|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»|
|Adam Jackson bought the first blocks of land at the heart of Marlborough and took up farming in 1855. His wife planted a gumtree along Jacksons Road, it remains a regional icon and can be seen on the Jackson estate label. Jackson Estate»|
|Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Houghton»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Real new world Syrah, crafted to the old world style of French Trapis pioneers who founded Mission Estate in 1851. Fruit is sourced from the Bridge Pa triangle and warm inland sites, fortuitously sheltered from the prevailing sea breezes, perfect for the Syrah to ripen superbly, infusing fine aromatics and building ripe, supple tannins. Mission Estate»|
|From two blocks of superior vines grown to the McLaren Flat estate, hand planted by the Scarpantoni brothers in the early 1970s. Brothers Block claimed Australia's most illustrious award, the highly coveted Jimmy Watson trophy in 2007. Scarpantoni»|
|Valley Clare yields a distinct style of Cabernet Sauvignon, characterized by sweet dark berry flavours, regional mintyness and rolling velvet tannins. Reilly's know Clare Valley very well, highly selective in their choice of terroir, they have set aside harvests from their most precious blocks, hand picked grapes off dry grown vines, open fermented and basket pressed, matured twenty two months in the best French oak. Reillys»|
|Pietro D’orsa found work in Australia as a winegrower circa 1868, quenching the thirst of miners during the Victorian gold rush. Several generations later, Pietro's progeny returned to viticulture, Sanguine Estate's inaugural release was universally embraced by enthusiasts of fine Heathcote Shiraz, the entire vintage sold out within a week. Sanguine»|
|A collation of superior parcels from the Serafino estate vineyards in McLaren Vale, vinified in small, open top fermenters, pumped over twice daily for optimal extraction, pressed into French and American oak hogsheads for a luxurious twenty months maturation. Magnitude's mocha and mulberry spice nose precedes a full bodied palate of intense red berry fruits, sublimely integrated oak and mocha chocolate richness, all supported by an exquisite length over a carriage of supple, velvetine tannins.. Serafino»|
|A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with profound structure and vigorous fruit, the essential Coonawarra style, exuding rich bramble, berries and cassis aromas characters over soft, elegant tannins. Extended maturation in the finest French oak contributes to the wine's overall balance and drinkability. Hollick»|
In 2000, a group of characters joined forces to breathe life back into an old, run down Barossa winery in the small western district of Gomersal
Led by Barry, Baz to those who know him, and Gabriela White, they shared a passion for both the production and consumption of wine. The winery, now known as Gomersal Wines, was resurrected with the establishment of a new vineyard in 2001, opening of a new cellar door in 2005 and function room in 2006, and of course, production of a range of quality wines. The vineyard, just across the road from cellar door, consisting of 42 acres of Shiraz, and 8 acres of Grenache and Mataro supplies the winery with rich quality fruit with which to make wine. The unique cellar door is a true Australian experience, with eucalyptus trees and native plants throughout the grounds, magnificent red gum tables and pink gum bar, and truly Australian artwork covering the walls. The Barrel Room provides a wonderful and versatile setting for functions of all styles, including weddings, birthdays, conferences, launches and art exhibitions.
Gomersal Wines is located on Lyndoch Road, in the village of Gomersal, just 5 minutes from Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa, opposite the cellar door, on the north western ridge of Barossa Valley. The Gomersal area experiences warm to hot summers and cool winters with daytime temperatures ranging from 12˚C – 45˚C, and nighttime temperatures ranging from-2˚C – 30˚C. Average rainfall is 400mm per annum. The range of soils at Gomersal is quite interesting and exciting, as they vary dramatically throughout the vineyard. It begins with clay over calcerte and slate bedrock, moving to more weathered slate at the bottom of an ancient glacier. Over the hill the soils are deep, sandy loam and black clays. This variety in soil types create some excellent subtle flavours in the grapes, which come through in the wines.
The vineyard consists of predominantly trellised Shiraz, about 42 acres, with some bush vine Grenache, 2.5 acres, and Mataro, 5.5 acres. Vines are planted on east-west slopes with predominantly north-south rows, and bush vines growing east-west on a south facing slope.
At Gomersal, the wines are limited only by quantity, but not by quality, with fruit from low yielding vineyard providing concentrated and intense flavours to work with. The red varieties come from estate grown vines, with trellised Shiraz, and Grenache and Mataro grown as bush vines, Riesling is sourced from a small, single vineyard in Eden Valley. The fruit isn’t picked until Baz is satisfied with the flavor, a much loved pilgrimage which then leads to harvest.
The team take pride in the wines they produce, and ensure the quality of the wine from vine, right throughout the winemaking process to bottling. Gomersal wines are made to be enjoyed and remembered. The philosophy is to produce wines which are the purest and most honest reflection of the vineyard and soil. Minimal intervention, judicious use of oak, and maximum flavour are the goals.
The walls of the cellar door Gomersal are graced with some magnificent paintings by local artist George Aldridge. He studied painting at the South Australian School of art, and graduated with a Dip. F.A.P. in 1979. George lives his passion for art, and spends much of his time drawing inspiration from the truly magnificent landscape that is the Flinders Rangers. He has work represented in private collections throughout Australia, London, Italy and France. The glorious rustic country atmosphere, off the beaten track, offers a quintessential winemaking experience. The views from the cellar door are as calming and clean as they are pure Aussie bush, with eucalypts, rolling pastures, vineyards, and the reedy line of Gomersal Creek just across the road.
The tasting room is spacious with a tall ceiling, magnificent pink gum bar, impressive red gum tables, classic old lounge chairs, and some stunning Australian artworks. In winter there is a cosy fire, while in summer, a huge eucalypt hardwood veranda that wraps around the tasting room provides plenty of shelter and cool shade. The Barrel Room still has its original corrugated iron walls, often graced with artwork or photography of local vineyards. The room has a high timber beamed ceiling, enhanced by stunningly handcrafted long Oregon tables. It's all part of the ambience and natural surrounds which combine to make Gomersal a very special place for making and enjoying wine.