MITCHELTON WAS ORIGINALLY A GRAZING PROPERTY KNOWN AS BLACKWOOD PARK
. The soils and microclimate are significantly influenced by the presence of the pristine Goulburn River which surrounds the property on three sides, shaping the unique environment and mesoclime. In turn, geological shifts, ancestral river flows and climate have created distinct soil profiles on individual blocks. Priority is given to monitoring sugar and acid profiles while grapes are ripening, timing of harvest is critical to achieving optimum balance and intensity in the wine.
REGINALD LANGDON BULLER SERVED IN THE AUSTRALIAN NAVY DURING BOTH WORLD WARS. In 1951 he acquired land at Beverford near Swan Hill for the purpose of expanding his winemaking operations outside of Rutherglen. Following the establishment of new vineyards, a winery and distillery, Buller looked forward to releasing wines under the Beverford label. After many vintages, the mature vines are yielding some of the region's most exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon. Beverford offers great depth, sophistication and weight of fruit in a completely satisfying everyday wine.
A CONSISTENT WINE SHOW PERFORMER, previous vintages have claimed conspicuous gold medals at Mundus Vini Germany, Sydney International Wine Competition and Royal Sydney, silver at the prestigious Qantas and Decanter World Wine Awards. Vintage 2009 claimed Blue Gold Medal & Top 1OO Sydney International, Gold Qantas Wine Show WA, Silver Mundus Vini International Wine Show & Sydney Royal. A magnificent rendering of stylish Margaret River Shiraz, from one of the most meticulously planned and managed vineyards in Western Australia.
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, who have been releasing vintages of impressive 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 or richly liqueured desserts.
Each release of
Head not only represents Alex Head's strong views on what makes balanced, drinkable wines but a guarantee of absolute quality, value and consistency
Head Wines is an open journey of learning. Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go. Graduating from Sydney University in 1997 with a degree in Biochemistry, Alex entered the Wine Industry. After a trip through the major wine-growing vineyards of Europe, he immediately started working in fine-wine management, wholesale importing and an auction house to gain a broad understanding of the world of fine wine. He then worked vintages with the wineries he held in the highest regard. Tyrrells in the Hunter, Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo Estate in the Barossa Valley followed and in December of 2008 he gained a Producers Licence and released his first wines to the public.
Alex has long been interested in Old-World wines and their symbiosis with all things culinary; particularly Shiraz from an appellation in Frances Northern Rhone Valley called Cote Rotie (roasted slope). Shiraz has been the only red grape grown there for thousands of years, initially thought to have been cultivated by the Roman Empire. When Alex started out in the wine industry, he quickly fell in love with shiraz from the Barossa. However, it was the discovery of shiraz from CĂ´te Rotie in Frances Rhone Valley that would ultimately give him the inspiration to work as a winemaker.
A great legend states that in the Middle Ages, a Seigneur of Ampuis called Count Maugiron owned the steeply terraced hills of Cote Rotie. He was also blessed with two beautiful daughters, one a blonde and the other a brunette. When Count Maugiron finally retired he passed on the two Cotes to his daughters and to this day, they are still referred to as the Cote Blonde and Cote Brune.
The Southern slope of the Cote (also suited to viognier) which contains more granite, mica and limestone made a softer, rounded more elegant wine which delighted its drinkers with perfume and femininity. Here, the soil and wines showed colour and character of his blonde daughter.
The Northern slope contained heavy soils of schist and iron, producing an intense wine with dark fruits and tannin that required age to show its true potential. Here, the soil and wine showed colour and character of Count Maugiron's brunette daughter.
These soil structures and colours are of utmost importance to the properties of the fruit which grow in these vineyards. For Alex's unique Barossa Valley wines, he selected two vineyard sites where, similar to CĂ´te Rotie, the soils produce contrasting styles of Shiraz. The Blonde comes from a vineyard in Stonewell, which consists of sandy loam mixed with quartz on a limestone base that gives the wine accentuated perfume and complexity. The Brunette comes from a high elevation vineyard in Moppa, which consists of heavy soils of deep red clay and ironstone that give structure, longevity and reward from cellaring.
The adventure began
when Philip Shaw purchased land for his Koomooloo vineyard in June 1988
Shaw was focused on a property which would yield lovely elegant wines with good structure, bright fruit, terrific balance and length. A sophisticated style of wine which could be an Australian benchmark. In close proximity to the regionâ€™s highest peak, extinct volcano Mt. Canobolas, Koomooloo rises to an altitude of 900 metres with red loam soils over limestone. But the dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo. Shaw spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident he noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region. After a few days of intense research into this highland area he returned the next week to find the region had a near perfect balance of elevation and sunshine.
Koomooloo is 47 hectares of a unique hand kept vineyard, planted by Shaw and his family between 1988 and 1989, managed by a routine of hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning and hand picking happening in multiples if needed. Koomooloo took twenty years to find and another twenty years to grow. Fewer than 1% of Australian vineyards rise above 600 metres above sea level, Koomooloo is one of the highest viticultural sites on the continent. Annual rainfall averages 850mm, although itâ€™s not unusual to see snowfalls during winter and into spring, the ripening months of February to April are traditionally the driest. Higher altitudes provide cooler conditions throughout the growing season.
The fruit from Koomooloo has clearly defined varietal character that displays elegance, power and length. This immaculately tended vineyard has already produced the Prix D'Excellence Chardonnay at the 1998 VinExpo in Bordeaux and Best Red Wine at the 2002 National Wine Show in Canberra.
The Orange region generally and Koomooloo in particular is perfect for the styles of wine Shaw is keen to make. Understanding the uniqueness of the region has been an unravelling journey. To respect and work a vineyard like Koomooloo to its full potential is sometimes daunting, however the future is too exciting to sleep through.
The Orange region has so much to offer and, finally, people are now starting to notice this quiet achiever. Deep aged limestone is at the base of Koomooloo with volcanic rock soil forming the sub-section. Topsoils are predominantly 150mm of wind blown fine red loess from Central Australia, some of the oldest on the planet.
Shaw has been making wine in Australia for more than four decades and he approaches each aspect of winemaking with a healthy mix of innovation and unrelenting quality standards. Shaw's wines are made only from grapes grown at Koomooloo. He has waited a long time to make sure the vineyard has enough maturity before attempting to make wine from it. Great wines should have silk, a softness, a texture, in chardonnay and pinot particularly but to some degree it should be in all wines. The tannins should be elegant and soft. It's about finishing a wine off, not refining it, but getting it right. It's in the making â€“ a marriage between the vineyard and the winemaking. The wines of Burgundy illustrate the point, where there may be 10 to 20 different vignerons in the same vineyard owning three to four rows each and the quality of the wines and differences in styles is just enormous â€“ itâ€™s not only the vineyard, it's the making, the union.
Whitehaven were established
in 1994 when Greg and Sue White enticed distinguished winemaker Simon Waghorn to come on board and give their fledgling winery an edge
For Greg and Sue, the move to Marlborough was a classic lifestyle change after careers spent in finance and marketing. For Simon, the motivation was the pursuit of quality winemaking without compromise. When it comes to crafting great wine, Whitehaven combine the precision of a scientific approach with the creative flair of an artisanal team, the crossover between science and art. Using new world techniques and old world craftsmanship, the team are focused on a portfolio of wines that deliver an enviable mix of quality, intensity and consistency.
Acutely aware that great wines depend on premium grapes, Whitehaven sources its fruit from over 30 carefully selected and proven vineyard sites spread throughout the various valleys of this special region. Whitehaven prides itself on its use of Marlborough grapes only and this policy guarantees that its wines deliver authentic Marlborough flavours. Itâ€™s a claim few wineries can match today and reinforces Whitehavenâ€™s reputation for consistency and integrity. Marlborough is the heartland of New Zealand winemaking and is now widely recognised as one of the worldâ€™s iconic grape growing regions.
With long sunshine hours, but a relatively cool climate, the grapes have the advantage of a long, slow ripening period which intensifies the flavours and gives the wine its unique character. Located in Marlboroughâ€™s golden mile of wine production, Whitehavenâ€™s modern winery produces the full range of Marlborough wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, GewĂĽrztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Rose.
Whitehaven are a closely knit team who have supported the company from the early days, it keeps the company real. Each vintage a special batch of the very best wine is carefully selected to carry the Greg name, dedicated to the memory of Greg White.
While Whitehaven has grown well beyond the expectations of its founders, the management, winemakers and viticulture team remain small and focused, working in an environment where their talents can be combined to produce elegant wines of superior quality and intensity, truly indicative of the Marlborough style. Whitehaven prides itself on a genuinely singular vision, consistently creating stunning wines of character and beauty from only the finest fruit. Whitehaven's vintages truly reflect the nature and spirit of Marlborough.
McGuigan Wines is
the culmination of the McGuigan family's involvement in the Australian wine industry for more than fifty years
Brian McGuigan is recognised as a trailblazer in viticulture, with world class vineyards utilising best viticultural practices. McGuigan was named Australian Wine Company of the Year at the 2003 Winestate Magazine Awards. The Award was given on the strength of McGuigan's wines in extensive tastings run by the magazine during the past 12 months. All the tastings are run 'blind', assuring that wine quality is the only measure.
Four generations of the McGuigan family have made wine their life. Some of Australia's greatest brands have been shaped by the McGuigan spirit, and their 80-plus years of winemaking. McGuigan Simeon is the second largest vineyard holder in Australia, with vines planted across all the premium regions in the country. Most of the vineyards are located in the upper and Lower Hunter Valley, Cowra, Mudgee, the Barossa Valley, Limestone Coast and the Riverland.
From a standing start in 1992, McGuigan Wines now has the 2nd largest vineyard holdings in Australia. This capacity translates to more than 225,000 tonnes across the group. To process these quantities, five state of the art wineries run year round, each with very specific winemaking duties.
The Buronga Hill winery is one of the largest in Australia. Established in 1984 in the Sunraysia district, it is designed for large-scale, high quality winemaking. New technologies are introduced each year to the winery, which crushes in excess of 100,000 tonnes of fruit annually. The intake of grapes comes from 500 local contract growers, who are part of an extended family. Winemaker Kim Hart is in charge of this imposing facility, and is in regular contact with each of the growers, ensuring a continuous supply of high-quality material to the winery.
Located just down the road from Hunter Ridge, the Hermitage Road winery is among the top three in the Hunter Valley for both size and technical excellence. This winery crushes around 6000 tonne of fruit each vintage, drawing from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Cowra. The winery also processes a further four million litres of juice from other vineyards throughout Australia.
The McGuigan Wineries are at Hunter Ridge and Hermitage Road in NSW, Yaldara in the Barossa Valley, Buronga in Sunraysia, and Loxton in the NSW Riverland. Built in 1989, the technologically advanced winemaking, blending and maturation facility at Hermitage Road was specially constructed and equipped to handle premium grapes and juice in a focused and special way. Accordingly, the wines produced here are premium McGuigan products, such as Personal Reserve and Genus 4. With a capacity to produce up to 50,000 cases of top quality wine, the winery has more than 2000 oak barrels (French and American oak) and 50 small maturation and blending tanks. Peter Hall oversees the management of Hunter Ridge, which is located on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin.