ClĂ©mentine is sourced entirely from Woodlands Brook Vineyard
Established To Merlot And Malbec Verdot and Franc a superior northwest facing site on free draining Wilyabrup soils. A block of Cabernet vines were later added to a patch of auspicious heavy gravel clay soils, perfect for the realization of powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Salinity, cocoa and clove, blood orange and river silt, the elegant palate brimming with ripe red fruits, a lovely mix of floral elements and winegum lozenge complexity, ClĂ©mentine lingers endlessly on a line of lively mineral acidity.
The vineyard grows along the banks of the North Para River and the fruit is harvested late in the season when the flavours are fully developed
Tannins Are Ripe And Sugar Levels High Vineyard specific fruit characters of mint and a touch of Eucalypt are the hallmarks of this Barossa Cabernet Exhibiting the richness and warmth of fruit one would expect from the region, this is a wine of great varietal flavour, combining stylish fruit characters along with rich chocolate hints which are typically associated with good Barossa reds.
THE DEDICATED GROWERS ON SCOTCHMAN'S HILL ARE HEIRS TO A TRADITION OF PRODUCING THE FINEST WHITE WINE GRAPES. They attend to the Bellarine peninsula's premier terroirs, nurturing vines to sprout much of Victoria's most articulate fruit. The team have assembled harvests of the most amenable Sauvignon Blanc, to be vinified into a refreshing post modern style, brimming with citrus, bright herbaceousness and a touch of quenching minerality. An integrated and easy to appreciate, classic dry white, that's just excellent with pasta or Al fresco
A LIGHT FRESH RED IN JUBILANT EVERYDAY STYLING, Georges Duboeuf is Roi de Beaujolais
, King of Beaujolais. Fashioned from the fruity Gamay varietal which is peculiar to the region, the grape has a thinner skin, characterized by lower levels of tannin for a wine that goes well with everything. By virtue of the traditional carbonic maceration
, Beaujolais is excellent when served well chilled, perfectly suited to seafood and very easy to appreciate with ham. Beaujolais is about the unpretentious enjoyment of wine and indulgence of life.
FROM A DEDICATED SPARKLING WINE VINEYARD, planted to a high density Pinot Chardonnay block of significant age, at the highly propitious climes of latitude 41Â° south. The cool coastal slopes of Pipers Brook and the southeast facing terroir of Kreglinger Vineyard, yield a truly exceptional wine. The nation's most refined and artisanal Methode Traditionelle, an addition of liqueur de dosage
at disgorgement has added further richness and complexity to the already multi layered palate. The most refined Cordon de Mousse
forming an effervescent necklace of petulantly popping pearl beads.
SECRET STONE KNOW FROM THINGS MARLBOROUGH. Nothing but the choicest fruit will do, to be crafted by an award winning team into an intensely fragrant, generously proportioned wine with effusive fruit flavours and clean, lingering finish. No expense is spared in accessing the finest vineyards, retaining the best winemaking team, isolating the finest quality Sauvignon Blanc and applying the most adroit vinification techniques.
Two Paddocks is
a small family wine producing business that is entirely dedicated to making great wine
Two Paddocks' three vineyards are located in Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. From this golden countryside, where old trails still wind through historic gold mines and ice blue lakes nestle below rugged mountains, comes some of the world's best Pinot Noir, a wine that will rival the great Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. It's the region's continental climate with its hot dry summers, cool autumns, and cold winters that provides the perfect environment to nurture the perfect grape. Add to that warm days and cool nights for colour and stability and the wine that results is nothing less than excellence.
The winery started in 1993 with modest ambitions and initial plantings of five acres of Pinot Noir at the original little vineyard at Gibbston, Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand. At the same time, winery friend Roger Donaldson planted the land next door, hence the name Two Paddocks. (Rogerâ€™s paddock proved to be a slow starter. His brand Sleeping Dogs, takes its name from the first film he and Two Paddocks winemaker Sam Neill made together.)
Sam wanted to produce a good Pinot Noir that would, at the very least, be enjoyed by family and friends. Admittedly, Sam's friends will pretty much drink anything, so this didn't seem too hard. The first vintage in 1997 was much better than hoped, in spite of a difficult growing season. 1998 was a more distinguished vintage, and in 1999 a world class Pinot was produced. Here was a wine of considerable complexity with an amazing nose, delicious fruit and a good lengthy finish.
Since that time with each successive vintage, Two Paddocks have produced a Pinot Noir that has done the winemakers proud and is to be frank, too good to be wasted on the close circle of friends. While Sam Neill and friends' generous thirst accounts for the occasional scarcity of Two Paddocks Pinot, the ambition has become to produce year after year, the worldâ€™s best Pinot Noir
Two Paddocks original vineyard has now been augmented by two other small, superbly sited vineyards in the Alexandra district. Alex Paddocks is a 7-acre vineyard on a very beautiful terrace above the Earnscleugh Valley, and sits under some very striking rocky headlands. Planted with Burgundian Pinot vines (5, 6, 115) in 1998, the Two Paddocks Last Chance Pinot Noir is from this single vineyard (first vintage 2002). The Last Chance name comes from an old gold miners watercourse that runs through the yard, dating from the 1860s.
In 2000 Redbank was aquired, a lovely-sheltered sixty acres also in the Earnscleugh Valley, which nestles between two dramatic rocky escarpments. More Burgundian clones have been planted here. As a departure, some Riesling here, and we grow medicinal and culinary herbs as well. We inherited a still at Redbank, which we use to distill a brilliant essential oil from the English and French lavenders we grow on the property.
The Tulloch story
began in 1843 when James Tulloch arrived in Australia from his homeland of Scotland
In 1895, Jame's grandson, John Younie Tulloch (J.Y. Tulloch) owned the Branxton General Store and accepted an unusual settlement for a debt owed to him - a 43 acre property in nearby Pokolbin. Tulloch took an immediate liking to the property and the five acres of neglected Shiraz vines it contained and undertook his first foray into viticulture and winemaking, which began the family tradition.
By the 1920's J.Y. Tulloch had established himself as the largest vigneron in the Hunter Valley and began a tradition of quality and excellence that is now synonymous with the Tulloch name. Hector Tulloch took over the reins of the family company, and was integral in bringing the family name to prominence throughout the 1950's when he developed the famous Pokolbin Dry Red and Hunter River White labels. Hector's legacy lives on in the Australian wine industry as a pioneering Hunter Valley winemaker.
In 1969 J.Y. Tulloch & Sons P/L was sold outside of the family for the first time to Reed Consolidated Publishing. In 1973 Jay Tulloch became General Manager and 50% of the company was sold from Reeds to Gilbey's Australia. From this point on mutliple ownerships changes occured as the company passed from Gilbey's to Castlemaine Tooheys to Penfolds, which was eventually sold to SA Brewing in 1992 and renamed Southcorp Wines.
By 1996 Jay Tulloch remained as General Manager of Southcorp's Hunter Valley operations, which included Hungerford Hill and another old Hunter name, Lindeman's Wines, as well as Tulloch. Jay retired form Southcorp in 1996 and in 1997 he and his wife, Julia Tulloch, started their own boutique operation, the JYT Wine Company. Under the direction of Jay and Julia Tulloch, the JYT Wine Company was founded in 1997 and gave Jay the opportunity to produce premium quality wines from his own small vineyard in the approachable style that had become his trademark.
In 2001 the opportunity arose to buy back the old family company, J.Y. Tulloch & Sons P/L from Southcorp Wines. Unable to resist and with interest from long term friends and business associates Inglewood Vineyards the new era of J.Y. Tulloch & Sons began, with a Tulloch once again at it's helm and its commitment to quality Hunter Valley wines renewed.
A respected member of the Australian wine industry, Jay Tulloch has continued his family's proud tradition of viticulture and has contributed enormously to the shaping of the Hunter region along the way. Now his youngest daughter Christina joins him as the Operations Manager of the new cellar door which opened in December 2003.
Each release of
Head not only represents Alex Head's strong views on what makes balanced, drinkable wines but a guarantee of absolute quality, value and consistency
Head Wines is an open journey of learning. Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go. Graduating from Sydney University in 1997 with a degree in Biochemistry, Alex entered the Wine Industry. After a trip through the major wine-growing vineyards of Europe, he immediately started working in fine-wine management, wholesale importing and an auction house to gain a broad understanding of the world of fine wine. He then worked vintages with the wineries he held in the highest regard. Tyrrells in the Hunter, Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo Estate in the Barossa Valley followed and in December of 2008 he gained a Producers Licence and released his first wines to the public.
Alex has long been interested in Old-World wines and their symbiosis with all things culinary; particularly Shiraz from an appellation in Frances Northern Rhone Valley called Cote Rotie (roasted slope). Shiraz has been the only red grape grown there for thousands of years, initially thought to have been cultivated by the Roman Empire. When Alex started out in the wine industry, he quickly fell in love with shiraz from the Barossa. However, it was the discovery of shiraz from CĂ´te Rotie in Frances Rhone Valley that would ultimately give him the inspiration to work as a winemaker.
A great legend states that in the Middle Ages, a Seigneur of Ampuis called Count Maugiron owned the steeply terraced hills of Cote Rotie. He was also blessed with two beautiful daughters, one a blonde and the other a brunette. When Count Maugiron finally retired he passed on the two Cotes to his daughters and to this day, they are still referred to as the Cote Blonde and Cote Brune.
The Southern slope of the Cote (also suited to viognier) which contains more granite, mica and limestone made a softer, rounded more elegant wine which delighted its drinkers with perfume and femininity. Here, the soil and wines showed colour and character of his blonde daughter.
The Northern slope contained heavy soils of schist and iron, producing an intense wine with dark fruits and tannin that required age to show its true potential. Here, the soil and wine showed colour and character of Count Maugiron's brunette daughter.
These soil structures and colours are of utmost importance to the properties of the fruit which grow in these vineyards. For Alex's unique Barossa Valley wines, he selected two vineyard sites where, similar to CĂ´te Rotie, the soils produce contrasting styles of Shiraz. The Blonde comes from a vineyard in Stonewell, which consists of sandy loam mixed with quartz on a limestone base that gives the wine accentuated perfume and complexity. The Brunette comes from a high elevation vineyard in Moppa, which consists of heavy soils of deep red clay and ironstone that give structure, longevity and reward from cellaring.
Wicks is a
family owned and operated estate vineyard at Woodside in the picturesque Adelaide Hills
The Wicks team are dedicated to producing high quality estate grown wines of exceptional regional character which represent excellent value. Tim and Simon Wicks proudly front the Wicks Estate Label, armed with a firm belief in long term success, aim to steer the company into a position where the Wicks Estate Brand is regarded as one of the Adelaide Hillâ€™s finest. The Wicks Family has a long history of involvement in agriculture with the Woodside Vineyard following on from their orchard and nursery operations at Highbury.
In late 1999, the 54 hectare property at Woodside was chosen and purchased for its scenic location and suitability for premium wine grape production within the Adelaide Hills, Australiaâ€™s premier cool climate wine growing region. The vineyard, planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was designed around the gentle undulating slopes studded with a number of ancient red gums and the Inverbrackie Creek that winds its course through the length of the property.
The winery is a state of the art facility situated amongst the estate vineyard utilising worlds best practice grape growing and wine making procedures. This world class processing facility, completed in early 2004, was designed and constructed utilising a team of private and independent engineers, machinery manufacturers, winemakers and builders under the guidance of the Wicks family as project managers.
Long time friend of the Wicks family and heading up the winemaking team is Tim Knappstein, who graduated from Roseworthy College as Dux of the Oenology course in 1966. After a number of years experience in the Clare Valley district Tim made a move to the Adelaide Hills and is identified as a pioneer of the Adelaide Hills cool climate wine region.
A long history of involvement in a number of wine judging panels makes Tim a highly sought national wine judge, further providing him with the skills required to craft fine wines of character that exemplify the Adelaide Hills cool climate wine region. Timâ€™s lifetime of involvement in creating award winning wines is Wick's assurance of quality.
Joining Tim on the winemaking team is Leigh Ratzmer. A Graduate in oenology from Adelaide University, Leigh has undertaken vintages in Austria, working with some of the regions leading winemakers and premium wine producers, as well as in the Barossa Valley, where he worked with some of the regions most prestigious labels. As a relatively young and enthusiastic new generation winemaker, Leigh brings with him invaluable and exciting ideas to help establish the Wicks Estate brand at the forefront of the cool climate wine industry. Everyone at Wicks works to ensure that the wines show ripe fruit flavours and display all the cool climate characters of the Adelaide Hills due to the unique vineyard site. Chardonnay is arguably the worldâ€™s most noble white grape, one that is ideally suited to the terrior of the Adelaide Hills. Wicks make a modern expression of cool climate Chardonnay showing an elegant balance between primary fruit flavours and subtle savoury complexities.