|By the winner of the 2014 Jimmy Watson Trophy! During his time as chief red wine maker at Hardy's, Stephen Pannell became intmate with many of the greater Adelaide region's most splendid sites. A predominantly Syrah wine with a de rigueur inclusion of good Viognier, all picked off a superior low yielding Adelaide Hills vineyard. SC Pannell»|
|Daniel James Wilson would write DJW rules on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. In 1997 DJW established a small 5Â½ acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the family property. Wilson Vineyard»|
|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»|
|Earnscleugh Valley was the site of a gold rush in the 1860s, the industrious miners dug a watercourse through the valley which today serves to nourish the world's southernmost appellation of Pinot Noir. The Last Chance is a small scenic terrace, planted to a special Burgundy clone of Pinot Noir which yields a magnificently structured, generously proportioned wine. Two Paddocks»|
|Following a visit to France where he studied the ancient pastoral practices of breeding the world's best chickens, Adam Marks gained the inspiration to create great Australian wines in the very same manner, adopting an artisanal approach to production, employing traditional, age old methods. Gold Label is the flagship Shiraz by one of Victoria's most adroit, small batch producers. Bress»|
|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»|
|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»|
|A vigorous diction of new world Chardonnay, framed within a tasteful veneer of judicious oak, crafted by an artisanal winery that's claimed best white and best red wine trophies, as judged amongst peers at the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association. Willow Creek offers a stylishly proportioned palate, finishing as crisp as the maritime winds which enthuse the Peninsula. Willow Creek»|
|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 enthusiastic maritime climes of Martinborough are heaven sent for a style and quality of Sauvignon Blanc to rival the world's finest. Mother nature sets the stage, but ultimately it is the thoughtful viticultural practices of the Palliser Estate team, which ensures a harvest of ripe and intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc at every vintage. Palliser Estate»|
|Langtons Excellent Classification. From ancient vines planted in the 1890s, Elderton Command has established an enviable reputation since inaugural vintage, one of Australia's most eminent icon wines. Elderton»|
|Coriole is one of McLaren Vale's most eminent, artisanal estates. Consecutive vintages of Coriole Shiraz have claimed a remarkable back to back San Francisco Double Gold. Coriole»|
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.