Millbrook is a boutique winery situated in the historic town of Jarrahdale on the Perth Hills
The Origins Of The Estate's Chestnut Farm Winery Date Back To The Nineteenth Century When The Original Owner Joseph Batt planted an orchard and the first grapevines in 1860. Today's Millbrook has been specially designed for high quality, small batch wine production. Barking Owl over delivers in terms of balance and generous fruit, a long, savoury finish with an added dimension of oak and complexity at the close of this wonderful Shiraz.
Devils Creek runs along the base of Mount Buffalo
PROVIDING A PRECIOUS SOURCE OF WATER TO REPLENISH VINES WHICH YIELD THE MOST SPLENDID HARVESTS OF ALPINE VALLEY MERLOT. The creek was famous for disappearing underground some years and welling up again in plentiful supply during others. leaving the exasperated locals to liken it to the devil himself. A vibrant cherry red wine exuding lifted ripe plum and chocolate notes. Fully flavoured with a hint of cool climate spice and fine oak integration. Who knows. a few glasses of Devils Creek may bring out the devil in you. .
Well Ahead Of The Resurgence In Victorian Viticulture Wantirna Estate hosts a block of priceless Chardonnay vines now into their fifth decade of maturity, planted to an east facing slope which captures a judicious measure of morning and afternoon sunlight. Grapes are all hand picked and gently pressed into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques, followed by the luxury of eleven months lees stirring battonage. The toasty butternut style of old world Chardonnay, structured and refined, lingering on a succulent, mineral finish.
BRANDED IN EARLIER YEARS UNDER THE HISTORIC QUELLTALER
LABEL, Annie's Lane is an exuberant Riesling vinified from fruit grown to distinguished Clare Valley sites, including the famous Carlsfield and Sevenhill vineyards. Carlsfield was planted in 1935 and produces fruit with ripe citrus characters, whilst Sevenhill yields Riesling of finesse and dominant steely qualities. A refreshing white wine, enjoy Annie's Lane alongside chilli crabs or roasted loin of pork, the freshest seafood and all fine faire.
ZEMA UNDERSTAND COONAWARRA VITICULTURE VERY WELL, it was their first workplace and home after immigrating to Australia, they still insist on personally husbanding their vines. Subtley contrasting mesoclimes and delicate variations of soil represent a palette of terroir, from which to craft a solidly structured Cabernet Sauvignon with malleable tannins, fragrant bramble fruit character and stylish oak, the essential construct of Coonawarra. Match Zema with succulently roast garlic lamb, twice cooked duck or slowly braised cheek of beef.
RSW IS AN ACRONYM FOR ROBERT STRANGWAYS WIGLEY. He learned his craft during a tenure at Bankside under the tutelage of Thomas Hardy, who claimed to have never known anyone that worked harder than Wigley. RSW's wild pranks as a young man made him somewhat of an embarrassment to his family. In 1893 he was pointedly sent to rusticate in McLaren Vale where he undertook the planting of vines in 1894. By the turn of the century he was proprietor of the most eminent winemaking operation in the district, with a hundred acres under vine.
YALUMBA HAVE DRAWN CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND SHIRAZ FROM SOME OF THEIR BEST BAROSSA VINEYARDS. The Scribbler emulates one of Australia's most revered wines Signature Cabernet Shiraz
, which has been released continuously to devotees since the inaugural 1962 vintage. Scribbler is a new and recent classic, thanks to Yalumba's long established tenure as custodian of the Barossa's finest vineyards. Equal parts Cabernet and Shiraz, the revered and enduring Claret style in Australian red wine.
Robert Crabtree studied
law at Oxford University and was a practising lawyer/ academic at Cambridge, he always had an interest in viticulture and made fruit wines as a hobby
Crabtree's curiosity in winemaking led him to complete two vintages at Bergerac and another in New Zealand, before landing in Australia and deciding that he would become a full time winemaker. After careful selection of possible wine regions, Robert decided that the Clare Valley was to be the region of choice. Whilst studying winemaking at Roseworthy, Robert purchased a small existing property at Watervale in 1980 and named it Watervale Cellars. In 1983 Robert purchased the old Flax Mill building in Auburn. He equipped it as a small (somewhat rough and ready) winery and planted two acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. The business became known as Crabtreeâ€™s Watervale Cellars for a number of years. Robert built an enviable reputation for fine classic Watervale wines over the following 27 years and became a passionate advocate for the Clare Valley and South Australian wine industry. Robert sold his beloved property and winery in 2007 but remains a welcome friend and advisor to the new Crabtree Crew.
The Crabtree site has been planted to vineyards for well over 100 years, with the first vines being planted in the 1880s, though none of these original plantings exist. Adolf Glaetzer and his sons were largely responsible for the planting of the vineyards as they are today, with the remainder being largely Robert Crabtreeâ€™s more recent plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and a little more Riesling. Although the original plantings have long since gone, most of the current vineyards are still quite mature, including 60+ year old Grenache, 50+ year old Shiraz, and 30+ year old Riesling vines.
The winery is quite small overall, and is very much a boutique operation so far as production is concerned. The greater part of the production, as for many of the Clare Valley wineries, revolves around Riesling, with this variety accounting for approximately 50% of overall production. Second in production volume is Shiraz, and then Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Semillon.
Traditional rod and spur hand pruning is used on all vineyards, and all grapes are handpicked. All fruit is estate grown for the dry white and dry red wines, with a very small percentage of high quality Muscat grapes from the Smith family in the North of Clare (from 140 year old vines) added to complement the estate's own Muscat of Alexandria supply to make sweeter Muscat and Zibibbo wines. Vines are very low yielding and are essentially dry grown, although most of the vineyards do have drip irrigation lines to ensure the vines do not suffer from too much water stress.
The house that makes up the cellar door dates back to when the Clare Valley was first settled, and has been the home of a number of local identities over the years. Robert Crabtree resided here while making wine on the estate. Adolf Glaetzer was one of these residents, known best in the Clare Valley for his fresh fruit and vegetables rather than winemaking, though his descendants have made the Glaetzer name synonymous with Australian winemaking. Robert Crabtree purchased the house from the Glaetzer family, it is heritage listed, the oldest sections date back to 1849.
The estate is home to a family of very inquisitive alpacas, which apart from being pets, also keep the grass at bay around the winery. JosÃ©, the older male Alpaca, has the handy habit of being very protective of his family of females and keeps the sheep safe. The alpacas and sheep love nothing more than eating freshly crushed grape skins and stems during vintage, and will crowd around the winery when they see grapes on the tractor hoping to get a feed, which they usually do. Free roaming geese, an increasing number of ducks, chickens, cats, and some lorikeets, all of which can be seen wandering around the house (except for the Lorikeets of course), and some of which occasionally join in the cellar door for visitors wine tasting. Sales of alpaca wool or chicken and duck eggs through the cellar door go directly to improving education at a school in Africa that the winery sponsors.
The success of
Mollydooker has been built on a pursuit of passion, working from the heart and never placing profit before the sanctity of great wine
Sparky Marquis was a successful professional photographer when dad lined up his five kids and told them that if any of them were prepared to learn winemaking or viticulture they would inherit his award winning vineyard and winery. The Langtons listed Fox Creek. Sparky remembered how much he liked drinking wine and stepped forward. Sparky and lovely young wife Sarah went to work, built a new winery and introduced their Vineyard Watering Programme, achieving exceptional quality fruit, devoting long hours to perfecting their winemaking.
Sparky and Sarah were successful and super busy, happily working together with son Luke, sleeping in bassinet among the vines. They created a virtual winery by helping their grower friends to grow exceptional quality grapes with the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme™. Then they made wines from those grapes in the back of their winemaker friends wineries. They were enormously successful. In 1999 they became Australian Winemakers of the Year. In 2002 they won the Bushing Award for a record breaking third time and in the USA Robert Parker commented The greatest red wine values in existence. Run, don't walk and secure as much as you can of these wines!
The Marquis Philips brand was a runaway success, growing from 8000 to 120,000 cases in four years. There was talk of growing bigger still. Then one day, Sarah and Sparky took stock and decided that it was not the life they wanted to lead. They love the vineyards, love making wine, and love sharing with friends. They didn’t want to become corporate, they decided to go it alone and stay small and hands on.
Sparky Marquis loves his vines, and for the three months before harvest you will find him sitting under the gum trees with the viticulture team, squashing the grapes and tasting the juices, to work out how much water should be put on the vines in the next half week, and when the grapes should be picked.
In 2006 they named their new brand Mollydooker, Aussie for left hander, because they are both left handed. Three months later, The Wine Advocate chose The Boxer as the Best Value Red Wine in the World, the Two Left Feet as the second, and the Maitre D’ as the fourth. The Violinist was chosen the Best Value White Wine in the world. The wines sold out in nineteen days, and all Mollydooker's debts were paid off. A mere eighteen months after being down to their last $17, Sarah and Sparky were able to buy a beautiful winery with stunning views, 114 acres of vineyards along the magic Seaview Ridge in McLaren Vale, home of most of the most iconic McLaren Vale wines.
Mollydooker never take shortcuts or compromise on quality. They guarantee the quality of their wine by rating it on its Marquis Fruit Weight™, the measure of how far back on your tongue the velvety sensation of fruit goes, before the prickly sensation of tannin is exposed. If they don’t have parcels which qualify at the required Fruit Weight, they don’t bottle wine behind the Mollydooker label. Sarah and Sparky have never forgotten their roots, they fund three Mollydooker Houses in Cambodia which provide education for 300 children and food for families. They also support Chester County Futures and mentoring for underprivileged children, Mercy Ministries and The Hutt Street Centre in Australia, which is a safe place of hope, warmth and belonging, for the homeless and vulnerable people in the inner city of Adelaide. Sarah and Sparky do a lot of partying, so look out for Mollydooker nights in your town!
The Ninth Island
Vineyard blocks sit on the 41st parallel astride Tasmania's lavish Pipers Brook and Tamar River Valley regions
Ninth Island, which is part of the Kreglinger group of wineries, acquired the immensely successful D Block Vineyard in 1993. Being located on the banks of the Tamar River this site does not have the frost risk of Tasmanian other vineyards. The view here is fantastic, and being a comparatively warm site, it is dedicated to table wine production, the backbone for Ninth Island's Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc range. It is also the source of Pipers Brook Pinot Gris, GewÃ¼rztraminer and Tamar Estate (Cab/Merlot) wines. It is also the only site that is able to adequately ripen fruit if the vines are managed correctly to produce the Pipers Brook Tamar Estate Cab Merlot
The E Block vineyard is a small 6Ha adjunct to Ninth Island Vineyard (D blocks) and was planted in 1995 to Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay. This vineyard is irrigated from time to time and is generally managed using a combination of mechanical and manual inputs. The north facing aspect of this vineyard provides ideal growing and ripening conditions for the lush vines.
Don Buchannan developed the small Ninth Island H Block vineyard in the Tamar Valley in the late 1980s. The vineyard plays a significat role in the Ninth Island wines, particularly the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard operates principally under a mechanised management strategy with the use of machines for vine management where possible. Dolerite soils require seasonal irrigation and fertilisers for maintaining vine health and fruit quality.
The Ninth Island B Block vineyard was planted in 1987 mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
The B Block vineyard is susceptible to spring and autumn frosts. These frost conditions are managed with the use of three frost fans and sprinkler frost control systems. Planted under a high-density regime, it is non irrigated and located on deep red Kroznozem soils, ideally suited to the production of the Ninth Island Sparklings. Ninth Island have engineered an ongoing vine grafting program into this vineyard to extract lavish Pinot Grigio fruit.
The Ninth Island's G block property is the largest of the Pipers Brook Vineyard group. Totalling approx 56 Ha it was planted over three years from 1997 - 1999. It is planted primarily to pinot noir with some significant areas of chardonnay, pinot gris and a little pinot meniure. The soils generally consist of a medium clay loam through to a deeper Red Kroznozem soil type through the centre of the property. The vineyard is managed for production of both sparkling and table wines.
Viticulture operations are generally mechanised with the use of machine harvesters, wire lifting machines, leaf pluckers etc. This sight is flat in comparison to other Pipers Brook Vineyard sites and requires the seasonal use of five frost fans in susceptible areas to prevent damage to the vines from low overnight air temperatures. This vineyard is an important component to the Ninth Island Pinot Noir, Ninth Island Pinot Grigios and Ninth Island Sparkling wines.
They say that
it is the people who make a winery. Sure a winery is about the vine and the wine, the terroir and the climate, but never underestimate the importance of the hand of man
People are the heart and soul of Tuck's Ridge. People tend the vines lovingly throughout the year. People meld and coerce the finest qualities out of the fruit and after all it is people that meet you with a smile and a glass of Vues Sparkling when you walk in our front door. So who are these people.? Peter Hollick and Helen Pattison own Tuck's Ridge. They are often around the place but most of the time they are enjoying the experience in much the same way you all do, appreciating fine wines. It has been a labour of love for Peter and Helen but one that they have both confronted with loyalty, honesty and a glass of Pinot Noir never far from hand.
Not many wineries can claim to have been operational for 21 years. Yet with minimum fanfare and single minded determination Tuck's Ridge has been producing wonderfully expressive, superbly balanced cool climate wines for even longer. Tuck's Ridge continue to do the things, produce the wines and encourage the type of enjoyment and loyalty other wineries can only dream about. What's not to love about Tuck's Ridge? Mornington's favourite winery is child and dog friendly, offers a great view over vines, spectacular food and wines that will have you dreaming of a return. Rustic, peaceful, green and lush. A vineyard is a place that makes you feel relaxed no matter how bad a day, week or year you have endured.
Tuck's Ridge is proudly independently owned and remains steadfastly boutique in nature. This is a most important consideration for the winemaking team since it enables almost anybody you meet at Tuck's Ridge to have had an important influence on the wine you are drinking or the atmosphere you are enjoying. No matter how they spin it, none of the large multinational wine companies can ever make such a statement, least not truthfully.
With the foundations laid on the home Buckle Vineyard and the cellar door, the wine drinking world can be assured of a yearly supply of world class wines. At Tuck's Ridge the future is small parcel production of cool climate fruit sourced from the Mornington Peninsula. This enables an estate range of wines to be entirely Tuck's Ridge labeled, and to fully express the evocative nature and irresistible memories that come from enjoying great wine good food and sharing in the company of friends and families.
Tuck's Ridge take things seriously and have rationalised their production, moving forward the estate is producing less wine of a hugely improved nature. It means that when new vintages are released, availability will become ever tighter as more and more people want to discover Mornington's best wines, representing the best value that the region and indeed Australia can produce. In James Halliday's Wine Companion, the Tuck's Ridge review stands out like the proverbial bottle in the brown paper bag at a silver service restaurant.
The 2005 Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir was rated by Halliday at 97/100, the highest individual rating of any wine from the region and an equal rating to Grange Hermitage and Hill of Grace. Most Tuck's Ridge wines received mid 90's ratings. Tuck's Ridge is about to get even more exciting for the estate's established following and lovers of fine wine everywhere. "Tuck's Ridge has changed focus significantly since selling its large Red Hill vineyard. Estate plantings are now an eclectic mix of pinot noir (3 ha), 1 ha each of chardonnay and albarino, and contract grape purchases have been reduced. Quality, not quantity, is the key!" -James Halliday