The racy mesoclimes of Eden Valley yield the nation's most elegant Riesling
Redolent With Majestic Perfumes And Defined By Their Remarkably Clean Fruit filled palates The Riesling of old vines go one further, achieving a measure of excellence which is as close to perfection as can be found in the world of wine. Named for the surrounding copses of native gum, Wattle Brae was identified in 1969 as a site uncannily similar to the delicate Riesling's native home along the precipitous slopes of the Mosel and River Rhine.
Two thirds Semillon grown to Henschke vineyards on Eden Valley
Vinified Around A Solid Backbone Of Topical Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc From The Distinguished Henschke Property At Lenswood Named for Eleanor Hill who married George Crossman Thyer in 1848 the grower who pioneered and developed Henschke's original Eden Valley site. Rich, spicy citrus flavours line the palate, crisp acidity, fine length and exquisite balance, take Eleanor out for the freshest fish or lightly spiced Asian faire.
EXCELLENT LANGTONS CLASSIFICATION. Exclusively estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Coonawarra's finest. The low yielding vineyard, planted to the magical Terra rossa
soils, is dry grown and hand arch cane pruned, it traditionally yields limited crops of intensely flavoured fruit. Skilled use of traditional oaking techniques achieves a wine that's integrated and seamless, as delicate fine grain French oak supports the essential Coonawarra characters of violets and bramble berry, scorched earth and blueberry cassis perfumes.
OUTSTANDING LANGTONS CLASSIFICATION. Arguably Australia's finest and most enduring Semillon, Vat 1 articulates the merits of patient bottle ageing as it transforms this pure, unoaked wine. First produced in 1963 and sourced from historic Pokolbin fruit parcels, a mature Semillon aged under the Tyrrells cellar. While drinking like a dream immediately upon release, it will continue to develop delicious bottle age characters for many years hence, a joy to experience time and time again.
FROM GOOD VINEYARDS IN THE MCLAREN VALE AND LANGHORNE CREEK, an assemblage of Shiraz wines that have been vinified and aged separately, isolated on the basis of character and complexity, then woven into a tapestry of remarkable integration. Tiraged and treated to a secondary fermentation in bottle, Black Chook has developed a rich chocolate and cherry ripe palate with light biscuitty oak and gummy, chewy tannins. A luscious Sparkling Shiraz, sagaciously balanced, destined to compliment pork, turkey, and every festive engagement.
ESTABLISHED 1968 BY THE LEGENDARY MELBOURNE RESTAURATEUR TOM LAZAR, Virgin Hills is the gem of the Macedon Ranges, one of Australia's iconic vineyards. He planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir, with a view to creating an Australian first growth to rival the great Bordeaux he had grown to love while working as a sculptor in Paris. Only one wine is bottled under the Virgin Hills label each year. From inaugural release, the cepage of varietals has varied subtly each vintage, adding to the mystique and complexity of Virgin Hills.
Torzi Matthews purpose
is to craft wines and extra virgin olive oils with an expression of season and of place
Torzi Matthews, a food and winemaking partnership between Domenic Torzi and Tracy Matthews, are driven by a passion and firm conviction in appreciating the value of heritage tradition in the crafting of their wines and extra virgin olive oils. Domenic Torzi is a fifth generation Calabrian - Abruzzese, he grew up on the Adelaide Plains working for the family's market gardens. Tracy Matthews was born and raised in Sydneyâ€™s Newcastle, she has a long career in hospitality.
In 1996 Tracy and Domenic stumbled across a small, frost pocketed hollow on beautiful Mt McKenzie in the Eden Valley and fell in love with the area for its remoteness and diverse thin soils. The rationale was quite simple, this land would produce low yields of Shiraz fruit which would translate into full, flavoursome Italian styles of wine to match their beloved Mediterranean cooking. Torzi and Matthews had plenty of detractors and lots of unsolicited advice, some good, some â€¦ well some people don't have vision.
The vines went in, the frosts came, the yields were low and Frost Dodger was born. Frost Dodger wines are crafted to non intervention European techniques, the Italian appassimento method is used for Shiraz, a regimen which employs a careful hand harvest of whole bunches which are then put onto racks and laid out for drying in the open. The parched grapes are then fermented naturally by the indigenous yeasts of the vineyard.
Torzi Matthews white wines also employ European non-interventional methods, hand picking and whole bunch pressing, the free run juices are naturally fermented by indigenous yeasts from the vineyard.
Torzi Matthews make a range of Italian varietal wines under the Vigna Cantina label. These represent Mario & Francesca Torzi's native wine grape varietals. Torzi Matthews have taken great effort in sourcing the planting materials and determining a quality of vineyard sites which were not readily available a decade ago. These wines are truly wonderful, their aromatics and fresh lively fruit flavours represent a pinnacle in the pairing of wines with Italian food.
The story however doesnâ€™t end there. While establishing their vineyards, Torzi & Matthews took over reigns of the family extra virgin olive oil business. Setting a new direction, they increased the sourcing of wild olives to groves scattered throughout the Barossa. These magnificent ancient wild olive trees date back to the 1880s, today they produce extra virgin olive oil of amazing quality and character. "Domenic Torzi is typical of the new generation of Australian wine artisans, hand-making wine from a small patch of vines, taking an extraordinary risk by planting vines in a frost pocket on the gentle slopes of Mt McKenzie. So much is made of the Barossa and to a lesser extent Clare Valleys that the beautiful Eden Valley, its unpaved roads lined with gums, is often overlooked. Yalumba and Henschke are the king and queen. Torzi Matthews is definitely an upstart serf!" -Jancis Robinson
In 1844 a
recently arrived immigrant from England named William Salter was one of the first people to purchase land in the newly opened land survey known as the Barossa Valley
He built a stone house for his family naming it Mamre Brook, after Abrahams spiritual home in the book of Genesis. Mamre Brook House still stands today as the spiritual home of Saltram. William Salter and Sons first planted grapes here in 1859, and in 1862 produced 8000 litres of a wine appropriately named No.1 Shiraz. In the history of Saltram there have only been eight senior winemakers, two families dominate the list, Salter and Dolan. Three generations of Salters made wine until 1937, and the Dolan's have played a part at Saltram from the 1950s through until today.
The Barossa Valley is actually a long plain that sits at an average of 230m elevation, with small hills on the western side and the steeper Barossa Hills leading toward the higher Eden Valley on the east. The region includes the towns Nuriootpa, Tanunda, and Angaston. Saltram is situated on Nuriootpa Road just a kilometre from the town of Angaston. The soils of the Barossa are predominantly red brown loams, which are non-cracking, well structured and relatively free draining - making them ideal for growing grapevines.
Saltram draws fruit from its own 45 hectare Saltram Vineyard that surrounds the Saltram Winery and Cellar Door as well as from other vineyards throughout the region. These vineyards are spread over from the cooler hills of the Eden Valley to the warmer areas across the valley floor. The Saltram Vineyards yield many different varietals, the vast majority are planted to Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, alongside some smaller plantings of non-mainstream varieties such as Malbec, Petit Verdot, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
Peter Lehmann, while winemaker at Saltram, lightened the traditional styles and made distinctive reds, and fine ports. He encouraged the planting of cabernet sauvignon, harvested earlier for better pH control and introduced new oak casks
Most of the Saltram vines are irrigated via drip irrigation and supported on a variety of trellising systems with more recent planting on single wire trellising and t-trellising systems. Drip irrigation was developed in the 1950s to allow viticulturalists to grow grapevines in climates with low rainfall.
The Barossa Valley receives moderate rainfall of approximately 520mm (mostly falling during the winter months), and has high summer evaporation and low relative humidity. This ideal climate produces relatively low disease pressure, which limits the need for chemicals in the vineyard and also maintains the natural environment. Today, vineyards with a range of climatic conditions use drip irrigation as it allows them more control over the amount of water the vines receive. This extra control allows them to stress the vine by not irrigating at certain times, and irrigating it at others in order to control the crop level and quality of grapes the vine produces.
The Saltram Vineyards also have a number of older vines that were planted in the 1950s and 1960s that are dry grown - not irrigated at all. Dry growing the grapes on these vines produces more concentrated flavours and a higher skin to pulp ratio which improves wine colour and tannin levels. In good years, select parcels from theses vines go into the renowned Saltram No.1 Shiraz and various other special blends that make up Saltrams superb range of wines.
Kevin Mitchell's tireless
and passionate devotion to his chosen craft has propelled him to international cult status
Like many Australian winemakers Kevin Mitchell is highly trained in both the scientific and artistic sides of winemaking. He also comes from a long tradition of grape growing in the Clare Valley. Kevin began a prolific winemaking career in 1993 as cellar hand. He worked his way up within the industry to be assistant winemaker at a list of companies including Krondorf, d'Arenberg, Kingston Estate, Orlando and BRL Hardy, as well as wineries in the USA. Mitchell purchased the Kilikanoon property in the heart of the picturesque Clare Valley in 1997 with a vision of creating his own brand. The first Kilikanoon releases in 1998 met with immediate export success, and the international reputation for this sensational Clare winery's editions have built steadily from there.
The fruit for Kilikanoon wines is mostly sourced from low yielding vines grown at the estate's vineyards in the Clare and Watervale regions. The now famous Killerman's Run is Kilikanoon's entry level Shiraz, which alone makes it better than many winery's premium offerings! It is blended from Clare, McLaren Vale and Barossa vineyards, and combines the best of each of these. It is soft, juicy, ripe, and neatly oaked. Its aromatic, spicy, plummy and chocolatey. Its long, clean, balanced and succulent.
The Kilikanoon group owns or controls over 500 hectares of prime vineyards throughout South Australia. They have chosen their terroir carefully to enable a wide range of wines which seek to express the individuality of their respective regions. All the Kilikanoon fruit is hand pruned and hand picked from vines that are 30 to 40 years of age. Traditional methods of vinification are used, fermentation taking place in small open fermenters and gently processed through a basket press.
Kevin Mitchell has succeeded in putting some Clare Grenache to perfect use with the Prodigal, building a wine that has plenty of fresh berry fruit â€“ raspberry, dark cherry, strawberry â€“ wrapped up in the classic rosy sheen expected of the variety. It's a textural thing, almost like polished silk, found in the best Cotes du Rhones. Then there's a firm finish with tannins like a cup of fine black tea.
The first Eden Valley wine in the Kilikanoon portfolio was sourced entirely from the Blacket Estate Vineyard located high up in the Eden ranges. Seasons in the Eden Valley tend to be Mediterranean in classification with winter to spring rainfall and long cool growing seasons. Grapes are harvested when the optimum balance of flavours, acid and sugar levels are at their peak. Gently passed through a membrane press with only free run juice making up the final blend, the wines are fermented cool to preserve the natural fruit flavours and aromas.
In its relatively short history Kilikanoon has won a large number of Australian and International awards and received high praise from the worldâ€™s most respected wine writers. The 2002 Clare Valley Wine Show was what really put Kilikanoon on the map. Initially most of Kilikanoonâ€™s red wines were crushed and fermented at Torbreck in the Barossa. Mitchell has also worked closely with Neil Paulett in the Clare Valley where the Kilikanoon Rieslings are crushed. Another important partnership for Kilikanoon has been with Rolf Binder in the Barossa, with whom Mitchell has formed the Binder Mitchell brand. In 2005, Kevin was finally able to realise his dream of building a purpose built winery with open fermenters and basket presses to ensure ever higher standards of quality from the expanding fruit sources.
Paul Osicka is
one of the longest established Heathcote estates, planting vines in the 1950s, when Heathcote as a winegrowing region was but a twinkle in the eyes
Grown without irrigation on sandly loam soil over quartz and red ironstone gravels, the vineyard is managed according to organic principles without the use of herbicides or insecticides. The vines are hand pruned to balance the yield and the grapes are hand picked to achieve optimum fruit quality. These factors combine to produce small intensely flavoured and coloured fruit necessary to make premium wines. The principal red wine produced is Shiraz followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The vineyard and winery are situated in Heathcote, and due to the close proximity of the Graytown Box-Ironbark State forest, it is common to find all manner of native animals amongst the vines, including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, lizards and echidnas. The vineyard is non-irrigated and deliberatley kept to a low yield ensuring the berries are smaller and more intense in colour and flavour. A number of varieties are gronw including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Merlot and Roussane, with the Shiraz vines dating back over 45 years. The soil consists of a sandy loam and gravel topsoil with a crushed quartz and red ironstone buckshot gravel underlay which makes for excellent drainage.
Traditional methods are used to manage the vineyard with the grapes being carefully handpicked, and the vines painstakingly hand pruned. Conscious of their impact on the environment and wine, no herbicides or pesticides are used in the vineyard, instead organic fertilisers are used to provide the vines with nutrients. The winemaking is also a hands on affair with winemaker Paul Osicka personally implementing each stage of the process. Extensive use is made of new oak barrels in the maturatin of the wines, and is an expensive although important part of the quality process.
Wine was always destined to be part of Simon Osicka's life
Simon literally grew up surrounded by full-bodied, red wines produced at his family's Majors Creek Vineyard, today known as Paul Osicka Wines. Not surprisingly, for someone immersed in wine from birth, Simon didn't just complete his Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) at University of Adelaide in 1997: he graduated with first-class honours.
Following cellar-hand work and two overseas vintages in Canada and Italy, he joined Houghton Wine Company in 1999 as Assistant Winemaker at the company's Swan Valley site. At Hougton he gained immeasurable experience producing prestige red wines under the Gladstones and Jack Mann labels.
The following year, Simon was promoted to Winemaker and completed a second 1999 vintage in Sicily at Casa Vincolia Calatrasi. Returning to Houghton, he transferred to Nannup in 2001 and worked with the Senior Winemaker Manager, Gretel Friend, to complete the site's inaugural vintage. As the most technologically-advanced winery in the region, it provided both enormous opportunities and challenges. Within seven months, Simon was promoted as the site's Senior Winemaker Manager. In late 2005, Simon went to Leasingham as Winemaker Manager and is now responsible for the day-to-day workings. Simon has judged at both the Mount Barker Wine Show and West Australian Wine Awards.