Warre's launch of Otima Old Tawny caused a revolution in Port that introduced a completely new concept
Rejuvenating Port's Appeal To Younger Enthusiasts Otima is now widely acknowledged as the most successful new development in the Port trade for over 25 years Otima is is a non vintage ten year old Tawny Port with light delicate palate, contemporarily fashioned in an attractive modern bottle.
Langtons Distinguished Classification
A POWERFUL YET ELEGANT WINE. enriched by the extravagance of barrel ferments. new French oak and battonage. Petaluma assembles Chardonnay from an archive of superior blocks in Piccadilly Valley. all are fortuitious microclimes. blessed by slow ripening conditions. very similar to Chardonnay's ancestral home in La Bourgogne. These splendid sites are closely planted and fastidiously managed through strict regimens of shoot and fruit thinning. to achieve the most meagre yields of peerless quality Chardonnay. .
A wine of pure Barossa fruit by a master who loves Shiraz and is devoted to the valley he calls home
Grant Burge Has Been Awarded Every Major Trophy And Medal In Australia Including the Montgomery Stodart, Brisbane Club and Jimmy Watson. His vines are spoiled with attention, pruned, cropped and encouraged to achieve maximum development of varietal characters in the berries, the magic grail of good flavour, judicious acids and ripe tannins. The holy trinity of Grant Burge, Barossa and Shiraz.
HUGEL IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT WINES. A joy to savour and to fully appreciate its freshness and purity of style, a flavoursome Riesling that everyone should enjoy far more often. Made by those wonderful folks who invented Riesling, grapes are grown in a region that has been producing the world's most reasured white wines for millenia. Hugel is vinified exclusively from fruit grown to sites in and around Riquewihr, managed by vignerons under contracts which have lasted for generations. A fine match to all good seafood, poached, grilled or smoked.
EVERY SHIRAZ GRAPE GROWN BY MITOLO IS CULTIVATED AND NURTURED WITH PASSION AND ZEAL, sparing no effort or resource to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to construct wines of elegance, purity and power. Savitar is the flagship Mitolo Shiraz, a tightly structured wine produced by maestro Ben Glaetzer in very limited qualities. Savitar features heady aromas and a powerful yet elegant multi dimensional palate. Shiraz is sourced from a single superb site, the elite Lopresti Vineyard's Chinese Block in Willunga, at the southern end of McLaren Vale.
THE SIGNATURE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR ALMOST FIFTY YEARS AND HAS DEVELOPED A LOYAL FOLLOWING, due to its quality and consistency of style. The defining Australian Cabernet Shiraz, Signature has set the benchmark for this iconic style, drawing on Yalumba's baronial resource of vineyards. A sentimental favourite, with a heritage deeply rooted in Barossa viticulture, Signature has an ability to unravel a myriad of flavours when enjoyed in it's youth, and to age gracefully in the bottle.
THE NAME STONIER IS WIDELY RECOGNISED AS MORNINGTON'S MOST SPLENDID CHARDONNAY, sourced from a select coterie of hand tended vineyards amongst the rolling hills of the peninsula. A unique topography and cool maritime climes make a distinctive expression of Chardonnay. A richly barrel fermented wine, the highly talented team arbor through a diligent lees stirring and fermentation process, to achieve a complex array of exotic fresh citrus fruit flavours supported by natural acid with a delicate mineral character, in a fruit driven, early drinking style.
In 1856 an
Irish cobler by the name of Hugh Reilly arrived at the tiny township of Mintaro in the Clare Valley
Over the next 10 years, Hugh converted the stone barn that had been his home into a cottage. Reilly's Cottage served as the local Cobbler's Shop in the centre of the bustling town, which had boomed with the discovery of slate in the area. Almost 140 years later, the cottage has been restored to its former glory by distant relatives of Hugh, the Ardill family, and once again it is a hive of activity, and home to Reilly's Wines.
In 1993, Reillys started from humble beginnings where the first vintages of wines were processed on the front porch of the Cottage. What started as a passionate hobby for Chief Winemaker Justin Ardill soon became a thriving business due to his commitment to consistently produce premium quality wines. The winery has steadily grown over the years, quickly outstripping the capacity of the cottage, and production was moved to a state-of-the-art facility in nearby Leasingham in 2000.
The Clare Valley is famed for its Rieslings, Shiraz and Cabernets - what differentiates the Clare from many other Australian wine regions are the dry, hot summer days and cool, crisp nights which contribute to the intensity of the flavours in Clare Valley fruit. Reillys vineyards, located in the Leasingham and Watervale subregions of the Clare Valley are non-irrigated, depending solely on rainfall. They yield limited quantities of small, delicious berries which are hand picked to ensure only the premium fruit is selected to go into our winemaking process.
The Reilly's Wines philosophy is to produce low volumes of premium, hand-made wines from this unique fruit. Reillys wines are very enjoyable in their early years and will richly reward those with patience, showing their best with 5-10 years maturation in the bottle.
The fruit is crushed at the Leasingham facility and fermented in open vats, prolonging contact of skins and juice. The fermented wine is then basket-pressed. This is a slow process providing last pressings which contribute to creating fine wines of intense colour and flavour. Reillys red wines are then stored in new, premium quality French and American oak hogsheads for one to two years.
Reilly's Cottage is now the winery's Cellar Door where visitors can sample crisp, clean Rieslings and big, bold reds. Adjacent to the cellar door tasting area, there is Reilly's Restaurant serving Northern Italian influenced cuisine. Reilly's also offer accommodation at Reilly's Country Retreat, just behind the cellar door. Reillys wines have won many awards, including trophies and gold, silver and bronze medals at major wine shows. Reillys have also received critical acclaim from prominent wine writers and publications including James Halliday, Jeremy Oliver, Robert Parker and Winestate.
The New Zealand
wine industry was still in its infancy in 1934, when Yugoslavian immigrant Ivan Yukich planted his first vineyard
He called it Montana, meaning mountain, after its location in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland. Thirty years later his two sons used the same name when they founded their wine company and started producing what soon became the trendsetting wines in New Zealand. Looking for a greater grape resource, Montana Wines played a key role in the development of Gisborne, on the eastern tip of the North Island, as a premium winemaking region. This coincided with a concerted effort to increase the quality of the wines produced.
In 1973 Montana took the bold step of planting the first modern commercial vineyard in the traditional sheep-farming region of Marlborough, on the Northeast corner of the South Island. It proved to be an inspired choice, as was Montana's decision to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough has since become New Zealand's main viticultural region, with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc undoubtedly the country's signature wine on the international market.
Montana also entered the Hawke's Bay viticulture region when the company bought the historic Church Road winery near Napier, some 200 km south of Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island. At this small winery, Montana is pushing the boundaries to create exquisite boutique wines. With vineyards and wineries in all three major grape-growing areas of New Zealand, Montana produces an extensive range of premium still wines.
In recent years, Montana has focused on developing Gisborne as a premium wine region, expanding key vineyard sites and purchasing additional, well-located vineyards. The existing winemaking facilities that we took over in 1973 have been upgraded and a new cooperage built. Gisborne is described by local grape growers as the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand, a claim that can be supported by the quantity and quality of the region's wines. The Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 1998 won the White Wine of the Year award at the 1999 International Wine Challenge in London.
The winery's traditional oak barriques are used for the barrel fermentation and maturation of Montana Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay, awarded White Wine of the Year at the 1997 International Wine Challenge in Londonâ€”an achievement the wine repeated in 2002 - and other premium wines. The most famous wine to hail from the Brancott Winery is Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the largest exported version of New Zealand's signature wine variety. The Montana Marlborough Pinot Noir is also an award-winning wine produced at this vineyard. The multi-million dollar visitor facility at the Brancott Winery in Marlborough is also a must-see for tourists. It features an elegant restaurant, retail store, tasting rooms and wine education facility.
Today, Montana is New Zealand's leading wine range. With vineyards in Gisborne, Marlborough and Hawke's Bay, Montana produces a matchless range of quality still wines. Montana is the top selling New Zealand wine internationally and more people around the world drink Montana than any other New Zealand wine. Montana has long celebrated the New Zealand spirit in all its forms, including arts sponsorships such as the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
The Cullen winemaking
approach is that they will do whatever it takes to make outstanding wines
In the early 1960's detailed climatic studies of various regions in Southwestern Australia revealed that during the winegrowing season, Margaret River's climate was similar to that of Bordeaux, particularly Pomerol. The conclusion that Margaret River was ideal for viticulture was first tested in Wilyabrup in 1966, when Diana and Kevin Cullen planted a trial acre of vines. The encouraging results led to the couple planting 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm in 1971.
Cullen Wines has since evolved into an estate specialising in quality wines from single vineyard sites. In his book 'Wisdom of the West' Bertrand Russell states that "Philosophy is as the Greeks put it a kind of adventure undertaken for its own sake." The philosophy of Cullen Wines is to search for the best quality expression of the vineyard in the wine.
The vineyard site at Cullens was carefully chosen for its potential to produce great wine, and in particular red wine. The maritime climate, rocky soils, dry farming, and organic practices all help to create individual and diverse winestyles which are unique to Cullen. Diana and Dr Kevin Cullen arrived in Busselton from Tasmania in 1948. They began to purchase land in the Margaret River region for farming purposes.
Studies carried out by renowned WA agronomist Dr. John Gladstones proved conclusively that Margaret River would be ideal for viticulture and particularly the production of quality wine. Dr Kevin Cullen and his wife Diana first tested this notion by planting a trial acre of vines in 1966. It was to mark the beginning of Margaret River as a wine region. Kevin and Di were so pleased with the results of the trial that they planted 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm. These initial varieties were Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling - being the only varieties they were able to source.
The soils at Cullen are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateritic subsoils. The vines are dry farmed, helping to ensure maximum fruit quality, and are both pruned and harvested by hand. Low yields enable the flavours of the grapes to develop fully. The Cullen family philosophy is to put quality before quantity. Quality starts in the vineyard where the vines are dry farmed. Cullen Estate Vineyard has "A" Grade Biodynamic Certification with the Biological Farmers Association.
Cullen follows the maxim that great wines are made in the vineyard. Thus, prior to planting, extreme care is taken in choosing the best possible site.
Situated right in
the heart of the McLaren Vale, Tapestry's rich ironstone soils and cool coastal climate provide ideal conditions for producing well structured and richly flavoured wines of exceptional quality
Surrounded by undulating hills and with the waters of the Gulf of St Vincent sparkling in the distance, the view from Tapestry Wines is both relaxing and therapeutic the perfect environment for the discerning wine drinker or your next special function. Estate grown vines are the major source of fruit. The vines span two vineyards within the McLaren Vale Wine Region. Both vineyards are very low yielding and produce fruit and wines with intense flavour and concentration. Tapestry's commitment to quality has seen this relatively small boutique label receive a number of awards and go on to establish export markets everywhere.
The winemakers produce strict varietal wines using fruit primarily from McLaren Vale, fitting Tapestry's philosophy that wines should be made that truly express their varietal and regional characteristics. Tapestry's award winning range includes the McLaren Vale mainstay Shiraz, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and fortified wines. The Tapestry range also includes a collection of exceptional Reserve wines, which are produced using only the best barrels of each special vintage.
The estate's history predates the acquisition of the property by the Starr family, who purchased the well-established vineyards in 1969, re-establishing the operation as Merrivale Wines in 1971. Throughout the 1970's, the vineyards were gradually developed and improved while Jack Starr became renowned for big Shiraz-pressing red wines. Reds and fortified wines were sold with growing success. The renowned Krondorf Winery of the Barossa Valley purchased Merrivale Wines as a separate entity. Charles Hargrave was appointed head Winemaker under the instruction of Grant Burge and Ian Wilson. Chardonnay (sourced from Willunga) and Riesling from the property's vines were introduced to the growing portfolio of wines.
Their first vintage was processed at Krondorf Wines while the Merrivale "hollow tin shed" was being equipped for future vintages. Rapidly gaining widespread recognition, the Merrivale Winery was acquired by Brian and Kay Light who set about revitalising the old vineyard, planting 2 hectares of Chardonnay and 3 hectares of Shiraz during 1994 and 1995. This was followed closely by the purchase of a second vineyard at Bakers Gully, situated high in the hills above McLaren Vale. The new Tapestry label was also introduced, but remained as a sister label under the Merrivale brand.
In 1997 the prominent South Australian company Gerard Industries purchased Merrivale Wines under the charter of the Robert Gerard AO, who remains as owner today. Since that time, this relatively small boutique label has gained widespread recognition both within Australia and Overseas, successfully establishing export markets in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
The Bakers Gully Vineyard is located at the elevated Eastern end of Chapel Hill Road at the Southern end of Bakers Gully. Soils are sand to depth of 300 mm, followed by a subsoil of ironstone to 600 mm and over a deep red / yellow clay. Shiraz from this vineyard is used exclusively for the super premium "Vincent" Shiraz releases. Shiraz 13.4 hectares, Single cordon VSP. Riesling 0.8 hectares, Single cordon VSP. Cabernet Sauvignon 10.5 hectares, minimal hedge pruning.
Chardonnay 2.7 hectares, I10V1 clone, planted in 2001, single cordon VSP, Verdelho, 2.0 hectares, planted in 2001, single cordon VSP. The wines from this low yielding vineyard are highly aromatic, showing nice menthol and mint characters. The wines are enhanced through maturation in finely grained French oaks, adding depth and structure.