|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»|
|Zilzie know from good Shiraz, they have grown the finest fruit for decades and now retain access to the most splendid vineyards. The quality of their winemaking has claimed thirty trophies since they embarked on their own label. Zilzie»|
|James Stanley Malpas, born of Willunga, served with the 27th Infantry Battalion AIF during World War I in Gallipoli and France, decorated with the distinguished Military Cross, he returned to McLaren Vale and cleared the land known as Fox Creek. Three quarters old vine Shiraz, a fifth of Cabernet and soupçon of Franc, JSM makes a wine of complexity, substance and panache, it's all luscious fruit, framed by long textural Cabernet tannins, fully integrated and balanced by the patience of nineteen months in the pick of well seasoned oak. Fox Creek»|
|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»|
|So popular are the wines of Pepperjack, that the label hosts its own society of dedicated enthusiasts. This devout cohort of zealots, converges at bespoke venues to discuss matters Pepperjack, they dine on prime beef and imbibe in their cherished libation. Pepperjack»|
|Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Houghton»|
|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»|
|Adam Jackson bought the first blocks of land at the heart of Marlborough and took up farming in 1855. His wife planted a gumtree along Jacksons Road, it remains a regional icon and can be seen on the Jackson estate label. Jackson Estate»|
|Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's leading winemakers, Alan McCorkindale has over three decades experience at crafting some of the South Island's most memorable vintages. McCorkindale's efforts have claimed many trophy and gold at prestigious competitions including twice International White Wine of Year at the distinguished London International Wine Challenge. Munamuna»|
|Charles Cimicky was inspired by his father to take over the reins at the family estate, that's when the good wines started turning into awesome wines. Today, Cimicky is one of the most meticulous winemakers in South Australia. Charles Cimicky»|
|David O'Leary really knows about things Cabernet Sauvignon, having claimed a Jimmy Watson Trophy and twice International Red Wine Maker of the Year. From low yielding vines up to fifty years of age, grown to superior sites within the Armagh Valley and Polish Hill River districts, the O'Leary Walker team create a powerful and complex, exquisitely perfumed and seamlessly layered Cabernet Sauvignon, framed by judicious oak and supported by graceful tannins, reflecting the idyllic growing climes of Valley Clare. OLeary Walker»|
|Like an uncut diamond, the Chardonnay grape lends its sparkle to the Ruinart wines. In the constant pursuit of perfection, the Ruinart House excels in the art of handling this very special grape variety. Ruinart»|
St Marys is a boutique, family owned, premium red wine producer, sited on some of the Coonawarra's most unique mix of soils.
St Mary's winery is situated on a strip of "terra rossa" soil 15 kilometres west of the township of Penola in the southeast end of South Australia. In 1909 the first members of the Mulligan family arrived in the Penola district. The property that St Marys Wines now stands upon was purchased in 1937. This property is 15km west of the town of Penola. Its primary use was for sheep and cattle grazing.
Barry and Glenys Mulligan researched the establishment of a vineyard on a 200 acre section of the property in 1984. This part of the property was unique in its elevation the rest of the property but mostly for is soil. The Ridge consists of limestone covered in terra rossa soil.
The initial planting of vines began in 1986. Vintage 1990 brought the first harvest for the first ever wines for St Marys. 1992 heralded the opening of the estate's cellar door, as St Mary's commenced distribution of it's wines nationally and internationally.
The vines are planted on an elevated area of Terra Rossa soil over Limestone. The soils are generally very stony. Some of the more austere parts of the vineyard are virtually pure rock. The vines that have survived on these stony areas produce relatively small tonnages compared to local district averages. There is only one basket press on the entire winemaking operation, and all the fruit being pressed through it makes for a softer and more traditional character to the wine.
St Mary's quietly prides itself with the knowledge of its high level of environmental responibility. Estate grown grapes only are used in the production of all St Mary's wines. Small batches of hand picked grapes are fermented in open vats, Basket Pressed and barrel matured in climate controlled storage before being bottled on premises.
St. Mary’s House Block Cabernet displays the concentrated blackcurrant characters of pure cabernet aromas complemented by cedary oak influence. Typical of the House Block style the wine is rich and full-bodied with ripe cabernet flavours. This wine has the capacity to develop further complexity and classic aged characters. The Super Premium label of St Mary's Wines is the result of each vintages stand-out batches of wine. The wine sports the family name as a statment of pride in its creation. As a wine it has been selected for its prolific fruit character and excellent tannin structure. This wine will age well and with longevity rewards will be reaped.
Bells and Whistles is picked from the different blocks at St Marys. Grapes are fermented in the small separate batches as they are picked from the vineyard. The wine is then extracted from the skins using a basket press. Maturation – 12 months in climate controlled storage. St Mary's Merlot is fermented in small batches then basket pressed, creating a wine of intense varietal character which is then matured for 18 months in French and American oak hogsheads. St Marys Shiraz is enhanced by maturation in American and French oak hogsheads for 15 months. The Shiraz characters to this wine are persistent, with excellent balance of ripe fruit, subtle pepper and soft tannins.