Houghton Wisdom Chardonnay 2013
Have Houghton got Wisdom? You bet
So Sayeth Jack Mann One of Australia's most significant pioneering winemakers, that when wine reaches the state of sublime, there's no other on earth which can match it! Wisdom is just such a wine, fashioned exclusively from the finest parcels of Pemberton Chardonnay, hand picked from a single site, the very best of Houghton vineyards. A flagship wine of immense stature to accompany the perfect cheese souffle or freshly cooked crayfish, caressed by newburg and amontillado sauce.
Spinifex Papillon
What Spinifex choose to do best is discover isolate parcels of old vine
Sometimes Overlooked Or Underloved At the Côtes du Rhône end of the varietal spectrum This is no flight of fancy, as the background of the husband and wife team includes many growing seasons in France. Papillon is bottled towards the end of vintage year. Crafted from very old material Grenache, Cinsualt and Mataro, Spinifex hand select the vines and pick grapes, vinifying the parcels with an aim of creating a wine that's all about freshness, fruit and spice, a wine that's bright and alive.
Mount Pleasant Florence 2010
McWilliams retain some of the Hunter Valley's and Margaret River's finest sites
The Estate Has Made Fortuitous Use Of Their Widely Dispersed Vineyard Assets To Isolate The Perfect Parcels Of Semillon And Sauvignon Blanc For An East Meets West Classically styled dry white The team have collated the pick of their West Australian fruit, steely and piquant grapes with crunchy green characters, passionfruit and lime. Delivered to the estate's wineworks at Pokolbin and assembled with some of the Hunter Valley's best Semillon, into a tightly knit, vigorous fruit forward white.
Evans Tate Metricup Road Semillon Sauvignon 2015 THE MARGARET RIVER'S SALUBRIOUS MARITIME CLIMATE OF MILD, wet winters and warm, even summers, produces Sauvignon Blanc that's more tropical in style than the grassy herbaceousness of cooler districts. Margaret River Semillon is generally noted for its thistle/ vegetative qualities and for the weight and structure it carries. Fruit sourced from the cooler Karridale precinct and a very protected site in Wilyabrup coalesce into a unique style of wine which best articulates the exhilarating vitality of the classically dry Margaret River white.
Tempus Two Pewter Botrytis Semillon 250ml SHE'S SUCH A SPECIAL WINE, that a distinctive hand blown bottle was designed just for her. Tempus Two is the definition of romance and desirability, elegance and finesse, all who have countenanced her endowments agree. She was a star right from inaugural vintage, after claiming gold medal and Best Sweet White at the prestigious Boutique Wines of Australia. An opulent elixir, layered with flavours of dried apricot and spice, rancio, honeycombs and marmalade, exquisitely aromatic, lingering on a seemingly endless finish.
Redgate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon A FRESH AND VIBRANT BLEND OF GRAPES WHICH HAS BECOME THE SIGNATURE OF STYLISH MARGARET RIVER WHITE WINE. Redgate grow six blocks of Sauvignon Blanc and five of Semillon on gravelly loam clays less than three kilometres from the Indian Ocean. Each is nurtured from budburst until harvest to maximise flavour development, the vines are encouraged to yield fruit that's worthy of Margaret River's elder wineries. A vigorous bouquet of lively citrus fruit and freshly cut grass precedes an effusive palate of passionfruit and lime sherbet flavours, all competing for attention.
The Yarra Valley's
Evelyn County Estate vineyard site produces premium cool climate fruit displaying naturally high acidity and intense fruit flavours and aromas
Established in 1995, Evelyn County Estate's cellar door/restaurant/gallery facility is simply stunning. Awarded the Australian Institute of Architects "Best New Commercial 2002", the building overlooks superb rural vistas, waterways and the exquisite 18 acre estate vineyard.
 Evelyn County

Only grapes which achieve ideal ripeness, intense fruit flavour and natural acidity characteristic of premium cool climate fruit are used in the production of Evelyn County Estate wines. Viticultural practices such as hand pruning and hand picking, a well established Integrated Pest Management program and a unique trellising design eliminates the need for excessive chemical additives both in the vineyard and at the Winery - a feature increasingly important to the well informed wine consumer.

Small parcels of red grapes are hand-plunged during fermentation to maximise colour and flavour extraction. White wines are made reductively to retain and enhance fruit freshness, flavour and aroma. The Evelyn County winery aim for longevity with natural high acidity, powerful fruit characteristics, ageing in French oak and bold tannin structure. These wines can be cellared and are immediately delicious at any time after their release date.

The premium, cool climate, Black Paddock range of wines is made exclusively from estate-grown fruit

Winemaking leadership comes from James Lance of the esteemed Lance family of Diamond Valley Vineyards' fame. His uncompromising commitment to quality is well known within the Australian and international wine industry context. The results speak for themselves in terms of the multiple medals and industry accolades achieved in both regional and interstate wine shows, newspaper and magazine reviews since the inaugural 1998 vintage.

From the planting of the first vine, Evelyn County Estate continued to be inspired by a philosophy of promoting a long term vision of best practice at all stages of grape growing and wine making whilst ensuring sustainable agricultural practices that are in harmony with a cherished and unique environment.

The Evelyn County winemaking team strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of the winery's operations with best practices and an uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. This facilitates the production of world class red and white dry table wines and enables Evelyn County Estate to claim a position as one of the most highly regarded boutique wineries in Victoria.

Australia's pre-eminent wine
authority and critic, James Halliday has awarded Ashbrook Estate a five red star rating, an accolade afforded to Australia’s finest wineries
Established by the Devitt family in 1975, Ashbrook produced its first commercial wine (Riesling) in 1979 and its 30th vintage in 2008. Only handpicked estate grown grapes are used. All the processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are closely controlled using the Estate's own state of the art facilities. Extensive use of the sophisticated lyre trellising system in the vineyard maximizes flavour potential and allows Ashbrook to produce only a premium label for each grape variety.
 Ashbrook Estate

Ashbrook is one of the quietest and highest achievers in Australia, maintaining excellent viticulture and fastidious winemaking. All vineyard management techniques, including the application of composted mulch, are focused on the sustainable maintenance of excellent vine health. All grape picking and all vine pruning are carried out by hand. Seventeen hectares of grapes produce 150 - 170 tonnes of fruit which equates to 12,000 - 14,000 cases of wine annually.

The mild maritime climate of Margaret River allows Riesling to express more floral characteristics and greater palate intensity than seen in cooler regions. Rieslings from Margaret River produced the region’s first ever trophy and gold medal. Ashbrook Rieslings are made mainly from free run juice. Grown to a variety of trellising systems and picked over several weeks to produce a wine which encompasses a range of flavours and aromas, Ashbrook Semillon is entirely unwooded.

Ashbrook is arguably Australia’s premium producer of Verdelho in the unwooded, crisp, fruit driven style. Sauvignon Blanc is vinifie to an unwooded style based around ripe rather than green fruit characters. Chardonnay is 50% fermented and stored in new French barriques for 7-8 months. There is no lees stirring or malolactic fermentation, thus highlighting Margaret River’s attractive and intense primary fruit flavours and aromas which combine seamlessly with a backbone of quality oak. Margaret River consistently produces Australia’s best Chardonnays.

Shiraz is grown entirely on a lyre trellis system to eliminate green characters and highlight the attractive fruit flavours of this variety. Ashbrook produces Shiraz wines of a silky, rich texture and medium to full bodied style, enhanced by 12 months in French oak and two years of bottle maturation. Margaret River is regarded as the premier region in Australia for Bordeaux blends as typified by Ashbrook’s blend of approximately 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Two years in French Oak and two years’ bottle maturation produce classical wines of elegance, intensity and opulence.

Ashbrook Estate wines are marketed throughout Australia, mostly restaurants and specialty bottle shops. An important part of Ashbrook Estate is the cellar door where visitors are always welcome to sample the wines in the colonial style mud brick winery. Access to the cellar, which is open every day, is through picturesque farmland and stands of healthy natural forest. Ashbrook has established export markets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan and is developing further markets in Asia.

Dandelion Vineyards really
do wish you were here
Their vineyards are family, their wines are children. Serious stuff, certainly. Proper fun, absolutely. The lifelong search to appreciate and understand the essence of wine, its terroir, leads to a vinous treasure hunt, following the Dandelion's wishing clock if you will, that always inspires. Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time.

Dandelion grow their own grapes and source from the best of family vineyards. Their wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express terroir in the wines. Dandelion believe that to capture variety, vintage and vineyard requires an enlightened approach. Separating single sites and even single soil types, vine by vine if need be.

Dandelion are a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Their wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Dandelion combines old vineyards, a young winemaker and a couple of mates to help out in between, making for the ideal winery.

Dandelion wines are a combination of all of their favourite local terroirs with mature, and in some cases centurion plus vineyards, down and dirty viticulture through purist winemaking. A vinous treasure hunt in their own vineyards. Wish you were here.

Low yielding, old
and dry grown Barossa Valley vineyards are the cornerstone of Torbreck Vintners
Torbreck founder David Powell was immersed in the study of Economics at Adelaide University, when an uncle introduced him to wine. Young Dave realized that grapes could be more intriguing than numbers. He began spending more and more of his spare time in the Barossa Valley and during the winters, he availed himself of the opportunity to venture overseas to work harvests in California and Italy. He travelled throughout the famous wine regions of Europe and even spent time in Scotland as a lumberjack. This experience was instrumental in illuminating the unique attributes of the Barossa, at a time when others felt its heritage was past the sell by date.

Finding work at Rockford, Powell became steeped in the traditional culture of the Barossa as the idea of owning his own winery began to take shape. David was saddened by the vinous devastation caused by the mid 1980s government sponsored ‘Vine Pull’ scheme. He became convinced that a market existed for old vine wines as influenced by the classic Rhône styles. Lacking deep pockets (but inspired nonetheless), he set about approaching local landowners concerning their neglected properties.

Powell began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry grown old vines and was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the property. Dave nurtured these old, lifeless and overgrown vineyards in his spare time. Near lifeless, he brought them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit which he made into wine.

Bringing the old practice of share farming back to the Barossa subsequently secured for him a regular supply of fruit from the best Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro vineyards, including a few hectares of what are thought to be among the oldest grapevines on the planet. In return for his equity of toil and sweat, Powell’s efforts were rewarded with a few parcels of dry grown fruit, and he turned these wages into the first bottles of Torbreck.

As the first vintages lay in barrel, Dave thought back to his experiences overseas and realized that the growers of the Barossa Valley had overlooked the suitability of the French white Rhône varieties. Powell purchased 30 acres of land in Marananga in 1994 for the purpose of planting Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. Shiraz was included in the mix in what is now known as the Descendant Vineyard, also the site of the new Torbreck winery.

In 1995 Dave crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine Torbreck after the forest in Scotland where he worked as lumberjack. Other acquisitions (included a one hundred year old vineyard that had been previously share farmed) soon followed, and Torbreck continues to follow the path of sourcing the best fruit possible from its own vineyards and those of select growers. It can be said that the Torbreck portfolio offers the best of both worlds, old and new. Powell is a passionate believer in the Barossa Valley and its viticultural heritage. Dave loves the intense, rich, Rhone-like flavours that come from old vines. His approach to grapegrowing and winemaking melds the region’s terroir with its traditional winemaking practises. In so doing he has achieved a style that fuses his love for the Barossa with his admiration for the valleys of the Rhône.

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