|A collation of superior vineyard parcels, crafted by a boutique estate which has been recognized as one of Australia's leading wineries. Clonakilla are dedicated to making distinctive, handcrafted wines, only ever released in limited quantities, anything by Clonakilla can be hard to find, but they are worth the search. Clonakilla»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Perfect balance in wine cannot be manufactured, it occurs naturally. Gemtree achieves this elusive idyll. Gemtree»|
|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»|
|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»|
|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»|
|The seemingly countless, memorable vintages of Delatite have claimed a litany of trophies, accolades and rave reviews throughout the world of wine. Her first vines were planted in 1968 on a picturesque rise overlooking the vistas of Mt Buller. Delatite»|
|Brookland Valley Estate made a conspiuous impression through their stirling efforts at Cabernet Merlot when they claimed several significant trophies, including the hotly contested Qantas Best Wine of Show. Expressing fully the generous palate structure and aromatic richness of the stylish Margaret River Cab Merlot accord, beautifully perfumed, bramble flavoured wine, brimming with the quality and elegance which has earned Brookland Valley Estate a five star reputation. Brookland Valley»|
|A Shiraz of power and elegance, Heathcote Estate claimed a significant gold medal at the prestigious London International. Inspired by the amazing depth and character of Terra Rosa Shiraz, the Bialkower and Kirby families determined the most idyllic location to propogate vines for an ultra premium Shiraz to rival Australia's finest. Heathcote Estate»|
|After several decades of crafting Australia's most memorable vintages, Mike Press is more sanguine than ever that great wine can only come from the finest vineyards. His dedicated hands on approach means that he is personally involved in every stage of the winemaking, from pruning the vines and inspecting grapes, right to plunging the ferments and bottling his finished wine. Mike Press»|
|The first and final word in world class Barossa Cabernet, aged in a luxurious selection of completely new French oak hogsheads. The Ashmead block is so low yielding that it was almost gutted and re established to more productive plantings. Elderton»|
They travelled the world in search of the ultimate home, a place that would fulfil their dream of making very special wine, they kept returning to the Barossa Valley, drawn by all it had to offer
After 26 years in the Hong Kong airline industry, Baron Hans Rudolf Haan established Haan Estate Wines in 1993, acquiring 26.3 hectares near Tanunda. The original site Hanenhof was initially planted in 1853 by George Friedrich Schmidt, who purchased the property for a pound an acre. The celebrated Barossa Merlot virtuoso James Irvine, assisted in the establishment of Haan by restoring and replanting the ancient vines. He further left his legacy on Haan Estate by mentoring the winemakers. The 18-hectares surrounding Hanenhof Estate consist mainly of the sandy loam soils which dominate Barossa Valley floor. These soils have proven excellent for producing rich, luscious Shiraz and Cabernets, varieties that have made the Barossa famous throughout the world. Hans and Fransien Haan renovated an 1850s vintage farmhouse, with a cottage, studio and tennis court, to make a homestead winery with a beautiful garden.
Barossa remains a unique district that maintains many of the great traditions lost in other areas. The local Barossa inhabitants work towards a strong commitment to preserving a great vineyard heritage. Barossa is blessed with a climate that exhibits four very distinct seasons, and a wonderful sense of community where everyone works together for the common good, taking pride in the achievements of one and all. The Haan philosophy meant that Hanenhof Vineyards would be holistically managed as a true wine estate. Providing the best possible conditions in the vineyard has been the key to success, along with a clear understanding of how to achieve excellence in the winemaking.
Plantings include shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, merlot and viognier, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. All of the production receives excellent attention to detail from the dedicated Haan vineyard team.
Grapes are picked at optimum maturity for each wine type, treated to a gentle fermentation and transferred into French oak barriques to mature. The barriques are housed in the beautifully designed maturation cellars that dominate the entrance to the Estate's buildings.
All vines in the Haan vineyard are cane pruned with 30 buds to the vine and vertical shoot positioning to give a ballerina effect. Water management is essential and the key to a good harvest. The grapes are harvested at their optimum ripeness and processed with as little intervention as possible. Grapes are destemmed and fermented in small batches. Elevage is in a mixture of new and older barriques and hogheads for both the Classic and Prestige range. The use of both American oak, which offers a sweeter spice profile, and French oak - which shows more savoury spices and delicate tannin profile, helps to create wines of power and elegance.
Depending on the variety, the wines may remain in oak for up to 24 months, followed by further bottle maturation prior to release, with the eventual aim that the red wines will be available at around 2.5 years of age. Most of the vines are on a simple vertical trellis system with moving wires to lift the foliage and expose the fruit to the sun for full development of flavour and character. The Haan philosophy of providing the best possible conditions in the vineyard in order to encourage the most outstanding result in the bottle has certainly been rewarded with outstanding wines. Haan ultimately triumphed with the highly coveted Australian Wine Producer of Year, followed by Trophy and Medals for outstanding successes at the London International Wine & Spirit Competition.