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Pale straw in colour, an excellent mousse. Fresh and vibrant nose showing green pepper and elderflower, tropical fruit, gooseberry and melon characters. A fresh and lively palate with great weight of tropical fruit and green, vegetative, herbaceous elements, crisp acidity and a lingering finish. A splendid wine for celebrations and a good choice alongside fresh seafood or Al fresco cuisine.
An assemblage of parcels Pinot Gris from the Home and Rocky Point vineyards
Two Warmer Sites Of Central Otago Which Yield A Magnificently Aromatic Pinot Gris Hand picked grapes are whole bunch pressed and treated to an Alsace style of vinification wild yeast ferments in small vessels followed by an extended term of age on sedimentery lees for texture and palate richness. Listed on Heston Blumenthalâ€™s Fat Duck winelist and Winner Air New Zealand Fine Wine, Prophets Rock Pinot Gris is defined by its wonderful quince perfumes, mineral structure and remarkable freshness.
Meet the biggest personality in Pinot Noir to come out of Yarra Valley
Hubert The Stag With a history dating back to 1862 it's suffice to say St Hubert know from good Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Vines are planted to some of the most fortuitous aspects in Victoria, closely husbanded to yield limited harvests of the most splendid fruit. The St Huberts team craft the Stag to be unpretentious and approachable yet exuberant and bright, affable and urbane yet packed with character and charm. Everything that fine Yarra Valley Pinot Noir should be and nothing it should not.
G7 FOR SEVEN GENERATIONS OF BAROSSA VITICULTURE BY THE SCHOLZ FAMILY. Establishing a mixed farm of livestock and orchards in 1845, Johann Scholz planted one of the first Barossa vineyards along the alluvial banks of Para River. An ideal site, invigorated by gully winds for a slow ripening of intense berry spice flavours in the grapes. Mostly Grenache with a fifth of Shiraz, defined by its succulence and aromatic allure, the softly textured tannins, decadent spice and wickedly wild cherry fruits of Grenache, the firm structure and palate length of Shiraz.
KAESLER OWN AND OPERATE THIRTY SEVEN ACRES OF PRIME BAROSSA VITICULTURE, the majority of it is old vine material, planted 1893, 1899, 1930 and the 1960s. Weapons of Mass Seduction
is best suited to those who prefer the big, savoury styles. A powerful dry red, the essential Australian fusion of Shiraz and Cabernet, WOMS is a rich and complex Barossa wine that's tightly woven within a tapestry of well defined oak. WOMS is only ever produced in years of exceptional quality, it can also be relied upon to age very, very well.
IF YOU LIKE EFFERVESCENT PINK WINES YOU WILL POSITIVELY LOVE JANSZ ROSÃ©. Crafted from the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me
of vintage, the realization of a joint venture between Tasmania's finest sparkling wine vineyards and the eminent House of Louis Roederer, all in the pursuit of defining the ultimate Aussie CuvÃ©e
. Every block of vines was established with the specific aim to yield fruit exclusively for sparkling wine. Each stage of the winemaking process is made to the timeless Champenoise of true Methode Traditionnelle
THE ENDURING ACCORD OF GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVERDRE, showing sound structure, exceptional balance and exquisite depth, crafted by the most dedicated team of winemakers, Beresford are McLaren Vale, through and through. The consistency and enduring appeal of Bereford's award winning, hand crafted vintages is the culmination of an uncompromising dedication to the craft and attention to the smallest detail amongst the vines and in the winemaking.
You can feel
the history of Willow Creek as you pass through the red brick gate posts and catch your first glimpse of the homestead circa 1880
Willow Creek Vineyard is an estate of 12 hectares spreading across three slopes of undulating hills at Merricks North in the renowned cool climate region of Mornington Peninsula. The estate lies in the rain shadow, north east of Red Hill at an altitude of between 80 and 100 metres. It is slightly warmer and drier while still retaining the maritime influence. This provides a long cool ripening season, intense varietal characters, high natural acidity and fine tannins.
In 1988, the Harris, Ball and Knowles families purchased the property of Willow Creek. At that time, there were remnants of its past life scattered over the property indicating that over time it has served as an orchard, dairy and sheep farm. Cattle were agisted here, and there were numerous old sheds, fences and the original red brick Victorian homestead built in 1860s. The following year, the vineyard was established with the planting of 12 acres of Pinot Noir, 9 acres of Chardonnay, 7 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Originally a large mixed farm on a larger landholding the historic red brick homestead dates back to the 1880s. Soils range from volcanic derived red/brown clay loams in the west, changing to grey sandy loam at our eastern edge. The vineyard was planted on the original homestead block to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The mix of varieties has been expanded in recent years with the addition of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
Willow Creek wines show complexity and delicacy, and are clean and stylish. The wines celebrate the unique terroir of the site in its regional context. The grape growing philosophy is uncompromising:- the best wine comes from the best fruit. To this end, the winemaker works closely with the vineyard manager and staff to appraise the state of the soil, vine health, trellis method and fruit maturation. Ongoing vine trellising and canopy management innovations continue to fine-tune the vineyard to control yields and maximise fruit quality.
The winemaking philosophy is one of respect for natural and traditional winemaking but overseen with a keen eye for detail and modern quality control. A four hectare lake provides ample supplementary water for the vines if needed, as well as providing a home to a variety of resident wild water birds. The birds get the most use out of the dam now that the vines are established and accustomed to using the natural rainfall. The intention is to be totally dry grown.
The vintages increased and a portion of the grape harvest was sold to offset costs. Show results were the only form of marketing, word of mouth, tasting in liquor stores, wine dinners and participation in regional fairs etc. Major development took place in 1998 when the winery, barrel room, restaurant and cellar door were built. New viticulture, winemaking and management strategies were implemented to further develop potential as a producer of some of the finest single estate wines. Re-trellising and moisture monitoring were implemented, and the Willow Creek Vineyard label was redesigned. In 2003 Willow Creek became the first, and still only, simultaneous holder of both Mornington Peninsula Vignerons' Association Trophies for Best Red Wine and Best White Wine.
Yabby Lake Vineyard
was established in 1998 on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, with the long-term goal of producing benchmark wines from the Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Yabby Lake Vineyard is owned by Robert and Mem Kirby who have been intimately involved in the Mornington Peninsula region for decades. The Kirbys are joined by two outstanding and renowned winemakers: Group Winemaker Tod Dexter and Consulting Winemaker Larry McKenna. Tod and Larry are known for their relaxed and unassuming personalities, and they apply the same approach to their winemaking: they work with the grapes to develop beautiful and distinctly superior wines that are truly expressive of Yabby Lake Vineyard. The first vintage from Yabby Lake Vineyard was produced in 2002.
Significant resources have been devoted to developing Yabby Lake's vineyard to the highest possible standard. Regional and national experts were consulted on every aspect of the vineyard's establishment from soil mapping to climate analysis to vine layout. Careful selection of plant clones has meant that the winemakers at Yabby Lake Vineyard now have a diversity of grapes to work with. Yabby Lake Vineyard is owned by the Kirby family and they are supported by a remarkable team who are equally passionate about the vineyard, the grapes, and their long-term goal of producing the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Australia.
The stunning Mornington Peninsula is a patchwork of small premium wineries and vineyards. Located 60 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, the region is virtually surrounded by sea and enjoys a cool maritime climate. Established in 1998, Yabby Lake Vineyard is planted on one of the regions premier vineyard sites.
Positioned on a north-facing slope, the vineyard site captures maximum sunshine while being exposed to cooling sea breezes
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, Yabby Lake Vineyard wines are a tribute to the unique Mornington Peninsula terroir, and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Tod Dexter. Their collaborative approach to winemaking, combined with Yabby Lake Vineyard's long-term commitment to producing the finest of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, have resulted in the creation of two remarkable wines.
The combination of a warm site in a cool region means the Yabby Lake Vineyard grapes ripen early to produce wines of outstanding quality.
Inspired by an
intense passion for the land, Unico Zelo wines are crafted to showcase the unique sites and soils which Australia and the Adelaide Hills can offer
Being winemakers, Unico Zelo are people who are incredibly passionate about the soil and produce in Australia. It's their contention to showcase products to the rest of the world that embrace Australian native ingredients and pay homage to the custodianship of the indigenous people who maintained the land for thousands of years. Great wines made in styles that are typified by the life and culture of this sunburnt country, from grape varieties that require minimal intervention. It's this passion that has driven Unico Zelo to start two wine labels, one that protects farmers and another that protects the future. They've since taken these concepts, alongside their Applewood Distillery, and catapulted them into the horticultural realm, studying indigenous produce, it's beneficial effects on the land and the stories it can tell through incredible colours, flavours and textures.
Unico Zelo seek Australian identity in the products they craft and services they offer, they seek ways to communicate this with an entirely new demographic. The ultimate hope is that these Australian stories can one day be heard on a global scale. Unico Zelo are in the Northern Adelaide Hills, where it's approximated that 70% of all Adelaide Hills branded wines are grown. Within the alpine subregion, there are 2 wineries. Only 2! Unico Zelo are one of them. If you were to consider the amount of fruit grown here and the average size of the typical South Australian winery, there should be close to 300 operating brands in this geographical location.
What is Unico Zelo's Harvest Growers Cooperation all about? To put simply, a grower co-operative from Northern Adelaide Hills. They work alongside local agricultural experts to provide an opportunity to create wine in a profit share model that benefits the grassroots across the entire industry. They then co-operate with local growers to make good wine and share the profits.
The growers in the Northern Adelaide Hills area are large, they typically have some very large wineries as customers from satellite regions. These customers have a particular method of dealing with growers. They contract out the vineyards, own the fruit and can determine what happens with the crop each year. This acts as a deterrent to farming which has a further impact on all South Australian fruit production.
Farmers are left with an uncertainty as to whether they will be able to cover their costs every vintage. All of this hasn't served Adelaide Hills growers all too well, especially through a spate of tough grower vintages. Unico Zelo take aim at changing the hardships for Adelaide Hills growers by creating Australia’s only wine production co-op. Instead of selling their grapes for bottom dollar, they bring them to the Harvest label and Unico Zelo donate in kind, winemaking and branding, bottling and distribution, marketing and sales. Unico Zelo also operate Applewood Distillery, offering growers a third pathway to market, purchasing fruit that isn't suitable for harvest at a profit to the grower, turning it into non perishable alcohol Spirit, whether top shelf liquor or for industrial applications, it's all part of a larger ecosystem.
Unico Zelo have issued significant investment initiatives, paying forward for growers to re-plant sustainable Italian varieties for the future of wine production in Australia. Why Italian varieties? They are better for the Australian landscape and climate as they essentially can be rain fed. Because of this initiative, Unico Zelo have now established multiple hectares of Fiano and Nero d'Avola in the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley. Unico Zelo are proud to be offering an opportunity to support the community of Adelaide Hills growers and produce amazing wine for all to enjoy!
The Step Rd
Winery is situated in the beautiful Langhorne Creek region of South Australia, only 70km from the city of Adelaide
Step Rd was established in 1985, the members of the team share a passionate desire to produce world class wines reflecting the essence of their regions. It is home to two of Australia's most outstanding wine brands, Step Rd and Beresford. Established as a premium wine grape producing region as far back as 1860, Langhorne Creek is one of Australiaâ€™s oldest wine regions. Situated 70 km south east of Adelaide this stunning area is surprisingly cool due to its proximity to the Southern Ocean. Made up of largely flat plains sheltered by the Mount Lofty ranges with low winter-dominant rainfall and moderate daytime temperatures. The grape quality is enhanced by deep, rich alluvial soils, washed down by floods from the Adelaide Hills over the centuries. It is renowned for its reds, in particular Shiraz and Cabernet, which show great character, style and elegance.
Step Rd source fruit from the finest vineyards in South Australia. The classic combination of high altitudes in Adelaide Hills, 400-500m above sea level, high winter rainfall and cool summers, produce fruit of supreme quality. Shallow, shaly soils, washed by centuries of rainfall, ensure low yielding vines, with intensely flavoured fruit. Long, cool ripening periods, with night-time temperatures as low as 3-4Â°C, allow fruit flavours to develop and concentrate to their optimum level. Showing elegance and finesse, undoubtedly this region produces some of Australiaâ€™s finest white table wines.
The Step Rd winery was built with dual goals, wine quality and environment protection. A 5,000 tonne winery its layout and operation were designed for efficiency and resource, and to be mindful of the occupational health and welfare of the staff, and the environment. All liquid waste is stored in plastic-lined dams to prevent seepage into the precious water table, before being treated to remove damaging chemicals and salinity, then recycled as irrigation on the vineyard.
Similarly, all solid waste of skins, stalks and seeds are mulched and returned to the vineyard to enhance and improve the soil, as well as reducing the irrigation requirement by up to 25%. Step Rd Winery is not only the pinnacle of winemaking quality but is at the forefront in the conservation of the environment and that extremely valuable and diminishing resource, clean water.
Step Rd produce some exceptional, well balanced, fresh, fruit driven wines and skilful blends showcasing the best Australian varietals including Crystal Brook, Katherine Hills and Trig Point. The extensive knowledge and experience of the growers and winemaking team has been garnered over many years working with some Australiaâ€™s iconic wineries including Wirra Wirra, Hardyâ€™s Tintara and BRL Hardy.
The small but passionate team bring a mix of local and global winemaking expertise. The philosophy is simple, to act as caretakers of the fruit, to understand and realize the full potential of the grapes which come into the winery and produce wines with structure, style and balance. A close consultant to Step Rd, Stephen Pannell is one of Australia's foremost winemakers, he has made some of Australia's most memorable wines and has worked alongside numerous overseas vintages at places such as Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and G.D. Vajra in Barolo. Other highlights in Stephenâ€™s career include winning the title of International Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London, winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, twice winning the Max Schubert Trophy at the Adelaide Wine Show as well as being listed as one of the 50 most influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine.