One must have the courage to stand up for one's beliefs and not conform to mediocrity
SERPICO WAS A FAMOUS NEW YORK COP WHO WASN'T AFRAID TO WORK AGAINST THE SYSTEM. he succeeded in exposing much of the injustice and inequity. Mitolo take Serpico's example to step outside the constraints of established style and redefine the accepted genre of Australian Cabernet. Serpico is made to the Amarone technique of drying grapes before fermenting. concentrating flavours. building great intensity and forming the silkiest tannins. .
Make a date with Brokenwood
An Evening Round The Table With A Comfort Roast Of Your Finest Fare Savoured slowly alongside your favourite company and a bottle of the very best Stylistically true to its McLaren Vale provenance, a seductive, textural accord of Merlot and Cabernet, its chocolatey, cherry ripe fruit character is cossetted by a cradle of supportive oak and length of ripe, sweet tannins. A lovely mellow wine, to accompany home baked, potato topped, steak and kidnie or red wine shepherd's pie.
From fruit grown to Templar Vineyard in Marlboroughâ€™s Awatere Valley
Fully BioGro Certified This low cropping site is managed with a focus on enhancing soil vitality to grow healthy and balanced vines employing organic methods to work in complete harmony with nature. The most pristine grapes have been secured for Cellar Selection, the harvesting carried out with inscrutable timing to capture all the naturally juicy flavours. A fresh, fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc with lithe passionfruit, kiwi and citrus characters from nose, through palate to finish.
MARLBOROUGH BASED SPENCER HILL HAVE LEAD THE NEW WAVE OF NEW ZEALAND CHARDONNAY, claiming multi trophys at the International Chardonnay Challenge, Liquorland Top 1OO, London International and Air NZ Wine Awards. Latitude 41 is assembled from parcels grown to good vineyards in Marlborough and along Nelson River, a full bodied Chardonnay with layers of fruit and bold expression of terroir that speaks of it's origin. A course of ferments in highly vanilla spiced French oak and course of lees exposure, builds structure and adds superb mouthfeel.
ONE REASON BRIAN STONIER FOUNDED HIS WINERY AND PLANTED VINEYARDS WAS HIS LOVE OF CHAMPAGNE. He originally established his now famous Pinot Noir vines to craft a luxury sparkling wine. Stonier Sparkling articulates the cool and maritime growing conditions of the Stonier vineyards at Mornington. Exhibiting heady aromatics, heightened flavour profiles of nuts and baked yeasts, with a fine effervescence, Cuvee Stonier expresses fine masculine fruit, in particular from the major component of Pinot Noir grown to cooler sites.
AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED WINEMAKING, having amassed over sixty trophies and three hundred gold, including a Jimmy Watson and twice International Red Wine Maker of Year, David O'Leary and Nick Walker came home to classic Watervale soils. The superior Grace
dry grown Vineyard is hand pruned and hand picked, relying fully on natural rainfall. A combination of super rich soils and limestone makes the holy grail for Riesling. A stunning wine exuding wonderful florals, characterised by a delicate, chalky citrus tang.
LILY FARM IS THE VINEYARD IN FRONT OF GRANT'S HOUSE NEAR TANUNDA, planted to vine some thirty years ago. Frontignac is a wine that typifies the fruit from which it is made, showing a distinctively, pleasant grape flavour. Frontignanc is unique amongst varietals in that the wine actually tastes and smells of ripe, luscious grapes. Grant Burge make a style of Frontignac that's more generous and engaging, the sweetness of fruit is matched by an adults only complexity, multi dimensional with vivid aromatics and layers of fruit.
Since 1851, The
House of Seppelt has been at the forefront of Australian winemaking, consolidating a reputation for innovation and quality
From its beginnings in the Barossa Valley in 1851, Seppelt has pioneered vineyard plantings in regions of southern and eastern Australia. Constantly innovating, Seppelt is creating new wine styles, new packaging and new ideas that position this outstanding winery as a world leader. Seppelt's Great Western Winery is famous for The Drives (the labyrinthine catacombs of sparkling cellars) and home to the two champion Shiraz wines, St. Peters of Great Western, and the world-renowned Show Sparkling Shiraz.
Great Western is now home to the Seppelt Victorian Premium Reserve range. These wines are carefully made at Great Western from vineyards in all the best wine growing areas of Victoria: The Yarra Valley, the Strathbogie Ranges, the Victorian Alps, Mornington Peninsula, Drumborg and of course, Great Western. It's also the place where Australia's most awarded sparkling wines are produced. Great Western is part of a wine grape-growing region which includes the Grampians in the West and Avoca in the East. The first grapes were planted in the latter part of last century as the gold mining boom receded and people looked for a more permanent means of livelihood.
Originally there were many small vineyards clustered around Great Western but by the early part of this century overseas and local demand for wine was declining and only the larger organised winemakers were able to compete. The memory of some of the early vineyards is perpetuated in the picturesque names still used on Seppelt labels, such as Salinger, Moyston and Chalambar - a tribute to the early pioneer vignerons.
Seppelt Great Western achieved much early fame from the variety known as Irvine's white (otherwise known as Ondenc) and small plantings still remain today. However the Great Western region has also forged a long and successful association with Shiraz. It is recognised that this part of Victoria holds some of the oldest plantings of pre-phylloxera root stocks of Shiraz. Today, Shiraz still forms the cornerstone variety of the House of Seppelt and has seen this region gain wide recognition as a producer of some of Australia's finest and most distinctive Shiraz. The highly acclaimed Shiraz from the Seppelt St. Peters Vineyard is a perfect example of a classic shiraz from the Great Western region.
The St. Peters Vineyard has been the spiritual home of the Seppelt Great Western vineyards for over a century. The heavy clay soils, cool summers and mature, low yielding vines combine to produce fruit with an intensity of flavour matched by a refined elegance, clear regional character and the structure necessary for extended cellaring. As wine writer Jeremy Oliver puts it "At its best, Shiraz from Great Western is perhaps the most drinkable in Australia. In boxing parlance it's a middleweight: still able to pack a punch of flavour, yet built for endurance."
The Drumborg Vineyard was planted in 1964 for the express purpose of providing Seppelt with a resource of cool climate fruit for premium quality table and sparkling wines. The Drumborg vineyard remains one of the most southern vineyards in mainland Australia. The varieties planted reflect the cool climate nature of the site with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay the principle varieties along with Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The Glenlofty vineyard, 53km east of the Great Western Winery, was planted in 1995 to produce premium cool climate Shiraz and Chardonnay. The soil type is predominantly clay loam and the rolling hills, typical of the Great Western region, make this vineyard one of Seppelt's most attractive. Glenlofty is also producing parcels of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Roussanne, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
Yalumba, Australia's oldest
family owned and operated winery, has a wealth of history and tradition
Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch Yalumba, aboriginal for 'all the land around'.
The Yalumba philosophy quietly encourages innovation, experimentation and a visionary outlook in the quest to make great wine. There are literally thousands of rare, eclectic and idiosyncratic grape varieties used to make wine around the world. Yalumba's Vine Propagation Nursery is able to source many of these varieties, performing clonal and varietal selection, which ultimately provides small batches of fruit for Yalumba's Vinnovations label. In order to sustain the formulation of some of Australia's most compelling wines, Yalumba implements an environmental improvement programme that reflects credible environmental stewardship and due diligence.
At Yalumba, no aspect of winegrowing or winemaking is left to chance. For the past 30 years, Yalumba has been able to influence grape quality at its earliest stage. In the 1970s, the winery made a far-sighted decision to establish its own vine nursery. Today the Yalumba Vine Nursery is one of Australia's largest viticultural nurseries, supplying high quality vines to winemakers throughout Australia. Not only does the Nursery provide safe, quality rootstock for established varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, it is also a leading supplier of specialised clones such as the Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones in heavy demand by the country's leading winemakers.
In a wine market largely obsessed with single-varietal wines, Yalumba has remained steadfast in its commitment to that most Australian of wine styles, the Cabernet Shiraz blend. Cabernet Shiraz is taken so seriously by Yalumba, that Brian Walsh, Yalumba's Director of Winemaking persuaded the committee of the Adelaide Wine Show to introduce a separate judging class for the style. It's a wine style that is unique to Australia, he says, and plays such an important part in Australia's winemaking history.
As a wine business operating in the rural environment for over 150 years, Yalumba recognises the impact of its activities on its natural surrounds. Yalumba is committed to integrating best environmental practice into its everyday activities to ensure long-term sustainability. In 1999, Yalumba became the first Australian winery to sign up for the Greenhouse Challenge - an initiative dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Yalumba's aim is to be recognised as Australia's finest independent wine company. A wine produced by means of environmentally-friendly sustainable processes is increasingly being recognised as being an intrinsic aspect of quality.
The crafting of oak barrels is a proud tradition at Yalumba with a coopering history dating back to the turn of the 20th century. With its own on-site cooperage, Yalumba is the only winery in Australia, and one of a small and select group of wineries in the world, to enjoy this privilege. Oak plays an important part in the winemaking process and Yalumba have the advantage of being able to have full control of the quality of oak used to age their wines. Yalumba imports oak staves from the world's best oak forests in France and America, and then air-dries the oak for many Barossan summers and winters to leach any sappy, bitter characters from the wood. This extended seasoning (as opposed to the more common practice of seasoning the oak for between 18 months and 2 years) imparts rich chocolate mocha characters and adds yet another layer of texture to the wine without masking the fruit flavours.
Red Hill Estate
is a boutique Australian multi-award winning wine producer situated on a stunning property on Victoriaâ€™s Mornington Peninsula
Established in 1989, Red Hill Estate boasts one of the best views from any winery in the world and is therefore a much desired tourist destination, renowned for its superb panoramic views of Western Port Bay and its mild maritime climate. This cool climate is perfect for growing Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a variety of other grapes that are used to produce still and sparkling table wines of the highest quality.
The consistent quality of the Red Hill Estate premium wines has been recognised with its performance in the show arena. Red Hill Estate has scored over 260 medals, including trophies for the Classic Release Chardonnay, Classic Release Pinot Noir, Red Hill Estate Chardonnay, Red Hill Estate Shiraz, Red Hill Estate Blanc de Noirs and Red Hill Estate Blanc de Blanc just to name a few.
The Cellar Door and Maxâ€™s Restaurant feature one of the most magnificent vistas imaginable, with the panoramic sweep including rolling hills, trees, Westernport bay and Phillip Island in the background. Ian Sutton, former President of the Australian Winemakers Federation, once described it as the â€˜best view of any vineyard in the worldâ€™. Quite simply, the view must be seen to be believed.
Red Hill Estate's winemaker Michael Kyberd believes the understanding of your region, varieties and vineyards is the starting point. "If you are then able to question everything you do and develop your listening skills you are in a position to constantly refine what you do with an open mind". The signature of cool climate fruit is delicacy and refinement and requires a winemaker with a deft touch to coax out complexity without dominating the wines with artifice. Michaelâ€™s skills become obvious when trying the wines which he describes as "complex and concentrated yet with elegance and finesse and most importantly balance"
The Red Hill Estate vineyard and winery have been granted numerous awards for an ultra modern approach to pest and disease management. Tyson Lewis the vineyard manager is widely recognised for his efforts at maintaining an environmentally friendly approach to viticulture. He heads up the technical committee for the Mornington Peninsula Vignernons Association and his close links with the Red Hill Estate winemakers ensure total control of the production from grape to glass.
The Red Hill Estate home vineyard comprises 24 acres of predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. The soils are deep, rich, red volcanic loams that require no irrigation while modern trellising systems ensure maximum sun exposure and the long growing season produces ripe fruit for making delicate yet intense wines.
Dean Hewitson is
driven by passion. His creation of individual, exquisite wines from the ancient vineyards of South Australia is for your indulgence
Dean Hewitson captures the essence of history and the magic in old vines and bottles it. His passion for wine is undeniable and his desire to share this passion is even greater. This led him to a life in which he creates wine purely for the enjoyment of others. Rather than purchasing vineyards, Hewitson made the savvy business decision to create long term associations with a network of established growers, allowing him to seek out the varietals he desired.
Dean Hewitson has been indeed very fortunate to be tutored by some of the best wine makers and wine scientists in the world. Having completed his degree at Roseworthy, he worked at one of Australia's best wineries, visited some of the world's best wineries experiencing fifteen vintages worldwide, and spent two years at UC Davis, California, where he completed his Masters. Through all of this, to be guided through wine evaluations and wine making techniques of the great wines by the masters themselves has certainly been a privilege and a wonderful opportunity for him. He therefore is able to draw on a very wide spectrum of ideas, practices, philosophies and experiments. These are encapsulated in his wines.
Hunting down the right varieties in the right vineyard in the right region was the next step. Each variety has been selected on the basis of being able to produce a wine of world class that, in particular, the old vineyards of South Australia are able to produce. Geographical isolation and in part a fluke of human non-intervention have preserved pre-phylloxera vineyards that are more closely linked to the original clones from Europe than anywhere on earth. Old vines from stock such as this just don't occur anywhere! With these premium parcels of fruit, Dean Hewitson has built a formidable stable of individually crafted wines, that reflect magnificent quality as well as varietal and regional quintessence.
For almost a decade now Hewitson has worked with a very small vineyard of Tempranillo at Bashamâ€™s Beach, located 30km south of McLaren Vale at the southern end of the Mount Lofty Ranges within the Adelaide Super Zone. Situated on the edge of the Fleurieu Peninsula with its strong maritime influence, the Basham's Beach vineyard has ideal climate and soils for growing this variety.
Slightly north of McLaren Vale, the hills surrounding Adelaide were planted to some of South Australiaâ€™s very first vineyards in the 1800s. Most of these disappeared as demand shifted to red varieties planted in warmer regions. However, today the cool climate and fertile slopes of the Adelaide Hills are recognized to match perfectly the demands of growing the best Sauvignon Blanc. LuLu Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc demonstrates the perfect harmony with this variety and the terroir of the Adelaide Hills, displaying fresh, Sauvignon characters and crisp acidity.
In 1853 Friedrich Koch planted his MourvÃ¨dre vineyard in the heart of the Barossa Valley in the area now known as Rowland Flat. Nurtured in deep sand over a bed of limestone the vines flourished. By the 1880s the local vignerons had already acknowledged the vineyard as the Old Garden. To the end of the 19th Century, throughout the 20th Century and now into the 21st Century subsequent generations of Kochâ€™s family have tended these vines in the traditions of the Barossa: bush vines, no irrigation, hand pruned and hand harvested. Today nothing has changed. Old Garden is likely to be the oldest MourvÃ¨dre vineyard in the world.