Winemaking at Pirramimma has been a family affair for well over a century
It Now Lies In The Hands Of The Founder's Grandchildren This stylish assembly of Merlot and Cabernet is crafted from fruit grown to fully mature estate grown vines over twenty years of age. Like all Pirramimma, Stocks Hill is completely vinified and matured on premises under patriarch Geoff Johnston's personal supervision. The highly approachable Stocks Hill is one of McLaren Vale's most agreeable Cabernet Merlot wines and has won numerous medals throughout the vintages.
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Brilliant appearance, pale yellow with bright green hues. Vibrant aromas of nectarine, lemon rind and slate fill the glass. Intense primary flavours of nectarine and citrus are married with new and used oak barrel ferment characters. Lees stirring adds a textural element while natural acidity imparts brightness and minerality as well as balance and persistence. Degrees of funk from natural barrel fermentation and restrained use of Burgundian oak provide a subtle degree of interest. The palate demonstrates fruit combined with elegance.
Jean Pierre comes in three delicious editions
The Perfect Celebratory Wine For Any Occasion Slightly more dulcet than it's sibling Brut Jean Pierre Classique is a refined, ebulliant young sparkler with a lively effervesence and titillating personality. Whether it's luncheon with the girls or a night at home, Jean Pierre sets the mood and makes every moment a little bit special. Invite Jean Pierre along to your next dinner date and turn a quiet meal into a party. Introduce Jean Pierre to your friends and become BFF. Live and let live with Jean Pierre.
FOR A WINE THAT RELIES ON LIFTED, zesty fruit notes as this one does, the final assembly sits very close to perfect. Ribbon Vale's fruit produces a different style to that grown at neighbouring Moss Wood. Sauvignon Blanc brings major aromaticness to the wine, the Semillon component contributes heightened flavour profiles. Ribbon Vale is vibrant and juicy, pristine and finer than most variants of the blend. Flavour builds in the glass before a finish that is refreshingly crisp with zippy acidity and an aftertaste that's long and fruitful, dry and lingering.
THE WOLF BLASS TEAM ARE BEQEATHED WITH AN EXHAUSTIVE RANGE OF DISTINGUISHED OLD VINEYARDS FROM WHICH TO ASSEMBLE THE FINEST PARCELS OF SHIRAZ. Constant contact with growers ensures that vines are coddled to yield harvests of marvelous intensity and exemplary varietal charm. Wolf Blass are on the lookout for fruit that's generously proportioned yet elegant. Components are chosen for the depth and structure they can contribute to the sum of parts, the final wine completes fermentation in luxury oak barrels to infuse exquisite perfumes while taming the earthy tannins.
DRYLANDS REALLY ARE THE TOP SHELF OF NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC. The unique soils of Marlborough's golden triangle are home to the Drylands wineworks and illustrious Home Block
vineyard, established 1980, one of Marlboroughâ€™s oldest sites, where the quality of fruit is nothing less than outstanding, each and every year. Drylands is assembled from parcels picked off the finest small Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, selected on the basis of intensity, structure and balance, each contributes its own exquisite elegance, character and style.
LECONFIELD OCCUPIES SOME OF THE COONAWARRA'S RICHEST TERRA ROSA
OVER LIMESTONE SOILS, a composition that's idyllic for vintages of superior new world Shiraz. The aim is to craft a wine endowed with great palate depth and weight of fruit whilst retaining elegance, where oak complexes and enhances the fruit but is not allowed to dominate. Several components of Leconfield complete their fermentations in barrel while the balance is treated to extra time on skins before pressing and filling into the highest quality French oak for an extravagant, extended maturation.
Steeped in history,
Nobilo wines are proudly acclaimed as some of New Zealand's most respected pioneering wine brands
The history of the company in New Zealand goes back to the early 1940's when the Nobilo family landed in New Zealand. They settled in Huapai, West Auckland, situated in the North Island of New Zealand, and started planting vines in 1943. The Nobilo family effectively persuaded and guided the New Zealand wine industry away from hybrid grape varieties and fortified wines, to a higher level of quality wine, now recognised and appraised by all markets.
With the passage of time, the early 1970's ushered in a whole new awareness of grape growing for quality wine production in New Zealand. The search was on for more suitable vineyard sites away from Auckland. This coincided with the move away from the consumption of fortified wine, and the emerging love affair of consumers in the 1980's with the classic varieties of the world.
Key House of Nobilo brands, namely White Cloud, Fernleaf, Fall Harvest, Regional Collection and Icon, have always been market leaders with style initiative and packaging innovation, winning local and international intrinsic and packaging awards each year.
In September 1998, Nobilo Vintners, then a family company with four generations of wine proficiency, purchased another successful New Zealand winery at the time, the thriving Selaks operation, to form a strong wine association
The Selak family, another early pioneering family from Croatia, came to New Zealand in the early 1900s, also bringing with them many years of wine experience. They bottled their first wine in 1934. Today the Selaks brands Premium Selection and Founders Reserve boast an enviable reputation both in New Zealand and overseas.
In mid-2000, Australia's second largest wine producer, BRL Hardy, purchased Nobilo Vintners, which later merged with Constellation Brands Inc. in 2003. The resultant global wine company, Constellation Wines, now incorporates the parent company's wine interests in the USA, Australia, UK/Europe, South America and New Zealand. Nobilo Wine Group enjoys ownership and partnership of many diverse sites within the key wine-growing regions of New Zealand, namely Marlborough to the north of the South Island, and Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, on the eastern coasts of the North Island.
Drylands Vineyard is situated near the middle of the Wairau Valley Region and surrounds the Drylands Winery in Hammerichs Road, Blenheim. It has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines, going back to 1980. This vineyard produces intensely herbal and some sweaty characters. Fruit from this vineyard shows traditional, typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc characters.
Bordering St. Vincents
Gulf, 40 kms south of Adelaide, Amery Vineyards grace the rolling foothills of the Southern Mt. Lofty Ranges
In the early 1850's Richard Baker Aldersey bought several sections of land 6 kms north of McLaren Vale in a hilly area near Hope Farm (Seaview). He built a fine ironstone house and named the property Amery, after his birthplace Amery Farm near Alton, in Hampshire, England. The land was partly cleared until Amery was acquired by William Hammond junior, whose father owned the adjacent Hambledon Farm where he settled after quitting his sugar plantation in Jamaica. In 1886 young William Hammond planted out the original seven acres of vineyard at Amery, but for the main part he ran the 339 acre property as a farm, raising cattle and sheep, cereal crops, soft fruits and vegetables. In 1890 the Amery property was bought by the Kay Brothers, Herbert and Frederick, and they finally came into possession on February 2nd 1891.
Five months later Bert and Fred carted in vine cuttings from Tintara; 25,800 Shiraz, 5,000 Riesling, 10,000 Carbenet, and began planting the fallow paddocks. There is a meticulously kept diary for every year that the Kay Family has been at Amery. They give not only detailed vintage records and weather information, but also a host of day-to-day insights into the tremendous physical effort people put into working and living in those early days.
On Friday 15th July 1892 they recorded: "W.H. Craven offered to supply Carbenet and Malbec cuttings at 10/- per thousand." Tuesday 19th July "T. Hardy called - agreed to buy 900 white Hermitage vines from him." Wednesday 20th July - "Ordered from W.H. Craven at 7/- per thousand 14,500 Carbenet and 13,000 Malbec cuttings. J.G. Kelly called, agreed to take 3,000 Riesling cuttings." Monday 25th July - "Planted 457 White Hermitage on hilltop". Thursday 28th July - "T. Hardy sent up 90 White Hermitage vines (2 years old)." The first grape crush came in 1895. Today, the Heritage Listed Kay Brorthers Amery is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands.
The Rieslings were the first true varietal wines grown to the area and some of the older traditional winemakers in the district were prophetic of failure. Time has happily proved to the contrary and today outstanding Riesling wines are still being made in McLaren Vale. The Riesling recorded in the 1891 diary were in fact, mainly the variety we now know as Chenin Blanc.
The warm temperate climes, cool moist winters, warm dry summers and proximity to the sea ensures that frost, which is a debilitating agent in many viticultural areas, is virtually unknown. The vineyard receives a rainfall of approximately 550mm year and excellent vines are grown on a wide range of soils, the predominant being ironstone gravel. The estate Cellar Door, which is part of the original Winery complex, boasts some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque valleys and hillsides.
The Kay Brothers were partners in business for fifty-seven years, which is a remarkable achievement in the Australian winemaking scene. Herbert Kay was made Chairman of the Australian Wine Board in 1933 where he sat for twelve years. Herbert's son Cuthbert (Cud) Kay took over the management and winemaking at Amery. He increased the vineyards, concentrating on more Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Riesling with some smaller areas of Sauvignon Blanc and White Frontignac. In the 1960s changes in the estate's primary UK market and uneconomic prices led to the development of Australian markets. Initially this was in bulk to other winemakers but progressively more and more wine was packaged until eventually all of the output became branded under the Kays Amery Vineyards label.
Koltz began as
a small wine label in 1995 when winemaker Mark Day and Anna Koltunow made their first wine using grapes from the Bottin Vineyard in McLaren Vale
Since that time Koltz has evolved and now specialises in Shiraz and Shiraz blends from the McLaren Vale region, renowned for its Shiraz wines worldwide. Mark Day has worked as a wine maker for Maxwell Wines and Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale and as a consultant in Italy and France over the last 6 European vintages.
Koltz are located on a scenic vineyard in the Blewitt Springs region of McLaren Vale and are now in the process of building a small boutique winery. Mark Day has worked as a wine maker for Maxwell Wines and Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale and as a consultant in Italy and France over the last 6 European vintages.
Koltz is a very small producer and all their wines are hand crafted using traditional methods; fermented in open vats and when dry, basket pressed and put to oak. Koltz try to make wines that are individual and reflect the winery's philosophy that wines should be complex but a pleasure to drink at any stage of their evolution.
Their estate wines will reflect another phase of Koltz evolution, combining individual attention and European experience with Australian style based on Shiraz from their own vineyard. McLaren Vale is situated 40 kilometres south of Adelaide in South Australia and has a Mediterranean climate with an annual rainfall of approximately 650 mls. It stretches from coastal plains to the foothills of the southern Mount Lofty ranges and this creates variation in both altitude and terroir.
Different soils and micro climates produce different wines. The vineyards of Blewitt Springs are generally sand on ironstone gravel and just under 200 metres above sea level. As a result the Shiraz from this area is elegant with fine silky tannins and good length and mouth feel. Koltz also sources grapes from vineyards in the Willunga region of McLaren Vale where the soils are darker deep clay and loam and produce more robust, richer wines with firmer tannins.
"Mark Day and Anna Koltunow released their first wine in 1995, using grapes from the Bottin Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Mark Day had worked as winemaker at Maxwell Wines and Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale, and has been a Flying Winemaker for six consecutive vintages in Europe. Day and Koltunow decided to specialise in Shiraz and Shiraz blends from the McLaren Vale region, but added Sangiovese and Mourvedre to the mix in 2002." -James Halliday
Zeppelin was created
by Artisan of the Barossa winemakers Corey Ryan and Kym Teusner
The wines are made using traditional techniques and a hands off philosophy to create wines full of character. Proud of the region's German heritage, the brand was named in honour of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a brave and progressive man who thought big, really big.
Zeppelin is source fruit from vineyards either owned by Teusner Wines or Sons of Eden, selected for their age, up to 80 years old, low yielding nature and character. Ferdinand is from a vineyard in Greenock, the Barossa Shiraz in Angaston and the Barossa Grenache is sourced from 60 to 80 year old vines between Greenock and Ebenezer.
A very simplistic approach to winemaking is employed, preserving individual vineyard character and making wines with personality. The red wines are made using open fermenters, pumped over by hand, and basket pressed. Predominantly older French oak is used, with Ferdinand up to 50% new, before bottling without fining or filtration. Minimal sulphur added.