Single Vineyard accord of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon
From A Closely Coddled Block At Lodge Hill On The Eastern Ranges Of Valley Clare The Cabernet may dominate but there's a sacred tradition of Malbec at play here Jim Barry the man, often called on Malbec as an essential inclusion to his most memorable vintages. Defined by its seamlessness and gentle palate roundness, a fragrant assortment of Clare Valley mints, the tobacco of French oak and succulence of indigo fruit, mulberries and mouthfilling savouryness of black olive tannins.
David O'Leary and Nick Walker combine a wealth of experience
ACQUIRED DURING THEIR TIME AS CORPORATE WINEMAKERS BEHIND SUCH LABELS AS HARDY AND KRONDORF. Yellowglen and Annies Lane. The Adelaide Hills are the most exciting place in Australia for Sauvignon Blanc. O'Leary Walker have long been amongst the region's most outspoken protagonists. sharing a love of winemaking and affinity for the undulating slopes and salubrious climes of Adelaide Hills. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is the pure fruit driven palate. clean flavours and fine length. .
FROM FRUIT GROWN TO THE ORIGINAL FARMSTEAD WHICH WAS BROKEN UP TO GIVE BIRTH TO TALTARNI. When the Australian wine press made mention of the quality of red wines from this boutique Pyrenees winery, the secret was out, the phones rang hot and the Summerfield cellars were emptied in two days. Summerfield's editions are all hand made in small batches to ensure consistency and quality in every bottle. Plums and cherries, spices with chocolate, fragrant mocha oak frames the palate, this is what Summerfield old vine Shiraz is all about, it only gets better from here.
DESCRIBED BY THE LONDON OBSERVER AS AUSTRALIA'S FINEST PINK WINE, Rose of Virginia is distinctively perfumed thanks to the inclusion of a choice Grenache component, followed by the brooding characters of noble red grapes. At a time when growers were pulling out their vines to plant more fashionable varieties, Charlie was convincing farmers to keep their historic parcels of Grenache. Just ever so slightly away from the cloying, rich styles, Rose of Virginia is crisp and balanced to match the wide range of cuisines which have been her partners.
TIM BURVILL BECAME AWARE OF PRECIOUS OLD VINEYARDS DOTTED AROUND BAROSSA VALLEY WHILE WORKING FOR SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST PROMINENT WINERIES. It is from these wonderfully diverse old sites that Burvill selects the ripest and most concentrated parcels to make Mojo. Burvill's wines are in keeping with his own personal power packed fruit driven style. The moderately continental Barossa climate provides ideal conditions for the production of full bodied reds. It is these unique growing conditions and the natural sunlight which Burvill captures in Mojo Shiraz.
ESTABLISHED 1847 BY JOHANN AUGUST FREDERICK FIEDLER, much of the credit for the finest Shiraz in the world is due to old vines such as Turkey Flat. Dry grown and gnarled, their roots extend metres into the soil in search of moisture. That they still exist is largely due to a far sighted quarantine scheme, as South Australia was spared the phylloxera outbreak which devastated vineyards around the world in the late 1800s. After five generations of stewardship by the Schulz family, a small parcel of fruit from the original 1847 vines is bottled as a superior vintage release.
The Frewer family
established Jones Road vineyard in 1997 at Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula overlooking Westernport Bay
The dream turned to anguish and the worry turned to joy. The journey of establishing Jones Road has been a trauma and a delight. Always with the same goal and focus on producing something fantastic. The rewards for many years in the business has brought knowledge, friendships, excitement and eternal optimism of one day producing wines with world wide recognition but more importantly self satisfaction that the wines are appreciated by many people. With every vintage the wines are improving and every vintage the knowledge and understanding of vineyards, terroir, winemaking techniques and requirement best suited to the grapes is increasing. The team are very happy with the way Jones Road wines are progressively attaining recognition and look forward to the next vintage. The future is looking very exciting at Jones Road.
The maritime climate of this region produces some of Australia's best cool climate wines because of late ripening, fertile soil and careful vineyard management. Since those early days Jones Road have secured lease on 2 other vineyards on The Peninsula. One at the Port Phillip side, close to the water and the other at Balnarring near the Westernport Bay. This has increased the vines to 60 acres. With these extra parcels of fruit it gives the winemakers an opportunity to blend from the different sites, mixing different terroirs. The vineyard manager has gained recognition for his attention to detail and care of his vines. This has lead to other vineyards requesting his advice and operational skills. He is now caring for a further six properties on The Peninsula.
Jones Road's varietals were carefully chosen to suit both the cool climate conditions and yet supply a good selection of premium wines. The Mornington Peninsula has developed a reputation for producing some outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnays whilst Pinot Gris and Grigio are gaining popularity.
The vines are managed throughout the year with traditional skills, all being hand pruned and harvested. Yields are deliberately kept low to enable the vine to produce the finest quality fruit with exciting tannin structure enchancing the fruit with the special terroir of the fine vineyard sites.
Winemaking at Jones Road starts in the vineyard. Careful management of yields and hand picking ensure the grapes reach the winery in premium condition. Vineyard owner, Rob Frewer, and son Matthew, vineyard manager have nurtured the vine since planting and always take a hands-on approach throughout the year especially at vintage when timing is critical for optimum baume, pH and acid levels.
Wines are made at the Sticks Winery in nearby Yarra Valley by winemaker Travis Bush. Here they are given special traditional treatment whilst using the best handling methods combined with the latest technology. The wines are matured in the finest quality new French oak for at least ten months before being bottled and laid to rest until the flavours develop. The signature Jones Road style gently combines intense cool-climate fruit character with gentle winemaking complexity. The vines are cane pruned and bud numbers are carefully managed. A VSP trellis ensures an open canopy and careful leaf plucking allows the harvest of consistently ripe, healthy fruit. The winemaking approach is based on carefully enhancing the innate fruit character to make a fresh, complex and distinctive wine. A unique area of the Nepean Block was specifically targeted for a reserve quality wine. Vines were cane pruned to produce no more than 18 shoots per vine. Bunch thinning, to one per shoot is practiced to concentrate all available plant resources into the single bunch.
The seven hectare
Hill Smith Estate Vineyard, nestled high up in the beautiful Eden Valley was established in 1979 and is now planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc
Since the first wine was released in 1981, Hill Smith Estate Sauvignon Blanc has earned itself a reputation as one of Australia's most awarded Sauvignon Blanc wines. Over two decades of this estate grown wine have been awarded no less than 7 trophies, 18 gold, 43 silver and 79 bronze medals. The distinctive label, featuring an original painting of the vineyard by founder Wyndham Hill Smith, combines the tradition at the heart of the Hill Smith family with the contemporary styling befitting a modern Australian classic.
What does it take to produce a classic? In the case of Hill Smith Estate Sauvignon Blanc it's a combination of tradition, know how and passion. When those qualities work together with the soil and climate of one of South Australia's premium wine growing regions, the result is a wine of outstanding elegance and character that is a classic in any sense of the word. The greatest contributor to any wine is undoubtedly nature itself, and at Eden Valley nature has been bountiful indeed.
With rocky, acidic soil, abundant winter rainfall but dry summers, the Valley provides ideal growing conditions. Careful management and clonally selected grafted vines ensure consistent quality and flavour. The high altitude (510 metres above sea level) provides a cool climate that extends the growing season, delaying harvest and enabling the fruit to mature slowly, enhancing and concentrating its flavours.
Surrounded by Conservation Park and dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc, Hill Smith Estate Vineyard adopts an environmentally friendly approach combined with modern viticulture and winemaking skills. The vines are encouraged to grow leafy, shady canopies that not only protect the grapes but provide shelter for the many kangaroos that also call the vineyard home.
Hill Smith Estate has always tried to push the boundaries of terroir, allowing the wine to express itself. Wine is a unique expression of the land. When you think about it, great wine is grown rather than made. Hill Smith Estate Sauvignon Blanc traditionally is known as a zingy, fresh and intense style of Sauvignon Blanc. The winemaking should continually challenge traditional style and strive to further refine and evolve the wine.
The Hill Smith Estate vineyard always manages to grow dense, healthy canopies, which are perfect for shading the grapes during summer, resulting in the intense varietal characters and high natural acidity, so typical of the estate. The grapes are picked overnight in the cool, then crushed and de-juiced quickly before being clarified. Aromatic yeast strains are chosen and cool fermentations result in lifted fruit aroma and flavour. About 34% of the wine was fermented and matured in fine grained new French oak Barriques and Puncheons for over three months. This has helped add another dimension of subtle flavour, texture and complexity to the wine.
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.
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.