Bin 150 is pure Shiraz
Vinified From Fruit Grown To A Relatively Tiny Area Of Barossa The hamlet of Marananga lies very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor slightly to the north and west, where warm, dry conditions and rich red soils create a mesolclime which has sired many of the Barossa's most conspicuous efforts. Bin 150 delivers a contemporary Shiraz style, framed by a mix of French and American oak, old and new, conceived from the ancient soils of a special place and crafted from fruit grown to one of Australia's earliest viticultural precincts.
French Champagnes Epernay
Elegant salmon pink colour with golden hue. Intensely sensual, rose petals and musk, nutmeg and pink peppercorn. Great succulence amongst the chewy flavours and barely perceptible strawberry tannins. Hints of candied fruit, rich texture, a voluptuous texture throughout it's persistent mousse, Cuvee Rose lingers in a delicious finale tinged with vanilla and liquorice.
The archetypal west coast Bordeaux style
A VIBRANT CĂ©PAGE OF CABERNET AND MERLOT. Malbec and Franc. picked off the first vineyards ever planted to Margaret River. A component from the younger Woodlands Brook site contributes structure and aromatics. Woodlands remains an enigma. as the vineyard team place great trust in the quality of fruit. the finished wine can be both pretty and powerful. Vinified exclusively of Wilyabrup parcels. painstakingly hand sorted. berry by berry. the graceful tannins continue to soften. as the fruit begins to sing. .
THE ORIGINAL BOBBIE BURNS SITE WAS ESTABLISHED BY JOHN CAMPBELL IN THE 1870S, it was the first vineyard in Rutherglen to be replanted with phylloxera resistant stock. Bobbie Burns has since commanded a peerless reputation for delivering an Australian icon wine that's accessible to all, sharing the power and potency of Rutherglen Shiraz. Showing exquisite balance and structure while drinking brilliantly on release, a splendid red wine to enjoy with confidence, whatever its age, alongside warming meat and potato recipes or spiced and marinated grills.
EXCELLENT LANGTONS CLASSIFICATION. Named for the contribution of Johann Gramp's grandson to the Orlando Wine Company, St Hugo
is the very best varietal Cabernet Sauvignon of vintage. Hugo is vintaged entirely from fruit grown to the famed cigar shape of Coonawarra Terra rossa
, one of the world's great Cabernet appellations. The team regularly visit the vineyards monitoring development of grapes. Selection is the key to delivering the finest possible St Hugo, only the standout parcels of Coonawarra Cabernet are earmarked for inclusion.
CRAFTED BY A RISING STAR OF THE PADTHAWAY REGION, recipients South Australian Cabernet Of Year Trophy and runner-up South Australian Wine Of Year. Five generations of viticulture make Browns one of the few family owned labels producing conspicuous local Shiraz. Their commitment has not gone unnoticed by the world's industry press, Decanter has identified Browns as one of the 21 Hottest Wineries to Watch
. To create nothing but the best, Browns have employed the peerless expertise of the stellar O'Leary Walker winemaking team.
FROM THE CHELMSFORD AND SEWARD FAMILY VINEYARDS AT THE NORTHERN END OF MARGARET RIVER. Fermoy Estate is situated on Metricup Road at the very heart of Willyabrup, one of the new world's great viticultural precincts. Despite a history of little more than a decade, Fermoy's wines have won an acclaim which belies the estate's modernity. An intensely aromatic and profoundly structured Shiraz wine with captivating berry fruit essences and pliant, peppery tannins, to accompany the finest faire and most succulent meats.
Aramis Vineyards, completely
McLaren Vale, family owned, estate vinified and estate grown
Aramis hve been awarded a staggering amount of awards and accolades at Australian and international wine shows in recent years. The vineyards are planted on their own rootstock to some of the worldâ€™s oldest mineral rich soils and in the most temperate of Mediterranean climates. The vines consistently produces excellent fruit quality from low yielding vines. Only the best parcels of fruit are carefully selected from the vineyard and bottled under the Aramis label. Great attention to detail with the integration of fruit flavours and fine oak barrels helps produce classic handcrafted styles of wine. Aramis have pursued their passion to produce rich and intensely flavoured wines. There are 64 acres planted, the majority of which is dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Knowledge of the vineyard is paramount, with meticulous management and tireless commitment to achieve fruit of the highest standard.
McLaren Vale has a fairly Mediterranean climate with the moderating influence of the Gulf of St. Vincent tempering the summer heat and the cold of winter. The climate is characterised by warm summers, moderate winters, winter-dominant rainfall, low relative humidity and relatively high evaporation. Rain during the harvest period and frost are rare. For the viticulturist this means less likelihood of crop damage from year to year. Flowering occurs between July and September with ripening and harvest occurring from February through to May, depending on the variety and weather.
The rainfall is sufficient in some areas to allow dry growing, and this fruit attracts premium prices because of the intensity of flavours. Where irrigation is used, drip irrigation is favoured. There are sufficient sources of good quality underground water and irrigation dams to maintain vine growth.
The wines are fermented in five tonne open fermenters. Maturation in American and French oak for 12 - 24 months and then further maturation in bottle before release. Fining, if required, will be executed using pure egg white outsourced from a free-range chicken facility. Corking methods are of the latest technology, only the best corks are used, there is no expense spared when bottling Aramis's wine. All wines which show prominent McLaren Vale characteristics. The Aramis passion for premium wine, McLaren Vale's consistency and expertise combine to produce some of the finest wines available.
Aramis concentrate their energy and skills on producing the classical wines that are most recognised and suited to McLaren Vale's viticulture. Aramis Vineyards express the personality and charm of a unique vineyard site.
Respectful and thoughtful handling throughout the entire process ensures the wines confidently articulate the story of Aramis vineyards and the McLaren Vale region whilst showcasing the regal nature of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Aramis vineyards are blessed by a close proximity to the coast where daily sea breezes combine with the exacting vineyard management regimens to deliver small but high quality harvests of intensely flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes. Constant management of soil moisture and disease control is practiced. Controlled watering is the preferred method of watering at Aramis Vineyards. Disease is monitored on a day to day basis, whether it be spraying for protection against botrytis one day, to checking for bugs the next. Disease control is paramount to the vineyards overall health. Berries are always quite small in size, displaying an enhancement of pure varietal characters and splendid concentration of flavour. All the winemaking is highly traditional and very labour intensive. Maturation takes place in a high proportion of new American oak barriques. The final wine is assembled from a selection of the best barrels and those parcels which can best demonstrate an intensity of fruit balanced by well integrated oak.
Nugan Estate is
a story of inspiration about a premium producer of estate grown wine based in Griffith New South Wales
The Nugan Group was founded in 1940 when a young Alfredo Nugan emigrated from Spain with his family to start a small fruit and vegetable packing operation in Griffith, New South Wales. Nugan's daughter in-law Michelle became responsible for the Groupâ€™s renaissance into one of Australiaâ€™s most successful agricultural enterprises. Looking beyond Australiaâ€™s shores, Nugan became the largest exporter of niche juice products to Asia in the Southern Hemisphere with production in excess of 70,000 tonne per annum.
Michelle Nugan was named a NSW Telstra Business Women of the Year in 1996 and Australian Export Hero in 2000. Following in her motherâ€™s footsteps, Tiffany was a 2004 Finalist for the NSW Telstra Young Business Women of the Year. The Nugans are passionate about the Riverina, fully sponsoring two annual programs to develop business skills in the region - WIRED, Women Innovating Rural Enterprise Development, and the Riverina Young Achiever Program.
In 1993 Nugan Group further diversified its operations planting vineyards and selling fruit under contract. From there, winemaking was a natural progression. Matthew Nugan built the winemaking estate into one of Australiaâ€™s Top 20 Wine Exporters. Nugan Estate Chief Wine Maker, Daren Owers, was named the Wine Societyâ€™s Young Wine Maker of Year 2004 - Memberâ€™s Choice. Today Nugan Estate owns 590 hectares of vineyards in Australiaâ€™s finest wine growing regions, making it the 18th largest vineyard holders in Australia.
Nugan Estateâ€™s wineworks are located at Willbriggie, 30km south of Griffith. Using the best of old world techniques and new world technology, the winery offers a state of the art facility, built for quality wine-making, which allows the wine-making team to combine the latest technology with old and new wine-making practices to ensure Nugan Estateâ€™s wines are of the highest quality. Manuka Grove is the Nugan familyâ€™s vineyard at Hanwood in the Riverina (15km south of Griffith), where the family home is located. Originally planted by the late Ken Nugan with citrus, today this 46 hectare vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Sangiovese and Durif â€“ being home to Nugan Estateâ€™s award winning Manuka Grove Durif. Fully drip irrigated, the vineyard benefits from complete water management and best vineyard practices to produce premium quality grape.
Frascaâ€™s Lane is the Nugan familyâ€™s vineyard in King Valley, north east Victoria. Situated in its own unique cool-climate micro-climate, this 100 hectare vineyard is fully drip irrigated, drawing its water from a 400 mega litre dam that feeds the picturesque trout stream dividing the property. This property is planted with 88 hectares of premium wine grape including Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Shiraz. McLaren Parish is in the McLaren Vale in South Australia. As McLaren Vale is home to Australiaâ€™s best Shiraz, this 10 hectare vineyard is solely dedicated to producing the best premium Shiraz possible. McLaren Parish is protected from rainfall variation, being drip irrigated from water held in two dams and protected by a license to pump nine mega litres of surface water.
Cookoothama is the Nugan familyâ€™s vineyard at Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina (40km south of Griffith). Cookoothama is the aboriginal word meaning â€śfertile landâ€ť and has been the name of this property since the 1800s. With fertile soils spanning 970 hectares, the property is divided into 335 hectares of premium wine grape (including Semillon, Verdehlo, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) and 325 hectares of olives. Cookoothama is protected from rainfall variation by a fully integrated drip irrigation system, which includes four bores and five licences to pump from the Murrumbidgee River flowing along the southern border of the property.
Sam Miranda is
the third generation of a prominent winemaking family who moved from Italy to Australia in the 1930s
Sam grew up amongst the vines in Griffith but he eventually became aware of the quality of King Valley fruit as growers would drop by to sell their harvests. Sam became highly enthused by tales the growers would tell him of the natural beauty of King Valley and the excellent conditions for growing world class fruit. Griffith and King Valley share a vibrant culture of Italian migrant agriculture, in 1991 Sama made the journey and fell in love with the picturesque beauty of Victoria's high country. Sam loved the fresh style and complex structure of King Valley wines. He acquired a 70 hectare property in 1997 on the corner of Snow and Whitfield Roads. He made his King Valley operations complete when he established a winery and cellar door in the following year.
The Sam Miranda vineyard and wineworks stand tall in the heart of the Milawa food and wine gourmet region, along the scenic roadway to the ski fields of Falls Creek and Mt. Hotham. Redesigned and redeveloped by renowned Sydney architect Alex Popov in 2007, the new Miranda cellar door is modern but simplistic, offering a relaxed atmosphere to compliment Sam’s wines and the beautiful surroundings. A delicious menu of Mediterranean inspired cuisine, using local and seasonal produce, delights local foodies and tourists alike.
In 2004 Sam acquired a further 120 hectares in the Myrrhee district. Not only is this a choice viticultural site with ideal winegrowing conditions, it also offers magnificent views over the surrounding mountains, a nice way to work while Sam sits on his tractor some 400 metres above sea level.
To Sam the future is written in hard work and strong development, in being able to plant and grow, source and make wines which best reflect the true and honest style of King Valley. He feels a strong affinity to the region, a unique convergence of soils and climes which highly favour the planting and harvest of classic Italian wine grape varietals, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio and Arneis.
Miranda's Oxley vineyard is fortuitously planted to the King Valley creek bed which is fed by melting winter snows which cover the high country from June to September. The site is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it offers rich soils and a cool climate allowing for long ripening periods, yielding lovely medium bodied wines which articulate the freshness and elegance for which King Valley is renowned.
Miranda's spectacular Myrrhee vineyard is planted to an altitude of 350 metres above sea level, the perfect site to experiment with an array of rare and unique grape varietals. It is here at the foothills of the beautiful Victorian Alps, that the perfect growing conditions are ideal for Prosecco wines, Merlot and Traminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Tannat. In addition to his harvests of estate grown fruit, Sam Miranda makes a range of exclusively single vineyards wines, crafted from choice parcels planted to exceptional, higher altitude sites throughout the King Valley. Miranda's Mountain range are proven cool climate performers. The objective is to make wines which exhibit purity of flavour while reflecting the terroir of beautiful King Valley. Miranda's signature range are the pick of crop, sourced from vineyards in the upper King Valley. These wines are made to exhibit a refined style and display distinct varietal eloquence. They are a result of matching specific varietals to the perfect soil and climate, vineyard management and careful winemaking.
Wantirna Estate Vineyard
is not far from the centre of Melbourne
Planted in 1963 it was the first of the new generation vineyards, the Yarra Valley having been an important grape growing area in the 1800s. The impetus for the vineyard began back in 1956 when Reg Egan married Bertina Curcio whose mother was English but whose father was Italian. Wine and food were important in the Curcio household and so started a fascination with the history of wine in Victoria. Before long they had their minds on a vineyard somewhere in the Yarra Valley. The early vine plantings included all sorts of varieties, many largely unknown, for those early Australian wine growing days. Varieties such as crouchon, pedro ximenez, barbera and dolcetto. But it was the classical varieties that eventually won the day and in the 1970â€™s the vineyard was consolidated to focus on chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. Much of the existing cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines were part of the original 1963 plantings.
Wantirna Estate Vineyard is a never-ending world of change and enchantment. At times vigor and energy are required, at times patience needed. The winemaking is a joint effort between Reg and Bertina Egan and their daughter, Maryann Egan. These days Reg describes himself as the interfering winemaker but back in the early days everything was done by Reg, dashing from his legal practice to the winery to check on the ferments. Today much of the responsibility has been transferred to Maryann, who has a degree in wine science from Charles Sturt University.
Both Reg and Maryann have honed their practical skills in amongst the small domaines and chateaux of Burgundy and Bordeaux where the single vineyard, terroir driven wines have inspired them. Maryann was also a winemaker for many years in the early days of Domaine Chandon. Bertina keeps accounts sorted out as well as that all important role of looking after the pickers at vintage time. Like all small wineries it is a family affair with everyone involved in some way during the year.
Continuing the tradition, all the extended family still gets involved in the vineyard life - whether it is picking the grapes, helping to prune or looking busy riding the motor bike. Reg Egan started life as a farmerâ€™s son in the small country town of Tolmie in northeast Victoria. Many years as a Melbourne lawyer then followed during which time Reg and Bertina planted Wantirna Estate.
In 1984 Reg gave up the law to concentrate on the vineyard. For many years Reg and Bertina travelled to Europe looking at vineyards, visiting winemakers and thoroughly immersing themselves in the European wine culture. Regâ€™s love for the land is evident at the property. Native plants complement old-fashioned roses, fruit trees and olive plantings.
Maryann Egan had no choice to becoming a winemakerâ€¦really. After completing her degree in physical education, she took off to backpack around Europe. Then running short of money around vintage time, it seemed the perfect moment to re-acquaint herself with the winemakers sheâ€™d met as a child, and to get some paid work to fund the rest of her trip. After a vintage in Burgundy, Maryann returned to Australia to begin her Oenology studies at Charles Sturt University. For the next six years Maryann worked at Domaine Chandon making both sparkling and table wines. After the birth of her first child Amelia in 1996, she returned to Wantirna Estate.