|Positioned half way between Avoca and Ballarat, the modestly sized Amherst have only ten acres under vine. The small yields translate into extraordinarily structured, powerfully intense wines, brimming with fine aromatics and lined with silky tannins. Amherst»|
|Sourced from Neil Steven's Glenoak property at Pokolbin, a scenically undulating site that's planted to a combination of light sand and red clay soils, widely regarded as one of the finest white wine vineyards in Hunter Valley. The oldest block was established circa 1911, the youngest plantings date back to 1965. Tyrrells»|
|There are two superb high altitude sites in Carey Gully and Piccadilly Valley, which yield an extraordinary quality of Sauvignon Blanc. Knappstein take the top cut of each harvest, crushing the fruit for a long cool vinification, treating a batch to the added richness of oak barrel ferments for texture, complexity and weight. Riposte»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Whole bunches and oak barrel ferments, the costly extravagance of three years tirage on sedimentery yeast lees, each bottle individually riddled by hand, disgorged and sent to cellar for the ultimate indulgence of extra age before release, Pamela is the zenith of the sparkling winemaker's art. Her luxurious effervescence exudes brioche, tarte tatin and French boulangere, her creamy textural mousse unravelling ribbons of rich yeasty autolysis, crÃ¨me caramel and baked fruits. Wicks»|
|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»|
|Samuel Dunn was an early Amherst resident, one of the first settlers to plant grapes in the Pyreness. His land was exploited for sheep grazing, until diggers found the locality alive with gold. Amherst»|
|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 MÃ©thode champenoise, the term of extended maturation imparts luxurious biscuit notes, chantilly crÃ¨me and frais de bois. Bird In Hand»|
|Pete Yealands is a natural viticulturalist, happiest at work on the land, he has established many of Marlborough's most splendid vineyards. Single site Awatere Pinot Noir from an exposed terrace on the upper ridge of Seaview Vineyard, planted to some marvelous Dijon clones. Yealands Estate»|
|De Bortoli hold an extensive collection of barrel aged wines. Stocks of fortified and botrytised Semillon are drawn on from time to time to assemble into a wickedly decadent wine of rare opulence. De Bortoli»|
Moppity Vineyards s is a flagship producer of the Hilltops region, rocketing to prominence after claiming some of the most coveted prizes in winemaking
Hilltops is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting viticultural regions in Australia. Viticulturally, the region can be summarised as Barossa meets the Grampians, power and concentration with elegance and finesse. The 170 acre Moppity Vineyard sits at the highest elevation in the Hilltops and the fully mature vines are among the oldest in the region. Moppity have embraced the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard. Moppity's team attempt to promote the somewhereness of site. There's nothing generic about the wines, they reflect unique geographic origins. Moppity wines are the ultimate expression of soil and micro-climate. They are different from the wines of other regions and different from the wines of other Hilltops producers.
Every effort is made in the vineyard to promote fruit quality. Minimal irrigation, bunch thinning and careful pruning ensures low yields of highly concentrated fruit, providing wines of great flavour intensity and regional and varietal distinction. The original plantings were established in the 1970s and are some of the oldest vines in southern New South Wales. Moppity's Reserve wines are typically sourced from the old, gnarly, low yielding vines. These old boys don't deliver much fruit but it's wonderfully concentrated. As they say, old vines make great wines!
The vineyard is situated on dark red volcanic granitic clays, impregnated with basalt. Moppity have 170 acres under vine spread over 450 acres of undulating terrain. Plantings include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, nebbiolo, chardonnay, riesling, semillon and viognier.
There are multiple clones of each variety, five different shiraz clones as an example, each features distinct qualities. The result is a tremendous diversity in wine style depending on site, aspect, soil type and vine clone.
The Hilltops climate is cool to moderate. Summer rainfall is low, so the growers can control vigor and optimise flavour development. The vines generally have the benefit of a long, even ripening period - this supports flavour and colour development and underpins the intensity of Moppity's wines. Although early spring frost is an issue in the district, the Moppity Vineyards are sited on undulating terrain, ensuring adequate frost drainage.
Moppity's Reserve range is made in small quantities in only the very best years. The inaugural release in vintage 2006 was a Shiraz, which set the wine world alight winning top gold medal at the prestigious London International Wine Competition. The Estate range is sourced from the very finest fruit on the vineyard (unless a little makes the grade for the Reserve label). The focus is very much on quality and generally only around 5% of the crop will be allocated the the Estate range. No expense is spared in the winery and the wines have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. The Lock & Key range is named in reference to Jason Brown's 2nd fleet convict lineage and pays tribute to humble beginnings. They are single vineyard wines from mature, low yielding vines and represent remarkable value.
"I won’t muck about. When I first started drinking it I was thinking “Wow, this is really nice”, then when I noticed the recommended retail price I thought “Holy S%#T!, that’s bloody awesome value for money” I can honestly say this would go close to the best value red wine I’ve come across in at least a year or so. They are totally different wines made for a totally different market. All cool climate Shiraz lovers will appreciate them both but the real fanatics of the variety, like myself, will love the elegance!" -Adrianerdedi.com