|Paringa Estate has established an unassailable repute over the last twenty years as one of the leading small winery vineyards in the country, named Australian Winery of the Year by James Halliday. Paringa Shiraz won a total of six trophies including Best of Show at the 2006 Royal Sydney, sweeping the field with five Gold Medals and five Trophies, including the prestigious Best of Show and Best Shiraz at the 2009 Royal Sydney, as well as Best Shiraz Trophy Royal Melbourne. Paringa Estate»|
|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, crème caramel and baked fruits. Wicks»|
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|What fine Riesling Clare Valley does make, internationally recognized for wines of immaculate fruit character and delicate pastoral charm. Reillys manage many of Clare Valley's most exquisite vineyards, they bring a range of the most satisfying and approachable wines to enthusiasts with every vintage. Reillys»|
|Langtons Excellent Classification. From ancient vines planted in the 1890s, Elderton Command has established an enviable reputation since inaugural vintage, one of Australia's most eminent icon wines. Elderton»|
|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»|
|A vineyard of some historical import, Bernoota is the original block, planted to the Follett family homestead along the banks of River Bremer, two decades before federation. A splendid construct of Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet, selected from old vines around the distinguished Follett family vineyard, perennially released to resounding accolades. Lake Breeze»|
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|Of particular importance to Shadowfax are the very close relationships with a select group of growers who provide harvests of the most intensely flavoured fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax are a refreshing new wave, vigorously fruit driven, livelier than her Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. Shadowfax»|
|Bleasdale are Australia's second oldest family owned winery, established 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts. Potts built much of Adelaide's early colonial works before settling down to his homestead at Langhorne Creek. Bleasdale»|
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|Daniel James Wilson would write DJW rules on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. In 1997 DJW established a small 5½ acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the family property. Wilson Vineyard»|
Mount Pierrepoint Estate specialises in making Pinot Noir wine, which is quickly being acclaimed as a quality cool climate Pinot Noir
Mount Pierrepoint was named by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836. Mitchell arrived in Australia in 1827 to become the Surveyor-General of the colony of New South Wales, a position he held for 27 years. He was responsible for the placement of roads, bridges and towns, and as a result of leading four expeditions of exploration, he carried out most of the surveys of Eastern Australia, which lead to new grazing lands being established in southern Victoria. Mitchell named the area after Major Charles Pierrepont who served with the 26th Regiment of Foot and fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Pierrpont was killed in 1812 during the attack on the hornwork at Burgos, Spain.
In an unpublished paper, "British Military Map-Making in the Peninsular War", a paragraph explains the connection between Major Mitchell and Major Pierrepont: "The famous topopgraphers, Bainbrigge (Mount Baimbridge is located north of Hamilton), Mitchell, Freeth, Pierrepont and Colleton, to name a few, were among the early graduates of the first army educational system to be introduced to this country."
Mount Pierrepoint Estate was established by Andrew and Jennifer Lacey in 1998. The Estate is a small family owned and operated vineyard and winery, located 10km southeast of Hamilton in the Henty winegrowing region of Victoria. The vineyards are situated on the foothills of Mount Pierrepoint between Hamilton and Tarrington at an altitude of 200m and an average rainfall of 700mm.
The first vines to be planted were Pinot Noir, and subsequently Pinot Gris and Chardonnay vines have been planted. The predominantly red buckshot soils of the vineyard are derived from ancient volcanic basalt which is rich in minerals and is free draining. The vines are situated on a north facing slope, and are hand pruned and de-budded to ensure they are balanced to ripen the following season's fruit.
Andrew and Jennifer's children, Alexandra and Nicholas, are being raised on the estate, and are involved in all aspects of grape growing and wine making. The philosophy is to allow nature and seasonal variations to be expressed in the wine. Intervention is kept to a minimum enabling the natural character of the fruit to be developed over a 12 month period in french oak barrels.
The fruit is estate grown and managed for low yields of up to 1.5 tonne per acre. The grapes are hand picked, de-stemmed and fermented in open stainless steel vats. Utmost attention is given to the juice during fermentation including regular, day and night hand plunging. The wine is then very gently basket pressed and placed into a balanced proportion of new and old french oak. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during Spring after which the wine is lightly sulphured. The finished wine is selected as the best blend of barrels; it is bottled just prior to the following vintage and released approximately 6 months later.
Mount Pierrepoint Estate was excited about the release of Pierrepoint 2005 Pinot Noir. Pierrepoint 2005 recieved a rating of 91 in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2008, along with the following description of the wine: "Plum, Blackberry and traces of spice and forest flooor, a long, brisk finish, time still to go." It was awarded a Bronze Medal at the Australian Boutique Wine makers award conducted in Sydney. The previous 2004 vintage was judged Best Pinot Noir and best estate grown wine at the 2005 Boutique Wines of Australia competition.