|The higher altitudes and slower ripening climes of King Valley are a blessing to wine growers. Some of the more fortuitous sites boast soils and aspects which are nothing short of idyllic, yielding harvests of vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon. Gracebrook»|
|The Fowles family have been at the centre of Victoria's commerce and development since early settlement. Founders of Bendigo Bank and Fowles Auction Group, they also established the first Victorian winery ever to win Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Fowles»|
|Majella are one of the most highly awarded small wineries in Australia, the inaugural release of The Musician was met with unprecedented critical acclaim. In the tradition of the most salubrious Coonawarra vineyards, the Majella property was used extensively for grazing before being planted to vine. Majella»|
|From some of the oldest Grenache vines in McLaren Vale, picked by hand at maximal ripeness, gently crushed and destemmed into open fermenters, a portion of whole bunches are included for complexity. A fortnight of ferments are hand plunged and pumped over for optimal extractions. Wirra Wirra»|
|An eminent Cabernet wine which can lay claim to coveted accolades such as Blue Gold Sydney International and Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Jacobs Creek retain South Australia's finest vineyards and aim to improve the quality of wine every year. Jacobs Creek»|
|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»|
|Frank Potts established the Bleasdale vineyards in 1850, his eponymously labelled wine commemorates a legacy of innovation and resourcefulness. Frank Potts is a Bordeaux styled Cabernet which may contain varying portions of Malbec or Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc or Merlot depending on the performance of vintage. Bleasdale»|
|The marvelous S1 block is a sheltered, relatively warm site within the splendid vistas of Seaview Vineyard, on a north facing plateau at 160m above sea level, refreshed by maritime winds that blow in from the Cludy Bay coast. Fruit is crushed and destemmed, chilled and gently pressed, the clearest juices are racked off for a long, cool ferment to capture the full opulence of S1 vineyard grapes on the vine. Yealands Estate»|
|The dedicated team at Bird in Hand are driven by a determination to grow into one of the world's great wineries. Proprietor Andrew Nugent lives and works among the vines and the winery. Bird In Hand»|
|A vigorous diction of new world Chardonnay, framed within a tasteful veneer of judicious oak, crafted by an artisanal winery that's claimed best white and best red wine trophies, as judged amongst peers at the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association. Willow Creek offers a stylishly proportioned palate, finishing as crisp as the maritime winds which enthuse the Peninsula. Willow Creek»|
|Blackjack has claimed the eminent M.Chapoutier Trophy for Best Shiraz at the prestigious Le Concours des Vinson on no fewer than three occasions. Block 6 is a superior parcel of distinguished vines, renowned within the Bendigo district for producing a very high quality, intensely fruit driven Shiraz. Blackjack»|
|The wines of Shadowfax have gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time, due in no small part to the remarkable quality of fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax have achieved the new wave of Chardonnay, refreshingly fruit driven, livelier than it's Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. Shadowfax»|
Turner’s Crossing Vineyard is located in Bendigo, a popular ford In the 1800s, used by local farmers to traverse the Loddon River
Today the fertile red soil is home to a 103-acre vineyard, where full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Viognier grapes are produced for a variety of Victorian winemakers as well as the award winning wines bearing the Turner Crossing label. The vineyard is around 10 kms north of both Water Wheel and Pondalowie Vineyards, and 20 kms west of Connor Park. The vines are planted on well-drained red sandy clay loam topsoil and average yield is below 3 tonnes per acre. The subsoil is red light-medium clay, containing limestone pebbles. There is minimal use of chemicals and pesticides are not used at all. Vines are spur pruned and bud numbers are calculated to allow low yields.
For well over a century the ranges of Central Victoria surrounding Bendigo have been home to some of Australia’s greatest wines. This section of the Bendigo GI produces some exceptional wines. The first grapes were planted in the region in 1856, just after the start of the massive gold rush. The gold rush brought tens of thousands of hopeful diggers from around world, many of whom had extensive knowledge of the wines and foods of Europe.
Their knowledge, combined with the exceptional quality of Bendigo fruit, yielded wines of such distinction that the judges at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition were heard to exclaim of Bendigo’s early Hermitage (Shiraz) that no Colonial wine can be that good! The tradition of great wines in Bendigo continues, as evidenced by the accolades in the press and the numerous awards at wine shows throughout Australia. Turner’s Crossing wines are now found across Australia and are exported around the world.
Turner’s Crossing is the realisation of a dream for grape grower Paul Jenkins, who spent many years honing his craft on a small vineyard at Yankee Creek (a few kilometres south-east of Bendigo) before planting the Turner’s Vineyard just west of Serpentine. When winemaker Sergio Carlei of Carlei Estate initially purchased fruit for his green vineyard label, he was so impressed with the results he immediately struck up a business partnership with Paul to release the Turner’s Crossing wines under their own label. The wines received immediate success with the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (also bottled under the Green Vineyard label) receiving a blue gold at the Sydney International Wine Show.
Sergio Carlei makes wine from the heart. In a short time his passion has moved him from the family garage to a fully-fledged professional operation producing over 10,000 cases of wine per year from his winery at Upper Beaconsfield in Victoria. Sergio and esteemed grower Paul Jenkins have combined their respective talents to craft the line of Turners Crossing wines. Additionally, Sergio makes and releases wines under the Carlei Estate and Carlei Green Vineyards labels.
Carlei lives in a mud-brick house he built next to the winery. The property includes a modest biodynamic vineyard that was established in 1997. Carlei’s philosophy is to make real wines, wines that are subtle, intense and best enjoyed with food. Wines with personality. Sergio believes environmentally responsible viticulture is the best course for winemaking. He is committed to sustainable agricultural procedures and natural winemaking practices. His ultimate goal is to have all of the vineyards organically certified or using organic practices. In winemaking as in viticulture, Sergio's mission is to improve wine quality and optimize fruit flavors naturally. Invariably, these wines are made with minimal interference employing traditional winemaking skills. This includes careful manipulation of the fruit using a multi-dimensional approach with the fermentation, natural yeasts and whole bunch basket pressing. In most cases the wines are unfiltered or fined. The results of these very natural processes are wines of quality and complexity.
Sergio believes that soil to a vine is like blood to a human being. Toxic soil means improper vine health. Toxins in the blood lead to all sorts of health problems in people. Cleaner vineyards allow the true flavours in the fruit to be expressed, which results in better tasting wines. The wines have real length and wonderful depth. As the vines get older, they will just get better and better.