|Pete Yealands is a natural viticulturalist, happiest at work on the land, he has established many of Marlborough's most splendid vineyards. Single site Awatere Pinot Noir from an exposed terrace on the upper ridge of Seaview Vineyard, planted to some marvelous Dijon clones. Yealands Estate»|
|Twice Gold Medal Challenge International du Vin! Moscatel and Gewürtztraminer grapes, grown to estate vineyards on the mountains of the Upper Penedes, form the backbone of fruit for Viña Esmeralda, a delicate but strunningly fragrant wine. The dry fig and raisin characters of Moscatel de Alejandría give Esmerelda it's luscious and flavourful palate, fleshed out by the orange of Frontignac or Moscatel de Grano Menudo as the Spanish say, further enhanced by the complex aromaticness and spice of the vivacious Traminer.. Torres»|
|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»|
|From the home of the 2007 Jimmy Watson, prior vintages of School Block have claimed gold medals at the London International and UK Sunday Times. A deluxe assembly of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot from three Scarpantoni vineyards, each with a unique terroir and mesoclime. Scarpantoni»|
|Elderton Cabernet was winner of the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 1993, the following years it claimed back to back Gold and Trophy at the Barossa Wine Show. The 1994 vintage gave Elderton its first international Gold medal in London, an unbroken tradition of remarkable vintages have embossed the Elderton Estate name as a national champion, being chosen by Qantas for service in first class. Elderton»|
|A Coonawarra Shiraz of elegance and finesse, Penley's vintages are regularly awarded with prestigious international trophies and accolades, outclassing some of the nation's icon wines. A splendid effort exhibiting generous varietal fruit and spiced pepper, perfumes of good French oak and plenty of flavour. Penley Estate»|
|Saint Clair continue to deliver Marlborough's most internationally lauded Sauvignon Blanc. The winemaking team are on a perpetual odyssey, to isolate and retain Marlborough's finest harvests, capable of producing wines with intense regionality. Saint Clair»|
|Don Lewis spent thirty five years crafting the nation's most memorable vintages while at Mitchelton. Nowadays he travels to Spain each year where he makes wine for Merum Priorati, returning to Australia just in time for vintage. Tar Roses»|
|The dedicated team at Bird in Hand are driven by a determination to grow into one of the world's great wineries. Proprietor Andrew Nugent lives and works among the vines and the winery. Bird In Hand»|
|Enthused by a consuming desire to make great wine, Andrew Nugent honed his craft as viticulturalist and winemaker amongst the vines of McLaren Vale before returning to the Adelaide Hills, where he established his very own wineworks at Woodside. Hand crafted from fruit grown to mineral rich soils above the historic Bird in Hand gold mine, a pure Pinot Noir with superb effervescence, dominated by red berry characters, adorned by a lift of stonefruits and floral.. Bird In Hand»|
|What makes a great vintage for Hunter Valley Semillon? Most would say one without flooding rain, ravaging fires or devastating drought. While this is certainly important, balance in the wine reigns supreme. Brokenwood»|
|Yealands Seaview Vineyard is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough, high sunshine and billowing winds wind, cool nights and low rainfalls for a smaller, thicker skinned Pinot Gris of exciting intensity. Fruit from the relatively flat, coastal L6M block, provides a pure mineral elegance to the structural backbone. Yealands Estate»|
Collector Wines produce small quantities of red table wine
Grapes are sourced from a group of growers farming on the characteristic lean pink granites and reddish shale loams of the Canberra District. The wines are hand made for balance, character and depth of flavour. Fruit is vinified near Collector, on the southern tablelands of New South Wales. Collector Wines has been named Best New Winery in the 2009 Penguin Australian Wine Awards, and rated a 5 star winery in James Halliday's 2010 Australian Wine Companion. Collector Wines 2005 Marked Tree Red was awarded the NSW Wine of the Year for 2007. The 2008 Collector Reserve Shiraz was awarded four trophies including the Dr Gilbert Phillips Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show at the 2010 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show.
Two wines made from Canberra District shiraz are produced by Collector Wines. Made from mature shiraz vines grown at Kyeema, on an elevated granite saddle near Murrumbateman, Collector Reserve is beautifully ripe, and combines the intensity and vibrancy with spice, perfume and elegant structure that this vineyard consistently gives. Showing plenty of youthful charm now, this wine will be at its best at between five to fifteen years of age.
"Canberra local Alex McKay is among the new wave of winemakers influencing the style and direction of the wines we will be drinking in the future. His ’08 Reserve shiraz is a striking example. Elegant and pure, the hallmark of this wine is its delicious red-berry fruit and savoury, dry finish. It’s Old World complexity with New World fruit, and the combination is a success!" -Canberra Times
The Marked Tree Red comprises hand worked parcels of shiraz from vineyards in and around Murrumbateman. The mix of granite and shale soils produce fruit which is both perfumed and elegantly structured as well as savoury, textured and rich. The individual parcels are fermented, pressed gently, and matured in new and seasoned French oak prior to blending. A lively crimson colour is accompanied by a fragrant bouquet of dark cherry, blackberry, pepper and aniseed, with a rich, textured mouthfeel.
Although weighted for early drinking, Collector's Marked Tree Hill has a sturdy spine and will age gracefully. "Alex McKay has a pretty low profile but the wines from his small enterprise at Collector, near Canberra, are among the region’s best. He makes a Reserve shiraz from one plot and this Marked Tree shiraz from various other vineyards in the district. The Marked Tree may be his second wine but its quality puts it in the top league!" -The Age Epicure