|By the winner of the 2014 Jimmy Watson Trophy! During his time as chief red wine maker at Hardy's, Stephen Pannell became intmate with many of the greater Adelaide region's most splendid sites. A predominantly Syrah wine with a de rigueur inclusion of good Viognier, all picked off a superior low yielding Adelaide Hills vineyard. SC Pannell»|
|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»|
|Named for the Chapel district of Lenton in Nottingham, Brae is Scottish for a small hill, which is what the Lenton Brae vineyard is situated on. Fortuitously placed within the very epicenter for superior Margaret River Cabernet, the site was planted after advisement from the proprietors of nearby Moss Wood, with which it shares a similar terroir and microclime. Lenton Brae»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Twice Gold Medal Challenge International du Vin! Moscatel and GewÃ¼rtztraminer grapes, grown to estate vineyards on the mountains of the Upper Penedes, form the backbone of fruit for ViÃ±a Esmeralda, a delicate but strunningly fragrant wine. The dry fig and raisin characters of Moscatel de AlejandrÃa give Esmerelda it's luscious and flavourful palate, fleshed out by the orange of Frontignac or Moscatel de Grano Menudo as the Spanish say, further enhanced by the complex aromaticness and spice of the vivacious Traminer.. Torres»|
|Tim Knappstein began his apprenticeship under the family owned Stanley Wine Company. Within a decade, Tim had won more than 500 show awards, gold medals and trophies for the premium Leasingham range. Riposte»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Longview are one of the most highly awarded wineries in Adelaide Hills, having claimed trophies and medals at conspicuous national tasteoffs. The predominantly northeast facing slopes and valleys, combined with the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and superior winemaking practices, have produced outstanding vintages. Longview»|
|Perfect balance in wine cannot be manufactured, it occurs naturally. Gemtree achieves this elusive idyll. Gemtree»|
Mr Isaac Phillips named his grant of 1900 acres, Golden Ball in 1857, after his favourite London hotel
The Golden Ball estate vineyards and wineworks are located in northeast Victoria within the Geographical Wine Indication of Beechworth. Presently, now 53 acres, the property purchased in 1996 by James McLaurin, consisting of the 1996 Original Vineyard and in 2005 the Lineage Vineyard. A monopole property, all wines are entirely grown, vinified and bottled on the property. No insecticides, hand pruned and shoot thinning The vineyard is drip irrigated just prior to verasion, with a dry spring however, this may commence slightly earlier. Watering is very limited to keep small berry size carrying most of the fruit through to slow vigour. Verasion sees some definite bunch thinning to balance ripening ability.
The Golden Ball philosophy of care to their land encompasses vineyards as well as the remaining area of Golden Ball with tree planting and water care. Low yields result in intensely flavoured wines being taken up by Australia’s greatest 1, 2 and 3 hatted restaurants and private clients through their mailing list. The Golden Ball wines are reviewed by wine critics of esteem both nationally and internationally. The vineyards drip irrigation water is sourced from estate dams which are fed by winter and spring run off. No bore, well, creek or river pumping of this precious resource. Winery water is caught on the winery and barrel room roofs. Wines produced are là-bas Chardonnay, bona-fide Savagnin CHERISH Rose, SAXON Shiraz and GALLICE Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec.
The original Vineyard 4.5 acres (2 hectares) 1996 Chardonnay (grafted in 2014 from Shiraz) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, first vintage 2002, rows run Northeast/Southwest, slight Northwest facing, gentle slope, planted on deep decomposed granite and light clay, 800 mm cordon height, loose VSP canopy (vertical shoot position)
The Lineage Vineyard 3.5 acres (1.5 hectares) Planted 2005, Close planted unicordon, Shiraz, Savagnin, Cabernet Sauvignon (not producing) Petit Verdot (not producing) Sagrantino (not producing) 800 mm cordon. North/Northwest facing, granite buckshot site. Rows run up steep hill facing North/Northwest, loose VSP canopy (vertical shoot position)
Grapes are all hand picked and cold soaked for two days, chilled to 10 degrees Celsius then off to begin wild ferment. Batches are pressed, settled overnight then put to barrel in 1/3 new French oak, the rest two to three years old. Initial ferments and malolactic are brought about from the yeasts endemic to the vineyards. A spell of 17-18 months oak ageing contact, withstanding rackings and a minimum of five months bottle age pre release. In September 2005 Golden Ball began planting three acres of a six acre site to Shiraz, on a north/north west facing slope. In 2009, half an acre of Savagnin, a white French variety. Spring 2010, some Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino. The new varieties on this slope should do very well and suit the micro-climate. There are no CCA (copper-chromium-arsenate) pine posts used, only railway iron and red box/Murray pine plantation timber. This vineyard will be organically principled to begin, and then the biodynamic ethos introduced.
Since 2010 they have been producing their own electricity, through a five kW solar grid feed system. In December 2013 they grafted some original vines to two excellent Burgundian Chardonnay clones. The grafts have annealed very well. The excellent cool site has produced our first Golden Ball Chardonnay for the 2015 vintage. The priorities are always about quality of fruit, excellence of wine and sanctity of the environment. Everything at Golden Ball is done to make the finest Beechworth wine, while preserving the natural health and balance of the land.