NAMED AFTER A SET OF MEDIEVAL LEG PILLORIES WHICH REMAIN PRESERVED AS A MUSEUM PIECE IN OXFORDSHIRE. The team at Woodstock consider themselves lucky to be caring for some of the oldest McLaren Vale vines. Fruit for inclusion into The Stocks is sourced from thirty one rows of ancient McLaren Vale vines, planted circa 1900 on a sandy north slope at the Woodstock property, only the most exceptional barrels of aged Shiraz are selected. The palate is plush with an intensity and complexity of flavour that will continue to evolve and mellow in the glass.
THE EXCELLENCE AND REFINEMENT OF A PURE CHARDONNAY BLANC DE BLANCS
, hand crafted in the old world way, for elegance, balance and finesse, offering magnificent complexity and exquisite length. Sourced from a terroir and clime very like the viticole
of Champagne, Jansz offers a nose, palate and texture, that's uncannily similar to her prestigious French siblings. One of the nation's finest effervescent wines, a satiating aperitif style showing lifted fruit and complexity which defines Tasmania as the new world's most superior appellation in sparkling wine.
CHARACTERIZED BY ITS CONTROLLED POWER, elegance and finesse, a very special Pyrenees wine which redefines the great Cabernet virtues of stature, structure and length. The inaugural release claimed Gold and Best Wine ahead of two timeless Bordeaux icons, Chateau Mouton Rothschild
and Cos d'Estournel
. Prior vintages have claimed the hotly contested Decanter World Wine Awards Best Bordeaux Varietal over Â£10. A mighty Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon, driven by a masculine weight of fruit, supported by a framework of stylish French oak.
ATA RANGI FOUNDER CLIVE PATON HAS LONG BEEN AN AVID TREE PLANTER AND HAS WON A NUMBER OF AWARDS FOR HIS SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT. Paton approached the Project Crimson team for advice and support, a charitable conservation trust established for the protection of New Zealand's iconic native red flowering Christmas trees, the pohutukawa
, the northern and southern rata. Crimson is sourced primarily from vines between ten and twenty years of age, which yield grapes that express the more aromatic spectrum of Martinborough Terrace.
The beautiful Amberley
property is considered to be one of the finest in the Margaret River region
Established in 1986, Amberley Estate has remained true to it's original philosophy of making premium wines from fruit grown exclusively in the Margaret River region. Such a promise has ensured Amberley Estate wines capture the richness and character of this world-class appellation. Amberley Estate's flagship property covers a total area of 67 hectares with 31.48 hectares under vine. It was primarily the subject of a detailed soil, climactic and aspect analysis before the original owners decided to establish a vineyard.
Several criteria had to be met - the total property needed to comprise of at least 70 hectares of untouched natural landscape in order that 40 hectares could be cleared and pastured. The ideal soil requirement was deep red gravelly loam with an abundance of Jarrah and Marri (Red Gum) Trees in existence. Easterly slopes to protect the vines from westerly gales and adequate, good quality water on site were a necessity. The current site satisfied these criteria and the first vines were planted in 1986.
One can catch glimpses of the blue waters of Geographe Bay through the valley which runs through the centre of the property and is protected from westerly winds by towering Jarrah and Marri Trees and steep slopes. These winds in particular can devastate setting fruit in the spring, making vine protection a necessity. Other favourable features of nearby Geographe Bay are the moderating & cooling influence it has on the hot easterly winds which blow during the height of summer and which have the potential to damage and burn the vine canopy and fruit.
"My vineyard philosophy is based on sourcing high quality fruit to produce the styles and quality that Amberley is renowned for!" Phil Smith Viticulturist, Amberley Estate
Easterly and north easterly facing slopes on the property enable vines to capture maximum morning sunlight when they're most active and minimise heat stress from the afternoon sun. Phil Smith is responsible for overseeing the overall operation of the Amberley Estate vineyards, as well as the provision of grower liaison services to over twenty contracted growers in the area, negotiating their contracts and sourcing all fruit required for the company.
His vineyard philosophy is based on a belief that fruit and wine quality can only be achieved through well-balanced vines from a uniform vineyard. Through effective management of shoot growth and cropping levels as well as effective management of pruning, one can create vines with a balanced ratio of pruning weight to fruit weight. Such balanced vines and uniform vineyards lead to high quality fruit being delivered to the winery.
Amberley Estate's wines are a total representation the region, and a blend of old and new winemaking techniques. The varieties planted at the vineyard are considered the best performing and most popular varieties from the region. An additional vineyard, Yallingup Estate, is managed by Amberley Estate. Yallingup Estate has 11 hectares planted and is located off Abbey Farm Road near Amberley.
When Prophet's Rock
were established in 1999, the goal was to find sites in Central Otago like no other
Two vineyards were established in the Bendigo sub-region, Prophet's Rock Home Vineyard and subsequently the Rocky Point. Both are steep and elevated and each is distinctive. The Home Vineyard with its rare mix of soils, including schist, clay and chalk. Rocky Point with its stony ground and almost treacherous slopes. In the winery, they take inspiration from the old houses of Europe. The team refined their trade working in France's classical wine regions, Languedoc and Sancerre, Burgundy and Alsace. Traditionally aesthetic, respectful and patient, vineyard focused. It resonates in the wines and frees them to express the unique tenor of sites.
Prophet's Rock are committed to sustainable wine production. The vines sit comfortably in the natural environment that surrounds them, always treated with care. Prophet's Rock is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Prophet's Rock produces Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris from two estate vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Such exceptional vineyards are the foundation of Prophets Rock wines, the team are fanatical about looking after them. The journey starts in the vines, growing harvests of low yielding fruit with great concentration and flavour, fruit that's treated with deference. Harvesting is by hand, everything at the winery is considered.
The Home Vineyard sits on a north-facing terrace high above the Bendigo Station Homestead. With the altitude comes exceptional views, panoramic vistas of the sprawling landscapes beyond the vines, the river terraces of the Cromwell Basin and the stoic mountains of the Pisa Range, shaped by the glaciers that once stood here.
The vineyard hosts a rare mix of soils. Schist and quartz mingle with clay and, notably, a lens of chalk running through the site roughly one metre deep in the soil profile. The alkaline chalk influences nutrient uptake in the vines, while the clay retains water, ideal for keeping the sometimes ornery Pinot grape on side in this cool dry climate.
Perched at the rugged southern end of Bendigo, the Rocky Point Vineyard has some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago. The site rises from 226 metres to 351 metres, and walking through the vines one feels the land drop away to the blue waters of Lake Dunstan below. The steep slopes of Rocky Point intercept the sun, while the rough ground, stony free-draining soil littered with shiny broken schist, stores the heat, releasing it overnight when the air temperature drops. Fruit grows and ripens earlier here, crucial in a marginal climate like Central Otago. Rocky Point's shallow soils offer the vines they host a coarse welcome. Vegetation works hard to grow here, but there is reward in the concentrated, deeply rich fruit this struggle produces. Full ripening equals full expression, resulting in wines that know, and show, where they came from.
The region's history looms close too. A lone miner's hut sits on the site, a reminder of the gold rush that gripped the region 150 years ago. Steep slopes, rising from 320 metres to almost 383 metres, capture maximum sun, while the elevation delivers cool nights, encouraging deepened flavour development and freshness in the wines. Kopuwai Delta Vineyard is bounded on one side by New Zealand's largest volume river. The Maori legend for Kopuwai is one of power, and sometimes menace that one would do well to respect given the impressive force of this river.
Woodstock's founder, Doug
Collett A.M. discovered a taste for wine whilst serving as a pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Royal Air Force in North Africa, Syria, Palestine and Italy
As a reconnaissance and fighter pilot in Spitfires, Hurricanes and lighter aircraft, Doug observed the vast vineyards of Europe and developed an interest in wine. After studying Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College after the war, Doug soon took charge of Australia's biggest winery at Berri in South Australia's Riverland. Doug developed a special regard for the McLaren Vale region, its climate, natural beauty, its full-bodied wines and their rich middle palate flavour.
The Collett family bought the Woodstock property in 1973 and quickly built a modest winery crushing its first vintage in 1974. Doug and Mary Collett's middle son Scott took over at Woodstock in 1982 after gaining a winemaking degree and varied winemaking experience in Australia, Europe and California.
Scott started the " Woodstock" brand in 1983 by releasing selected premium wines under the Woodstock label. Tasting success, Scott increased production and sales and in 1988, Scott and Anne Collett purchased neighbouring vineyards and built the Coterie. The aim now at Woodstock is for modest grape crops ripened to perfection to maximise flavour. Control is the key and the aim is quality not quantity. Integrated pest management is practised in the trend towards organic viticulture.
At the Woodstock Vineyard Scott Collett personally oversees the management of this vineyard and puts into practice what he preaches
" ..to create and preserve the best flavours in generous, value for money wines. This starts in the vineyard and finishes in the wine glass and requires attention to detail at every stage"
The Angas Vineyard manager John Pargeter is a true innovator who utilises and adapts any available technology to assist his task of creating the best grape flavours possible. Grape quality is controlled by managing crop levels, (grape size, bunch weight and bunch numbers) and vigour of the vines. Canopy management controls size and density of each vine's foliage.
Shareholder Rocco Melino and staff commenced planting the Wirrega Vineyard in 1994 with the help of shareholder and viticulturist Geoff Hardy. Rocco's son Gino Melino became the manager of Wirrega Vineyard in 1999. As a director of Wirrega Vineyards, Scott Collett regularly visits the vineyard and monitors management through the seasons with fellow directors. The dividend Woodstock receives as a shareholder of Wirrega Vineyards is in the form of quality grapes for premium winemaking. As a small, red fermenting winery, Woodstock worked efficiently for 26 vintages. However, as grape tonnages grew and as Cellar Door and The Coterie visitor numbers grew, the winery became harder to run efficiently as a fermentation cellar.
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.