|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»|
|The High Trellis paddock has been yielding the most splendid vintages of wine since the late 19th century, so nicknamed as the vines were the first to be trained above knee height following acquisition of the property by dArenberg. For decades, High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon has been released to unanimous critical acclaim by the wine industry press and international cognoscente. dArenberg»|
|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»|
|White Label is a McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest eminence, having been nominated for the George Mackey Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Australian export. Crafted from fruit grown to some of the oldest vines at Pirramimma and McLaren Vale, it has twice claimed Gold in San Francisco and competed well against a formidable host of distinguished growths at the prestigious London International. Pirramimma»|
|Elizabeth is a classic Hunter Valley white which has established itself as one of Australia's benchmark Semillon. Named in commemoration of the first ever visit to Australia by a reigning monarch in 1954, Elizabeth has claimed over fifty trophies and multi gold throughout it's long and illustrious history. Mount Pleasant»|
|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»|
|An exciting innovation in a Methode traditionnelle, enriched by strawberry. A component of Pinot Noir is treated to extended time on skins for perfect uptake of charming rose colour, to be blended back with Chardonnay after primary ferments. Lindauer»|
|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»|
|A stellar achiever around the national wine show circuit, Wicks have claimed significant trophy triumphs for the excellence of their Pinot Noir. After a long family history of orchard farming and viticulture in the Adelaide Hills, priority was given to the establishment of choice clones Pinot Noir along the scenic slopes at Woodside. Wicks»|
|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»|
|Belford Vineyard paradoxically produces the bigger yet softer of all Tyrrell's premium Semillon wines. Belford is the Hunter Valley archetype, showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus honey flavours. Tyrrells»|
|Blue Pyrenees were established through a no expense spared approach, by two of the wine world's most revered, accomplished and resourced estates. A superior standard of viticulture and exacting vinification techniques were the priority, they remain at the very core of the Blue Pyrenees raison d'Ãªtre. Blue Pyrenees»|
Grove Estate was acquired in 1989 with the aim of producing premium cool climate wine grapes
The property already had a long history of involvement with the wine and grape industry, as vines were originally planted on the property back in 1886. Croatian settlers moved into the Hilltops region after leaving Dalmatia, bringing with them bundles of vine cuttings, some of which survive at Grove Estate today. Established to rich red volcanic soils at 500m above sea level on Murringo Road, just three kilometres from the town of Young, some of these ancient vines remain productive on their original parcels. The Flanders, Kirkwood and Mullany families acquired the land and re established Grove Estate vineyard as a supplier to national brands in 1989. Over the years, 40 hectares of vines have been planted, including the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Semillon.
In 1997 the partners of Grove Estate decided to retain a small parcel of fruit for their own branding, producing a range of premium wines under their own label. The first wine released was a 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon and now a full range of reds and whites exist, Zinfandel and Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon and Basazi, which is a blend of Barbera, Sangiovese & Zinfandel. Grove Estate’s 35 Hectares of vineyards make up just part of the story. The Kirkwood’s, Flanders and Mullanys also own another 55 Hectares of vineyards that supply the Grove Estate label. Mark and Vickie Flanders have vineyards adjoining Grove Estate on Murringo Road. Peter and Suzanne Kirkwood have Shiraz less then a Kilometre from Grove Estate and Brian and Suellen Mullany have Cabernet, Barbera and Sangiovese in the same area. Brian and Suellen along with Michelle and Vince Fernon have another 30 hectares, around 10 kilometres from Grove Estate towards the small village of Wombat.
This diversification of sites and soil types, along with the unique micro climates on each vineyard, allows for a great ability to produce a diverse style of wines from the one GI. This together with the huge range of varieties, including Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Viognier, all make Grove Estate a really exciting winery.
The Hilltops have become one the great wine growing regions in Australia. Wines from the Hilltops, including choice harvests from Grove Estate vineyards, have won the most prestigious national awards. Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2010 and Finest Shiraz in Australia at the great Australian Shiraz Tasting. One of the original buildings on the property has now been transformed into a cellar door outlet, which offers wine tastings and sales.
Trophy winners Best Red Sydney International Wine Competition • Trophy Best medium bodied Red Sydney International Wine Competition • Blue Gold/Top 1OO Sydney International Wine Competition • Gold Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia • Gold 2005 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show • Gold Canberra Regional Wine Show • Silver Decanter London World Wine Awards