|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»|
|Metala was the first ever to win Jimmy Watson Trophy, a significant accolade in the world of wine. Fruit for the White Label is sourced from splendid Langhorne Creek vines which can trace a heritage back to the original plantings of 1891. Metala»|
|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»|
|Originally released in 1976, the Koonunga Hill range has established a sound reputation for quality and consistency, while availing red wine enthusiasts of the opportunity to approach the enduring Penfolds style. The inaugural 1976 vintage of Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet was a legendary wine, still drinking well at Penfolds red wine recorking clinics. Penfolds»|
|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»|
|Only the best vintages are selected for the Premium Rare Old Muscat, all releases win significant awards at major international competitions. In blending, a range of vintages are used, the older wines giving intensely concentrated luscious flavours and aged complexity and the younger wines imparting the fresh fruit character. Morris»|
|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»|
|A passionate, family owned and operated winery who've been rewarded with highly coveted Royal Melbourne Gold for their impressive Langhorne Creek reds. Temple Bruer have been waving the magic wand with their brilliant efforts at Merlot, scoring further medals at the Small Winemakers and Rutherglen Wine Shows. Temple Bruer»|
|Excellent Langtons Classification. Elderton Command has established an enviable reputation, truly one of Australia's most esteemed flagship wines. Elderton»|
|Richard Bailey planted one of the first Glenrowan vineyards in the 1860s. The Bailey estate survived the downturn of the Victorian gold rush, the ravages of phylloxera and excesses of the Kelly gang, it endures to this day, producing some of the nation's most intensely flavoured and historically significant wines. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|The term Terra rossa means red earth, a rich, free draining soil that is considered by many as the viticultural equivalent of discovering gold. Beneath the strata of red earth at Wrattonbully sits a layer of ancient limestone, a winegrower's dream as it allows free drainage of water, yet ensures vine roots stay close to the surface, putting natural stress on the vine and limiting its vigor and yield. Smith Hooper»|
|John Glaetzer is the winemaker behind Australia's most legendary sequence of Jimmy Watson Trophy winning vintages. Langhorne Creek is a place of spectacular editions Cabernet Sauvignon, powerfully structured, beautifully aromatic wines of edifying regional eloquence, gorgeous dark fruit flavours and lusciously gummy tannins. Gipsie Jack»|
Balgownie Estate is one of Australia's great small vineyards located near the historic gold mining town of Bendigo in central Victoria, just 150km northwest of Melbourne
Here, on the rich soils of Maiden Gully, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker Stuart Anderson established the vineyards and winery in 1969. In 1999 Balgownie Estate was purchased by the Forrester family, passionate wine lovers with a determination to build on the Estate's illustrious history. Today, the Bendigo vineyard has expanded to thirty hectares with plantings of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, pinot noir, and chardonnay as well as smaller quantities of merlot cabernet franc, sangiovese and viognier.
The Estate Shiraz and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon have long stood the test of time and are again regarded as benchmarks for regionally distinctive, red wine styles in Central Victoria. Two other Estate wines are produced, a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These come from very small vineyard parcels and produced in very limited quantities.
The Estate's Chardonnay shows the white peach and nectarine flavours typical of Yarra Valley chardonnay. The palate is intensely flavoured but taught and balanced. This wine is made with no malolactic fermentation in order to retain natural acidity and freshness, a wine that can be enjoyed immediately.
"Regional powerhouse Balgownie specializes in a long-lived shiraz and cabernet! -Winestate
The Pinot Noir reflects a fine and balanced expression of the variety, winemaking artifice has been kept to a minimum allowing the fruit to shine, added fruit from the Yarra Junction sub-region of the Yarra Valley brings delicacy and balance. The nose shows bright cherry and red plum fruit with hints of undergrowth, the palate is intense and layered but not heavy. The interest in Balgownie's White label Cabernet Sauvignon shows no signs of waning, it shows richness and accessibility, and like all Balgownie Estate Cabernets it will reward those with the patience to cellar it for many years.
"This winery was one of the pioneers of commercial winemaking in the Bendigo region, first planting vines in 1969. Now under new ownership, it continues to make massive strides, as underlined by this classic cabernet with its blackcurrant and tobacco leaf bouquet and intense blackcurrant and cedar flavours. Tremendous structure and complexity make this a wine for cellaring". -Winsor Dobbin
Balgownie are fortunate to have a collection of museum wines that covers a large part of Balgownie Estate's history. Starting with a few bottles of some very rare vintages from founder Stuart Anderson's day, right through to the wines of our current winemaker Tobias Ansted. To celebrate this history, the Estate runs a series of back vintages dinners to showcase these precious wines and to share the experience with wine lovers.
Balgownie Estate is proud of its continued and ever growing reputation for fine, award-winning wines. The Balgownie Winery restaurant prides itself on the quality and creativity of its food. The chefs select only the freshest and best local produce to skillfully prepare menus that can truly be thought of as Australian. Influenced by French, Italian and Asian cuisines, dining at Balgownie is exceptional, simple yet elegant dishes to tempt the taste buds. There are some sixty elegant and spacious suites at Balgownie Vineyard Retreat and Spa. All have impressive views across the picturesque Yarra Valley to be enjoyed while sipping a glass of Balgownie wine from the balcony, within comfortable living areas or even from a spa bath. Each suite features a full size spa bath in which to luxuriate.