|The term Terra rossa means red earth, a rich, free draining soil that is considered by many as the viticultural equivalent of discovering gold. Beneath the strata of red earth at Wrattonbully sits a layer of ancient limestone, a winegrower's dream as it allows free drainage of water, yet ensures vine roots stay close to the surface, putting natural stress on the vine and limiting its vigor and yield. Smith Hooper»|
|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»|
|The Fowles family have been at the centre of Victoria's commerce and development since early settlement. Founders of Bendigo Bank and Fowles Auction Group, they also established the first Victorian winery ever to win Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Fowles»|
|A mostly Cabernet wine with a tenth of Merlot, a jot of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing almost a third of Hollick's annual production. Previous vintages of Tannery Block have won numerous prestigious awards, including the pre-eminent Jimmy Watson, Robert Bryce and Arthur Kelman Trophies. Hollick»|
|A passionate, family owned and operated winery who've been rewarded with highly coveted Royal Melbourne Gold for their impressive Langhorne Creek reds. Temple Bruer have been waving the magic wand with their brilliant efforts at Merlot, scoring further medals at the Small Winemakers and Rutherglen Wine Shows. Temple Bruer»|
|When Johann Gramp planted his vines along the banks of Jacob's Creek in 1847, he was less preoccupied with the making of history but more concerned with the selection of rootstock and fruit, his choice was Shiraz. Jacobs Creek still retain access to some of the oldest vines in Australia and can call on harvests of the finest Barossa Shiraz every year. Jacobs Creek»|
|From one of the oldest productive blocks of Marsanne in the world, an opulent white wine of remarkable complexity. The pick of fruit from this very special patch of ancient vines is crafted into a wine that's built to age beautifully in bottle, initially brooding and water white, evolving luxurious caramelled characters while unravelling layers of flavour. Tahbilk»|
|Whole bunches and oak barrel ferments, the costly extravagance of three years tirage on sedimentery yeast lees, each bottle individually riddled by hand, disgorged and sent to cellar for the ultimate indulgence of extra age before release, Pamela is the zenith of the sparkling winemaker's art. Her luxurious effervescence exudes brioche, tarte tatin and French boulangere, her creamy textural mousse unravelling ribbons of rich yeasty autolysis, crème caramel and baked fruits. Wicks»|
|Charles Cimicky was inspired by his father to take over the reins at the family estate, that's when the good wines started turning into awesome wines. Today, Cimicky is one of the most meticulous winemakers in South Australia. Charles Cimicky»|
|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»|
|David O'Leary and Nick Walker have amassed hundreds of gold medals and trophies between them, including the prestigious Jimmy Watson. A shared confidence in the quality of Clare Valley fruit was the catalyst for them to establish their own winery. OLeary Walker»|
|Belford Vineyard paradoxically produces the bigger yet softer of all Tyrrell's premium Semillon wines. Belford is the Hunter Valley archetype, showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus honey flavours. Tyrrells»|
Karlsburg Winery was founded in 1973 by Czech immigrant Karl Cimicky, who in addition to being a bit eccentric, was also a highly skilled winemaker
The estate features an incredible building that was built by Cimicky himself and has lovely formal gardens that are always manicured. Karl's son Charles took over the family business and renamed it for himself, hence the name on the bottle now. In the early 90s Charles began to take a keen interest in winemaking and the good wines started turning into awesome wines. Charles Cimicky produces rich, voluptuous, generous wines with superb balance. Now in his late thirties Charles Cimicky is one of the most quality-driven, meticulous winemakers in South Australia.
Charles Cimicky is fastidious. The winery is completely air-conditioned and individually temperature-controlled tanks are employed in the making of all Cimicky wines. Updated technology includes the unse of a membrane press and rotary fermenters. The Cimickys also have their own bottling and packaging line which is a rarity in a winery of this size.
Charles Cimicky winery and vineyards are located one kilometer along the picturesque hermann Thumm Drive in Lyndoch, on the very floor of the Valley, surrounded by the beautiful Barossa Ranges. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February, the entire 32 hectares of vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized. The fruit is aged only in top quality oak which is apparent in the finegrained tannins evident in all of their premium wines.
The winery features a castellated building surrounded by a formal garden, quite spectatular and well worth a visit
The Trumps range is named after the custom of a small group of Barossa pioneers whose habit was to seek the cellar retreat for the twin pleasures of claret and cards. In the cool depths of this refuge they would while away a hot summer's day playing Euchre and drinking red wine, well away from the prying eyes of more puritanical souls. Originally the wines were marketed under the Karlsburg label.
"Quiet achiever in the wine industry, Charles Cimicky, lead last week's Barossa Wine Show with four trophies. The Lyndoch winemaker took out awards for best wine - small producer, best Shiraz, most outstanding Barossa red wine and most outstanding Barossa wine. It was the 2006 Trumps Shiraz which impressed the judges, and Mr Cimicky was humbled by his win. He lead a strong field of Shiraz entries, which the judges described as "very strong" wines where the top exhibits were set apart by "purity, focus and balance". The 2006 Trumps offers pungent aromas of blackberries, raspberries and plums that are lifted by charry oak and a background of smoked meats. Toasty, vanilla and treacle-like oak is a match for its vibrant flavours, the finish is refined yet full with definite white pepper spice and rich ripe berries linger long after the wine is gone. This year's accolades adds to previous succes from 1997 to 2006 which include The Barossa Wine Grape Council Trophy in 1998 and 1999" -Barossa & Light Herald