|Enter Brokenwood's response to the modern day enthusiasm for finely structured Chardonnay with more balance, lower phenolics and judicious oak. Established 1988 on the of brisk altitudes of the Orange uplands, Forest Edgeâ€™Vineyard gives its fruit to a regimen of whole bunches and wild ferments in a mix of new and seasoned French oak, powered by the splendid complexity achieved through indigenous yeasts and lees sediment battonage, its creamy mealyness makes Brokenwood the ideal accompaniement to west coast marron, truffled spatchcock or bugs mornay.. Brokenwood»|
|Fox Creek began to flow when a group of medicos decided to realize a lifelong passion and create the best possible wines out of bare earth and sunshine. The Fox Creek vineyards were established from the ground up to be the most environmentally friendly, whilst the vines themselves are spoiled with attention. Fox Creek»|
|The inaugural release of Hanging Rock Shiraz was vintage 1987 and what an event it was, immediately claiming gold and inspiring comparisons to Grange by the industry press. From from fruit grown to the estate Athols Paddock, a complex Heathcote style, more Syrah than Shiraz, boasting several trophies and over fifty gold to its distinguished history, big, powerful and rich, yet exhibiting an elegance and finesse that's rare in Australian wine. Hanging Rock»|
|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»|
|Steeped in history, the original Baileys store was situated next door to the Glenrowan Inn where widow Jones hosted Ned Kelly's siege. Following the gold rush, the Baileys turned to farming and settled on a property which they named Bundarra. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|After twenty years of the most distinguished winemaking, having amassed over sixty trophies and three hundred gold, including a Jimmy Watson and twice International Red Wine Maker of Year, David O'Leary and Nick Walker came home to classic Watervale soils. The superior Grace dry grown Vineyard is hand pruned and hand picked, relying fully on natural rainfall. OLeary Walker»|
|Meshach William Burge 1843-1942, was Grant's great grandfather, a central figure in establishing the Burge vineyards and estate. He was eleven years of age when his family moved from Wiltshire to the Barossa, where he toiled to develop what has grown into a thriving viticultural, wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. Grant Burge»|
|An auspicious construct of Barossa Shiraz, which has claimed significant awards throughout its illustrious history, including gold at the prestigious London International. Peter Scholz is one of the Barossa's most capable and respected winemakers with a heritage that dates back to early settlement. Willows»|
|Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's leading winemakers, Alan McCorkindale has over three decades experience at crafting some of the South Island's most memorable vintages. McCorkindale's efforts have claimed many trophy and gold at prestigious competitions including twice International White Wine of Year at the distinguished London International Wine Challenge. Munamuna»|
|In commemoration of the year Samual McWilliams planted his first vines, 1877 is a national flagship, crafted from the best fruit of vintage. The choicest parcels of estate grown Shiraz are sourced from superior mature vines on the original McWilliams plantings at Barwang in the Hilltops. McWilliams»|
|Paringa is one of Victoria's leading estates, having claimed Royal Melbourne Most Successful Winery Trophy and earning impressive international acclaim for it's founder, the eminent Lindsay McCall. His style is defined by his passion for viticulture and devotion to the art of making nothing but the finest wines. Paringa Estate»|
|This enduring flagship wine can boast twenty trophys and over seventy gold medals throughout its illustrious history. Penley Steyning captures and enhances the excellence in first growth Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, highlighted by rich berry tones, superior length and layers of intense flavour, a wine which achieves perfect harmony between massive intensity of fruit, mouth filling grape tannins and elegant acids. Penley Estate»|
There are few regions that can provide the ideal terroir for Pinot Noir, Tasmania is the new frontier for artisanal winemakers in search of world class fruit
Michael O’Brien was born and raised in the Riverina, immersed in the land, farming and winemaking for many years, his earliest memories stretch back to the days of vintage festivities and the pungent grape marc aromas that filled the distillery where his grandfather made spirit. Having relocated the family to Tasmania in late 2008, with a view to determining the most desirable site, the fortuitous topography of Domaine Dawnelle was discovered in less than two years. Be it chance or the right place at the right time, a late evening prospect at Granton Heights revealed a plethora of riches so perfectly suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The eight hectares of Domaine Dawnelle are located in rural Granton, Tasmania’s most eminent terroir. At 160m above sea level, perched atop a north facing chalk ridge, the shallow topsoil reveals a myriad of fossilised marine shells over chalk and limestone sub layers. The vineyard, still in its developmental stage has been planted with the classic Burgundy varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In addition, an idyllic patch of land has been planted with Riesling. Planted in 0.2 Hectare blocks, enabling the most meticulous management of varietal clones and micro ferments. Tasmania, family and Pinot Domaine Dawnelle's raison d’etre.
The fruit of Tinderbox Vineyard articulates the intricacies of Tasmania’s cool climate sub regions. Planted in 1994, the mature vines overlook D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The fruit reflects the unique characteristics of the vineyard’s low yielding basalt soils of volcanic origin and the microclimate which is largely influenced by the surrounding sea breezes.
Elsewhere Vineyard is located in Huon Valley, the second Pinot Noir to join the Vineyard Designate Series. First planted in 1984, the mature vines overlook the Huon River at Glaziers Bay and are amongst some of Tasmania’s most southerly cold climate sites. Kinvarra Vineyard is on the picturesque Upper Derwent Valley, the original Pinot Noir block was first planted in 1990.
All Domaine Dawnelle's fruit is hand picked, chilled and de-stemmed in preparation for a whole berry cold soak to enhance aromatic complexity. The colds soaks also facilitate a slow restrained ferment that will only peak in temperature when miniscule residual sugar remains. Due to a number of small batches, occasionally ripe stalks are introduced to provide natural tannin. Hand plunging the red wines 3-4 times daily during active ferment and a period of extended maceration, helps promote the accumulation of desirable phenolics. Wine is drawn off from the fermenter by gravity and the pomace manually basket pressed.
All pressings of designated batches are gravity fed to French oak barriques for bâtonnage prior to malolactic fermentation. Pinot Noir is matured for no less than 15 months on lees (sur lie) before gravity racking and preparation for bottling. Like a true craftsman, O’Brien has adopted traditional hands on winemaking techniques. Gentle handling of Pinot Noir is paramount for genuine expression of the vineyards terroir. Wines are purposely crafted to exemplify class, elegance and longevity.