BULLER OF RUTHERGLEN HOLDS AMAZING STOCKS OF AGED RED IN BARREL WHICH IT CALLS UPON FROM TIME TO TIME, to blend into superlative and extremely limited releases. Inspiration and the high art of blending are the catalysts for this stalwart winery's precious little specials, and in this instance they've brought together an uncompromising cuvee of 15% 1972, 37% 1988 and 48% 1996 vintages which have been topped up with a liqueur doseage to undergo a second fermentation. A currant jelly-like colour and mousse bordering on whipped strawberry leads to a magnificently round and contented palate of dry and sweet ju-jube-like flavours.
FULL BODIED, brimming with the superb flavour, fine textures and sound structure of truly grand Barossa Shiraz. Parcels are picked off dedicated grower vineyards around the ancient hamlets of northwest precincts, Moppa and Greenock, Stonewell and Belvedere, Seppeltsfield, Ebeneezer and Koonunga. Gullies and higher altitudes, steep hills, slopes and undulations make for an extraordinary variance of topographies, each a unique vineyard for the realization of harvests, articulating an individual expression of soil, terroir and clime.
IN 1934 OSCAR SEMMLER PURCHASED A VINEYARD AND GRAZING PROPERTY ACROSS THE ROAD FROM WHERE HE AND HIS BROTHERS GREW UP, at the southern end of Lyndoch in the Barossa, alongside the St. Jakobi
Lutheran church and school. From a mere thirty two rows of vine, planted on five acres in 1975 by Oscar's son Ken Semmler, the site is blessed by a harvest of the most outstanding quality fruit every year. St Jakobi Shiraz makes a wine that's rich in spice, dark cherry and chocolate characters, offering great tannin structure for longevity in the bottle.
MAGILL SHIRAZ IS A VERY IMPORTANT PENFOLDS SINGLE VINEYARD WINE OF GREAT SYMBOLIC IMPORTANCE, the only current edition from the remaining original vineyard at the historic Estate. An elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both new French and American oak, it is a sleek, contemporary Shiraz, yet crafted in the old-fashioned way at the ancient wineworks. Hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed, Penfolds Magill is an exclusive Adelaide Hills Shiraz from a grand and historical monopole.
Some people have
a little trouble finding Chambers Rosewood, a very relaxed family owned winery established in 1858 and operated by the legendary Bill Chambers and his son Stephen, the 6th generation of this family to make wine at Rosewood
New visitors are constantly astounded by the extensive offerings of reasonably priced red and white wines, Sherries and Ports, while those who have been before are reassured that value for money is still very much the norm at Chambers. Internationally acclaimed for Muscats, Tokays and other fortified wines, Chambers Rosewood have a comprehensive range of wines to suit every palate and budget with everything from cleanskin wines to 2 litre flagons and bulk wines on offer.
You can travel down Barkly Street Rutherglen and not even notice the tiny little winery housed in a collection of corrugated iron sheds, yet Chambers Rosewood is internationally acclaimed. Afficianados of Australian fortifieds could easily be forgiven for not realising that some of the worldâ€™s finest Muscat are produced here. This small, family operation was established by William Chambers in 1858 and has operated as a winery continuously ever since long enough for the sixth generation of Chambers to make wine here. The ancient rare cuvees date back to soleras from 1890, the non-irrigated vines, many of which are over eighty years old, produce low yields with wonderful concentrated flavours.
Much of the family documentation and historical information has been pieced together by Wendy Chambers. She was very pleased to uncover details pertaining to a pivotal character in the Chambers story. It now seems that the young Prussian man who lived on an adjoining property and shared his wine making experience with the first generation Chambers family, did not disappear without a trace. Anton Ruch has been acknowledged over the years for his contribution to the Chambers Rosewood story, a history rich in fascinating characters such as the third generation Chambers who was responsible for many early innovations laying the foundation for future generations.
Today, Chambers Rosewood may not be a flash place but it is undeniably memorable! You will also find homemade jams, pickles and the Tavenders range of gourmet dressings as well as Lyric Olive Oil - even wine infused chocolate at the rustic cellar door. A commitment to providing good wine, reasonable prices and excellent service is right in tune with modern styles. The Chambers family and staff thank those who appreciate their wines, for valuing their efforts and for rewarding merit with loyalty.
Delta Air Lineâ€™s globe-trotting customers can now enjoy the labours of the Chambers family who have been producing wine at their rustic Chambers Rosewood cellars in Rutherglen for the past 150 years. Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson selected just eight wines from more than 900 wines tasted and assessed to meet Delta's strict criteria for outstanding flavour, brand recognition, diversity and destination connection. Stephen Chambers believes this exposure to passengers enroute to more than 300 destinations, across 50 countries, proves that Rutherglen makes world-class wines.
Although Pepper Tree
winery is sited in the Hunter Valley and founded as a Hunter Valley winery, the winemakers believe that grapes grown in other regions exhibited characters that should be explored
Over the years Pepper Tree have acquired vineyards in the Orange, Wrattonbully and Coonawarra growing areas to enable the winemaker production of varietal wines that either did not grow as well in the Hunter Valley, or are different expressions of a particular varietal that are of interest to connoisseurs of fine wines. The character and complexity reflected in the Appellation wines are an expression of diverse vineyard resources. A second is the balance and elegance in the Multi-Regional range of varietals. These are blends of a varietal wine made from grapes grown at two or more of vineyards that vary from year to year. All Pepper Tree wines are produced, aged and bottled at the winery.
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's best white wine areas and consistently wins a disproportionate number of awards in National Wine Shows. Pepper Tree's Hunter Valley vineyard is in the Mount View area of the Lower Hunter Valley in the sheltered foothills of the Brokenback Range and covers 38.5 ha of plantings made up of 16.5 ha Chardonnay, 2.5 ha Verdelho, 3.7 ha Semillon, 7.5 ha Shiraz, 1 ha Viognier, 1 ha Sauvignon blanc, 3 ha Merlot, 2.4 ha Cabernet, 0.5 ha Grenache and 0.5 ha Pinot Noir.
The Mount View area produces highly distinctive Chardonnay with flavours of melon, passionfruit and pineapple. Verdelho also performs well in the area with soft tropical fruit characters balanced by good natural acidity. Semillon has the usual lime-citrus characters with flavours being at the higher end for the variety. Shiraz from the area is typically soft, spicy and elegant with a perfumed bouquet.
Shiraz from a good vintage will age favourably for many years
The Orange region of New South Wales is one of Australia's newest premium regions being favoured for its high altitude cool climate. Situated approximately 270 km west of Sydney the topography and soils of the Orange region are dominated by the extinct volcano Mt Canobolas. Pepper Tree's Orange vineyard sits in a small subvalley protected on 3 sides with a sunny northerly aspect. Elevations vary from 740m to 800m and the site is capable of ripening all the main red varieties as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet, Merlot & Shiraz all produce wines with deep red colours and intense palate complexity.
The wines from Pepper Tree's Orange vineyard typically have a lighter more elegant structure than those of warmer areas with light lifted fruit acids lengthening the palate. In addition to the main red varieties, small blocks of Pinot Noir (for sparkling base) & Zinfandel have been planted. Zinfandel produces rich spice and berry characters with crimson red colours. This variety seems well suited to the Orange region and the wines show great promise.
Coonawarra is Australia's top red wine area specialising in Cabernet Sauvignon of great complexity and elegance. Pepper Tree's Coonawarra vineyard comprises 8 ha of Cabernet and 4 ha of Merlot and is located midway between the town of Penola & Coonawarra. Soils consist of thin dark brown to dark grey clays interspersed with broken limestone fragments. The shallow soils restrict vigour and this, coupled with rigorous canopy management, allows the vignerons to control berry size and bunch numbers and thus eventual crop load. This control of crop level and berry size gives the winemakers the best possible starting material with which to create premium red wines.
Cow Hill wines
are based around Beechworth and source as much as is possible of their grapes from the local Beechworth appellation
Since Beechworth is such a small region and the local varietals can be somewhat limited, winemaker Andrew Doyle sources additional fruit from some vineyards that offer good quality, well aged vines from Whorouly and Everton in the Alpine Valley, and Oxley in the King Valley. Both the Nebbiolo and the Tempranillo that Cow Hill crafts, come from the vignerons who have been growing these exotic varietals for as long as they have been planted within Australia
Cow Hill's Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz are now exclusively Beechworth grown fruit. Cow Hill's aim is to make expressive wines which show the natural characteristics of Beechworth, elegance, length, finesse and balance. Cow Hill wines are not meant to be the biggest, heaviest or most oaky wines, by contrast they are individual, enjoyable and good value.
Vine ages form the source vineyards averages from 8 to 10 years (although some of the chardonnay vineyards are a little younger as they are just coming into production now) The Cow Hill vignerons keep a close eye on crop levels and picking time. The winery utilizes traditional equipment, time honoured techniques, and careful monitoring to make sure everything is going right. The luscious Cow Hill reds are fermented in Burgundian style open vats and are basket pressed. Natural yeasts, large oak barrels(up to 2,200 litres) and a minimal handling of the wine is employed at Cow Hill.
Generally, the winemakers aim for more savoury flavours, complexity and good palate length, as opposed to fruit-bomb simplicity
The chardonnay is all barrel fermented in new and old French oak barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. The spectacular oak barrels are sourced exclusively from the Allier forest and are crafted by Siruge and Francois Freres coopers. There are five or six portions to the unfinished wine, different vineyards and different picking dates, and each parcel might be treated differently. Typically, nearly half will go through malolactic fermentation, about a third will get lees stirring, while some will be kept clean and fresh. The separate parcels stay in their original barrels until blending immediately before a light filtration and bottling. Every step of the winemaking procedure is aimed at allowing the natural texture to remain.
Anarchy is the Cow Hill Spanish inspired red. Tempranillo is a terrific grape variety with a very savoury range of flavour, and a lovely dry tannic structure to go with its fruit. The Anarchy is based on at least 45% tempranillo, while other complementing varietals are incorporated to blend according to flavour. The creation of a wine with good body is critical in making The Anarchy, an exoticaly structured Mediterranean red that succeeds in being neither sweet nor over fruity. Shiraz is used to fill out the palate, and it is generally picked whilst at the peppery-spicey end of the spectrum. Durif was used in 2005 becasue the vintage was cooler and the resultant fruit gave a weight and power that the cooler year seemed to want.
A few minor varieitals from Spain and the South of France are used according to the blend and the vintage. Cow Hill is one of the few wineries that yields and incorporates plantings of the hot and exotic Touriga, Granache and Mouvedre in their exceptional wines. Each variety is fermented separately in either a French oak 1.5 tonne fermenter or a standard open top fermenter. Blending is done soon after vintage so the wine can mature whilst assembled. A small portion of each variety is kept aside for 'touch up' blending as the angels take their share and the wine evolves.
Yabby Lake Vineyard
was established in 1998 on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, with the long-term goal of producing benchmark wines from the Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Yabby Lake Vineyard is owned by Robert and Mem Kirby who have been intimately involved in the Mornington Peninsula region for decades. The Kirbys are joined by two outstanding and renowned winemakers: Group Winemaker Tod Dexter and Consulting Winemaker Larry McKenna. Tod and Larry are known for their relaxed and unassuming personalities, and they apply the same approach to their winemaking: they work with the grapes to develop beautiful and distinctly superior wines that are truly expressive of Yabby Lake Vineyard. The first vintage from Yabby Lake Vineyard was produced in 2002.
Significant resources have been devoted to developing Yabby Lake's vineyard to the highest possible standard. Regional and national experts were consulted on every aspect of the vineyard's establishment from soil mapping to climate analysis to vine layout. Careful selection of plant clones has meant that the winemakers at Yabby Lake Vineyard now have a diversity of grapes to work with. Yabby Lake Vineyard is owned by the Kirby family and they are supported by a remarkable team who are equally passionate about the vineyard, the grapes, and their long-term goal of producing the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Australia.
The stunning Mornington Peninsula is a patchwork of small premium wineries and vineyards. Located 60 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, the region is virtually surrounded by sea and enjoys a cool maritime climate. Established in 1998, Yabby Lake Vineyard is planted on one of the regions premier vineyard sites.
Positioned on a north-facing slope, the vineyard site captures maximum sunshine while being exposed to cooling sea breezes
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, Yabby Lake Vineyard wines are a tribute to the unique Mornington Peninsula terroir, and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Tod Dexter. Their collaborative approach to winemaking, combined with Yabby Lake Vineyard's long-term commitment to producing the finest of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, have resulted in the creation of two remarkable wines.
The combination of a warm site in a cool region means the Yabby Lake Vineyard grapes ripen early to produce wines of outstanding quality.