Dalwhinnie vineyard was planted to a unique topographical amphitheatre which precipitates its own meso climate
THE SITE IS TOTALLY FROST FREE AND ALLOWS FRUIT TO REACH COMPLETE PHYSIOLOGICAL RIPENESS IN NINE OUT OF TEN YEARS. This rare confluence of temperate climes. cooler altitudes and parched Pyrenees soils. sublimate into one of Australia's most enduring and distinctive styles of Cabernet Sauvignon. A stunning wine. the overall impression is of ripe pure black fruits. layered with rich dark chocolate and seasoned by notes of violet and camphor. .
Outstanding Langtons Classification
One Of Australia's Most Revered Red Wines Highly sought by enthusiasts around the globe Named after a notorious vine blight which strikes fear into the heart of viticulturalists around the world, Darenberg's construct of Dead Arm Shiraz is an aberration of ancient, truncated, gap toothed vines which date back to 1912. A powerful red wine, vinified from the most intensely flavoured hand picked fruit, renowned by enthusiasts throughout the world, it remains one of Australia's most accessible, great icon wines.
FROM THE PARCHED AND WIZZENED OLD VINES ON THE AUSTERE AND DISTINGUISHED ST PETERS VINEYARD IN VICTORIA'S DRY WESTERN GRAZING LANDS. The Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz is a legendary wine from the House of Seppelt, combining the fruit of precious low yielding old vines with one and a half centuries of experience. St Peters embodies the unique style of Grampians Shiraz and demonstrates the ability of these old vineyards to yield extraordinary wines with outstanding palate structure, immense weight of fruit and refined, elegant tannins.
PREDOMINANTLY FROM THE SEPPELT PROPERTY IN THE GRAMPIANS, a third of the fruit is picked off good vineyards at Bendigo, a further component is sourced from splendid Heathcote sites. An assemblage of Shiraz grown to somewhat different terroirs across the finer viticultural precincts of Victoria, the cooler climes of Grampians contributing a richness of fruit to balance the earthy tannins of warmer aspects to the north. An elegant, peppery wine, with expressions of berries, plum and soft tannins, mellowed by oak and resolving on a long, savoury finish.
VITULUS PROVIDES AN ENTRY LEVEL TO THE RESCHKE FAMILY OF STATUESQUE CABERNET WINES. Vitulus is barrel matured without being heavily oaked. The aim is for roundness and length derived from time spent in barrel, but not to interfere too much with the complex, defined fruit characters which are the hallmark of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Its judicious level of natural acidity will see Vitulus develop slowly and gracefully, achieving great complexity as exciting cigarbox and chocolate characters evolve.
SATISFYING THE GROWING RESURGENCE AMONGST ENTHUSIASTS OF GRAND BAROSSA SHIRAZ, for fully flavoured robust sparkling red wines, Schild are a boutique, father to son estate, which have been releasing vintages of increasingly higher quality and rapidly growing international repute. Sparkling red wines have been a Schild family tradition from the very beginning, the luscious dark berry flavours and elegant tannins of Lyndoch grown Shiraz, make a deeply indulgent effervescent wine that's the ideal match to dressed game meats or richly liqueured desserts.
Toolangi Vineyards grow
and source the highest quality grapes from within the Yarra Valley and put them into the hands of the best winemaker
Toolangi Vineyards are firmly committed to making the finest wines possible. Their winemakers include eminent names like Rick Kinzbrunner, Matt Harrop, Tom Carson, David Bicknell and Willy Lunn at Yering Station. This talented team shares the Toolangi passion for crafting nothing but the most exceptional wines. Toolangi's efforts are principally made from estate grown fruit, supplemented when needed with high quality parcels grown to the Yarra Valley. Toolangi's viticulturalist, whilst maintaining estate owned vineyards, is additionally responsible for the management of vineyards of outsourced fruit, so that consistent quality is assured. The immensely favourable response from enthusiasts is most rewarding to the Toolangi team.
Toolangi acquired and planted their Yarra Valley estate property in 1995, welcoming the first vintage of Toolangi in 2000. Now celebrating many years of producing wines, Toolangi have strived from the onset for outstanding quality. Their wines are a tribute to a great vineyard site and passionate winemakers. Toolangi produces wines with distinctive personalities, and each showing a strong sense of place. Grapes from exceptional sites, together with the experienced hand of outstanding winemakers, subtly comes into play with each wine. The critical acclaim from some of the country's foremost reviewers confirms the efficacy of Toolangi's approach.
Located in the Yarra Valley approximately 48 kms North East of Melbourne at Dixonâ€™s Creek, Toolangi Vineyards was named for its position, adjacent to the picturesque Toolangi State Forest. Garry and Julie Hounsell purchased the former cattle grazing property in early 1995 and planted the first 0.5 hectare of vines that December. Since 1995 further plantings have been progressively established, the property now being fully planted with some thirteen hectares under vine.
Toolangiâ€™s vineyard site is ideally suited to the cultivation of high quality grapes as it is well drained with gentle slopes, all with a coveted northeasterly orientation. The soil is predominantly clay, covered by a thin layer of topsoil of shale and stone. Over the past 20 years the Yarra Valley has developed an enviable reputation for its wines, particularly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. At Toolangi these classic varieties have been the focus along with Shiraz and a smaller planting of Viognier.
Yields are restricted to no more than 2.5 tonnes per acre in order to maximise quality. Heavy pruning and crop thinning are used to reduce the naturally higher yields that the Yarra Valley climate can produce. Lower yields result in fruit that has more flavours and complexities which enables the production of our premium quality wine.
The Yarra Valley's normally good rainfall is supplemented as required by drip irrigation during the growing season. This helps to ensure the vines avoid stress allowing for the production of premium fruit. When grapes are sourced from other vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Toolangi's viticulturalist also supervises these vineyards to ensure the cultivation of premium quality fruit. Toolangi's aim is to produce outstanding wines, a process which begins in the vineyard. Toolangi produces three main varietals. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Within each of these varietals, the team endeavour to produce a range of 3 wines, Toolangi, Toolangi Estate and Toolangi Reserve. Weather conditions during the growing season determine the quality of fruit and whether Reserve wines are produced each vintage.
Delatite Winery is
a medium sized family-run operation that was established in 1982 by Robert and Vivienne Ritchie
Specialising in cool climate wines, especially the aromatics, it is sited on a picturesque rise overlooking the vineyards toward Mt Buller in North-east Victoria. As custodians of the land since the late nineteenth century, the Ritchie family is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and winemaking with integrity. Visit the Delatite cellar door if you are ever in the district, and sample the award-winning wines.
Delatite Winery began in the late nineteenth century, when Geoffrey Ritchie left the western part of Victoria to look for greener pastures. He intended traveling to Queensland, but fell in love with the fertile valley of Mansfield in the shadow of the snow-capped mountains, and settled on the banks of the Delatite River.
It was Geoffrey's grandson Robert who with his wife Vivienne first planted vines in 1968. The story goes that Robert was having a drink and a chat with a wine maker from Hardy's at nearby Mt Buller one evening, and a week later 3000 cuttings arrived on the door, somewhat to his astonishment. They planted them on the steep ironstone based slopes surrounding their house and added their care to the rest of the farm work. Ten years, and several hectares, later they were joined in the business by their daughter Ros, one of the first female winemaking graduates of Roseworthy College in South Australia, and the winery was built.
The effect Delatite had on the new breed of wineries was immediate. The first vintage won gold at the shows and they quickly rose to become an Australian benchmark for cool-climate white wines, especially in Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Not long after, their second son David came on board to help his father in the vineyard and his mother with the selling.
But it wasn't all plain sailing, by a long shot. Sticking to their belief that the wines should be showpieces for their new winegrowing area has often meant tough times, great sacrifices and relentless hard work.
Twenty years later and their efforts have paid off. Their successful and productive winery has a reputation both here and abroad for producing some of the finest aromatic whites in Australia, elegant Bordeaux style reds and their critically acclaimed Demelza sparkling wine. In keeping with the family's commitment to the land and their environment, they have recently introduced biodynamic practices in the vineyard. It is still wholly family owned and now Ros and David look forward to generations of successful winemaking.
The Rymill winery,
steeped in history, is situated within The Riddoch Run Vineyards at the northern end of the famous Terra Rossa strip
Coonawarra patriarch John Riddoch struck gold at the Ovens Valley goldfields in 1852, before establishing himself as a wholesale wine and general merchant in Geelong. He eventually settled near Penola, at shearing time in 1861. The Riddoch Run eventually expanded to 50,000ha, carrying 110,000 sheep and 3,000 cattle, and extended from Comaum in the north to Mt Gambier Airport in the south. During his subsequent four decades of community service Riddoch was Chairman of the Penola District Council for 25 years, and also the local Member of Parliament from 1865 to 1873, obtaining roads and education for the region. The Riddoch Highway and Mt Gambier's Riddoch Art Gallery currently commemorate his name.
John Riddoch's parliamentary endeavours eventually brought a railway to the South East, which revolutionised its social and economic development. He also introduced the Californian Pinus radiata to the district, thus initiating its forestry industry, and established a 20,000ha dairying enterprise at Glencoe. Most significantly, however, he subdivided his prime tract of terra rossa soil in 1890 to found the Penola Fruit Colony, which the independent and prosperous Colonists re-named Coonawarra in 1897, after the label of Riddoch's first vintage. His obituary in 1901 recognised him as The Father of the South East
John Riddoch Rymill, John Riddoch's grandson, was born at Penola Station in 1905 and studied accounting, anthropology, nutrition and surveying, and also learnt to ski and fly. In 1929, with his powerful 193cm (6'4") physique capable of carrying an 82kg (180lb) pack effortlessly, he joined a Cambridge University expedition mounted to study the interaction of the American Indians and Eskimos (Inuit) in northern Canada. Rymill next won a position as pilot and surveyor on the 1930-31 British Arctic Air Route Expedition, investigating the terrain and meteorology of Greenland beneath the proposed Great Circle air route between Britain and North America. The expedition culminated in his epic 700km crossing of the featureless 3,000m high Greenland Ice Cap with sledge and huskies.
Rymill's foremost achievement was, at the age of 29, to raise the necessary funds and lead the independent 1934-37 British Graham Land Expedition to the Antarctic. The expedition successfully surveyed over 1,000km of previously unexplored coastline, establishing that Graham Land was not an archipelago but, in fact, the Antarctic Peninsula. In 1938 John Rymill married Eleanor Francis who, having completed her Californian fieldwork at Berkeley, had just graduated as the first female PhD in Geography from Cambridge University. Arriving at Penola Station in 1939, Eleanor was soon managing the property while John served in the Navy during World War II. They then embarked upon innovative programs of perennial pasture development, and of breeding Corriedale sheep and Angus cattle. John Rymill was also keenly interested in equestrian sports, being instrumental in founding the Equestrian Federation of Australia and the Pony Club Association of SA.
Peter Riddoch Rymill, the elder son of John and Eleanor Rymill and great-grandson of the founder of Coonawarra winegrowing region John Riddoch, was born in 1940. A keen equestrian like his father, he competed in California and Ireland, retiring after he won the Australian Show Jumping Championship. He also studied Science at Adelaide University and, on his return to Old Penola Station, successfully applied genetics to establish a distinctive and lucrative composite breed of cattle. After Peter married international Three Day Eventer and Show Jumper Judy Ritchie in 1964, horses continued to play an integral role in their competitive and farming lives.
Peter and Judy diversified into viticulture in 1968 with an experimental vineyard, and six years later the family enterprise returned to Coonawarra when The Riddoch Run Vineyards were planted. While Judy managed the farm, Peter completed a degree in Wine Science and a diploma in Wine Marketing before he began building this winery in 1990. Here the vision so characteristic of his great-grandfather, John Riddoch, and his father, John Rymill, is evident. And now, with a new generation already involved, the Riddoch Rymill family tradition continues.
Drylands is the
Marlborough Winery of Nobilo Wine Group, the home of the Drylands Vineyard and the Drylands brand
Drylands are a super premium range of Marlborough varietals made from grapes predominantly drawn from the Drylands and surrounding Rapaura area vineyards. These are recognized by all as an excellent expression of the Marlborough style. Drylands vineyard produces Sauvignon Blanc with intensely herbal and some sweaty characters. Fruit from the alluvial silts produce aroma and racy characters while fruit from the stonier sites has a textural character. Fruit from this vineyard shows traditional, typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc characters. This vineyard now has Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand Accreditation.
Originally a small winery, recent significant improvements have grown Drylands to an impressive 14,000 tonne state-of-the-art winery capable of handling large volumes as well as boutique parcels. Situated near the middle of the Wairau Valley Region, 30m above sea level, the current Winery Block comprises 43ha Sauvignon Blanc, 1.5ha Semillon, and 1.5ha Chardonnay. The region immediately adjacent to the winery buildings has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines, going back to 1980.
The Wairau River, from which the Wairau plains are formed, has meandered across the valley floor during the past centuries. This has left behind an intricate pattern of gravels and silts which have been laid down. These changes in soils can occur within short distances and often more than once in any particular vineyard block. Drylands Vineyard is like this, with river gravels and pockets of silt occurring sometimes within the same row of grapes.
This most innovative of New Zealand's winerys stands on land originally tamed by the pioneering Robinson family
These earliest settlers farmed here for generations, and after weathering the climactic droughts of the 1970â€™s they christened the 33-acre block Drylands. It was 1980 when Ewan Robinson brought in the areaâ€™s first grapes. Planted on their own rootstocks, the Sauvignon Blanc at Drylandsâ€™ Home Block are now some of Marlboroughâ€™s oldest established vines.
Rugged mountains fringed by a pristine coastline, glacial valleys that help create free-draining soils and a series of individual microclimatesâ€¦ when the wine world thinks of New Zealand, their first thought is Marlborough. A winemakerâ€™s paradise, this environment offers up an incredibly wide selection of flavour components as the long dry summer days and cool nights allow grapes full character development.
A valley carved by the meandering Wairau River has become the source of the regionâ€™s most acclaimed wines. It is here that an intricate pattern of gravels and silts has been laid down by centuries of river shift. The stonier soils produce a textural character in the fruit, whilst the rich alluvial silts impart aromatic and racy qualities. Often these soil variations can occur within the same row of grapes, and this defines the unique harvest of the Drylands Vineyard. With a small harvest that rarely lasts more than two weeks, both time and care run at a premium