|Richard Bailey planted one of the first Glenrowan vineyards in the 1860s. The Bailey estate survived the downturn of the Victorian gold rush, the ravages of phylloxera and excesses of the Kelly gang, it endures to this day, producing some of the nation's most intensely flavoured and historically significant wine. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|Peter Lehmann has always been Riesling's most outspoken advocate, he has claimed best Riesling trophy at the prestigious London International on more occasions than any other, he declares Riesling to be his wine of choice if marooned on the proverbial desert island. Early picking of fruit from a superior single vineyard in the salubrious climes of Eden Valley has produced a fresh, lively Riesling, expect this captivating wine to exhibit genuine charm and offer great longevity as it narrowly missed being bottled behind Lehmann's flagship Riesling label.. Peter Lehmann»|
|Originally planted during early settlement, the sandy loam soils of Haan Vineyard yield an outstanding quality of Shiraz. Fortuitously positioned along the hallowed mile of Siegersdorf Road, mid way between the ancient winegrowing hamlets of Angaston and Tanunda, the heirloom parcels once known as Hanenhof, have claimed significant trophies at the prestigious London International. Haan»|
|Given the scarcity of Best's prestige, limited release, old vineyard icons, Bin #1 affords enthusiasts their first taste of the Great Western Shiraz style and leaves them eager to discover more. A classic, cool climate, aromatic wine, floral and spicy, peppery and elegant, retaining vital Great Western fruit character. Bests»|
|The Maxwell family's Meads have been acclaimed by leading wine critics and industry press for many decades. Starting with a base of Spiced Mead, a secret herb and spice infusion is introduced and the ferments are fortified. Maxwell»|
|The seemingly countless, memorable vintages of Delatite have claimed a litany of trophies, accolades and rave reviews throughout the world of wine. Her first vines were planted in 1968 on a picturesque rise overlooking the vistas of Mt Buller. Delatite»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|All Saints store their ageing fortifieds in the Great Hall, an area of a castle built in the 1880s, lined with huge 100-year-old oak casks, filled with rare wines. Some of these fortified wines are up to eighty years old and form the base of the rich fortified All Saints blends. All Saints»|
|The Moppa district was a flourishing settlement of pioneering farmers and gold miners. When the Kalleske vineyard was established in 1853, there were few schools in the region, so local parents established the Moppa Public School to provide their children with a formal education. Kalleske»|
|She's such a special wine, that a distinctive hand blown bottle was designed just for her. Tempus Two is the definition of romance and desirability, elegance and finesse, all who have countenanced her endowments agree. Tempus Two»|
Adam Jackson migrated from Runnymede in 1842 and arrived in New Zealand aboard the Martha Ridgeway, he bought the first blocks of land at the heart of Marlborough and took up agriculture
Jackson's wife planted a gumtree along Jacksons Road, it is now a regional icon, forty five metres in height, depicted on the Jackson estate label. John Stichbury is the fifth generation of Jacksons to farm the land. In 1987 he established vines and released his first vintage in 1991. Jackson wines went from strength to strength, claiming the coveted Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the London International Wine Competition in 1993. Jackson Estate now own and operate a bounty of super fine vineyards, closely managed throughout the growing season without compromise, to yield harvests of the highest quality fruit. The estate vineyards underlying shallow, fast draining, low fertility soils, grow vines of fortuitously low vigor, for the production of a range of aromatic and richly flavoured, world class wines.
Jackson's Homestead Vineyard was the original block of vine, established on land which had been sustainability farmed by the family for five generations. Planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it is named after the giant gum tree which towers over the landscape and adornes every bottle of Jackson Estate wine. Fruit grown to this site is full of stonefruit and bell pepper characters. The combination of mature vines over stony, free draining silt loam soils are the foundations of the underlying minerality and intense herbaceousness for which Jackson Estate wines are renown. To maximise the superior quality fruit, ensure control of harvest and the winemaking process without compromise, a design and purpose built winery was commissioned in 2003.
Built by Adam Watson Jackson in 1912 and named Runnymede after the family's hometown, the Jackson homestead is a fine example of New Zealand colonial architecture, retaining many of its original features and housing a wealth of rich regional heritage. The grounds are lovingly maintained, an original orchard planted by the first generation of Jacksons still bears fruit today.
Eversley Vineyard in Waihopai Valley is a well established Pinot Noir site, planted to five different Burgundy clones, chosen for their suitability to site and ability to produce world class wine. No irrigation is applied to the heavy and tighltly bound clay soils, Eversley consistently provides fruit that shows great depth of flavour with outstandng structure, balance and concentration.
The Somerset Vineyard, in another part of Waihopi Valley, is also well established, to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Extremes in climate variance between day and night, along with heavy and tightly bound clay soils, maximise flavour intensity and produce pure, concentrated fruit flavours with outstanding structure and balance. Somerset grown Sauvignon Blanc has striking aromatics in the tropic and stonefruit spectrum, contributing structure, depth and texture for Jackson's Stich Sauvignon Blanc.
Jackson Estate have been at the forefront of New Zealand viticulture ever since establishment, they remain a leader in industry innovation. Pioneers of the stelvin closure, they are one of the first wineries to employ helicopters for frost protection of grapes. Jackson's also contributed to the development and manufacture of strobe lights in the vineyard for the purpose of guiding and assisting the helicopters as they went about their work. The Jackson viticultural team introduced the use of frost alarms amongst the vines through modification of car burglar alarms. They further initiated the manufacture of bird scarers when none were available and which are still in use. On display today at the Marlborough Wine Museum, is the first self adhesive labeller, invented by the Jackson team in 1992. Trying their hands at show business, Jackson's teamed up with Jancis Robinson and Montana to produce a movie which promoted Marlborough as the world's Sauvignon Blanc capital.
Jackson Estate wines have their own individual style and are far from main stream. The goal of the viticulture and winemaking teams is to embrace old world winemaking practices through new world technology. Stylistically, Jackson Estate practices old world, hands off winemaking techniques that enable expression of site and remain true to varietal purity. The Jackson team hope that you will enjoy sharing their wines as much as they have enjoyed making them.