|Classically structured with a well established estate styling, Hunter's have won more than 100 gold at international wine competitions, including Marquis de Goulaine Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Jane Hunter is a highly qualified viticulturist with a long family history of wine growing, she worked closely with eminent Australian oenologist Dr Tony Jordan to achieve the quality of harvests which are benchmarks in the world of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.. Hunters»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|A flagship Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon which claims distinguished national and international accolades with every vintage. The Watershed label was designed by Roland Butcher and incorporates a purple room with a four paned window on the wall. Watershed»|
|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»|
|Enthused by a consuming desire to make great wine, Andrew Nugent honed his craft as viticulturalist and winemaker amongst the vines of McLaren Vale before returning to the Adelaide Hills, where he established his very own wineworks at Woodside. Hand crafted from fruit grown to mineral rich soils above the historic Bird in Hand gold mine, a pure Pinot Noir with superb effervescence, dominated by red berry characters, adorned by a lift of stonefruits and floral.. Bird In Hand»|
|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»|
|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»|
|When Johann Gramp planted his vines along the banks of Jacob's Creek in 1847, he was less preoccupied with the making of history but more concerned with the selection of rootstock and fruit, his choice was Shiraz. Jacobs Creek still retain access to some of the oldest vines in Australia and can call on harvests of the finest Barossa Shiraz every year. Jacobs Creek»|
|Valley Clare yields a distinct style of Cabernet Sauvignon, characterized by sweet dark berry flavours, regional mintyness and rolling velvet tannins. Reilly's know Clare Valley very well, highly selective in their choice of terroir, they have set aside harvests from their most precious blocks, hand picked grapes off dry grown vines, open fermented and basket pressed, matured twenty two months in the best French oak. Reillys»|
|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»|
Tatachilla has been part of McLaren Vale since vines were first planted in 1887
The cooler regions of McLaren Vale produce highly aromatic fruit. Throughout it's rich and colourful history, Tatachilla has intuitively understood the potential of this maritime area with its rich soils and cooling sea breezes. McLaren Vale's climate is defined by the region's proximity to the sea and is distinctly Meditteranean. The vines of Tatachilla bask in sunlight, and are gently cooled by late afternoon sea breezes off the Gulf of St Vincent, and the gully winds rolling down the lower ranges.
Tatachilla's vineyards are scattered amongst the sloping hills and tapered basin of McLaren Vale. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are king, and form the backbone of Tatachilla's collective of crafted, silky textured wines. The abundant variety of soils encourage a kaleidoscope of flavours, whilst the cooling ocean air and rolling gully winds cool the sun-warmed grapes, allowing them to reach their full flavour potential without over-ripening. The influences intertwine to develop fruit that creates wines silky in texture, supple in the mouth and vibrant with rich fruit flavours.
The McLaren Vale's rich tapestry of soils veer from red soil over limestone near the Gulf St Vincent to ironstone in the heart of the Vale. The bright patchwork of olive groves, avocado orchards and rows of vines impart a Mediterranean flavour to the grapes. A small, diverse community of growers, winemakers and providers –rooted in McLaren Vale's heritage– trumpet the region's reputation as one renowned not only for its wines, but also its local produce and fine food.
The young and talented French winemaker, Fanchon Ferrandi, is leading Tatachilla to its next chapter. With a sweeping international perspective free from cultural rules, her winemaking essence lies in integrating innovation and technology with a healthy regard for the vineyard. Matching innovation with a respect for the past, Fanchon crafts wines which truly express the rich silken fruit qualities that wear the thumbprint of the McLaren Vale.
Tatachilla wines wear the thumbprint of McLaren Vale. The red wines of the McLaren Vale range exude the intensity of regional Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot with the velvety touch unique to McLaren Vale. The award-winning flagship Foundation Shiraz, sourced from low yielding McLaren Vale vines, epitomises the richness and concentration of superbly ripened McLaren Vale fruit. The Keystone range of Tatachilla pairs innovative winemaking techniques with traditionalist grape and wine styles to create succulent, food-friendly wines that evoke the Mediterranean energy of McLaren Vale.
Tatachilla's dynamic duos of Shiraz, married with the aromatic Viognier, and Cabernet, woven with the earthy Sangiovese, constitute succulent innovative wines blended in the modern Mediterranean style. The lightly oaked Chardonnay and the McLaren Vale classic, Grenache Shiraz, are vibrant food-friendly favourites. Partners Cabernet Shiraz and Growers Semillon Sauvignon Blanc are bursting with the fresh fruit vitality and easy drinking consistency of premium fruit sourced from South Australian vineyards. Tatachilla is well recognised for its full flavoured, lifted white wines and its championing of emerging varietals such as Sangiovese, Arneis, Barbera, Viognier and Vermentino.
"Tatachilla was reborn in 1995 but has had an at-times tumultuous history going back to 1903. Between 1903 and '61 the winery was owned by Penfolds. It was closed in 1961 and reopened in '65 as the Southern Vales Co-operative. In the late 1980s it was purchased and renamed The Vales but did not flourish; in 93 it was purchased by local grower Vic Zerella and former Kaiser Stuhl chief executive Keith Smith. After extensive renovations, the winery was officially reopened in 1995 and won a number of tourist awards and accolades. It became part of Banksia Wines in 2001, in turn acquired by Lion Nathan!" -Wine Companion.com.au