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Very deep crimson in colour. Perfumed, with sweet lifted spicy aromas of plums and blackberry, anise with herbs and spices. Complex, there are hints of sage and pepper, vanilla and cedar. The richly complex and finely textured palate is sweet, juicy and fleshy, layered with spicy velvety tannins. Elegant and powerful, with great length.
Block 8 is at the northeast corner of Resurrection Vineyard on higher elevations of shallow rocky soils
Planted To The Maywald Clone Shiraz A direct descendent of the oldest rootstock in Barossa Hand picked grapes are treated to a cool temperature, open ferment for ten days, followed by completion of malolactic and ten months age in a selection of well seasoned French oak hogsheads and barriques. Block 8 yields a supple wine of comely eloquence, intricacy and elegance, a fresher, more delicate style of florals and fragrant herb, milk chocolate oak, ripe sugar plums and sweet vanilla pod spice.
Excellent Langtons Classified
John Duval's Aim With Plexus Is To Express The Wide Spectrum Of Red Fruit Flavours From Shiraz Grenache and Mourvedre but also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. A low percentage of new oak adds complexity without dominating the berry fruit. Grenache is sourced from old bush vines fifty to sixty years of age from the Stockwell, Light Pass and Krondorf regions. Mourvedre is collated from old bush vines, some over a century old, grown to precious little sites in the Light Pass and Krondorf regions.
IF EVER THERE WAS A WINE TO COUNTER THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM, it must be Dal Zotto Estate Prosecco, the fun and fizzy Italian sparkling wine from the King Valley. Throw out those notions that proper bubbly must be hand made stuff, made from only the noblest of grapes. This is a classic Prosecco styling, the version which combines the varietal's aromatic quality with the exalted sapidity of its fine bubbles. To be opened for a dolce vita, anywhere and at anytime.
OVER SEVERAL GENERATIONS, with roots dating back to the 19th century, the Hill-Smith family have become expert in locating exceptional sites that maximise the personality of their wines. A favourite playground has been Valley Eden, in the rugged and undulating high country of the Barossa. Sauvignon Blanc is fashioned from parcels grown to the propitious eight hectare Hill-Smith family vineyard. The variations in fruit ripeness, oak treatment and wild yeast adds an extra dimension of complexity and finesse to the wine.
MAGLIERI HAS ENJOYED MUCH INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS. With an enviable list of accolades and awards, Maglieri is well known for producing red wines with the greatest poise, full of charm and character, the first growth in pure McLaren Vale Merlot.
A SAUVIGNON BLANC OF MAGNIFICENT PUNGENT PASSIONFRUITY CHARACTERS, refreshingly citrus in nature with a subtle herbaceous note. The palate displays intense passionfruit and tropical fruits, persistent mineral flavours which are balanced out by a refreshing acidity. Sauvignon Blanc fruit was sourced from outside the Knappstein vineyard at Lenswood, with the balance sourced from nearby Oakbank, so the wine carries the Adelaide Hills appellation. An impeccable table white crafted with minimal intervention to preserve purity of fruit expression.
The Laira Vineyard
was established in 1893 on the Coonawarraâ€™s famous terra rossa heartland
Brands Laira is today widely regarded as one of the regionâ€™s best plantings of Shiraz. With Shiraz being the only wine grape planted in Coonawarra from 1900 to 1950, the variety has played an important role in establishing Coonawarraâ€™s international reputation as Australiaâ€™s pre-eminent red wine region.
Eric and Nancy Brand purchased the Laira Vineyard and adjoining property in 1946; and over the next decade extended the vineyard to 23 hectares of vines. The first wine sold under the Laira label was released in 1966. Fruit from this century-old Original Vineyard is still used today in the production of the Brandâ€™s of Coonawarra Stentifordâ€™s Reserve and Patronâ€™s Reserve.
McWilliamâ€™s Wines purchased a 50 per cent share of the Brandâ€™s Estate in 1990 and the remaining 50 per cent in 1994, with Eric and Nancyâ€™s sons Jim and Bill Brand retained as winemakers. McWilliamâ€™s Wines is today one of the largest landholders in Coonawarra, with almost 300 hectares of mainly cabernet sauvignon and shiraz vines. In recent years the company has extended the Estate to include the 165 hectare Station Block and 100 hectare Kirkgate vineyards.
From the moment
they laid eyes on the land, they knew they had discovered something special
That something special was rich undulating fields in the shadows of Mt Ida at Heathcote in central Victoria. Tony and Linda Hunter's vision was to create a family run boutique vineyard where quality, passion and energy were reflected in the wine. Sanguine Estate vineyard and winery, established in 1997, is located approximately 5km along the Northern Highway from the turn off to Echuca, north of Heathcote. Embraced by children Mark and Jodi and their respective partners Melissa and Brett, the family worked weekends to establish the initial 16 acres that grew rapidly over the following years to 55 acres in 2002. The family's desire to produce great wine flows through every glass. Through natural winemaking techniques combined with small batch processing and hand plunging, the purity and integrity of the wine is enhanced.
This love for creating fine wine has its roots over 100 years ago. The great great grandfather of Tony Hunter, Pietro D'orsa, left Italy in 1868 to make a new life in Australia, becoming a vigneron in the town of Maldon 100 km west of Heathcote. Today, Mark Hunter continues this family tradition as Sanguine Estate's full time vigneron and winemaker. Sanguine's boutique vineyard and winery is a family enterprise intent on making concentrated, sophisticated and complex wines inspired by the unique Heathcote terrior, a fault line of ancient Cambrian red rock pulverized over 510 millions years into soil.
Having no experience in viticulture or winemaking, Linda and Tony sent their son to study a Viticultural Course at Dookie University whilst charging him with the responsibility of maintaining and developing the property. At the same time, they engaged Matt Hunter (no relation) to produce their first vintage of Shiraz and later engaged well known Winemaker Peter Dredge. Since the 2005 vintage, son Mark Hunter has become the full time winemaker for the suite of Sanguine Estate wines with guidance from consultant Ben Riggs.
Sanguine Estate has quickly forged a reputation for its richly concentrated fruit driven Shiraz with a savoury elegant finish. The unique Heathcote climate and soil combined with the philosophies of hand nurturing low yielding vines, small batch processing and minimalist intervention, produces wines of the finest quality and complexity.
The inaugural 2000 vintage, described as a fruit bomb by one reviewer, was universally embraced by lovers of fine wine, selling out in less than one week. The subsequent vintages have been received with even greater acclaim consistently achieving 90+ ratings from National and International wine writers including Robert Parker Junior (USA), Stephen Tanzer (USA), James Halliday (Aust), Ralph Kyte-Powell (Aust), Max Allen (Aust) and Huon Hooke (Aust).
Sanguine utilize the vertical shoot positioning trellis system to open up the canopy, reduce the risk of disease and expose the bunches to direct sunlight for ripening. The vines are cane pruned to a single fruiting wire with a maximum of 20 buds per vine. Crop levels are naturally low and hence bunch thinning is generally not required and irrigation kept to a minimum with some blocks being unirrigated. To conserve the natural balance within the soils and hence the overall health of the vines, the use of chemicals is minimized. In fact, over the past few years, Sanguine have managed the vineyard organically by utilizing organic fertilizers and employing other techniques such as mulching to control weed growth. It is the practice to employ organic principals in the first instance and then if absolutely necessary, use small amounts of chemicals to target specific parts of the vineyard.
Tempus Two is
the culmination of Lisa McGuiganâ€™s dream to create a successful, ultra - premium wine brand and tourism experience
Tempus Two is proudly, home to Roche Wines, Tempus Two Wines and Hunter Valley Wine Country's premier outdoor events. Events on the estate have included sell out concerts by Sir Elton John, sell out concerts with Rod Stewart, and a night with the world's greatest guitarist, Santana. KD Lang has appeared on the main stage, as well as a spectacular performance by Matchbox Twenty and Thirsty Merc.
Tempus Two Winery represents a bright new chapter in one of Australiaâ€™s most exciting wine stories. Lisa McGuiganâ€™s passion for wine was inevitable as she represents the fourth generation of one of the Hunter Valleyâ€™s most famous winemaking families. Before turning to the industry ingrained in her soul, she spent a decade pursuing a career in hospitality and five star hotel management. It was during this time that she conceived Tempus Two - right down to the tiniest detail.
Sharing the vision is the Roche family, creators of the multi-award winning Hunter Valley Gardens and now developing some of the Hunter Valley's finest wines. Their passion for the area is seen in the commitment to building first class facilities so it was inevitable that the two families would unite in wine and wine tourism. Roche Wines include the historic Tallawanta vineyard, the revered Stevens vineyard and the recently redeveloped Harrigans Hill vineyard. The range includes the highly awarded Roche Premium range, including the benchmark IJR and WR Hunter Shiraz, the Tallawanta range and the fun new Harrigans Hill range.
The award winning structure is comprised of a state of the art boutique winery, cellar door, Oishii - Japanese and Thai Restaurant, and 10,000 seat amphitheatre. The winery features a range of cultural events throughout the year including themed dance nights, community art shows, drama and theatre productions. Tempus Two also hosts a variety of functions from private weddings and celebrations, to corporate dinners, conferences and product releases.
At the centre of the facility is the Cellar Door, home of Roche and Tempus Two Wines. Entry is greeted by guitars and/or funky chill-out beats that fill the air and create a unique, modern atmosphere. Beyond the glass doors lies an intricate floor mosaic. The estate's trademark handcrafted Italian bottles with distinct Copper and Pewter labels are all about a combination of new-wave winemaking techniques and innovative packaging. The dynamic winemaking team put care and effort into sourcing only the finest quality grapes, from the Hunter Valley and Australia wide.
Tempus Two regularly hosts some of the most spectacular and largest outdoor concerts staged in Hunter Wine Country at the 10,000 seat, magnificently architected amphitheatre. These events feature a number of the worldâ€™s best known performers and are much more than just a concert. Coupled with the performance by the headline act is a range of dining options, from five star degustation dinners prepared by a number of the Hunterâ€™s leading chefs, to outdoor food stalls operated by a number of restaurants from around the Hunter Valley.
Robert Crabtree studied
law at Oxford University and was a practising lawyer/ academic at Cambridge, he always had an interest in viticulture and made fruit wines as a hobby
Crabtree's curiosity in winemaking led him to complete two vintages at Bergerac and another in New Zealand, before landing in Australia and deciding that he would become a full time winemaker. After careful selection of possible wine regions, Robert decided that the Clare Valley was to be the region of choice. Whilst studying winemaking at Roseworthy, Robert purchased a small existing property at Watervale in 1980 and named it Watervale Cellars. In 1983 Robert purchased the old Flax Mill building in Auburn. He equipped it as a small (somewhat rough and ready) winery and planted two acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. The business became known as Crabtreeâ€™s Watervale Cellars for a number of years. Robert built an enviable reputation for fine classic Watervale wines over the following 27 years and became a passionate advocate for the Clare Valley and South Australian wine industry. Robert sold his beloved property and winery in 2007 but remains a welcome friend and advisor to the new Crabtree Crew.
The Crabtree site has been planted to vineyards for well over 100 years, with the first vines being planted in the 1880s, though none of these original plantings exist. Adolf Glaetzer and his sons were largely responsible for the planting of the vineyards as they are today, with the remainder being largely Robert Crabtreeâ€™s more recent plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and a little more Riesling. Although the original plantings have long since gone, most of the current vineyards are still quite mature, including 60+ year old Grenache, 50+ year old Shiraz, and 30+ year old Riesling vines.
The winery is quite small overall, and is very much a boutique operation so far as production is concerned. The greater part of the production, as for many of the Clare Valley wineries, revolves around Riesling, with this variety accounting for approximately 50% of overall production. Second in production volume is Shiraz, and then Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Semillon.
Traditional rod and spur hand pruning is used on all vineyards, and all grapes are handpicked. All fruit is estate grown for the dry white and dry red wines, with a very small percentage of high quality Muscat grapes from the Smith family in the North of Clare (from 140 year old vines) added to complement the estate's own Muscat of Alexandria supply to make sweeter Muscat and Zibibbo wines. Vines are very low yielding and are essentially dry grown, although most of the vineyards do have drip irrigation lines to ensure the vines do not suffer from too much water stress.
The house that makes up the cellar door dates back to when the Clare Valley was first settled, and has been the home of a number of local identities over the years. Robert Crabtree resided here while making wine on the estate. Adolf Glaetzer was one of these residents, known best in the Clare Valley for his fresh fruit and vegetables rather than winemaking, though his descendants have made the Glaetzer name synonymous with Australian winemaking. Robert Crabtree purchased the house from the Glaetzer family, it is heritage listed, the oldest sections date back to 1849.
The estate is home to a family of very inquisitive alpacas, which apart from being pets, also keep the grass at bay around the winery. JosĂ©, the older male Alpaca, has the handy habit of being very protective of his family of females and keeps the sheep safe. The alpacas and sheep love nothing more than eating freshly crushed grape skins and stems during vintage, and will crowd around the winery when they see grapes on the tractor hoping to get a feed, which they usually do. Free roaming geese, an increasing number of ducks, chickens, cats, and some lorikeets, all of which can be seen wandering around the house (except for the Lorikeets of course), and some of which occasionally join in the cellar door for visitors wine tasting. Sales of alpaca wool or chicken and duck eggs through the cellar door go directly to improving education at a school in Africa that the winery sponsors.