De Bortoli is a proud progeniter to some of Australia's most dependable labels
Sacred Hill Is A Prolific Winner Of Wine Industry Accolades And Reviews Enter the dynamic Australian accord of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc fashioned into a seamless wine of exquisite aromaticness and generousity of fruit. De rigueur with chicken caesar, a regular attendee of the relaxed long luncheon.
Dark scarlet colour. A strong varietal bouquet displaying hints of violet, cinnamon and cloves with a mix of crushed dark berries. The full bodied palate shows great appeal with spicy fruit flavours including berries and plums which are rounded out with some clean toasty oak. An outstanding balance of fruit, acid and tannin structure.
Taylor Ferguson take the Rose styles of sparkling very seriously
As One Of The Land's Elder Negociants They are well positioned to collate an assembly of the finest harvests from their substantial gazette of established growers The winemaking team have earmarked the most affable parcels of fruit to fashion into an alluringly aromatic, creamily textured effervescent Rose that's long and clean on the finish, fully rounded and well balanced, a delight to drink.
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE YEAR SAMUAL MCWILLIAMS PLANTED HIS FIRST VINES, 1877 is a national flagship, crafted from the best fruit of vintage. The choicest parcels of estate grown Shiraz are sourced from superior mature vines on the original McWilliams plantings at Barwang in the Hilltops. Since inaugural release, 1877 has accumulated a breathtaking list of wine show trophy wins and countless gold medals. A wine of immense power and drive, its refined line of tannin holding it all together in an act of balance and precision.
A HIGHLY ENGAGING, finely attenuated accord of Semillon with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Evans and Tate have gained international renown with their classic Margaret River style of dry white wine. Semillon lends distinctive characters of milk thistle and slate, Sauvignon Blanc contributes a zingy frappe of vegetables, gooseberry and lychee, Chardonnay adds structure and fine fruit.
THE MARGARET RIVER'S SALUBRIOUS MARITIME CLIMATE OF MILD, wet winters and warm, even summers, produces Sauvignon Blanc that's more tropical in style than the grassy herbaceousness of cooler districts. Margaret River Semillon is generally noted for its thistle/ vegetative qualities and for the weight and structure it carries. Fruit sourced from the cooler Karridale precinct and a very protected site in Wilyabrup coalesce into a unique style of wine which best articulates the exhilarating vitality of the classically dry Margaret River white.
SINCE IT'S INAUGURAL RELEASE IN 1993, Grosset has made a powerful statement about the potential of Piccadilly Valley, an Adelaide Hills subregion that's so cool, it is often considered marginal for wine. It's an area that takes time to understand but the wines can be exquisite. Piccadilly is deliberately restrained. Succulent white peach, melon and grapefruit characters create a mineral, focused wine that's fresh and refined.
Capel Vale began
as a hobby for Sydney radiologist Dr Peter Pratten and his wife Elizabeth when they purchased land on the Capel River between Bunbury and Busselton in 1974
Capel Vale Winery, restaurant and cellar door, now sit atop the original vineyard site, Stirling Estate. Stirling Estate was originally the site of a stone fruit orchard in the 1930s. Consisting of rich, red alluvial loams over a limestone base, it possessed a natural, permanent watertable and was perfect for growing vines. The first plantings were in 1974, producing the first commercial vintage in 1980. After determining that the soils of the Capel area (now included in the EU registered Geographe Region) were best suited to Chardonnay and Merlot, it became the Prattens passion to determine the best region in South Western Australia for each of the main premium grape varieties.
The winemaking philosophy is to make intensely fruit driven, complex, powerful, yet elegant wines, from the regions most suited to each separate premium grape variety in Western Australia. Capel Vale now sources fruit from its own Stirling and Wellington vineyards in Capel, its Whispering Hill vineyard in Mount Barker, Sheldrake in Pemberton, and Madrigals, the latest development at Margaret River. Capel Vale has grown enormously, and now is one of the few major family owned wineries in Western Australia.
Capel Vale owns and operates seven vineyards in the four EU registered growing areas in South Western Australia, in total 500 acres (210 hectares). Each vineyard grows the most appropriate fruit appropriate for the climate and terroir. The winery's operation has played an important role in the establishment of the Western Australian Wine Industry and the recognition of South Western Australia as a premium grape growing region. The winery now exports to over fifteen countries. It's been an amazing journey from a few vines and a small tin shed!
The Whispering Hill vineyard is the most southern at Mount Barker, followed by Sheldrake at Pemberton, Madrigals at Margaret River and Stirling and Wellington at Capel in the increasingly recognised region of Geographe. All wine produced by Capel Vale is made at the winery on the Stirling Estate in Capel.
Capel Vale's vineyards in the Geographe region consist of Capel Stirling 1, Capel Stirling 2 and Capel Wellington, eighty acres in total. The first vines were planted on the Stirling Estate vineyard in 1974. The winery, bottling line, warehouse, tasting cellar and restaurant are now all located on this property. The vineyards are named after the original Capel shire subdivisions. The Stirling area being one of the earliest surveyed areas in the state, deriving its name from Captain James Stirling, the founding father of modern Western Australia.
The Pemberton area is enjoying increasing acclaim as a premium cool climate viticultural region producing elegant flavours and wines of note. Capel Vale's Sheldrake Vineyard was planted in the winter of 1995 to initially supplement and ultimately replace fruit sourced from the Pemberton region. The name 'Sheldrake' seemed a natural progression from our emblem, the Shelduck. The vineyards here support superb varietal vines.
Nestled between Melton
and Taylors Lakes on Leakes Road in Rockbank is Witchmount Estate Winery, one of the regions most accomplished and formidable winemaking operations
Witchmount Estate has been making some of Victoria's most consistent quality driven wines for many years, winning numerous medals and trophys, particularly for Shiraz. The Witchmount brand has now consolidated its place within the Australian wine industry. The entire winemaking team are involved in many of the best Victorian food and wine events. Youâ€™ll find Witchmount Estate at the Werribee Harvest Picnic, Hanging Rock picnic, Victoriaâ€™s annual Olive Festival, and also at a short distance from Melbourne.
Many hours are spent in the vineyard and winery in order to produce the finest wines possible. Heart and soul are poured into the vintage each year and have been rewarded with a multitude of trophies and awards from all over Australia and the world. The person directing the Witchmount team is Vigneron Tony Ramunno. Growing up on the property he knows every vine personally. Actively involved and overseeing all processes he has also employed a quality team of industry professionals to ensure the success of his dream.
Chief Winemaker Stephen Goodwin was successful in his field long before he joined us and he has worked at many of Australiaâ€™s best wineries including Seppelts Great Western and Baileys of Glenrowan. He is unsurpassed for both experience and skill as a winemaker and has been an integral part in the development and success of the exceptional Witchmount wines available today.
Winemakerâ€™s assistant and jack-of-all-trades Adrian Marchioro has many years experience in a vast array of positions within the wine industry. Involved in everything from sales and marketing to special events and of course the dirty jobs around the estate, Adrian shows passion for all things Witchmount.
Combine a beautiful winery with a rustic blue stone function and convention centre, rambling vineyards and years of experience in the wedding industry, and you have a unique venue. Witchmountâ€™s charming courtyard, waterfall and gazebo, cellar rooms and lush gardens, adjoin some of Victoria's most picturesque vineyards.
One can choose from a comprehensive variety of Witchmount Estate wines for your reception, including the finest vintage series. Discuss your menu requirements with the vineyardâ€™s winemaker for a recommendation, select from a number of delicious and innovative menus, and take full advantage of Witchmount Estateâ€™s expertise.
St Marys is
a boutique, family owned, premium red wine producer, sited on some of the Coonawarra's most unique mix of soils.
St Mary's winery is situated on a strip of "terra rossa" soil 15 kilometres west of the township of Penola in the southeast end of South Australia. In 1909 the first members of the Mulligan family arrived in the Penola district. The property that St Marys Wines now stands upon was purchased in 1937. This property is 15km west of the town of Penola. Its primary use was for sheep and cattle grazing.
Barry and Glenys Mulligan researched the establishment of a vineyard on a 200 acre section of the property in 1984. This part of the property was unique in its elevation the rest of the property but mostly for is soil. The Ridge consists of limestone covered in terra rossa soil.
The initial planting of vines began in 1986. Vintage 1990 brought the first harvest for the first ever wines for St Marys. 1992 heralded the opening of the estate's cellar door, as St Mary's commenced distribution of it's wines nationally and internationally.
The vines are planted on an elevated area of Terra Rossa soil over Limestone. The soils are generally very stony. Some of the more austere parts of the vineyard are virtually pure rock. The vines that have survived on these stony areas produce relatively small tonnages compared to local district averages. There is only one basket press on the entire winemaking operation, and all the fruit being pressed through it makes for a softer and more traditional character to the wine.
St Mary's quietly prides itself with the knowledge of its high level of environmental responibility. Estate grown grapes only are used in the production of all St Mary's wines. Small batches of hand picked grapes are fermented in open vats, Basket Pressed and barrel matured in climate controlled storage before being bottled on premises.
St. Maryâ€™s House Block Cabernet displays the concentrated blackcurrant characters of pure cabernet aromas complemented by cedary oak influence. Typical of the House Block style the wine is rich and full-bodied with ripe cabernet flavours. This wine has the capacity to develop further complexity and classic aged characters. The Super Premium label of St Mary's Wines is the result of each vintages stand-out batches of wine. The wine sports the family name as a statment of pride in its creation. As a wine it has been selected for its prolific fruit character and excellent tannin structure. This wine will age well and with longevity rewards will be reaped.
Wantirna Estate Vineyard
is not far from the centre of Melbourne
Planted in 1963 it was the first of the new generation vineyards, the Yarra Valley having been an important grape growing area in the 1800s. The impetus for the vineyard began back in 1956 when Reg Egan married Bertina Curcio whose mother was English but whose father was Italian. Wine and food were important in the Curcio household and so started a fascination with the history of wine in Victoria. Before long they had their minds on a vineyard somewhere in the Yarra Valley. The early vine plantings included all sorts of varieties, many largely unknown, for those early Australian wine growing days. Varieties such as crouchon, pedro ximenez, barbera and dolcetto. But it was the classical varieties that eventually won the day and in the 1970â€™s the vineyard was consolidated to focus on chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. Much of the existing cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines were part of the original 1963 plantings.
Wantirna Estate Vineyard is a never-ending world of change and enchantment. At times vigor and energy are required, at times patience needed. The winemaking is a joint effort between Reg and Bertina Egan and their daughter, Maryann Egan. These days Reg describes himself as the interfering winemaker but back in the early days everything was done by Reg, dashing from his legal practice to the winery to check on the ferments. Today much of the responsibility has been transferred to Maryann, who has a degree in wine science from Charles Sturt University.
Both Reg and Maryann have honed their practical skills in amongst the small domaines and chateaux of Burgundy and Bordeaux where the single vineyard, terroir driven wines have inspired them. Maryann was also a winemaker for many years in the early days of Domaine Chandon. Bertina keeps accounts sorted out as well as that all important role of looking after the pickers at vintage time. Like all small wineries it is a family affair with everyone involved in some way during the year.
Continuing the tradition, all the extended family still gets involved in the vineyard life - whether it is picking the grapes, helping to prune or looking busy riding the motor bike. Reg Egan started life as a farmerâ€™s son in the small country town of Tolmie in northeast Victoria. Many years as a Melbourne lawyer then followed during which time Reg and Bertina planted Wantirna Estate.
In 1984 Reg gave up the law to concentrate on the vineyard. For many years Reg and Bertina travelled to Europe looking at vineyards, visiting winemakers and thoroughly immersing themselves in the European wine culture. Regâ€™s love for the land is evident at the property. Native plants complement old-fashioned roses, fruit trees and olive plantings.
Maryann Egan had no choice to becoming a winemakerâ€¦really. After completing her degree in physical education, she took off to backpack around Europe. Then running short of money around vintage time, it seemed the perfect moment to re-acquaint herself with the winemakers sheâ€™d met as a child, and to get some paid work to fund the rest of her trip. After a vintage in Burgundy, Maryann returned to Australia to begin her Oenology studies at Charles Sturt University. For the next six years Maryann worked at Domaine Chandon making both sparkling and table wines. After the birth of her first child Amelia in 1996, she returned to Wantirna Estate.