Nothing means so much to the proprietors of Dugat-Py as healthy vines
Clean Soil And Natural Fermentation They retain some of the finest blocks in all Burgundy the further pursuit of excellence in winemaking has established a reputation without peer. An accessible introduction into the world of Dugat-Py, fashioned from parcels of hand sorted grapes, picked off biodynamically farmed vines up to seventy years of age, treated to a minimalist old world style of vinification and eighteen months of age in a selection of the finest new oak barriques.
The Forest Hill philosophy is to make individual wines of the highest quality which can express the distinctive regionality of Mount Barker
They Have Taken Aim To Produce An Approachable Understated Cabernet that's a pure expression of the unique blocks that lie within the forty year old Forest Hill vineyard An exuberant wine displaying intense layers of plump black fruits, chocolate box aromas and well integrated, luxuriously tight grained oak. An accomplished Cabernet of finesse and elegance, of power and suitably vigorous varietal definition.
When Maurice O'Shea bought the Rosehill property with the support of the McWilliam family in 1946
He Was Looking For A Similar Site To That Of Mt Pleasant What he found was a parcel of rich volcanic loam, idyllic soils which he planted to quality rootstock. Rosehill endures as an articulate and engaging expression of the Hunter Valley style. A beautifully structured Shiraz, showing excellent fruit to oak balance, fine tannins and a persistent, savoury finish, a timeless confirmation that O'Shea got his site selection pretty right.
THE SIXTY YEAR OLD SHIRAZ VINES FROM GREENOCK WHICH ARE THE SOURCE OF ELEVENTH HOUR WERE READY TO BE UPROOTED DUE TO THE LACK OF YIELDS AND THE RELUCTANCE OF WINE COMPANIES TO PAY EXTRA FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY FRUIT. Following repeated requests by Massena for access to the grapes, the growers finally decided to stop the bulldozer and retain a small area of these vines at the eleventh hour
. For well informed cohorts of the CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne, think a warm season in Cornas
meets Maxime Graillot's Crozes Hermitage
from the splendid Domaine de Lises
GEWURZTRAMINER GROWS BEAUTIFULLY ALONG THE ROLLING HILLSIDES OF CLARE VALLEY. It is here that choice clones of Traminer have taken very well to the soils and climes that are so similar to growing conditions in Alsace, whence this piquantly flavoured varietal originates. Fashioned to express the bold flavours and vibrant aromas of fully ripe Gewurztraminer, while reflecting the pastoral charm and fragrant grace of the picturesque, undulating landscapes in Valley Clare.
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.
EACH YEAR A SMALL PARCEL OF E&E BLACK PEPPER SHIRAZ IS SET ASIDE FOR SECONDARY FERMENTATION AND MATURATION ON YEAST LEES. E&E have won much adulation for their Shiraz, claiming conspicuous trophies at the prestigious London International.
Nautilus Estate wines
are carefully crafted to be at their absolute best when they eventually find their way into the glass
When Nautilus Estate wins an award, thatâ€™s all very well, but the Nautilus winemakers aim is to ensure the absolute enjoyment of the wine. Modern technology and traditional techniques have been deftly combined in the state-of-the-art wine making facilities by the talented winemaking team. The resultant wines are stylish and individual, so much so that Nautilus Estate wines are exported to over 30 countries around the world.
Over the past few years, Nautilus Estate has continued to expand and develop its vineyards with 2006 seeing the introduction of the Nautilus VSP pruning system â€“ a world first. Ongoing research into the best combination of the preference of different clones for different sites continues to improve the fruit characters and aroma intensity of our fruit. Nautilus now have over twenty-four hectares of Pinot Noir planted in vineyards throughout the Marlborough region, in a variety of clones including AM10/5, the Pommard clones 5 and 6 and the Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777
Nautilus Estate's Renwick Vineyard comprises seven hectares of classic stony 'Rapaura' soils, planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This mature vineyard provides key blending components to both Nautilus Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Nautilus also holds ten hectares of picturesque glacial river terraces on the Awatere River, planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. First planted in 1992, this low yielding vineyard is characterised by intense fruit flavours and fine aromatics. Harvest is typically 7-10 days behind the Wairau valley.
The estate's Opawa Vineyard is located on Rapaura Road, this 25-hectare vineyard was planted between 2001 and 2003 principally in Sauvignon Blanc to help meet the insatiable international demand for Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc. One and a half hectares of Pinot Noir have also been planted to continue our development program with this variety. Part of the block is an area of river gravels that were once part of the old Opawa river flood plain.
In January 2004, Nautilus Estate purchased its fourth vineyard, located within 5 minutes drive of the winery across the Wairau River at Kaituna. This twenty hectare block was planted in 2002 and 2003 in Pinot Noir (1.5 Ha) and Sauvignon Blanc (17 Ha). Although it is in close proximity to our Opawa and Renwick vineyards, the site is cooler and we can expect a later harvest. This in turn will result in a different set of aromas and flavours and a new blending component for our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, delivering another layer of complexity in the finished wine.
5.5 hectares of mature Pinot Noir was planted at the Nautilus Estate Clay Hills vineyard between 1999 to 2003 with a good selection of premium clones: UDC5, 114, 115, 667 and 777. This site is located on an elevated hillside on the Eastern Omaka Valley and was puchased by Nautilus Estate in 2007. Viticulturalist Mike Collins says "With our existing company vineyards on the Wairau Valley floor and in the Awatere, already producing trophy winning Pinot Noir, the one thing we lacked was a premium southern valleys hillside site. The Clay Hills Vineyard fits the bill perfectly and will add great mid palate structure and texture to Nautilus Pinot Noir"
Wicks is a
family owned and operated estate vineyard operation at Woodside in the picturesque Adelaide Hills
The Wicks team are dedicated to producing high quality estate grown wines of exceptional regional character which represent excellent value. Tim and Simon Wicks proudly front the Wicks Estate Label, armed with a firm belief in long term success, aim to steer the company into a position where the Wicks Estate Brand is regarded as one of the Adelaide Hillâ€™s finest. The Wicks Family has a long history of involvement in agriculture with the Woodside Vineyard following on from their orchard and nursery operations at Highbury.
In late 1999, the 54 hectare property at Woodside was chosen and purchased for its scenic location and suitability for premium wine grape production within the Adelaide Hills, Australiaâ€™s premier cool climate wine growing region. The vineyard, planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was designed around the gentle undulating slopes studded with a number of ancient red gums and the Inverbrackie Creek that winds its course through the length of the property.
The winery is a state of the art facility situated amongst the estate vineyard utilising worlds best practice grape growing and wine making procedures. This world class processing facility, completed in early 2004, was designed and constructed utilising a team of private and independent engineers, machinery manufacturers, winemakers and builders under the guidance of the Wicks family as project managers.
Long time friend of the Wicks family and heading up the winemaking team is Tim Knappstein, who graduated from Roseworthy College as Dux of the Oenology course in 1966. After a number of years experience in the Clare Valley district Tim made a move to the Adelaide Hills and is identified as a pioneer of the Adelaide Hills cool climate wine region.
A long history of involvement in a number of wine judging panels sees Tim as a highly regarded and sort after Australian wine judge, further providing him with the skills required to craft fine wines of character that exemplify the Adelaide Hills cool climate wine region. Timâ€™s lifetime of involvement in creating award winning wines is Wick's assurance of quality.
Joining Tim on the winemaking team at is Leigh Ratzmer. A Graduate in oenology from Adelaide University, Leigh has undertaken vintages in Austria, working with some of the regions leading winemakers and premium wine producers, as well as in the Barossa Valley, where he worked with some of the regions most prestigious labels. As a relatively young and enthusiastic new generation winemaker, Leigh brings with him invaluable and exciting ideas to help establish the Wicks Estate brand at the forefront of the cool climate wine industry. Everyone at Wicks works to ensure that the wines show ripe fruit flavours and display all the cool climate characters of the Adelaide Hills due to the unique vineyard site. Chardonnay is arguably the worldâ€™s most noble white grape, one that is ideally suited to the terrior of the Adelaide Hills. Wicks make a modern expression of cool climate Chardonnay showing an elegant balance between primary fruit flavours and subtle savoury complexities.
Magpie Estate is
a joint venture which began in 1993, between winemaker Rolf Binder and English wine merchant Noel Young
Rolf's story begins in 1950 when his parents arrived from Austria and Hungary, part of the large influx of post war immigration to Australia. They worked with the Victorian railways for three years. During that time they met Elmore Schulz a train driver and a grape grower in the Barossa Valley. In 1953 they picked grapes in the Barossa, met Chris Vohrer and Wilhem Abel and in 1954 worked a vintage in their winery. This is the old winery on Langmeil Road, which they purchased in 1955.
The demand at this time was for fortified wines but slowly a market increased for red table wines from immigrants working at the new industries in Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta. Highlights include the first of the Bulls Blood which was made in 1967 and was called 'Bikaver'. Later came the realization of the great riches of the Barossa Valley in old vine shiraz, mataro and grenache. Experiments at Veritas and a number of other, mostly small Barossa wineries followed and led through the 1980's to the release of many exciting old vine varietal blends.
Veritas slowly gained recognition and in 1996 and 1997 was awarded the Trophy for Best Small Producer at the Barossa Wine Show and the Trophy for the Best Barossa Shiraz. In 2002 Veritas again won the Trophy for the Best Small Producer. More recently Veritas has been awarded twice in 2002 and 2003 the Trophy for the Best Semillon at the Barossa Wine Show. In 2002 Veritas were the makers of the top three pointed semillons at the Barossa Show and included the gold medal and trophy winning wine.
"2003 Rolf Binder Wines Grenache / Mourvedre / Shiraz Heinrich. From one of Australiaâ€™s finest winemakers, this wine stood out brilliantly for its precision, richness, complexity, and ageworthiness. In addition, some very good bargains are available from this talented producer!" -Robert Parker, "The change of name from Veritas to Rolf Binder came with the 50th anniversary of the winery, established by Rolf's and sister Christa Deans' parents. The growth in production and sales is due to the quality of the wines rather than the (hitherto) rather laid-back approach to marketing!" -James Halliday
Wine merchant Noel Young is based in Cambridge U.K. and holds a real passion for the Rhone varieties that matched Rolf's own. Most of the Magpie Estate's production are released into the English market with smaller parcels kept for Australia. The grapes used for Magpie wines are from spme of the better vineyards in South Australia as well as the estate's own. Noel likes more new oak than you would find in Rolf Binder's estate grown Veritas wines, and he takes the trip to Australia twice per year so that he and Rolf together can taste the various parcels of wine and agree on final blends for bottling.
The Magpie expression changes from label to label and this is done to poke fun at wine pretension. The range can vary from vintage to vintage and the following wines have been made over the last few years. Magpie Estate â€˜The Thiefâ€™ Barossa Valley Mourvedre Grenache. The mouvedre (mataro) in the Veritas Bulls Blood is made from the heavy grape skin mat left over after the â€˜free runâ€™ juice is run off. Some of this juice which is light in colour, like a rose, but high in alcohol goes into â€˜The Thiefâ€™. The Grenache can have a number of sources. The blend percentage varies but is around 50%-50%.
Established by Brian
Croser in 1976, Petaluma is one of Australia's most prominent wine companies.
The pre-eminent quality of Petaluma's wines is based on distinguished vineyard sites for each of the chosen varieties, in four important South Australian wine regions - Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills, for the Rhone varieties Viognier and Shiraz - Clare Valley, for Riesling and - Coonawarra, for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
A distinguished site is a unique site, which by virtue of its natural attributes, consistently produces distinctive wines of the highest quality. A defining moment for a winemaker is the discovery of the special chemistry between a distinguished vineyard site and a noble grape variety. Petaluma has invested in distinguished vineyard sites in South Australia in order to produce wines of world class standard.
Petaluma has two vineyards in the Coonawarra, known as the Sharefarmers and the Evans. Due to heat summation, Coonawarra is ideally suited to the Bordeaux varieties and is one of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon regions with wines having uniquely fine-grained tannins.
Coonawarra lies on a large flat coastal plain, 370km south of Adelaide and 56km from the Great Southern Ocean to the southwest
The climate is dominated by the cool winds from the ocean and is moderately maritime despite being influenced by the hot air of the flat plains to the north during summer. The fabulous Terra Rossa red soil family of the Coonawarra ridge has been formed on an ancient sand dune. The calcrete limestone deposit below the Terra Rossa soil was formed by the action of rain on calcium carbonate marine deposits during the soil genesis.
The Clare lies in a valley at the northern extension of the Adelaide Hills, 145km from Adelaide. Clare Valley arguably produces Australia's best Riesling and Petaluma's Hanlin Hill Vineyard provides the fruit for Petaluma Riesling, recognised in Australia as the best of this traditional dry style.
Hanlin Hill vineyard is on the eastern escarpment of Clare, at 1,670 feet (509m) above sea level compared with 1,330 feet (405m) for other vineyards and receives the maximum benefit of altitude and the cooling afternoon sea breezes. The Clare Valley has a warm climate with warm to hot dry days and clear cold nights during the late summer