|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»|
|Vintaged from a single block of magnificent old vines on the cooler climes of Eden Valley high. Heirloom are all about identifying and rejuvenating superior parcels, a patient and painstaking approach to the resurrection of venerable elder plantings, for the realization of profoundly structured, powerful yet elegant wines. Heirloom»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|The quality of Shiraz grown to parched vineyards in Victoria's rugged western districts, has been well known throughout the world of wine since the days of gold rush and early settlement. Taltarni have since established an enviable reputation for vintages of powerfully structured, statuesque red wines, fully exploiting the soft spoken majesty and graceful intensity of Pyrenees Shiraz comes naturally. Taltarni»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|A wine of pure Barossa fruit by a master who loves Shiraz and is devoted to the valley he calls home. Grant Burge has been awarded every major trophy and medal in Australia, including the Montgomery, Stodart, Brisbane Club and Jimmy Watson. Grant Burge»|
|From the home of the 2007 Jimmy Watson, prior vintages of School Block have claimed gold medals at the London International and UK Sunday Times. A deluxe assembly of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot from three Scarpantoni vineyards, each with a unique terroir and mesoclime. Scarpantoni»|
|The highly opportune Pinot Noir vines at Bird In Hand are planted on the site of an ancient gold mine, a godsend of fortuitously fertile soils, magnificent growing conditions for stellar quality Adelaide Hill wines. Fermented in own bottle and aged five years on lees in true Méthode champenoise, the term of extended maturation imparts luxurious biscuit notes, chantilly crème and frais de bois. Bird In Hand»|
Growing up in a winemaking family in the winemaking community of West Auckland, Matua Valley's founders Ross and Bill Spence developed a vision for New Zealand's future
Back in the early 70’s, the vision of Matua Valley’s founders Ross and Bill Spence was to revolutionise the still fledgling New Zealand wine industry, taking advantage of unique regional qualities to create innovative and distinguished wines – the kind they wanted to drink themselves. They succeeded, beyond their wildest dreams. Today, Matua Valley wines are acclaimed and highly sought after throughout the world.
After six years developing their craft in the industry, the brothers established the Matua Valley winery in 1973. From their first successful vintage, produced in the old Tin Shed at Auckland, the brothers went on to win awards and accolades from Sydney to London. Their greatest achievement in these early days was the production of the first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Today, Matua Valley is well on the way to becoming a globally respected fine wine brand. Such recognition will be the Spence brothers ultimate achievement, and a benchmark for other New Zealand winemakers to aspire to.
Viticulture is the science, art, or process of cultivating grape vines. Matua Valley have always had a hands on approach to this science and art. The philosophy is simple, to produce the best quality fruit possible, with consistency from vintage to vintage. But simple doesn't mean easy - there's a lot of hard work involved. The winemakers at Matua are fortunate to have a member of the founding family, Simon Spence, managing both the company-owned vineyards and the contract growers. His role is to keep a close eye on all the vineyards, ensuring maximum productivity and consistent quality. These goals are achieved by harnessing particular viticultural techniques for each vineyard based on their terrior, a combination of topography, soil and climatic conditions.
Mark Robertson, formerly Matua's chief winemaker, credits Simon's results in the vineyard as one of the key factors in achieving our superior quality wines. Grapevines go through an annual cycle, involving a time-honoured series of viticultural tasks. Dormant over the winter, the vines are pruned, shoots are trained and extra foliage is plucked by hand to give the grapes maximum sunlight exposure and to concentrate the flavours. Matua monitors the vines throughout the growth cycle, looking for any sign of pests or disease. As members of a sustainable wine growing programme, the Matua vignerons intervene at the last possible moment to minimise spray requirements.
Thinning of the vines is carried out systematically to ensure a balanced fruit to leaf/vine ratio, and to maximise quality. Netting of the vines is conducted to provide protection from birds. Picking is only done at the time of optimum ripeness and flavour development, in close consultation between the viticulturalists and the winemakers.
Matua's winemakers are wine lovers, always looking for new ideas and applying the best of them to the production of the wines. They rely heavily on optimally ripe fruit to make the distinctive wines. Special pride is taken in the produce extracted from the older vineyards. The last twenty five years have seen the gradual evolution of some very special styles which are getting better with each vintage. Winemaking is an art, a craft and a science that has evolved over many centuries. Like all crafts, it improves with repeated practice and with the judicious combination of ancient techniques and modern technology.
Premium varietals are always hand-picked at Matua, a gentle balloon press is used to extract as much juice as possible without crushing the seeds (tannins come from the seeds). White grapes are pressed within hours of their arrival at the winery, quickly separating the juice from the skins. However, extended skin contact, called maceration, is necessary before pressing wine off red grapes. The juice extracted after normal pressing for white wines and after fermentation for reds. Press wine has a deeper colour and often more tannins than free-run juice. Wineries often blend a portion of press wine back into the main cuvée, to add backbone.
Immediately after bottling, wine frequently goes into a state of bottle shock. Recovery may take a few weeks or months, after which the wines are released for sale. The vast majority of Matua's wines are crafted to be consumed shortly after release, when they are at their freshest.