The Taylors still refer to their original vineyard property as Promised Land
Due To The Fulfilled Promise Of Its Rich Fertile Soils Made to a fashion that's universally appealing with a hallmark of quality that's unmistakable, Promised Land delivers a rich Shiraz Cabernet wine with great mid palate presence, generous fruit and gentle tannins, skillfully assembled into a satisfying claret style red. Whether relaxing at home or dining out, Promised Land can be enjoyed immediately upon release and is the perfect wine for every occasion.
Heggies is an exquisite
THOUGH DIFFICULT TO MANAGE. single vineyard site. The undulating slopes. high in Valley Eden. prevent frosts from settling. such that the unique terroir is encouraged to produce remarkable wines. Merlot is planted to rocky outcrops where top soils are thin. resulting in a restricted water holding capacity which encourages lower yields. simply ideal for achieving great intensity of flavour and colour. Working with the challenging natural surroundings. the winemaking team try to capture the flavour and balance of the grapes in their purest essence. .
Outstanding Langtons Classification
AN AUSTRALIAN CLASSIC. a Riesling of elegance and restraint. awe inspiring fruit and exquisite length. Aficianados describe Watervale as the Riesling to drink while you await for Polish Hill to evolve. Springvale evokes the expectation of a mouth watering palate and delivers. Grosset continues to articulate Watervale more than ever. .
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.
MITCHELTON WAS ORIGINALLY A GRAZING PROPERTY KNOWN AS BLACKWOOD PARK
. The soils and microclimate are significantly influenced by the presence of the pristine Goulburn River which surrounds the property on three sides, shaping the unique environment and mesoclime. In turn, geological shifts, ancestral river flows and climate have created distinct soil profiles on individual blocks. Priority is given to monitoring sugar and acid profiles while grapes are ripening, timing of harvest is critical to achieving optimum balance and intensity in the wine.
CELEBRATING ITS 50TH COMMERCIAL RELEASE, this wine is only the second in history to be made from 100% Barossa Valley fruit. The premium fruit sourced offers richer fruit flavours and characters, ripe tannins, flavour concentration and greater density. Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago describes the 2001 release as a wine that will last for decades.
THE VIEW FROM STRUIE
DOWN TOWARDS DORNOCH FIRTH
, is as inspiring as the panorama across Barossa's Valley floor from atop the elevated ranges. David Powell assembles Shiraz from ancient, isolated little Barossa vineyards, some are well over a century of age. Sourced from several elevated sites throughout the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Struie reflects the cooler side of the region and showcases the subtle nuances which can be gained from hillside viticulture, for a full bodied and powerful, rich red wine of purity, focus and intensity.
Since its inception
in 1988, Yarra Ridge has become one of the most successful vineyards in the Yarra Valley
Yarra Ridge was the brainchild of a lawyer, Louis Bialkower, who bought the land in 1982. The following year, Louis planted five hectares to Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The reputation of Yarra Ridge grew, and from 1989 to 1995 every vintage of Yarra Ridge Chardonnay that was shown at wine competitions claimed a trophy.
The 1992 Chardonnay was judged Best Premium Chardonnay at Australiaâ€™s National Wine Show in Canberra. In the following year the 1993 Yarra Ridge Chardonnay won Best Current Vintage Dry White at the same show. Since Beringer Blass entered the scene, in 1993, the Yarra Ridge winery and vineyards have expanded and improved at a dynamic rate. The original five-hectare planting has become 60 hectares, but the philosophy has remained the same. At Yarra Ridge, the wine is made in the vineyard.
Many viticultural innovations have been introduced, among them are trellising systems such as the Geneva Double Curtain, Scott Henry and Lyre. The results of these viticultural innovations are extremely encouraging. Fruit ripeness has improved and the incidence of disease has been considerably reduced.
The cellar door team at St Hubertâ€™s are excited about the addition of the Yarra Ridge wines to their range. Yarra Ridge Sauvignon Blanc and the Shiraz have been particularly popular with their fruit driven, drink now style. These easy drinking table wines represent an excellent choice of for those who appreciate today's busy but relaxed pace of living.
As a major
player in the world of champagne, Mumm has been instrumental in the success of this outstanding product across the centuries.
It has been behind advances in viniculture and high-profile initiatives which have helped establish champagne's international reputation while respecting tradition and keeping pace with changing tastes and fashions.
While it may be true that nature has been kind to the Champagne region, it is also true that man, with his know-how, boldness, and above all persistence, has managed to get the very best out of this unique terroir. It took him three hundred years, in which he faced the toughest of tests, to give the planet this symbol of celebration and shared enjoyment.
The history of the House of Mumm covers a century and a half of passion, dynamism and the pursuit of excellence. It is this tradition that has given rise to the renown and worldwide appreciation of Mumm and the famous Cordon Rouge. The Mumm brothers, Jacobus, Gottlieb and Philipp, who were from a rich family of German wine merchants and who also owned vineyards in the Rhine valley, arrived in Reims in 1827. Along with their business partner Friedrich Giesler, they set up P.A. Mumm et Cie, the initials standing for the forenames of their father, Peter Arnold Mumm.
Mumm possesses a prestigious vineyard stretching over 218 hectares
Most of it is located in the seven most renowned Grands Crus of the champagne growing region, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Avize and Cramant, which are classified on average at 98% in the quality scale. A loyal partnership with local winegrowers has extended this production area. These vineyards ensure that Mumm's cellarmaster has a broad range of supplies and a palette of the highest quality.
Richness and subtleties of the Mumm vineyards traditions and know-how built up over generations, a constant awareness of quality - the spirit of the Maison Mumm, expressed with refinement and generosity in the range of Mumm champagnes.
The right to the champagne appellation has to be earned; and just to be considered for this privilege means meeting very rigorous criteria. These cover every step, from the treatment of the vines to the birth of the bubbles in the bottles. At each stage there is stringent legislation to be followed.
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.
Claymore was established
in 1991 when the founding partners, who were medical practitioners, realised they could not change water into wine!
They purchased their first 11 acre vineyard at Leasingham in the Clare Valley in 1991. The terra rosa soils (red loam) on a limestone bed, support 70 year old grenache, riesling and shiraz vines. The vineyard is non-irrigated with yields low averaging 1.5 to 2 tonnes per acre. They started making a little grenache, and a little bit of riesling in quantities which the ordinary family would finish in a few months. Claymore still produce limited quantities, but over time the Claymore range has expanded to include a wide range of premium Clare varietals, filling out this boutique winery's portfolio.
In 1996, upon meeting a local identity nicknamed Bluey, Claymore Wines invested in the forty acre Kupu-kupu site at Penwortham, a premium vineyard which grows good quality shiraz, merlot and grenache vines. With brown loam soil over slate and very little surface water, just magnificent terroir for growing concentrated rich fruit, Kupu-kupu has become the Graceland of Claymore Wines, the home of many modern classics.
The first commercial releases of Claymore began in 1997 under the possibly misguided premise that this could be a path to early retirement. Now almost 10 years on thoughts of retirement may be premature! Desparate lots of parched fruit are high maintenance, but Claymore have not looked back with regards to the quality of their award winning fruit. Non-irrigated, the vineyard yields only small volumes per tonne (no more than 2 tonnes per acre) but this is more than compensated for by the quality of the wines produced.
Claymore is a Clare Valley winery, a region with wine heritage dating back over 160 years, the first vines planted in 1842 by James Green, a servant of the districts pioneer John Horrocks. The region comprises a series of valleys with altitudes ranging from 300 to 500 metres. The climate is moderately continental with cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days. Rainfall is predominantly in winter-spring (June to September) with an annual average from 430-630 mm. The average summer daytime temperature is 29 degrees, and 13 degrees in the winter.
All the Claymore's grapes are sourced from their own vineyards in the Watervale and Penwortham region with some fruit coming from premium grape growers around the Clare Valley. Each Claymore release is titled after a favourite rock album of the winemaker, the wine often reflecting the melodies and rhapsodies of it's namesake.
Claymore strive for excellence in the quality of fruit, processing limited yields of the most excellent possible material through a combination of traditional and modern wine making technique. Claymore's award winning editions including the Joshua Tree Riesling, the Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz and the Nocturne Grenache Shiraz. It is an amazingly satisfying experience to savour the flavours that capture the vibrance of these wines, made from premium fruits.