TWO PRECIOUS HARVESTS OF MONTEPULCIANO ARE SOURCED FROM CHOICE SITES, each articulating the uniqueness of terroir, Amadio vineyard between Kersbrook and Williamstown in Adelaide Hills is planted on grey brown loam at an altitude of 300 metres, it is pleasingly low vigor. Vines on the Pollux property in McLaren Vale ripen somewhat earlier, yielding a Montepulciano of more tannin structure and lower acidity, a confluence of personalities which coalesce into a seriously mouthfilling, savoury wine. A mere 550 dozen made.
EXCELLENT LANGTONS CLASSIFICATION & GOLD MEDAL 2008 CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES. Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata
that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an arm
of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.
FROM THE BEST PARCELS OF FRUIT GROWN TO THE HIGH EDEN RIDGE ESTATE VINEYARD, these are the earliest plantings of Chardonnay in South Austraia and some of the oldest in the country. The east facing escarpment rises 550 metres above sea level and separates the dramatically cooler Eden Valley, providing a myriad of interesting mesoclimates and vineyards which have been refined over time, along with the winemaking. The vines are painstakingly pruned by hand and yields are methodically thinned to ensure grapes develop the requisite intensity of flavour.
3 TROPHYS FOR THE BEST SHIRAZ, Best Red & Best Wine of Show Le Concours des Vins, and 4 Golds to date. This is the first time that Yarra Burn Shiraz has been entirely from the Pyrenees region, reflecting the magnificent red vintage in the region. 2003 was warm and dry but also very low-yielding, resulting in fruit with fantastic concentration of flavour. An honest, western districts Shiraz with warm RhÃ´ne-like qualities, offering earthy flavours of blackberry and plums, thoroughly distinguished, impeccably fine and tight.
Shadowfax creates outstanding
and pure regional wines, from excellent fruit grown to superior vineyards scattered around some of Victoria's most precious grapegrowing districts
Shadowfax grows Shiraz in five vineyards, each of which is bottled separately. These five vineyards are maintained by dedicated vignerons under the direction of the very talented Chief Winemaker. Of particular importance are the very close relationships that the winery maintains with a select group of growers who provide fruit for the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Shadowfax owns three small vineyards at Heathcote, highly regarded as one of the finest areas in Australia for growing Shiraz. One Eye is the oldest vineyard at Heathcote, planted in 1968. Alluvial loam sits atop ancient pre Cambrian era rock. One Eye produces full-bodied wines with texture, flesh and fine, silky tannins.
Pink Cliffs was planted in 1971, and is situated on a small rise that was mined for gold in the mid 19th century. The vines are planted directly into the ancient metamorphic rock resulting in a wine that has great tannic presence and excellent cellaring potential. Argyle is the most southerly and coolest of the Shadowfax Heathcote vineyards. Gravelly soils and moderating afternoon breezes produces a more elegant wine - often with a touch of pepper and spice, and very fine, savoury extract.
Seven hectares of Shiraz were planted in front of the winery operations at Werribee in 1998. Deep red clay loam soils sit atop sandy outwash gravels, the vines are allowed to carry only a small crop load each season, resulting in a wine with excellent bright fruit characters and a long tannic finish. The Landscape vineyard is situated at Tallarook, at the southern end of the Goulburn Valley in Central Victoria. Three hectares of Shiraz and one of Viognier were planted in the spring of 1999. The free draining granitic sands results in a wine with excellent colour, spicy aromatics and powerful flavours.
Shadowfax also purchases batches of Chardonnay from vineyards in Geelong, the Macedon Ranges, Beechworth and the Cardinia Ranges. Pinot Noir comes from small vineyards in Geelong and the Cardinia Ranges, while the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are grown at Charlstone, in the Adelaide Hills.
Open daily to visitors, the Shadowfax winery invites everyone to drop by and explore the full range of estate wines. Descend the orange spiral staircase to an underground cavern where all Shadowfax's barrels are stored. Here you can soak in the atmosphere, savour the aromas of maturing wines and learn more about the art of winemaking. Ask the cellar door staff to take you on a guided tour of this stunning underground space.
Catalina Sounds exhibit
finesse, offer beautiful fruit intensity, are well balanced and elegant
At Catalina Sounds, the fruit is the focus - sourcing the best possible from passionate growers in Marlborough is fundamental for all the varietals. The winemaking techniques are very non-interventionalist, the fruit must be allowed to express itself. The wines are meant to be food-friendly, and not over-the-top. Subtle, elegant wines are what Catalina Sounds strive to produce.
Nina Stocker was born in Basel, Switzerland close to the famous Alsace wine region of France. Her father was very interested in viticulture and became involved in a tiny vineyard near the village. Family weekends and holidays were often spent in picturesque wine regions of France and Northern Italy. Following their return to Australia in 1987, the Stockers planted Cabernet Shiraz and Merlot on the rolling ironstone hillside near Tallarook in Central Victoria.
During Nina's Science /Arts degree at Monash University where she majored in microbiology, immunology, and history, she was fortunate to have an opportunity to do some work experience as a cellar hand for Don Lewis at Mitchelton, followed by a vintage at Wirra Wirra. Nina decided she wanted to further her studies in Oenology at Adelaide University.
She gained further experience through vintages in Barolo in Northern Italy, Bordeaux, the Northern Rhone and in Portugal. Nina worked as an assistant winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley with Steve Flamsteed and Team for three years, fuelling her passion for cool climate wines, especially Pinot Noir.
Marlborough has interested Nina since the days of working in a bar while at university. She was always being asked by customers for a Marlborough savvy. She developed a fascination for this popular style of wine, and discovered that a diversity of wine styles and varieties were also grown there. The unique cool climate, abundant sunshine and plethora of sub-regions in spectacular surroundings all conspired to convince Nina that this was where she wanted to live and make wine.
Catalina Sounds is a proud supporter of Pink Hope, looking after young women affected and at a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
St Hugo honours
the visionary leader; Hugo Gramp, who successfully built Gramp & Sons winery into an industry pillar inspiring progress across future generations of the Gramp family
A true visionary and a man of great intellect, Hugo Gramp was a linguist, businessman and expert winemaker who felt a great sense of connection with Australian terroir, which he proved to the world, could create internationally acclaimed, award winning fine wines. The modern iteration of St Hugo was launched with the 1980 vintage to honour Hugo Gramp, the grandson of Johann Gramp who planted his first vines in the Barossa Valley in 1847. Hugo Gramp succeeded his father at the head of the Gramp & Sons family business, at the age of 25. Hugo's leadership and passion for wine set the company on a path of extraordinary growth.
Hugo's pride in his craft was expressed through the meticulous quality of the wines produced under his stewardship. He pursued without pause this drive for on-going quality improvements. Hugo was a man of power and influence within the Australian wine industry, and his humble disposition earned the respect and admiration of those who knew this true gentleman. St Hugo wines represent an acknowledgment of Hugo Gramp's relentless pursuit of the highest quality wines. His winemaking philosophies are still respected by winemakers today. Hugo's legacy is captured in every bottle of St Hugo.
The St Hugo crest is a contemporary update of the Gramp family moniker designed by Hugo Gramp himself. The Latin words Vetus and Purum, that Hugo chose to adorn the crest, reflect his belief that fine wine starts with terroir and in the vineyards. Vetus means ancient and refers to ancient soils and vines of the Barossa Valley – the oldest in the world.
Purum meaning purity, is a reference to the most remote and unadulterated wine region on earth, South Australia's Coonawarra. Together, Ancient Purity talks to the guiding principles Hugo believed to be important from the very beginning of the highest quality fine wines winemaking process.
Hugo Gramp is at the heart of the house style of St Hugo. Just like the man himself, the wines have always been a delicate balance of Power and Elegance, a telling tribute to the man whose vision inspired all who knew him. St Hugo has captured the hearts of Australian fine wine consumers and critics alike and has grown in popularity to become Australia’s favourite Coonawarra. St Hugo has also earned over 1000 awards including 29 trophies and 173 Gold Medals since the 1st vintage. Consistent with Hugo’s conviction about creating the highest quality wines, St Hugo quality is never compromised, the wine is only created from the finest vintages. When the vintage is up to St Hugo standards, it is only highest quality 1% of fruit that makes the grade.
St Hugo are only ever sourced from Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, home to the world’s oldest wines and soils, the most remote and pure wine regions on earth. St Hugo is a wine to be savoured by those creating a better life for the next generation.
Bellingham Estate is
located at Arthur's Seat adjacent to Main Ridge on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula
Established by Moorooduc Estate's chief winemaker, Bellingham Estate vineyard is one of the highest sites on Mornington Peninsula, a location that's ideal for the production of cool climate wines. Bellingham remains a small, family run operation which has earned an enviable reputation for some of the region's finest wines. After many vintages of making Mornington's most successful brands, including Main Ridge and Ten Minutes by Tractor, Bellingham can focus on treating the pick of Mornington's harvest with the most atisanal standards of winemaking.
The two and a half acre, single hectare vineyard was planted in 1996 to Pinot Noir. The vines are now fully mature and are producing harvests of the most complex and flavoursome fruit. Viticultural techniques include the laborious Cane Pruning method, it's added hard work and very time consuming but is well worth the effort if you're after the highest quality fruit. The winemaking style favours wild yeast ferments and minimal intervention, with a nod to traditional Burgundian techniques, which allow the wines to express their site specificity and terroir.
Bellingham Estate are all about preserving the excellence of mature vine fruit, through the time honoured traditions of fastidious husbandry, low yields and minimalist winemaking practices. Controlled harvests of the most outstanding Mornington fruit, sensitive winemaking and the finest French oak make wine of complexity and grace.