SATISFYING THE GROWING RESURGENCE AMONGST ENTHUSIASTS OF GRAND BAROSSA SHIRAZ, for fully flavoured robust sparkling red wines, Schild are a boutique, father to son estate, which have been releasing vintages of increasingly higher quality and rapidly growing international repute. Sparkling red wines have been a Schild family tradition from the very beginning, the luscious dark berry flavours and elegant tannins of Lyndoch grown Shiraz, make a deeply indulgent effervescent wine that's the ideal match to dressed game meats or richly liqueured desserts.
THE MURPHYS WERE AMONG THE FIRST SETTLERS TO ESTABLISH VINEYARDS AROUND MILDURA. The family moved to Trentham Cliffs in 1960 and re-developed a site which was part of a larger sheep station, irrigated by the nearby Murray River. The first vintages were destined for fortified wines, as was the market demand of the time. Blocks were later planted to Pinot Grigio, which performed brilliantly in the rich red loam over limestone soils. A crisp and fresh table wine, just lovely alongside garlic recipes or everyone's favourite chicken caesar.
A SPECIAL WINE FROM SPECIAL PLACES, mature vines yielding harvests of fruit endowed with complexity and great depth of flavour are the key criteria for inclusion into this limited release Barossa Shiraz. Richmond Grove adhere to a straight forward philosophy of sourcing rich, powerful wines from exceptional vineyards and maturing them under the highest quality oak. A splendid Shiraz of unmistakable regional character and charm, lined with swiss cocolate tannins and brimming with a halo of bright Barossa fruit, a wine of complexity, structure and grace.
GIOVANNI MAGLIERI WORKED AT PIRRAMIMMA IN THE LATE 1950S. He was joined by 17 year old Serafino in 1963, the father and son team bought forty hectares of scrub and set about the task of clearing it for vines. After founding one of McLaren Vale's most eminent wineries, Serafino embarked upon his own label, establishing a lineage of the most memorable vintages in McLaren Vale viticulture.
Hugo Wines is
very much McLaren Vale, continuing the tradition of quality boutique winemaking from one of the nation's finest estate vineyards
The story of Hugo Wines is intrinsically linked to the property on which the vineyard is established. John Hugo's maternal great grandfather, George Sauerbier acquired the property and first farmed the land in the early 1900s, originally a Southdown sheep stud, grazing cattle and dairy, almonds, glasshouse tomatoes and mixed cropping, not to mention paddocks of grapevine meant for personal consumption. At that time, anything planted had to perform and provide a return, whatever the soil and climatic conditions.
There were no local sources of water and the science involved in agriculture as we know it today was in its infancy. Machinery was limited and the majority of tasks were performed by hand, quite often with the aid of magnificent heavy horses which have now been replaced by tractors and harvesters. Generations later in 1951, still in family hands, Colin and Gwendoline Hugo (nee Sauerbier) built a new homestead and established a block of dry grown Grenache vines which remain productive until this day, the source of an amazaing quality bush wine.
When John took over the reins from his father Colin, he decided to produce an estate label under the guidance of eminent McLaren Vale winemaker Wayne Thomas. The inaugural estate Shiraz was vintaged in 1979 and the estate Cellar Door was opened in October 1982. Much critical acclaim has since been awarded to Hugo Wines.
There are currently thirty hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Grenache, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc under vine. Many of the original plantings date back to 1970 when John Hugo followed in his father's footsteps on the family vineyard at McLaren Flat.
John and Liz Hugo take pride and joy in the vineyard where they work and at the McLaren Flat estate wineworks where they live. To manage the day to day tasks of managing a vineyard, the family relies on the help of farmhands who return year after year, not to mention the highly capable pruners who know the individual vines like the back of their hand.
Consistency and quality is what Hugo Wines are all about, using nothing but estate grown fruit makes the realization of the highest standards in McLaren Vale wines a reality. The climate soils and proximity to the coast are also contributing factors in maintaining quality. Since inaugural release, Hugo Wines have received many conspicuous wine competition accolades. The Reserve Shiraz is made from the oldest dry grown Shiraz vines on the property. When the old vine Shiraz grapes are processed, parcels are kept seperate for barrel fermentation in new American and French oak hogsheads. Batches earmarked for inclusion into the Reserve Label are only approved after a barrel cull to determine the finest barrels. You can be assured of an exceptional red wine.
Catalina Sounds exhibit
finesse, offer beautiful fruit intensity, are well balanced and elegant
At Catalina Sounds, the fruit is the focus - sourcing the best possible from passionate growers in Marlborough is fundamental for all the varietals. The winemaking techniques are very non-interventionalist, the fruit must be allowed to express itself. The wines are meant to be food-friendly, and not over-the-top. Subtle, elegant wines are what Catalina Sounds strive to produce.
Nina Stocker was born in Basel, Switzerland close to the famous Alsace wine region of France. Her father was very interested in viticulture and became involved in a tiny vineyard near the village. Family weekends and holidays were often spent in picturesque wine regions of France and Northern Italy. Following their return to Australia in 1987, the Stockers planted Cabernet Shiraz and Merlot on the rolling ironstone hillside near Tallarook in Central Victoria.
During Nina's Science /Arts degree at Monash University where she majored in microbiology, immunology, and history, she was fortunate to have an opportunity to do some work experience as a cellar hand for Don Lewis at Mitchelton, followed by a vintage at Wirra Wirra. Nina decided she wanted to further her studies in Oenology at Adelaide University.
She gained further experience through vintages in Barolo in Northern Italy, Bordeaux, the Northern Rhone and in Portugal. Nina worked as an assistant winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley with Steve Flamsteed and Team for three years, fuelling her passion for cool climate wines, especially Pinot Noir.
Marlborough has interested Nina since the days of working in a bar while at university. She was always being asked by customers for a Marlborough savvy. She developed a fascination for this popular style of wine, and discovered that a diversity of wine styles and varieties were also grown there. The unique cool climate, abundant sunshine and plethora of sub-regions in spectacular surroundings all conspired to convince Nina that this was where she wanted to live and make wine.
Catalina Sounds is a proud supporter of Pink Hope, looking after young women affected and at a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
The Mayfield Vineyard
at Orange in New South Wales is one of the highest and coolest vineyards in Australia
The 100 hectare estate surrounds the historic homestead on the Icely Road leading to where gold was first discovered in Australia in 1851. The original school house on the estate now serves as a Cellar Door & restaurant specialising in local produce. The cool climate and low vigour soil induces an extended, gradual ripening period which allows the grapes to develop flavour and colour that translates into elegant wines of distinction. Reliable rainfall in late winter and spring provides a good start to the season giving way to drier ripening months of February, March and April. The grapes are harvested late March to early May. Degree day summation for October to April is 1309 degrees with an average of 1856 hours of sunshine. This makes Orange one of the sunniest cool climate regions in Australia and plays a major role in producing grapes and wine of distinct fruit flavours and colour.
The region has a continentality of 15.4 degrees C ranging from cold winters to warm ( but not hot) summers. There are at least two winter months with average daily mean temperatures of less than 10 degrees C to induce the required grapevine dormancy. Proximity to 1400 metre high Mount Canobolas causes seasonal variations which add a certain character to individual vintages. The vineyard has a N-NE aspect to receive early sunshine and avoid hot afternoon sun. The absence of extreme heat at Mayfield allows grapes to ripen slowly without disturbing sugar and colour accumulation whilst acid levels fall slowly.
The cool climate allows grapes to ripen without heat stress and the high altitude and abundance of sunlight gives exposure to plenty of ultra violet light enhancing the ripening process. The extended ripening period develops greater intensity of colour and flavour whilst retaining natural acidity.
Mayfield Vineyard wines exhibit natural balance and finesse which makes them good subtle wines to accompany food. Mayfield's single-vineyard wines are hand crafted to achieve great complexity without a winery imprint over the natural vineyard process. The wines clearly express the unique qualities of the Mayfield Vineyard.
The Mayfield Vineyard, ultra-premium label is made from specially selected parcels of low yielding, hand picked grapes which are treated with the utmost care in the winery to express their true natural characteristics. The Icely Road range of wines is positioned at a lower price point than the Mayfield Vineyard label but is still tailored for sophisticated, refined palates.
Mayfield Vineyard was awarded 5 Stars and Best Winery of the Orange Region in the 2008 James Halliday Wine Companion. Five stars are awarded to outstanding wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. This puts Mayfield Vineyard in the top 14.5% of all Australian vineyards - a fantastic result. James Halliday was the Chief Judge at the 2006 Orange Wine Show. Mayfield had great success with three gold medals, 2006 Icely Rd Riesling, 2005 Icely Road Sauvignon Blanc and the Holy Grail Mayfield Vineyard Pinot Noir. Mayfield were also awarded most successful exhibitor for the show.
The legend of
Howling Wolves is steeped in a philosphy of producing nothing but the finest wines from fruit grown within the superlative Willyabrup appellation of Margaret River
The Howling Wolves lair is a large, modern state of the art winery on seventeen picturesque hectares of rich, ochre soil shaded by tall stands of native trees, one of the largest in Western Australia. No detail has ever been overlooked in the winemaking process and no corners are cut in applying the most exacting standards of vinification. Initially established to process grapes and provide the very best service to local growers, Howling Wolves now collate the most exceptional parcels of Margaret River fruit to be vinified under their own label.
Parcels of grapes are selected from the choicest sites with a view to create fully integrated wines with the requisite balance and optimum flavour profile. The traditional approach to winemaking at Howling Wolves is facilitated by state of the art technology. No stage of the vinification process is left to chance, the fermenting juices are closely scrutinized by sensors which monitor and attenuate the environment and evolution of the wine. Stringent temperature controls are an essential consideration, from the sorting stage, throughout production and into maturation.
Howling Wolves are crafted by a team of dedicated growers and accomplished winemakers, all take an interest in ensuring that the finished wines are of the highest possible quality, always. Howling Wolves is the embodiement of new world wine treated with old world sensitivity, the most precious fruit, handled with the utmost care.
Fruit is picked in the cool of the night and immediately processed on arrival to maximise varietal characters and minimise oxidation. The juices are vinified to a process aimed at developing the fullest aromatic profile whilst retaining the natural expression of fruit.
The majority of vineyard blocks contributing fruit for Howling Wolves are bordered by towering eucalypt trees that influence the grapes to develop distinctive qualities which are a trademark of Margaret River. This is particularly recognizable in the red varietals which take on unique mint and gum leaf characters. A spell of ageing under fine French oak further infuses the palate with vanilla bean and light spice.
Howling Wolves retain access to the finest parcels of fruit available in within the Margaret River sub region of Willyabrup. Grapes are harvested from blocks which have been earmarked on the basis of strong varietal definition and refined tannins, to a schedule determined by full physiological ripeness. Following a sorting and crush at the winery, the batches are treated to a cold soak for the extraction of flavour and tannins, before being inoculated by a selection of yeasts for temperature controlled fermentations in tank. Matured to soften the tannins and integrate the components under a selection of French oaks, followed by a 100% vegan fining to smooth the palate and make Howling Wolves approachable immediately on release.