|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»|
|Earnscleugh Valley was the site of a gold rush in the 1860s, the industrious miners dug a watercourse through the valley which today serves to nourish the world's southernmost appellation of Pinot Noir. The Last Chance is a small scenic terrace, planted to a special Burgundy clone of Pinot Noir which yields a magnificently structured, generously proportioned wine. Two Paddocks»|
|Willow Creek has quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading Mornington wineries, producing ultra fine Pinot Noir. From the first multiple trophy winning 1994 edition it was clear that Willow Creek was an exceptional site yielding superlative fruit. 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»|
|By one of the most consequential winemakers in the greater Canberra GUI, crafted from Shiraz grown to mature vines at Kyeema, on an elevated granite saddle near Murrumbateman. Reserve Shiraz has enjoyed a series of compelling national trophy wins, including Best Red Sydney Royal Wine Show. Collector»|
|When Johann Gramp planted his vines along the banks of Jacob's Creek in 1847, he was less preoccupied with the making of history but more concerned with the selection of rootstock and fruit, his choice was Shiraz. Jacobs Creek still retain access to some of the oldest vines in Australia and can call on harvests of the finest Barossa Shiraz every year. Jacobs Creek»|
|Howard Park is internationally feted as one of the new world's great Riesling wines, achieving superstar status after claiming highly coveted gold medal at the prestigious London International. Riesling was Howard Park's first vintage, it remains the Australian west's most enduring white after over three decades of superlative editions. Howard Park»|
|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»|
|Tyrrell made a major contribution to the development of Heathcote as a world class winegrowing region. One of the earliest pioneers, they sowed the seeds and established the vines which launched the second gold rush into Heathcote Shiraz. Tyrrells»|
|Steeped in history, the original Baileys store was situated next door to the Glenrowan Inn where widow Jones hosted Ned Kelly's siege. Following the gold rush, the Baileys turned to farming and settled on a property which they named Bundarra. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|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»|
|A single vineyard, strongly terroir wine by maestro Ken Helm AM, from fruit picked off neighbour Al Lustenberger's property, only released under the premium black label if it reaches the highest quality benchmarks. Since 2005 the collaboration of Lustenberger and Helm has claimed more than fourteen trophies. Helm»|
Where convict past and Barossa tradition meet, Westlake are a small, family operated vineyard committed to producing exceptional wines
Established to the renowned northern Barossa Valley sub regions of Koonunga and Moppa, Westlake take aim aim to capture the soils and seasons in which these vines grow and to celebrate their differences, ensuring that each vintage will have its own story to tell. By combining a colourful convict past and traditional Barossa heritage, Westlake look forward to continuing a unique story. Ultra rare, hand crafted, Barossan wine with a difference. Right from the start, the vision was to produce the best possible fruit from estate vineyards in a sustainable way, ensuring that the environmental care would benefit future generations. From that came the urge to complete the cycle and make wines from fruit that was only sourced from estate vineyards, tended by hand throughout the year.
The philosophy behind Westlake wines was to capture the soils and seasons in which these vines grow and to celebrate their differences in the bottle. This ensures that every vintage release is a direct reflection on what the vineyard endures throughout the year. Completely open to the forces of nature, there have been some vintages which were not released, due to the fact that they have not reached the highest standards. Rest assured that if it's in the bottle it is good. Finally, there is not much point in doing this if you donít enjoy it or have anyone to share it with, so it is with great joy that Westlake can share with friends everywhere to celebrate what they do.
Nestled amongst the rolling hills at the northern fringe of Barossa Valley is the highly prized Jaensches Vineyard, in family hands for three generations. Although the soils vary across the block they mainly consist of shallow red brown top soils over heavy red clays, scattered with ironstone and quartz. The variations and aspects of each plot provide us great blending material, adding complexity and depth to our wines.
The picturesque Higgins Block Vineyard, located in the sub region of Koonunga, with its gentle slopes falling down to the gum studded creeks, really isnít a bad place to work! This part of the valley has the ability to produce amazingly concentrated world class wines that are highly sought by collectors world wide.
Jaensches Vineyard crops and canopy levels are naturally controlled due to the hard nature of soils and climate. Wines from this block typically display dark fruits, with rich colours and ample tannin structure. Jaensches vineyard has been planted to varieties that are suited to the site such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Durif, Grenache, Mataro, Petite Verdot and Viognier. Higgins Vineyard soils consist of shallow red brown top soils over heavy red clays, famous to the Koonunga region to Biscay like soil over red clay. With its rows running East/West it has proven to be ideal in controlling canopy size and crops levels already impressing with spectacular fruit, displaying wonderful aromatics and colour. Planted to Durif, Graciano and several clones of Shiraz, Westlake look forward in showcasing the results of vintages well into the future.