|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»|
|There's a single block of Montepulciano along Bird In Hand Road at Woodside in the northern Adelaide Hills, a warmer site with rocky, well drained soils, perfectly suited for Italians. The seaside influence of Gulf of St. Bird In Hand»|
|The uncompromising pursuit of excellence brings the Yealands team to the extreme viticultural climes of Gibbston Valley in Central Otago. It is here under the frigid cloudless night skies that Pinot Noir vines, planted to undulating granite schist soils, struggle to yield harvests of parched grapes, redolent with cherry berry perfumes, bursting with an intensity of flavour and wrapped in a muslin of seamless, velvet tannins. Yealands Estate»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Excellent Langtons Classification. Winner of Australia's most coveted award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for vintage 1992, Elderton are one of the nation's great icon winemakers. Elderton»|
|A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with profound structure and vigorous fruit, the essential Coonawarra style, exuding rich bramble, berries and cassis aromas characters over soft, elegant tannins. Extended maturation in the finest French oak contributes to the wine's overall balance and drinkability. Hollick»|
|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»|
|She's such a special wine, that a distinctive hand blown bottle was designed just for her. Tempus Two is the definition of romance and desirability, elegance and finesse, all who have countenanced her endowments agree. Tempus Two»|
|A mostly Cabernet wine with a tenth of Merlot, a jot of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing almost a third of Hollick's annual production. Previous vintages of Tannery Block have won numerous prestigious awards, including the pre-eminent Jimmy Watson, Robert Bryce and Arthur Kelman Trophies. Hollick»|
|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»|
|Streicker's Bridgeland property yields harvests of the finest Shiraz. Crafted to traditional winemaking techniques, a regimen of old fashioned plungings and open ferments, into a pure, single vineyard Rhone style Syrah. Streicker»|
Situated right at the heart of the Yarra Valley, the Train Trak vineyards yield intensely flavoured wines, reflecting the exceptional grapegrowing conditions, rich soil and ideal elevation
The Yarra Valley is one of the most renowned wine regions in Australia. It is the birthplace of Victorian vineyards, where wine has been continuously produced for over a hundred years. Train Trak relates to the railtracks which run through the property over a quaint trestle bridge. The train line, built in the 1800s was an important link to the Yarra Valley and is still a significant landmark traversing the local vineyards and pasture.
Train Trak is sited along the Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, near the Yarra Glen Race Course. The Train Trak vineyards thrive under the Yara valley's cooler climes. In neighbouring Healesville for instance, the mean January temperature is just 19.4 degrees, lower than Bourdeaux or Burgundy in the same part of the growing season. Unless there is drought, the rain is quite constant throughout the year, with a peak in spring, annual rainfall is 910mm while in the growing season it is 400mm. There is always some threat of frost and hail, which can reduce yields, in spring and or summer.
The eighteen hectares vineyard sprouts north facing vines, planted to rich clay loam soils with a moderate and ideal fertility, with an average yield one and a half to three tones/ acre, depending on variety. The vines bare Chardonnay clones P58 and I10V3, Pinot Noir clones MV6 and D5V12, Shiraz clones PT23 and Cabernet Sauvignon clones PT23SA125, all of which are exclusively hand picked. The local cool climate produces a long ripening period, resulting in a full display of flavours and balanced acidity, harvest is usually carried out March to April.
The first estate vines were planted in 1995 and nurtured thereafter by the superior viticulture practices of John Evans. All wines are produced solely from estate grown hand picked grapes. Attention to vine site location, based on varietal preference, sophisticated trellis systems, canopy management and low cropping levels have resulted in exceptional wines, displaying intense varietal flavour and elegance. The winemaking reflects modern adaptations of traditional techniques, such as barrel fermentation in French oak, and gentle plunging of open top fermentors, ensuring all the intense cool climate flavours and colours are extracted.