell. A delicious cÃ©page of Frontignac Muscat for aromatic fruit flavour and silky textures, assembled with a parcel of Gordo Blanco for added palate richness. Serve well chilled, the lower alcohol and gentle sweetness makes Kiss & Tell ideal at luncheons and perfect as aperitif. The perfect stylish spritzer to share with loved ones and friends.
Before David Powell took on the task of raiding Barossa vineyards
HE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS ON THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AS A LUMBERJACK IN THE TORBRECK FOREST. Woodcutter Shiraz is a highly approachable introduction to the Torbreck range. featuring fruit from some of the up and coming vineyards. rather than the battle hardened old warriors which make up the heart and soul of the Torbreck winelist. This is the kind of red the winemaker himself liked to drink with a hearty meal after a hard day's work in the wood. but you don't have to be a woodcutter to enjoy it. .
FROM VINES PLANTED IN THE 1990S, to estate vineyards in Tamar Valley and around Pipers Brook. The fully ripe expressions of West Tamar are balanced by the naturally high, flavoursome malic acidity derived from Pipers Brook, achieving a tight, refreshing and complex style. The vines are meticulously hand tended, maximizing exposure of the bunches to the sun, realizing harvests with the most intense flavours. A generously complex wine of remarkable intensity, courtesy of the natural skin tannins, so ideal with antipasto, oven roasted turkey or white game.
LONGVIEW ARE ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY AWARDED WINERIES IN ADELAIDE HILLS, having claimed trophies and medals at conspicuous national tasteoffs. The predominantly northeast facing slopes and valleys, combined with the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and superior winemaking practices, have produced outstanding vintages. A forward drinking effort with distinctive violet and cassis Cabernet characters mixed through with spicy Shiraz fruit. The seamless palate is lined with ripe berry flavours, soft tannins and a long, seamlessly savoury finish.
EXCELLENT LANGTONS CLASSIFICATION & GOLD MEDAL 2008 CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES. Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata
that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an arm
of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.
Experience and evolution,
redefining the standards of winemaking excellence while retaining the tradition of Barossa's most distinguished old vineyards
Evolution in the pursuit of excellence has been a consistent thread running through St Halletts history resulting in benchmark wines, recognised around the world as quintessential Barossa. As one of the founding wineries of the region and in the strength, warmth and honesty of its wines, St Hallett has come to be regarded as quintessential Barossa.
In the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia's best known wine region, lies St Hallett, one of the country's premier wine producers. Established by the Lindner Family in 1944, for many years St Halletts winemaking focus was, like many local wineries, on producing fortified wines. However during the seventies and eighties St Hallett turned to explore the true potential of the Barossa through premium table wines. This has resulted in St Hallett's elevation as one of Australia?s best producers.
St Hallett is renowned for crafting full-flavored, textured wines entirely from Barossa Valley fruit and is credited with producing benchmark wines of the region such as the iconic St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, made from vines aged up to 100 years old. St Hallett's rich heritage and ongoing commitment to Barossa Shiraz is now underpinned by extensive experience and a continuous sense of evolution, attributes personified in winemakers Stuart Blackwell and Matt Gant.
Winemaker and General Manager, Stuart Blackwell spearheaded the commissioning of the new winemaking facilities in 1988 and the installation of some of the world's most advanced fruit processing and handling equipment. Despite this modern approach, traditional winemaking techniques prevail at St Hallett as best suited to the winery's classic style.
St Hallett's commitment to translating the tapestry of soils and meso-climates of the Barossa in each of its wines is made possible by the rich resource of old vines, long-term relationships with growers and the winemakers intuitive understanding of the Barossa.
As Senior Winemaker for over 30 years, Stuart Blackwell has developed a deep understanding of the rich tapestry of site and climatic variances in the Barossa and an appreciation of the importance of both dedicated growers and old vine Shiraz. Strong long-term relationships with focussed and passionate growers give St Hallett access to the Barossa's most prized old vine Shiraz vineyards dating back 60 to over 100 years of age. St Hallett also partners growers to nurture Shiraz on other sites which have unique qualities and comparable long-term potential.
The Mayfield Vineyard
at Orange in New South Wales is one of the highest and coolest vineyards in Australia
The 100 hectare estate surrounds the historic homestead on the Icely Road leading to where gold was first discovered in Australia in 1851. The original school house on the estate now serves as a Cellar Door & restaurant specialising in local produce. The cool climate and low vigour soil induces an extended, gradual ripening period which allows the grapes to develop flavour and colour that translates into elegant wines of distinction. Reliable rainfall in late winter and spring provides a good start to the season giving way to drier ripening months of February, March and April. The grapes are harvested late March to early May. Degree day summation for October to April is 1309 degrees with an average of 1856 hours of sunshine. This makes Orange one of the sunniest cool climate regions in Australia and plays a major role in producing grapes and wine of distinct fruit flavours and colour.
The region has a continentality of 15.4 degrees C ranging from cold winters to warm ( but not hot) summers. There are at least two winter months with average daily mean temperatures of less than 10 degrees C to induce the required grapevine dormancy. Proximity to 1400 metre high Mount Canobolas causes seasonal variations which add a certain character to individual vintages. The vineyard has a N-NE aspect to receive early sunshine and avoid hot afternoon sun. The absence of extreme heat at Mayfield allows grapes to ripen slowly without disturbing sugar and colour accumulation whilst acid levels fall slowly.
The cool climate allows grapes to ripen without heat stress and the high altitude and abundance of sunlight gives exposure to plenty of ultra violet light enhancing the ripening process. The extended ripening period develops greater intensity of colour and flavour whilst retaining natural acidity.
Mayfield Vineyard wines exhibit natural balance and finesse which makes them good subtle wines to accompany food. Mayfield's single-vineyard wines are hand crafted to achieve great complexity without a winery imprint over the natural vineyard process. The wines clearly express the unique qualities of the Mayfield Vineyard.
The Mayfield Vineyard, ultra-premium label is made from specially selected parcels of low yielding, hand picked grapes which are treated with the utmost care in the winery to express their true natural characteristics. The Icely Road range of wines is positioned at a lower price point than the Mayfield Vineyard label but is still tailored for sophisticated, refined palates.
Mayfield Vineyard was awarded 5 Stars and Best Winery of the Orange Region in the 2008 James Halliday Wine Companion. Five stars are awarded to outstanding wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. This puts Mayfield Vineyard in the top 14.5% of all Australian vineyards - a fantastic result. James Halliday was the Chief Judge at the 2006 Orange Wine Show. Mayfield had great success with three gold medals, 2006 Icely Rd Riesling, 2005 Icely Road Sauvignon Blanc and the Holy Grail Mayfield Vineyard Pinot Noir. Mayfield were also awarded most successful exhibitor for the show.
Clonakilla is a
small, family winery dedicated to making distinctive, handcrafted wines, they can be hard to find but are worth the search
Clonakilla was established in 1971 by John Kirk, a Canberra based research scientist. Of Irish descent, John came to Australia with his young family in 1968 to work with the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry. To his surprise despite the suitability of the environment there was no wine industry in the cool southern table lands of NSW around Canberra. To remedy this situation, in 1971 he bought a 44 acre farm near the village of Murrumbateman in New South Wales, 40 kilometres north of Canberra. The soil consisted of sandy clay loams over a friable clay subsoil and, with a climate not dissimilar to the Bordeaux region and Northern Rhone valley in France, he held high hopes for its wine producing potential.
He proceeded to plant 1.2 acres each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. He named the property Clonakilla (â€˜meadow of the churchâ€™) after his grandfatherâ€™s farm in County Clare. A further 1.2 acres of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted in 1972 and the vines grew well, although some were lost in a drought in 1972-73. John persevered and produced the Canberra Districtâ€™s first commercial vintage in 1976: a Riesling and a Cabernet Shiraz. It wasnâ€™t until 1978 when a bore was sunk that larger plantings became feasible. From 1978 to the present the vineyard was gradually expanded with Shiraz, Viognier, Riesling and the Cabernet family, now making up the bulk of the vineyard.
At the end of 1996 Johnâ€™s fourth son Tim left a career in school teaching to work full time in the family business as winemaker and general manager. In 1998 Tim and his wife Lara bought the 50 acre property next door and planted Shiraz and Viognier as well as a small olive grove on the warm north-east facing slope. Between the two properties there are now twenty two acres under vine with further plantings planned for the future.
Through the seventies and eighties the Cabernet and Shiraz were blended together in traditional Australian style. With the 1990 vintage Clonakilla decided to bottle the wines separately. The first Shiraz went on to win two gold, one silver and two trophies in only three showings. It was at this point that Clonakilla began to see the potential of Shiraz in the Canberra District.
In 1991 Tim travelled to the Rhone Valley in France. There he tasted a number of impressive Shiraz wines including Marcel Guigalâ€™s single vineyard blends of Shiraz and the rare white grape Viognier. Inspired by those wines Tim began including a small amount of Viognier in his own Shiraz as of 1992. The Viognier component now accounts for between five and ten percent and adds an intriguing floral dimension to the wine.
Clonakilla also started incorporating other winemaking approaches that were unashamedly borrowed from Rhone valley and Burgundian winemakers: inclusion of whole bunches in the ferments, pre-ferment maceration and French oak barrel maturation. More importantly he worked harder in the vineyard to open up the vine leaf canopies, limit yields and produce grapes with riper flavour profiles. The work began to yield some impressive results, with gold medals, trophies and numerous five-star reviews following in succession. It is this wine, the Shiraz Viognier, that has cemented Clonakilla's reputation as one of Australiaâ€™s top small wineries, having been named NSW Wine of the Year in 1999, Penguin Wine of the Year in 2002 and one of Australiaâ€™s top ten Shiraz (Gourmet Traveller Wine). It is ranked Outstanding in the prestigious Langtonâ€™s Classification of Australian Wine. It is one of only five Shiraz to receive a perfect rating in Jeremy Oliverâ€™s Australian Wine Annual.
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.