Moss Wood enjoy the challenge of consistently producing the most substantial Semillon wine anywhere in Margaret River
The Style Has Evolved Since 1980 With The Emphasis On Achieving Good Depth Of Fruit Flavour Semillon grapes are painstakingly picked in three stages green, medium and maximum ripeness, to enhance the complexity and achieve a highly engaging white wine experience.
Bright scarlet colour. A flavoursome red, with assertiveness and confident personality. The result of mature 35+ years, low yielding Barbera vines on such a good site, is a deep and rich plummy red with layers of character showing the juicy generosity of this grape. The legendary Cannubi is the epitome of richness and complexity, opening slowly to bitter chocolate and spices, ripe with raisin, licorice and dried herbs. The flavours stay big and finish with a lovely crisp and savoury tingle. Barbera is a great food wine, with an affinity to simple foods like grills, it loves rich, earthy braises, but can also be a convincing and complex formal red as well.
FROM THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO BROUGHT US GRANDIN AND CHARLES BOISSET, the vineyards of Louis Bouillot lie within one of France's most superior appellations along the Nuits Saint Georges. A slightly effervescent wine, defined as Cremant
, dominated by Pinot Noir, the balance of Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligote, sourced from grand old vineyards in La Bourgogne
. Perle de Vigne Grand Reserve Brut is a superb representation of all that's noble and sophisticated about the House of Louis Bouillot, established 1877.
ESCARPMENT IS A JOINT VENTURE BY HEATHCOTE ESTATE/ YABBY LAKE'S DYNAMIC DUO, the Messrs Kirby and McKenna. No expense was spared, the pick of Pinot Noir rootstock and clones were established to precious alluvial gravel terraces at the base of Aorangi Ranges. Inspired by the classics of Burgundy, Escarpment expresses the distinctive character of Martinborough's unique terroir. Engaging perfumes, elegant flavours and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of the finest Martinborough Pinot Noir.
WHEN JOHANN GRAMP PLANTED HIS VINES ALONG THE BANKS OF JACOB'S CREEK IN 1847, he was less preoccupied with the making of history but more concerned with the selection of rootstock and fruit, his choice was Shiraz. Jacobs Creek still retain access to some of the oldest vines in Australia and can call on harvests of the finest Barossa Shiraz every year. Previous vintages have claimed conspicuous international awards, including gold Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles and Selections Mondiales de Vins Canada, gold Tasters Guild & International Wine USA.
THE FLAGSHIP PINOT NOIR BY ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST EMINENT PINOT SPECIALISTS, from the best parcels grown to the most precious blocks. The near perfect climes and terroir produce concentrated, intense Pinot Noir berries with profound articulation and remarkable structure. Tiny yields of less than 1Â½ tonnes to the acre translate into a pure and distinguished wine. As with all Yering Station's Reserves, an edition that's suitably rare and extremely limited, whatever the vintage, the first growth in Australian Pinot Noir.
Welcome to Charles
Sturt University Winery, a producer of premium varietal table wines in Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia
The CSU Winery is an integral part of Australia's leading wine and food science school and as such is at the forefront of viticultural practices and wine making techniques. The winery focuses on excellence, using state of the art technology without sacrificing tradition. It is seen as important that the winery reflect the same environment as other commercial Australian wineries, being market driven and producing the quality and styles of wine that obtain ready acceptance from discerning wine consumers in the open market place.
The Charles Sturt University Winery is a producer of premium varietal table wines. It is an integral part of Australia's leading wine and food science school and as such is at the forefront of viticultural practices and wine making techniques. It is seen as important that the winery reflect the same environment as other commercial Australian wineries, being market driven and producing the quality and styles of wine that obtain ready acceptance from discerning wine consumers in the open market place.
The winery demonstrates an accountable commercial operation and provides stimulating training for those students fortunate enough to be employed (through a winery scholarship ). The wines are sold through the Cellar Door at the Winery and in selected premium wine retail outlets in each capital city of Australia as well as limited quantities being exported to the United States. Since the re-organisation of the Winery Management in 1991 sales of CSU wine have grown from 3287 cases to a budgeted 15000 cases in 2001. The winery focuses on its own range of premium table, fortified and sparkling wines and since its inception in 1977 has been awarded 23 trophies, 84 gold, 164 silver and 387 bronze medals in national wine shows.
Since its first
vintage in 1985, Coldstream Hills has grown to be one of the Australiaâ€™s leading small wineries, with a reputation for producing an outstanding range of wines
Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. As a winemaker for over 30 years, James Halliday expressed his passion through involvements with other winemakers, devoting his time to crafting some of Australia's most memorable labels. From its initial vintage of 450 cases, Coldstream Hills has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries, its wines sold in some 16 countries and a reputation out of all proportion to its size. Coldstream Hills maintains its small winery essence with most of the wine literally being hand made. Situated in the cool and beautiful Yarra Valley, about one hour's drive east of Melbourne, its steep, close-planted vineyards have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines (most notably Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs) which reflect a climate cooler than Bordeaux and a little warmer than Burgundy.
France also provides all the oak barriques (1500, but increasing year by year) and no small amount of inspiration for the winemaking team. To create the specialties of the Coldstream Hills winery each year outstanding parcels of grapes are earmarked for special attention during making, using new French barriques.
The emphasis at Coldstream Hills is on the varietal fruit and length of flavour which the Yarra Valley bestows on each grape variety. The varietal wines are designed to be enjoyed upon release - attractive when young, but will certainly reward careful cellaring. The wines are quite literally, hand made, mainly using small open fermenters (of three to four tonnes capacity) for the red wines, while the white wines are barrel fermented.
These techniques are directed to making wines which are characterised by elegance and finesse, by silky supple texture, length of flavour, subtle oak and the ability to develop extra dimensions of complexity with bottle age. These are not weighty, extractive, tannic or alcoholic styles, however impressive well-made examples of these may be.
When the resulting wine is regarded as outstanding it forms the strictly limited quantity of wine bearing the Reserve label. While the fruit remains the driving force, there is more focus on structure and complexity. The Reserve wines are designed to improve for at least five years, and live for a decade or more.
Coldstream's founder James Halliday, is one of Australia's most distinguished wine journalists, consultants and judges. With two other Sydney lawyers, he founded Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley in 1970. After moving to Melbourne for his law firm in 1983, he and his wife established Coldstream Hills in 1985. He worked as a hands-on winemaker at Brokenwood, at Coldstream Hills, and several stints in France, before increasing age persuaded him that jumping in and out of open vats could be a terminal health hazard. As a journalist he has written over 45 books and several thousand newspaper and magazine articles, winning a number of major wine writing awards in Australia and the United States. He was also awarded Australia's most prestigious wine award - the Maurice O'Shea Award - for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry in 1995.
Cockatoo Ridge Wines
are among the most recognised labels in Australia
Cockatoo Ridge is headquartered in the Barossa Valley on the principal road between the two main Barossa towns of Tanunda and Nuriootpa. This high profile site was once the old Hardy's Siegersdorf winery, built in 1930. The property, held under long term lease by Cockatoo Ridge, is being renovated and will include administration, triage (bottle fermenting of sparkling wine) and barrel storage.
The brand's international popularity is growing rapidly, with sales to the United States alone expected to increase from the current 2,000 cases to more than 50,000 over the next 12 months. The strength of the brand lies in dedication to quality wine-making, product consistency, intensive marketing and careful cost control.
The fruit for Cockatoo Ridge's wines is sourced from their own carefully tended vineyards and from reputable contract growers throughout the Barossa Valley. The skilled winemakers often identify additional sources of premium fruit in areas outside the Barossa Valley, without compromising the house style.
Cockatoo Ridge Wines operates on a quality fruit philosophy. While the winery aims for self-sufficiency in fruit supplies, the production system is also geared to sourcing premium grapes from growers who are contracted to meet strict quality standards.
Cockatoo Ridge's philosophy is to deliver optimal value to wine lovers, and to remain responsive to changes in the global wine markets. Long established expertise in viticultural practices has led to a vigorous planting program that's been initiated to ensure adequate supplies to satisfy Cockatoo Ridge's growing domestic and export demand.
The Cockatoo Ridge label was originally owned by Yalumba and was launched in 1991 with a NV sparkling wine. Since its release the label has grown into one of Australia's most recognized wine brands, with the product range now including a selection of table wines. In 2002 Cockatoo Ridge Wines was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Building on strong domestic sales and the introduction of new brands, Cockatoo Ridge have forged strategic relationships with leading distributors in international markets.
Turnerâ€™s Crossing Vineyard
is located in Bendigo, a popular ford In the 1800s, used by local farmers to traverse the Loddon River
Today the fertile red soil is home to a 103-acre vineyard, where full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Viognier grapes are produced for a variety of Victorian winemakers as well as the award winning wines bearing the Turner Crossing label. The vineyard is around 10 kms north of both Water Wheel and Pondalowie Vineyards, and 20 kms west of Connor Park. The vines are planted on well-drained red sandy clay loam topsoil and average yield is below 3 tonnes per acre. The subsoil is red light-medium clay, containing limestone pebbles. There is minimal use of chemicals and pesticides are not used at all. Vines are spur pruned and bud numbers are calculated to allow low yields.
For well over a century the ranges of Central Victoria surrounding Bendigo have been home to some of Australiaâ€™s greatest wines. This section of the Bendigo GI produces some exceptional wines. The first grapes were planted in the region in 1856, just after the start of the massive gold rush. The gold rush brought tens of thousands of hopeful diggers from around world, many of whom had extensive knowledge of the wines and foods of Europe.
Their knowledge, combined with the exceptional quality of Bendigo fruit, yielded wines of such distinction that the judges at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition were heard to exclaim of Bendigoâ€™s early Hermitage (Shiraz) that no Colonial wine can be that good! The tradition of great wines in Bendigo continues, as evidenced by the accolades in the press and the numerous awards at wine shows throughout Australia. Turnerâ€™s Crossing wines are now found across Australia and are exported around the world.
Turnerâ€™s Crossing is the realisation of a dream for grape grower Paul Jenkins, who spent many years honing his craft on a small vineyard at Yankee Creek (a few kilometres south-east of Bendigo) before planting the Turnerâ€™s Vineyard just west of Serpentine. When winemaker Sergio Carlei of Carlei Estate initially purchased fruit for his green vineyard label, he was so impressed with the results he immediately struck up a business partnership with Paul to release the Turnerâ€™s Crossing wines under their own label. The wines received immediate success with the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (also bottled under the Green Vineyard label) receiving a blue gold at the Sydney International Wine Show.
Sergio Carlei makes wine from the heart. In a short time his passion has moved him from the family garage to a fully-fledged professional operation producing over 10,000 cases of wine per year from his winery at Upper Beaconsfield in Victoria. Sergio and esteemed grower Paul Jenkins have combined their respective talents to craft the line of Turners Crossing wines. Additionally, Sergio makes and releases wines under the Carlei Estate and Carlei Green Vineyards labels.
Carlei lives in a mud-brick house he built next to the winery. The property includes a modest biodynamic vineyard that was established in 1997. Carleiâ€™s philosophy is to make real wines, wines that are subtle, intense and best enjoyed with food. Wines with personality. Sergio believes environmentally responsible viticulture is the best course for winemaking. He is committed to sustainable agricultural procedures and natural winemaking practices. His ultimate goal is to have all of the vineyards organically certified or using organic practices. In winemaking as in viticulture, Sergio's mission is to improve wine quality and optimize fruit flavors naturally. Invariably, these wines are made with minimal interference employing traditional winemaking skills. This includes careful manipulation of the fruit using a multi-dimensional approach with the fermentation, natural yeasts and whole bunch basket pressing. In most cases the wines are unfiltered or fined. The results of these very natural processes are wines of quality and complexity.