Selection of site has long been a priority at Prunotto
The Estate Commands An Endowment Of The Finest Vineyards In Piedmont While being amply resourced to acquire nothing but the most auspicious properties in the land The vines at Occhetti are treated to a standard of viticulture without peer in all Alba, the quality of fruit speaks for itself, articulating the influence of local peach orchards and the extravagant white truffles of the region. A seamless wine of layered sweet and savoury complexity, raspberry richness and subtley piquant olive anise garniture.
Pipers Brook Tamar Valley
Vibrant ruby red, purple hues. Lifted aromas of cherries and cranberry, violet and rose petal perfumes. A bright lift of flavours, rhubarb and red delicious, pomegranate and morello, complexed by mocha coffee/ chocolate and pepper berry spice, supported by integrated velvet tannins, before a long captivating finish that lingers. Match to game birds or game pie, rabbit recipes or seared salmon cutlets.
The concept of bottling Merlot as a sparkling wine came from the re-emergence of interest in effervescent Australian burgundy
Irvine Has Been Aged In Older Oak Casks To Give Maturity Without Much Oak Infusion Thereby lifting the Merlot characters in their own right The elegance and richness of Merlot was such that it needed to be balanced by less than the usual liqueuring, hence the Brut designation. The dryer taste, the creaming of the bead, and the clear cut Merlot flavour all combine to give a truly individual sparkling red wine.
OCCAM'S RAZOR IS A MARQUE ESTABLISHED BY EMILY LAUGHTON, daughter of Jasper Hill winemakers Ron and Elva. A teacher by training, a traveller by choice and a winemaker by preference and practice, Emily has crafted this very special Shiraz wine from fruit supplied by independent growers Andrew and Melissa Conforti, from the neighbouring town of Mia Mia, within the Heathcote wine region. Occam's Razor is produced in small, highly prized quantities based on the same bio-dynamic principles as Jasper Hill's flagship editions of conspicuous red wines.
SEPPELT ARE IN POSSESSION OF SOME OF VICTORIA'S MOST DISTINGUISHED VINEYARDS. Their approach is to harness the strength and characteristics of each site and create elegant wines. One of Australia's eldest estates, the Seppelts of today strive for the same standards of excellence which brought iconic status to some of their most renowned vintages. Planted in the mid 1970s, Mount Ida Vineyards were decimated by Ash Wednesday fires in 1983. A richly flavoured and intense Shiraz wine, Mt Ida exhibits a dense powerful palate of extraordinary complexity.
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.
THE PRODUCTION OF METHODE TRADITIONELLE
HAS BEEN AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE WINEMAKING AT BLUE PYRENEES FOR MANY YEARS, the original raison d'√™tre
. Established 1963 by the Champagne houses of Charles Heidsieck and Krug, an adherence to the transcendent French influence of the founders is central. In 1992, the Blue Pyrenees team decided to experiment with hand picking their fruit, under floodlights, in the middle of the night. The results were amazing, a most memorable vintage of outstanding quality, Midnight Cuv√©e was born.
Katnook Estate is
one of the most esteemed domains in Australia's premier red wine district, the Coonawarra
Its vineyards, planted in prime Terra Rossa soil, span 330 hectares in the heart of this comparatively small and remote region in the south east corner of South Australia. From here come red wines that have contributed to Coonawarra's international reputation and white wines with equally distinctive attributes.
Wines produced include both the Riddoch range and that named after the place itself, the prestigious Katnook Estate range.
Katnook Estate wines take their name from the domain where they are grown and made. They are limited release wines of great intensity of flavour, made with fastidious attention to detail.
Fruit for these single varietal wines is specially selected from older, distinguished sites in the company's extensive vineyards.
Concentrated flavours, fine balance and integrity of regional and varietal character, are all hallmarks of the Katnook Estate range which includes a Chardonnay Brut, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and most recently Shiraz. A very small quantity of dessert wine is also made when conditions are favourable.
Katnook Estate wines have an enviable record of awards. They will be found on some of the best wine lists, and in some of the finest cellars, in the world, (often with several vintages of the same variety), representing the best from Australia's renowned Coonawarra wine district.
Katnook Founder's Block wines are named after the original land holding of John Riddoch, founder of Coonawarra. In 1890 Riddoch established the Coonawarra Fruit Colony at his property "Katnook" and thus one of Australia's leading wine districts was born. In 1980 winemaker Wayne Stehbens made his first vintage on the property which was by then renamed "Katnook Estate".
Katnook's Riddoch label was launched in 1980 and named in honour of the founder of Coonawarra, John Riddoch. They are made entirely from estate grown fruit. Katnook Founder's Block is a natural progression for Katnook Estate, an introduction to Katnook Estate for many and, an informal drinking wine for Katnook Estate devotees. Riddoch wines have accumulated many awards over the years including the famous Jimmy Watson Trophy for Riddoch 1986 Cabernet Shiraz. They are widely available in Australia and internationally and represent remarkable value for those looking for a wine with the stamp of Coonawarra and the pedigree of Katnook Estate.
Pirie Tasmania is
the latest evolution of one man's belief that Tasmania can be one of the truly great wine regions of the world
The Tamar Valley is situated in the north of Tasmania at a latitude of around 41-42¬į south. Approximately the same length as the Cote d'Or in Burgundy (90km) and with a similar cool, humid climate, vineyards occupy favoured N/NE facing sites predominantly along the west bank of the river. Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are all grown here, producing fresh, extremely elegant whites. But for red wines, Pinot Noir is king. From the bright cherry and raspberry scented wines from Kayena in the Lower Tamar, to the heady truffle and black cherry aromas from the Upper Tamar vineyards at Relbia and White Hills, the variety of styles from this small region prove that the French do not have a monopoly on terroir.
From pruning to picking, specific low yielding blocks are tightly managed to ensure that the fruit reaches its maximum potential. In the winery, small parcels are individually nurtured in order to achieve the greatest character and expression of place. As part of their traditional styling, a significant contribution to the evolution of these wines is provided by bottle age and therefore, these wines will not reach their full potential until some years after release.
Every now and then, whether through the vagueries of vineyard or winery, one of the parcels will raise itself above the crowd and show truly outstanding qualities. When this happens, (always providing that in doing so, the Estate wines are not compromised in any way,) the wine will be bottled seperately. Often, although not always, these wines require greater time in both winery and cellar and will be released at a later date.
Surely one of the best views of any winery in the world, the winemaking heart of Pirie has always been at Rosevears Estate on the West Tamar. Quality is paramount and, although small, the winery can boast computer controlled heating and cooling on all tanks, a range of red fermenters, from traditional small open vats to a state-of-the-art rotating vinimatic, plus a well-equiped lab. With tank sizes down to 500 litres, the ability to give individual attention to small parcels of wine is essential, not only for the estate wines, but also for the number of small local growers whose wines are made under contract.
The estate's South label is about producing fresh, aromatic wines to complement modern food styles, using the finesse of northern Tasmanian fruit. The combination of a truly cool climate and summer rainfall, features which we share with northern France and New Zealand, make Tasmania particularly well suited to the production of these early-drinking wine styles.
Glenwood vineyard at Relbia is a NE facing 85ha property approximately 10km south of Launceston and 3km east of the airport where the North Esk River cuts through short, rolling hills on it‚Äôs way to feed the River Tamar. Pirie Tasmania draws fruit only from selected blocks, predominantly Pinot Noir. Protected both from significant maritime effects and the dominant influence of the Tamar itself, Relbia‚Äôs maximum elevation of 140m results in cooler maximum and colder minimum temperatures than in the Tamar Valley north of Launceston. White Hills vineyard is a high, steeply sloping 84ha property approximately 10km south of Launceston and 2km east of Relbia. Multiple aspects make it suitable for a number of varieties, including some Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling. Like Relbia, it is protected both from significant maritime effects and the dominant influence of the River Tamar. Higher altitude (up to 170m) and greater exposure result in even cooler temperatures. The summit can be vulnerable to frost in some years.
Behind Gravitas is
a fifth generation New Zealand family whose forebears arrived in the country from France a century ago
Gravitas wines are sourced entirely from estate vineyards in Marlborough. Apart from wine, the family business is also developing other luxury gourmet products, including black perigord truffles and ultra-premium olive oils. Marlborough's Wairau Valley is a spectacularly beautiful part of New Zealand, Land of the Lord of the Rings. An hour or so from the vineyards can be found the snow-capped St Arnaud's Mountain Range and ski-fields, the world-renowned Kaikoura whale and dolphin sanctuaries, deep limestone caves, the primordial forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park and the endless and empty white sand beaches of the Able Tasman National Park.
The Marlborough region is without a doubt one of New Zealand's most outstanding tourist destinations regions. The country's wine and seafood capital, it is also one of the country's most picturesque and provides a range of outdoor activities that is hard to beat anywhere in the world. East-West, through the centre of the region runs the heart of New Zealand's wine industry - the Wairau and Awatere river valleys, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the high St Arnaud's Mountain Range. Both valleys are also bordered by spectacular hills and mountains, which are snow capped for much of the year and where wild boar and deer roam freely.
Marlborough regularly claims the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand - averaging 11 hours of sunshine a day for most of the year and low rainfall (less than 60 cm or 24 inches), most which falls during the winter months. Despite the long sunshine hours and dry climate, temperatures are cooled by the nearby sea to a pleasant 25-30C during the summer. Winters can be cold with frosts during the period August-October.
The inspiration for the estate's name came from Baroness Rothschild herself who was patron of the Wine MBA that Martyn was completing. At the graduation ceremony in Bordeaux Martyn was describing to the Baroness how he felt he had become fat from eating and drinking great French wine and food. The Baroness replied, "No Monsieur Nicholls, this is not fat but an image of gravitas!" Grav-i-tas (grav'i-t√§s') is from the Latin word, meaning something that is of great stature, seriousness and elegance, and that sums up what Martyn Nicholls winemaking is about. To create highly notable editions which are achieving the highest acclaim purely on the basis of merit.
In 1993 after a long search for the perfect vineyard site, merchant banker Martyn Nicholls and his family, made the seachange from city finance to viticulture, and settled on a 30 hectare block of premium vineyard land in the upper Wairau Valley at the heart of Marlborough. In the months that followed, the backbreaking work began, to clear the land and plant carefully selected clones and varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir that would become the focus of our wine range. Within twelve months Martyn's dream of his Saint Arnaud vineyard was a reality and over the years, his vines thrived.
Martyn Nicholls and his dedicated team arbored diligently around the vineyard, as well as designs and plans for the new winery, barrel hall and tasting facility. The operation has a capacity 40,000 cases and the barrel hall runs underground for a hundred and fifty feet from the winery, through a hill and out to the other side, with a spectacular view across the vineyard floor, 300 or so hundred feet below.
Green Point is
on a spur of land running from Yeringberg Hill to the Yarra river, in the heart of the Yarra Valley. It is the home of Domaine Chandon Australia, where Green Point sparkling and Green Point still wines are produced
Originally a mixed farming property, Green Point is located at the centre of the historic Yarra Valley grape growing district, known internationally for high quality wines, since the latter half of the nineteenth century. The site was named Green Point in the 1850s, as the early Yarra Valley settlers observed that, as summer advanced and the grass turned straw colour, the property remained green longer than it's surronds. The ancient alluvial soils at Green Point are unusually deep and therefore retain moisture well into the summer.
Dr Tony Jordan oversaw the development of the Domaine Chandon/ Green Point operations for Moet & Chandon in 1986, taking a hands-on aproach to ensure the company's place as a leading producer of Australian wines. Tony has also been CEO of Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay and Mountadam Vineyards (the three Australian and New Zealand Wineries within the Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Group)
Prior to founding Domaine Chandon Australia, Tony Jordan was a lecturer in Oenology at Charles Sturt University (NSW) and head of the oenological consulting business, Oenotec, for 10 years. Tony judges annually at several of the national Wine Shows in Australia. Tony has also judged in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and contributed to the industry through many articles and lectures in wine technology.
Moet & Chandon's aim was to produce high quality still and sparkling wines, that express through their aromaticness, flavour and structure, the superior terroir on which they are grown. The Green Point vineyard area is over forty hectares and is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Shiraz. The vineyards easterly aspect and sandy clay loam soils are ideal for production of high quality wines. The good soils combined with the Yarra Valley's cool climate, define vineyards with ideal microclimates for wine grapes. Many years on, Green Point wines are recognised for their style and quality in Australia and in many countries around the world.
The Green Point winemaking operations were also developed with a clear view to becoming a hub of local culture and community. Green Point is a jewel in the crown of the Yarra Valley, and has been inducted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame having won the Winery Tourism category three times. The Colonnade linking the winery to the visitor's centre with its distinctive arches was inspired by the distinguished Houses of Champagne in France. The architecture of the complex was painstakingly built to a fusion of Champenoise and neo- modern architecture. The classical arches of the Colonnade in turn, became the inspiration for the distinctive Green Point logo.
To produce super-premium wines, with both varietal integrity, finesse and flavour profiles that reflect the quality of vineyard from which they originate, requires meticulous viticulture, as well as skilful and thoughtful winemaking. Green Point's viticulture and winemaking draws on the strengths of the finest cool climate regions, producing quality wines through the procurement of good fruit, and the practice of passionate winecrafting. The winemaking team, with great patience, perception and innovation, continue to produce elegant and market leading wines.