|Mission Estate's Greenmeadows was planted to vine in 1910, there's relatively little difference between day and night temperatures, perfect conditions for ripening an elite parcel of Hawke's Bay's most exceptional Chardonnay. Hand picked bunches off a single block of Mendoza and Clone 15, are lightly pressed and barrel fermented in a selection of new and seasoned French oak, followed by ten months of age on sedimentery yeast lees. Mission Estate»|
|Named for the Chapel district of Lenton in Nottingham, Brae is Scottish for a small hill, which is what the Lenton Brae vineyard is situated on. Fortuitously placed within the very epicenter for superior Margaret River Cabernet, the site was planted after advisement from the proprietors of nearby Moss Wood, with which it shares a similar terroir and microclime. Lenton Brae»|
|The Hugo family property was a mixed farming enterprise, dairy and sheep stud, almonds and tomato, not to mention a paddock or two of grapevine for personal consumption. The first commercial vintage of Shiraz was in 1979 but a Reserve quality Shiraz was not considered for another twenty years. Hugo»|
|A flagship Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon which claims distinguished national and international accolades with every vintage. The Watershed label was designed by Roland Butcher and incorporates a purple room with a four paned window on the wall. Watershed»|
|A parcel of the most pristine Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon tips the scales of this ambitious but remarkably integrated cépage, a generous inclusion of Cabernet Franc contributes savouryness and luscious berry fruit, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz add complexity and flesh to achieve a well rounded, profoundly enjoyable red wine. Reuben represents a germane accord to a diversity of cuisines, the evocative mix of grapes serve to ingratiate each other as they coalesce into an engaging fusion of exuberance and style.. Paracombe»|
|The wines of Shadowfax have gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time, due in no small part to the remarkable quality of fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax have achieved the new wave of Chardonnay, refreshingly fruit driven, livelier than it's Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. Shadowfax»|
|A rigorous tasting selection of the best barrels Malbec from a superior Langhorne Creek site, only ever made to small batch techniques in the most exceptional vintage years. Fruit is destemmed and open fermented, pumped over four times daily and pressed into a selection of well seasoned French oak puncheons for malolactic and a year's maturation. Bleasdale»|
|Margaret River makes mighty Cabernet but Clairault make a priority of gentle winemaking. Parcels are cannily crushed so that each berry is only, barely just split, affording the ferments minimal berry degradation, encouraging the retention of fresh, clean varietal Cabernet characters in the finished wine. Clairault»|
|A classic, bone-dry flor style of great finesse, produced using the traditional Solera system, the finest example of its style in Australia. Fragrantly lifted and refined with a lively intensity of flavour, it is best served chilled as the ideal aperitif. Seppeltsfield»|
|Bloodstone was originally intended for the UK Oddbins retail chain. It turned into a runaway success and went on to claim a litany of international accolades, 5 Cuisine Magazine Stars & Best Buy, as well as Gold & Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco International. Gemtree»|
|A vineyard of some historical import, Bernoota is the original block, planted to the Follett family homestead along the banks of River Bremer, two decades before federation. A splendid construct of Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet, selected from old vines around the distinguished Follett family vineyard, perennially released to resounding accolades. Lake Breeze»|
|Longview is one of the most highly awarded wineries in Adelaide Hills, having claimed multi trophies and medals at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show. The predominantly northeast facing slopes and valleys, combined with the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and superior winemaking practices, have produced outstanding vintages. Longview»|
Cape Barren Wines create generous and profound wines, sourced from some of South Australia's finest vineyard sites
Located in the renowned McLaren Vale region of South Australia, the Cape Barren vineyards benefit from the unique maritime climate of long warm summers cooled by afternoon ocean breezes, ideal conditions for grapes destined for full-bodied red wines. Starting from humble beginnings with the first vintage in 1999, Cape Barren Wines is the result of a 35 year friendship between Peter Matthews, who has 30 years experience in executive Sales and General Management, and Brian Ledgard, a third generation grape grower, and their lifelong interest in vineyards and wine. Their ambition was and is, to produce full bodied wine of uncompromised quality and excellence.
Cape Barren Wines are made from fruit parcels carefully selected from premium estate vineyards throughout the McLaren Vale. Cape Barren first produced the Old Vine Shiraz, and as the name suggests, the fruit was selected from the 70 year old vines at Blewitt Springs. This wine quickly gained a reputation and was followed by the introduction of the Native Goose Grenache Shiraz Mourvédre and the Native Goose Shiraz. Most recently was the addition of Silly Goose, a blend of Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and McLaren Vale Semillon and Viognier.
Cape Barren is comprised of over 150 acres of quality vineyards across the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, including Willunga and the premium Blewitt Springs area. Slightly elevated, the Blewitt Springs sub-region is bordered by the Adelaide foothills. At around 150m above sea level the higher altitude promotes slower ripening, allowing the fruit to mature over a longer time frame, promoting superior flavour development. The Blewitt Springs vineyard is gently undulating with a unique soil structure of very deep sand over ironstone.
The precious vines at Blewitt Springs are protected on all sides from strong winds by native forest and mature tree windbreaks. These 25 acres of vines were planted some 70 years ago, the old vines produce a low yield of approximately two tonne per acre. Only select parcels of fruit from this vineyard make it into the Reserve Release Old Vine Shiraz. The unique terroir of this vineyard allows the crafting of an elegant Shiraz that possesses a profound depth of flavour.
McLaren Vale is only 37km from the heart of Adelaide CBD and situated on the beautiful and geographically diverse Fleurieu Peninsula. Known for its mild climate McLaren Vale is home to some of the best wine grapes in the country. The Willunga sub-region of McLaren Vale is located on the coastal plain, near the southern ocean providing a strong maritime influence. The fertile soils are red brown alluvial loams, sandy and darker soils with a climate typically of cool wet winters and warm dry summers.
In recent years Australian and International wine critics have sung the praises of McLaren Vale Shiraz, earmarking McLaren Vale as one of the best Shiraz producing regions in the world. The estate's winemaking team crafts abundantly flavoured wines which are supported by a structure and backbone that will deliver improvement with a decade in the cellar. The reds are matured in French oak hogsheads and American oak barriques for many months, with a policy of minimal handling.
Cape Barren Old Vine Shiraz is a wine of uncompromising quality and rare excellence. The warm summers at the Blewitt Springs vineyard are often accompanied by the arrival of magnificent Cape Barren Geese. These rare and striking birds, once feared near extinction, are welcome visitors to the vineyard, and Cape Barren have named their immensely successful flagship wine after them. Cape Barren Old Vine Shiraz is being recognised as a benchmark McLaren red. This generously flavoured wine shows the plum, black fruit and spice flavours of Shiraz combined with an earthy complexity faithful to its McLaren Vale origins.