Decidedly Adelaide Hills
Sunshine And Steelyness In The Glass Perfumed with enticing crisp orchard fruit aromas endowed with creamy textures, reined in by crisp mineral acidity and framed by a hint of oak. A compilation of harvests from superior vineyards, some of which contribute fruit to Penfolds elite range of super premium Bin vintage editions, Max is Adelaide Hills Chardonnay of sound structure and controlled power, fashioned to be forward drinking and affable, in the timeless and enduring, decidedly Penfolds way.
Pale golden hues, persistent bead. Lifted aromas of citrus and green apple. Chardonnay from cool regions leads the palate with finesse, lightness and elegance, a detectably aromatic lift and lavish intensity of fruit. Pinot Noir and Meuniere add red fruit complexity. One sip and the wine explodes in the mouth, citrus flavours supported by a soft creaminess. The ideal aperitif and perfect accompaniment to a range of appetisers.
Tim Burvill worked at Wynns and Penfolds
WHERE HE REFINED HIS STYLE ALONGSIDE SOME OF THE BEST WINEMAKERS IN THE COUNTRY. Establishing his own label. he embarked upon a secret project to acquire parcels of wayward Barossa Shiraz. With a backbone of fruit grown to some of the oldest sites in Australia. much of Barossa Babe comes off vines up to 140 years of age. The intense power and complexity of the primary fruit flavours are complimented by sweet oak and gripping solid tannins. culminating in a wine of extraordinary complexity and length. .
THE MOST CONSPICUOUS NEW GENRE OF WINE IN RECENT TIMES. Style influencers, design luminaries and fashionistas standby, Rosemount has launched Rosemount O
, a refreshingly crisp and delicately sparkling white wine specially designed to be served over ice. Like biting into a cool crisp grape, Rosemount O has luscious, sweet fruit flavours with a beautifully balanced acidity to ensure that its structure, spritz and intensity are retained. Slightly lower in alcohol, Rosemount O creates a new Over-the-Ice
subcategory, in lighter, refreshing styling.
FRESH FROM THE RYMILL STABLE, Yearling is a graceful one year old Cabernet, specially trained to present lively fruit aromas over a soft, supple structure, immediately upon release. Yearling explodes the myth that Coonawarra Cabernet needs to be cellared and aged before it's ready to drink. The softness and affability makes it the ideal partner to traditional red meats, intermediate dishes like pizzas, pastas or curry, versatile enough to accompany game and white meats. This vibrant and approachable Coonawarra Cabernet is perfect for enjoyment right now.
FROM HIGH ALTITUDE VINEYARDS THAT PRODUCE THE MOST INTENSELY AROMATIC PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY. Grant Burge is a true Methode Traditionelle
, a wine of great elegance and finesse that is also balanced with flavour and drinkability. Made from fruit grown in the Eden Valley, much of it on Burge's own Summers Hill vineyard. The grapes produced here have delicate, yet quite intense flavours, as well as the natural acidity and lean, elegant flavours that are required to make high-quality sparkling wine in the tradition of Champagne.
PIGEOULET IS THE VINEYARD DELINEATION WHERE THE ILLUSTRIOUS VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
OF CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE MAINTAIN THEIR OFFICES AND MANAGE THE ESTATE CELLARS. Le Pigeoulet acquired its own unique nomenclature in 1998, when the terroir of Caromb was incorporated into the Cotes du RhÃ´ne appellation. A further plot to the south of the village at ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-Pape, on the east bank of the RhÃ´ne, is planted mainly to forty year old Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault vines, and amounts to a third of the source for the complex cÃ©page
of Le Pigeoulet.
Since its inception
in 1988, Yarra Ridge has become one of the most successful vineyards in the Yarra Valley
Yarra Ridge was the brainchild of a lawyer, Louis Bialkower, who bought the land in 1982. The following year, Louis planted five hectares to Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The reputation of Yarra Ridge grew, and from 1989 to 1995 every vintage of Yarra Ridge Chardonnay that was shown at wine competitions claimed a trophy.
The 1992 Chardonnay was judged Best Premium Chardonnay at Australiaâ€™s National Wine Show in Canberra. In the following year the 1993 Yarra Ridge Chardonnay won Best Current Vintage Dry White at the same show. Since Beringer Blass entered the scene, in 1993, the Yarra Ridge winery and vineyards have expanded and improved at a dynamic rate. The original five-hectare planting has become 60 hectares, but the philosophy has remained the same. At Yarra Ridge, the wine is made in the vineyard.
Many viticultural innovations have been introduced, among them are trellising systems such as the Geneva Double Curtain, Scott Henry and Lyre. The results of these viticultural innovations are extremely encouraging. Fruit ripeness has improved and the incidence of disease has been considerably reduced.
The cellar door team at St Hubertâ€™s are excited about the addition of the Yarra Ridge wines to their range. Yarra Ridge Sauvignon Blanc and the Shiraz have been particularly popular with their fruit driven, drink now style. These easy drinking table wines represent an excellent choice of for those who appreciate today's busy but relaxed pace of living.
From humble beginnings
in the Northland kauri gum fields early last century, Babich Wines have become one of New Zealands most respected wineries
Today Babich is one of New Zealand's largest family-owned wine companies. Babich Wines' strongly-held winemaking philosophy lies at the heart of their approach to producing interesting wines.
A number of viticulture techniques are used to improve grape quality. These include thinning grapes to improve quality and flavour. Removing some of the leaves exposes grapes to more sun, thus enhancing ripening and flavour development. All vineyards in which Babich have an interest are situated on free-draining soils. Computer controlled irrigation systems are therefore employed to maintain vine health and maximise grape quality.
Decisions on harvesting are made by the winemakers and viticulturists and can be influenced by weather, and the wine style envisaged. Small crops of the highest quality grapes might be hand-harvested into small bins and whole bunch pressed, whereas mechanical harvesters are employed for larger volumes or to beat threatening weather.
Henderson, in West Auckland, has a winemaking legacy dating from the turn of the century
Auckland is the base of many New Zealand wineries and is still the country's 7th most heavily planted wine region. Chardonnay and premium red varieties such as pinot noir and pinotage flourish in the relative warmth and the loam-clay soils of Babich Wine's 28 HA vineyard in Henderson. Hawke's Bay has a tradition of quality table winemaking stretching back to the nineteenth century. The region is blessed with a superb climate for viticulture, being sufficiently cool to ripen grapes slowly, yet warm and sunny enough to promote optimum fruit ripening.
The Hawke's Bay region has built up an outstanding reputation for its deep-flavoured, slowly evolving chardonnays, robust, tropical sauvignon blancs and stylish, scented cabernet and merlot-based reds. In recent times it has become renowned for varieties like gewurztraminer, pinotage and syrah. The 16 hectare Fernhill Vineyard, planted in light sandy-loam soils, enjoys sheltered, warm conditions perfect for ripening grapes with elegant fruit flavours.
The 38 hectare Gimblett Road Vineyard, planted in exceptionally free-draining shingle country yields small crops of grapes harbouring rich, concentrated flavours. Combining the French concept of terroir with modern day thinking to define, protect and market wine, Gimblett Gravels has created a designation of their district according to a tightly specified soil type. The gravely soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which were exposed after a huge flood in the 1870's, make the Gimblett Gravels distinctive. In summer and autumn, the district is up to three degrees Celsius warmer during the day compared with most other areas in the Hawke's Bay. The evenings are also warmer because of thermal conductivity in the stony soils.
Running With Bulls
are leading the rush of Mediterranean varietals which can make exciting wine in South Australiaâ€™s soil and climate
In 1999, after several study visits to Spain by Yalumba luminaries Robert Hill-Smith and Louisa Rose, Tempranillo was grafted onto old Barossa rootstock. Known to thrive in a range of conditions around the world, Tempranillo has an affinity with the Barossa region, where an ideal climate helps to showcase the stylish fruit flavours of this emerging variety. The experimental fruit of Hill-Smith and Rose whet their appetites and led to further plantings.
Encouraged by the success of their BarossaTempranillo, Hill-Smith planted Tempranillo in their Wrattonbully vineyards three years later. The vineyard site was chosen for its soil types, principally shallow red soils over limestone, undulating aspects and reliable climate. Vermentinoâ€™s willingness to thrive in the hot, dry conditions of the Riverland and its terrific approachability make it a welcome addition to the group.
All Running With Bulls grapes are grown with an emphasis on vineyard sustainability, in the warm and dry conditions little intervention is needed. This achieves a healthy and diverse population of natural microflora that piggybacks on the grapes into the winery and begins the natural fermentation. The results are an Australian interpretation of the native styles of Spain and Italy, expressing individual regional characters.
Scotchmans Hill is
a family owned vineyard and winery based on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia
Established in 1982, Scotchmans Hill has become a producer of some of Australia's most complex, elegant and consistent wines. Scotchmans Hill is located on Mount Bellarine which was named by the Scottish immigrants who settled the Mount Bellarine area in the 1840s. Mount Bellarine was formed over 30 million years ago by tectonic movement which formed Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding volcanic region of Geelong and Mount Bellarine.
The Geelong region's role in the development of the Australian wine industry began in 1842 when the first planting of vines was undertaken in the surrounding Barrabool Hills. Grown and managed mainly by Swiss immigrants, these vineyards were used to produce wine to be sold through the frequently held auctions in the city. The area flourished under the experienced management and by 1869 there were over 400 hectares planted. Many notable Swiss vine growers visiting added superior knowledge and quality to the wines.
Today there remains 250 vine growing hectares in the Geelong region. The Browne family have a history in the region when George and Rita Browne would visit their holiday destination in Portarlington taking their children with them. Their son, David Browne, became very familiar with the region and when given the chance to own property on Mount Bellarine in 1975 he and wife Vivienne bought Scotchmans Hill, a derelict dairy farm.
Scotchmans Hill enjoys a maritime climate, moderated by the relatively cool, dry climate and constant breeze from the 270 degree surrounding waters of Port Phillip Bay
The Southern Ocean and strong, cool Atlantic winds combine to produce the cool maritime climate of the Bellarine Peninsula. The vineyards at Scotchmans Hill are planted on north facing slopes at a latitude of 42 degrees south and an altitude of approximately 120 metres. The combination of these factors greatly reduces the risk of disease, the use of agrochemicals and synthetic additives.
As an extension to their activities, the Scotchmans Hill contract consultancy company allows suitable grape varieties to be grown in appropriate mesoclimates around the Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong. Current contracts amount to 170 acres from ten growers.
Disease and pest control have been minimized by the installation of a meteorological information center. This maintains online climatic data with which our viticulturist can make timely decisions in determining necessary disease and pest control measures. The system further minimizes the necessity for agrochemical and synthetic input.