|The marvelous S1 block is a sheltered, relatively warm site within the splendid vistas of Seaview Vineyard, on a north facing plateau at 160m above sea level, refreshed by maritime winds that blow in from the Cludy Bay coast. Fruit is crushed and destemmed, chilled and gently pressed, the clearest juices are racked off for a long, cool ferment to capture the full opulence of S1 vineyard grapes on the vine. Yealands 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»|
|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»|
|Howard Park is internationally feted as one of the new world's great Riesling wines, achieving superstar status after claiming highly coveted gold medal at the prestigious London International. Riesling was Howard Park's first vintage, it remains the Australian west's most enduring white after over three decades of superlative editions. Howard Park»|
|A passionate, family owned and operated winery who've been rewarded with highly coveted Royal Melbourne Gold for their impressive Langhorne Creek reds. Temple Bruer have been waving the magic wand with their brilliant efforts at Merlot, scoring further medals at the Small Winemakers and Rutherglen Wine Shows. Temple Bruer»|
|Perfect balance in wine cannot be manufactured, it occurs naturally. Gemtree achieves this elusive idyll. Gemtree»|
|Longview are one of the most highly awarded wineries in Adelaide Hills, having claimed trophies and medals at conspicuous national tasteoffs. The predominantly northeast facing slopes and valleys, combined with the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and superior winemaking practices, have produced outstanding vintages. Longview»|
|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»|
|Gold Medal Winner at the highly prestigious London International Wine Challenge! The taste is very sweet, smooth, pronounced and delicous, just like dried raisins or rich tawny grape juice. Serve at cool room temperature with fine desserts, pastries and cake, pour liberally over the best quality ice creams. Lustau»|
|A Shiraz of power and elegance, Heathcote Estate claimed a significant gold medal at the prestigious London International. Inspired by the amazing depth and character of Terra Rosa Shiraz, the Bialkower and Kirby families determined the most idyllic location to propogate vines for an ultra premium Shiraz to rival Australia's finest. Heathcote Estate»|
|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»|
|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»|
Massoni Wines of Mornington was established by legendary Melbourne restaurateur Leon Massoni in 1984
Massoni's passion for fine wine was influenced by his family’s involvement in establishing such culinary icons as Melbourne’s Florentino Restaurant in 1928 and through his relationship with his uncle, master winemaker Jimmy Watson. Over the years, Massoni have focused on making wines that enthusiasts would choose to enjoy with their family and friends. In 1990, Ian Home, founder of Yellowglen, became a partner in the business and introduced Pinot Noir and Lectus sparkling wine to the product range. In 1996 Ian visualised the need to expand the company’s source of ultra premium grapes beyond the Mornington Peninsula, whose erratic meso climate and limitation in supplying quality chardonnay and pinot noir restricted the product range Massoni was able to offer.
In 1997 Ian and Wal Henning, founder of Taltarni and Warrenmang, engaged the assistance of the Stanford Group to develop GlenKara Estate, a 300 hectare vineyard in the Pyrenees region, which provides Massoni with the majority of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. In 1998 the mid price Homes range was introduced. Currently, the majority of production is sold to restaurants or exported. Massoni strive for low cropping levels which not only means that the vine is able to sustain a level of crop from year to year but also able to provide better fruit characteristics as the nutrients it produces are infused into fewer grapes, producing grapes with a greater concentration of fruit flavours.
A vineyard’s soil profile and the region’s climate is a major factor that determines the quality of the grapes which will be harvested. Massoni’s vineyards are considered to be cool climate vineyards. This means that grapes mature on the vine for a longer period enhancing both the fruit flavour and the colour extracted.
Planting the appropriate varieties on a vineyard site is vital. In order to optimise fruit characteristics you need to select the correct clones of a variety. Different vine clones will effect growth rates, crop yields and the ability of a vine to withstand climatic variations such as droughts. All of which will influence a wine’s composition.
A healthy vine will produce quality grapes. Poorly managed vines or over cropped vines will not only produce inferior fruit but will cause vine stress. This generally results in the vine shutting down in an attempt to recuperate. Stressed vines are known to produce well below average crop yields for the following two vintages.
Traditionally harvesting commences in early April through to late May. All vineyards are inspected prior to harvest and only Massoni quality grapes are processed. The vineyards are harvested in batches and each is crushed independently. This enables the winemakers to adjudicate whether the wine produced will be able to make a Massoni wine. It also allows rewards those that produce each vintage’s outstanding fruit. Wines that are not selected for a Massoni product are then sold off. The Massoni wines are then placed in 220 litre oak barriques where they will be matured for up to 20 months. Balancing oak and wine characteristic is an artisan skill which is nurtured over successive vintages. Although as a general rule 1/3 of Massoni wines are placed in new barriques, 1/3 in 1 year old barriques, and 1/3 in 2 year or older barriques. The winemaker will match each batch of wine to whether it requires a high, medium or low toasted oak barrique. The toasting of a barrique influences the extent of the oak sensation within a wine. Barriques are shaved each year by a qualified cooper and generally have a lifespan of up to 5 years. At a price of between $800 to $1,500, oak barriques are the highest perishable cost of any winery.
A wine’s characteristics will progressively alter with different wines maturing at different time frames. At 36 weeks of age Massoni’s winemakers will do the first of 3 barrel tastings. Whereby each barrel is assessed and scored out of 3. Barrels graded 1 out of 3 are sold as bulk wine, those graded 2 out of 3 are destined for the Homes range and 3 out of 3 will make the Massoni label. At 42 weeks and 50 weeks the wines are scored again. By this stage the Homes range will be blended for bottling whilst the Massoni wines will be retained in barriques for a further 6 – 8 months. Wines are released some 6 months after bottling. This provides sufficient time for the wines to settle and be made available for the ultimate test, the drinker's satisfaction.