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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:42

Majella Wines

On the Coonawarra land that was purchased by their parents in 1960, Brian and Anthony Lynn saw the possibilities for great wine along the front terra rossa bank. The land was originally established for the production of Merino wool and prime lamb, which currently operates alongside the award-winning winery.

Starting with the planting of shiraz in 1968 and cabernet sauvignon in 1970, the size of the vineyard continued to grow to encompass 60 hectares under vine. Smaller lots of merlot and riesling were then planted as demand for the wine increased.

The winery currently produces nine different wines each year, including its renowned reds, whites and unique blends. During the off-season, visitors can watch the sheep frolicking through the vineyard from the still-functioning lamb and wool production business.

Majella Wines has won more than 800 trophies and awards, both internationally and within Australia. It was the first winery to win back-to-back Stodart trophies, which included the Best Young Red award for its 2000 and 2001 vintages of Majella Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bruce Gregory has been the head winemaker at Majella Wines since its first official release in 1991. In 2008, Michael Marcus brought his wealth of winemaking knowledge to the team, which lead to the success of Majella Wines current award-winning range.

A few years ago, Majella Wines invested in a large, solar power expansion and rainwater collection to achieve an eco-friendly vineyard. All recently released vintages are also vegan-friendly to accommodate a vast clientele.



Majella Riesling

This well-balanced wine has a palate of tropical fruit, as well as citrus and lime for a crisp, refreshing taste. Bottled as a young wine, this riesling shows a green hue and maintains a fresh and precise finish.

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

With a palate of plums and hints of fruit cake, this cabernet sauvignon shows a complex flavour that gives it great length. A magenta colour with deep red hues, this wine has an evident nose of dark fruit aromas, which is beautifully complemented by mint and eucalyptus to provide a unique taste combination.

Majella Shiraz

This crimson-hued, ruby-red shiraz has fine-textured tannins that give it length and an evenly balanced finish. The bouquet of spicy cinnamon aromas delectably complement the palate of dark, red berry fruits, dark chocolate and soft hints of vanilla.

Majella Sparkling Shiraz

Gentle tannins and a palate of blackberries provide a generous finish to this vibrant sparkling red. The luscious hints of plum and nutmeg beautifully complement the spicy fruit flavours.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:16

Leconfield Coonawarra

Founded in 1974 by pioneering oenologist Sydney Hamilton, the award-winning Leconfield Coonawarra is situated in the heart of Australia’s famous Coonawarra region. With rich terra rossa soil over limestone, it’s the perfect environment to produce premium cabernet sauvignon.

With 47.7 hectares of vineyards, Leconfield Coonawarra produces grapes for the renowned Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, and also specialises in riesling and merlot, which have won multiple awards over their long history. Each year, the winery grows smaller parcels of cabernet franc, shiraz and petit verdot grapes, as well as white varieties including riesling and chardonnay.

Leconfield Coonawarra has had many great achievements, including the development of a temperature-controlled fermentation process for white wines, which preserves the grape’s delicate aromas and flavours.

This revolutionary technique set the benchmark for white wine production in Australia. After returning from retirement in his mid-70s, Hamilton had a dream to create a classic Australian red wine. He began growing grapes in South Australia, where his family has lived since 1837, and founded his own vineyard and winery, which is named after his ancestor Lord Leconfield.

In 1981, Leconfield Coonawarra was acquired by his nephew Dr Richard Hamilton. Retaining the original identity and character, the winery maintains the essence of the Coonawarra region. Its flagship wine – Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon – has been consistently awarded high ratings by James Halliday since its inception, including a score of 95 for the 2015 vintage.

Leconfield Coonawarra’s cellar door is a must-do experience when visiting the region. Winemakers are often on-hand to greet visitors, and their knowledge of the region and winemaking process is extremely informative.



Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

The classic Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has been the flagship wine since its first release in 1977. The bouquet shows ripe cassis and blackberry fruits, with hints of red cedar, nutmeg and cinnamon through its maturation in French oak. The palate consists of long tannins that ensure the wine will age beautifully over the next decade.

Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot

This merlot is a beautiful deep-red colour with crimson highlights. Its inherent fruit sweetness and long, silky tannins fill out the palate. Developed from vines grown in clay-rich terra rossa soil since 1982, the merlot has a fragrant and rich fruit nose with hints of plum, mocha, allspice and vanilla.

Leconfield The Sydney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This elegant cabernet sauvignon pays homage to the winery’s founder, Sydney Hamilton. The key to this wine was the vineyard selection made at harvest with carefully selected grapes from Leconfield’s 30-year-old vines. With an attractive nose of black olive and cassis elements, and perfumed with fine-grained French oak with silky tannins that provide persistence and length.

Leconfield Coonawarra Old Vine Riesling

Sydney Hamilton planted the six acre riesling vineyard in 1974. Today, it remains dry-grown and produces excellent fruit every year. The philosophy for this wine is to have minimal handling. This is wine in its purest form, created from a single vineyard and fermenter. Dry in style, this flavoursome riesling features an aromatic lime- citrus fruit bouquet and beautiful floral characteristics.


Friday, 17 November 2017 00:11

Salena Estate Wines

Salena Estate Wines was established by Bob Franchitto in 1995, and released its first commercial vintage in 1998. The winery currently crushes and produces 14,000 tonnes of wine annually.

Salena Estate Wines is passionate about sustainable organic viticulture and winemaking, and its wines are made with attention to detail and an exceptional level of care. Based in a viticultural region that is envied for its abundant sunshine, Salena Estate Wines produces extraordinary varietal flavours and character in its wines.

At Salena Estate Wines winery and cellar door, you will be able to taste a range of its organic wines, as well as its unique and renowned Mediterranean alternative varieties.

At the winery, you will have the chance to meet owners Bob and Sylvia, and in the city cellar door, their daughter Salena – who the winery is named after – is always floating around.

The Franchitto family can fill you in on the winery’s history first-hand, and are always happy to have a chat.

Since its inception, Salena Estate Wines has won more than 20 trophies, 200 gold medals and 1000 silver and bronze medals, as well as a number of additional accolades. Most recently, the winery’s Twisted Sticks Organic Cabernet Sauvignon won a silver medal at the 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition.

Its tantalising white varieties include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and fiano, as well as vermentino, pinot grigio, bianco d’alessano and moscato. The winery’s exceptional red varieties include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot, sangiovese and tempranillo, as well as nero d’avola, montepulciano, lagrein, touriga and red wine blends.

Other noteworthy varieties produced by Salena Estate Wines include rosato di sangiovese, chardonnay pinot noir, petit meslier and tawny.


Twisted Sticks Organic Shiraz

This shiraz is a full-bodied wine that is a deep brick-red colour. It portrays a smooth wine with notes of plums, blackberries and herbs on the nose and palate. It finishes with hints of vanilla and velvet oak characters.


This wine is a blend of touriga, lagrein and cabernet sauvignon. Each wine was fermented individually and expertly blended together. It is a vivid, deep, dark purple colour with aromas of black cherries, florals, wild herbs and liquorice savouriness. The palate is supple, dapper and poised, which results in exotic savoury notes over a rich, red and blackberry fruit canvas.

TimeKeeper Tawny

The nose exhibits aromas of toffee, plum, caramel and exotic spice against the warming scent of vanillin oak. The palate shows a complex range of flavours, including dark cherry, sweet spice, plum and fruitcake. Smooth brandy spirit is also evident. The luscious residual sweetness and oak maturation has added its own magical warming glow.

Ink Series Bianco d’Alessano

Bianco d’alessano is an Italian variety originating from Puglia in the south of Italy. It is described as sitting somewhere between a riesling and a sauvignon blanc, with the aromas of pear, loquats and pineapple, and follows on into the palate with balanced acidity.



Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:50

Bassham Wines

Bruce Bassham’s grandfather, Louis Alfred Bassham, developed Bassham Vineyard after WW1 when he was granted the land from the government as a return service man’s scheme. The vineyard has remained with the Bassham family since 1918, and 2018 will mark its centenary.

Bruce and Val Bassham purchased the organic vineyard in 2000, and it became fully certified with National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) in 2010. Bruce has been working, managing and owning the vineyards since the age of 15, and has completed 53 vintages in 2018.

Its organic vineyard comprises 45 hectares, which is predominantly organic chardonnay and shiraz, with 11 alternative varieties. The vineyard also has 75 acres of native bushland to conserve wildlife such as kangaroos, snakes, emus and bird life.

Bassham Wines’ heritage vineyard has 22 alternative varieties planted. It also boasts picturesque views that can be enjoyed from the restaurant wine bar or cellar door, which will be completed by March 2018.

Bassham Wines specialises in alternative Mediterranean varieties such as Italian, Spanish and Portuguese wines. It produces six to eight wines per year, which is increasing as it develops its vineyards.

Bassham Wines produces a number of white wines, including fiano, vermentino, petit manseng and chardonnay, as well as arinto, malvasia bianco, albarino, gruner veltliner and moscato.

It produces red varieties such as shiraz, lagrien, saperavi and graciano. Bassham Wines also produces nero d’avola, negro amaro and touriga nacional, as well as durif and mencia. It also produces a Bassham Rosé and blackcurrant liqueur, which is extremely popular among locals.

Bassham Wines has been awarded many medals in different wine tasting and judging events. At the most recent 2017 Wine State River Regions Wines show, Bassham Wines’ 2016 Graciano was awarded four stars, and its 2016 Fiano and 2015 Saperavi were both awarded three stars.



2017 Vermentino

Vermentino is an Italian white variety commonly grown in Tuscany and Sardinia. Fresh but with a rich, clean finish, this variety is a drought- tolerant grape, which loves the climate conditions of the Riverland. This vermentino is pale gold in colour with a green tint. Intensely crisp with lemon pepper and full of vermentino aroma, this wine has a medium- to-full bodied palate.

2016 Fiano

Fiano is an Italian variety grown in the companion region of Southern Italy and the island of Sicily. This wine is characterised as pale and straw- coloured with gold tints. It is nutty and textured with floral and honey notes, as well as flavours of spice, custard apple, and ginger. This wine is full, rounded and balanced and has a clean finish.

2013 Lagrein

Lagrein originates on the slopes of Northern Italy. This variety does very well on the Bassham family organic vineyard considering it is a cool- climate variety. Lagrein is a wonderful dark, rich wine, which is a deep ruby- red colour, and displays inky-purple hues in the glass. With intense dark cherry fruit flavours, this lagrein has soft, silky, and smooth tannins, as well as a good balance of acidity.

2017 Montepulciano

Montepulciano is cultivated in Central Italy. This variety loves the region’s extreme heat. This wine has a deep, rich, dark red colour and is lifted with a bouquet of plum, raspberry and dark cherry. Dark chocolate and spice fill the palate, finishing with softening tannins and extended mouthfeel.


Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:46

Dominic Wines

Dominic Wines was established in 2005 by Brian and Michelle dominic, with a vision to supply and share quality wine with the world. located in the heart of the riverland, The dominics are fuelled by a passion for wine, the region and their family.

Dominic Wines owns and manages a combined total area under vine of almost 750 hectares, with vineyards also located in the premium winegrowing regions of the Barossa valley, langhorne Creek, Coonawarra and the adelaide Hills. The winery’s annual grape crush is approximately 10,000 tonnes, and it produces more than seven- million litres of wine each year.

Dominic Wines has been recognised both nationally and internationally for its wines and has won countless awards. The winery also uses sustainable and innovative practices in the growing and production of its wines.

The winery’s location – on the banks of the mighty Murray river in loxton – provides state-of-the-art facilities for the production and storage of its wines. This facility, combined with its use of both modern and traditional winemaking practices, ensures dominic Wines is able to highlight the quality characteristics in its wine, while also ensuring best industry practices.

Dominic Wines produces ten wines per year and specialises in shiraz, which accounts for approximately 70 per cent of its production. it produces other red varieties such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot, and white varieties such as sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot gris. dominic Wines also offers other varieties including shiraz rosé, moscato and apple cider, which are extremely popular among locals.



2016 Basket Case Shiraz

This medium-to-full-bodied wine has dark crimson and purple hues and is bursting with flavours of sweet dark berries, raspberries and dark chocolate. The aromas of blackberry, mulberry and spice, as well as a hint of mint, cedar and vanilla, fill the palate. The wine’s rich fruit profile is balanced with subtle oak and features a firm, yet non- obtrusive, tannin structure.

2017 Basket Case Sauvignon Blanc

This wine has intense herbaceous aromatics of lemongrass, gooseberry and newly cut green grass, which are all complemented by freshly squeezed lime and sun-ripened passionfruit. it has a wonderful balance of lush, tropical fruit flavours and acidity. The mouthfeel is soft and sweetly rounded with a hint of grapefruit, which provides a lasting, yet zesty, finish.

2017 Basket Case Pinot Gris

The aromatics of white florals, honeysuckle and rose petals are delightfully integrated with freshly cut pear, white peach and nectarines. its palate is flooded with a refreshing and lively balance of ripe, fleshy stone fruit and baked apple. The fresh-fruit sweetness is coupled with a complex layer of creaminess that results in a long, elegant and lingering finish.

2014 Lantern Lights Barossa Valley Shiraz

This shiraz has intense aromas of mulberries, blackberries and red cherries, as well as hints of cedar and dried spices. The palate is deliciously generous with ripe, dark fruits, satin-like tannins, mocha, vanilla oak and roasted-chestnut complexity. it finishes long, sweet, smooth and velvety.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017 05:14

Simon Hackett Wines

With a vision to create his own boutique label, Simon Hackett established Simon Hackett Wines in 1984. Today the winery crushes grapes grown in the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia, and produces a range of rich, bold, innovative wines.

Simon Hackett Wines is situated on the hill as you enter the McLaren Vale region, and is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon. The winery specialises in regional and varietal blends, including white varieties such as its Rusty’s Revenge Sauvignon Blanc, Brightview Chardonnay and Brightview Pinot Grigio. The winery’s distinguished red varieties include its Old Vine Grenache, Hillsview Shiraz, and Hillsview Cabernet Sauvignon.

Simon Hackett Wines features a picturesque, north-facing cellar door which is bathed in natural light and has a long, arched verandah that overlooks the vines and gorgeous rural landscape.



Simon Hackett Adelaide Hills Rusty’s Revenge Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is very lifted and expressive, with citrus blossom, guava and lycee. Aromatic and beautifully balanced, the fruits are just as lively on the palate with citrus acidity and mineral notes

Simon Hackett McLaren Vale Anthony’s Reserve Shiraz

Ripe plum, blackcurrant, dusty cherry edges and toasted oak form the lifted flavours of this impressively structured wine. This shiraz is rich, powerful and concentrated, but is also robust and delicious. This wine will certainly enjoy bottle maturation

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:15

Old Oval Estate

Old Oval Estate is owned and operated by Joan Rowley, and her family and has been producing wine for ten years. The winery boasts panoramic views over picturesque vineyards, which serves as a stunning backdrop for any occasion.

Beloved by both locals and new visitors alike, Old Oval Estate offers its guests a wine tasting experience in its rustic cellar door, where visitors can taste its own wine label, Fork in the Road. Guests also have the opportunity to plan and host their own memorable and personalised wedding or special occasion experience.

The winery and cellar door is situated in the heart of the internationally acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region, and set under the watchful majesty of a circa 350-year-old Red River Gum Giant. Old Oval Estate is a special place filled with rolling lawns and romantic elegance the whole family can enjoy. The winery is the perfect destination to relax and admire the beauty of the region.

While Old Oval Estate produces an exceptional sauvignon blanc, the winery specialises in shiraz and produces six varieties of wine each year.

The winery’s own label includes red varieties such as its Fork in the Road Scarce Earth Shiraz 2012, Fork in the Road Shiraz 2013 and Fork in the Road Grenache Shiraz 2014, as well as its Fork in the Road Shiraz 2014 and Fork in the Road Reserve Shiraz 2014. It also produces a Fork in the Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, a Fork in the Road NV Brut Cuvee and its very own Fork in the Road Moscato 2015.

Most recently, Old Oval Estate was awarded a gold medal for its Fork in the Road Reserve Shiraz 2014, which was also recognised as the third best shiraz in the world at the 2016 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge. It’s Fork in the Road Shiraz 2014 and Fork in the Road Grenache Shiraz 2014 were both awarded gold medals at the 2017 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge, and its Fork in the Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was awarded a silver medal within the same competition.



2015 Fork in the Road Sauvignon Blanc

The fruit was sourced in the hills of McLaren Vale, where the higher altitude and cooler air creates a crispness in the wine. This wine is fresh and lively and full of lychees, snow peas and mouth-watering acidity. The bouquet of lifted gooseberry has a fine attractive herbal thread. Enjoy immediately.

2014 Fork in the Road Grenache Shiraz

This wine blend was grown in McLaren Vale. Deep red in colour, the aromas of this wine are evolving and complex, with blueberries and floral notes, fresh charcuterie, herbs and dark chocolate. The wine opens up with a soft juicy entry, with the red fruits and confectionary flowing through the palate, which is supported by spice, fine tannins and subtle oak.

2014 Fork in the Road Reserve Shiraz

The shiraz grapes used for this limited release were sourced from the Old Oval Estate vineyard. The wine is deep red in colour, with vibrant aromas of dark berries and chocolate, as well as subtle vanilla and spice notes. The palate is dense but lively. This wine has a long, juicy finish, which is balanced by fine, spicy tannins and graphite.

2012 Fork in the Road Scarce Earth Shiraz

The shiraz grapes used for this limited 64-case release were sourced from a single vineyard. Ideal growing conditions resulted in a wine with full flavour and long, soft tannins. This wine is aged in seasoned American oak hogheads for 18 months, and can be enjoyed now or be cellared with confidence.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:27

Hastwell & Lightfoot

Mclaren Vale is one of the most geographically diverse wine regions in the world with more than 40 unique geological units, ranging in age from less than 10,000 years to more than 650 million years. It was on one of the 10,000-year-old sand ridges that mark Hastwell and martin lightfoot and families planted their first vines in 1988.

Hastwell’s son James shared the passion and vision of these new beginnings and went on to study oenology, before stepping up as the company’s winemaker in 2003. The 62-acre property now features nearly 40 acres of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, shiraz, tempranillo, barbera, grenache, montepulciano, fiano and vermentino.

A three-acre olive grove of manzanillo, paragon and nevadillo blanco varieties are Contact Details    pressed locally, which ensures Hastwell & lightfoot has plenty of extra virgin olive oil available for sale.

With an ever-growing export market and distributors interstate, Hastwell & lightfoot recently opened a cellar door that is conveniently located between the vines and the winery.

With a focus on the winery’s catchcry, ‘wines made for eating’, the cellar door is a perfect location for visitors to be enlightened by food-pairing options. The wines hold brilliantly on their own, but pair them with food and they come alive. Think beachside fish and chips, smoked salmon or prosciutto with vermentino, slow cooked brisket or grilled lamb with shiraz, or maybe roasted capsicum, goats cheese or grilled eggplant with cabernet franc.

When the salivating over food and wine becomes too much, many visitors opt to stay a while and share a generous platter and a bottle of wine. Soaking up the sunshine on the deck that overlooks the vines is a popular spot to sip wine during spring through to autumn, but there’s something quite decadent about cosying up on a leather chesterfield in front of the fire in the Cellar Door’s Wine lounge and Gallery on a cold winter’s day.

The boutique family business has won a number of awards both nationally and internationally. Its 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon recently won a blue/gold award and was named one of the top 100 medium-bodied red wines at the Sydney International Wine Competition.



2017 Vermentino

Light citrus, peach and dried herb aromas precede the palate. With lovely stonefruit flavours throughout, as well as subtle hints of sea salt, this wine is vibrant, savoury and acidic, which leaves a lingering, more-ish finish.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is a signature, fragrant cabernet sauvignon lifted with notes of rose petal and firm, fine, mineral, confident tannins. It has impressive cassis persistence and is freshened by nicely balanced acidity.

2016 Tempranillo

Earthy and savoury flavours, which are balanced with dark fruits and black cherries, complement this tempranillo’s rustic tannins. Together, this gives the wine a clear varietal difference.

2016 Barbera

This barbera is the first-year release of this northern Italian variety. It has a gentle yet full mouthfeel, which carries flavours of prunes and spices. Plums and blackberries are present on the nose, which are supported by a dash of vanilla and nutmeg.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:41

Doc Adams Wines

Located in the heart of McLaren Vale, Doc Adams Wines specialises in handcrafted premium varieties.

Doc Adams Wines was established in 2005 by viticulturist Adam Jacobs and orthopaedic surgeon Dr Darren Waters. With a focus on fruit-driven wines, minimal intervention and quality products, Doc Adams Wines specialises in varieties that grow optimally in McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate.

These include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo, grenache and merlot/mataro. The winery has won many accolades, including a trophy and gold medals at many prominent Australian and international wine shows.

Opening its cellar door in October 2016, the Doc Adams Wines team pride itself on treating visitors to an enjoyable, relaxed approach to wine tasting. The family- friendly winery has a number of spacious lawn areas, as well as a large undercover verandah that is surrounded by beautiful vines and an Australian bushland setting.

The cellar door is the perfect venue for functions and special events. It offers a unique ‘Design Your Own Platter’ style of dining, where guests can choose from a variety of locally sourced gourmet produce, which can be customised to suit all tastes and budgets. A range of other special additions to the cellar door include locally produced beer, espresso martinis, artisan coffee and Doc Adams Wines’ very own Doc Tail, which is a moscato and gin cocktail.

The winery was recently awarded the 2017 McLaren Vale Cellar Door of the Year accolade for outstanding customer service, exceptional quality and unwavering support of the McLaren Vale wine region.
Doc Adams Wines is the perfect stop-off destination on the way to and from the Fleurieu Peninsula. There is always something new and exciting happening, from events and functions, to new-release wines and specials. Be sure to keep your eye out for the wine dog Buddy. He loves roaming through the vineyards and welcoming visitors.



2015 Doc Adams Tempranillo

The Doc Adams Tempranillo has a sensational purple-red colour that extracts brilliantly in the glass. Aromas of charry oak and liquorice dominate throughout the palate, creating a wine that is extremely rich and flavoursome. This wine was awarded a gold medal at the 2017 Cairns Wine Show.

2015 Doc Adams GSM

The 2015 Doc Adams GSM is brilliant and vibrant in colour. It displays fragrant aromas of blueberry, rose petals and geraniums. With beautiful fruit characters of cherry and mulberry, exotic spice notes of cardamom and cinnamon follow through on the palate. This wine was awarded four stars in the Winestate Magazine.

2015 Doc Adams Premium Cabernet Sauvignon

The Doc Adams Premium Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant dark red colour. Arriving from the wonderful old vines and soils of McLaren Vale, the wine presses rich aromas of mocha and cherry chocolate. Juicy and aromatic flavours flow through, which showcases a smooth and velvety palate.

2015 ‘1838 First Vines’ Shiraz

This 2015 vintage shiraz is big, rich and robust. The wine comes from more than 100-year-old vines. On the nose, the initial aromas present sweet coconut oak, following through with intense flavours of dark coffee and smoky charcoal hues, combined with concentrated berries. This wine was awarded 94 points by James Halliday.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:18

Richard Hamilton Wines

Richard Hamilton Wines produces exceptional, fruit-driven wines that are reflective of the distinctive mclaren Vale region, and its mediterranean climate. The Hamilton family has been involved in winemaking and grape growing for six generations, since the first richard Hamilton established the vineyard in 1837. Dr richard Hamilton now continues his family’s long tradition of involvement in the wine industry.

The Mclaren Vale vineyards are some of the oldest vines in the region, and the vineyard that produces the Centurion Old Vines Shiraz was established in 1892. The grenache vines date back to 1947, and were planted by Hamilton’s father Burton Hamilton at Burton’s Vineyard. The shiraz vines were planted in 1963, and the cabernet sauvignon in 1968. The richard Hamilton range sources premium white wine varieties from South australia’s best regions – the cool-climate adelaide Hills, and Watervale in the Clare Valley.

All wines are produced from outstanding estate vineyards that consistently deliver wines of award-winning quality. richard Hamilton Wines specialises in red varieties such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and grenache, and the winery produces nine wines per year.

The winery’s red varieties include the Centurion Old Vine Shiraz, little road Shiraz, Hut Block Cabernet Sauvignon, lot 148 merlot, Burton’s Vineyard Old Bush Vine Grenache and Colton’s GSm, which is a blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre.

Its white varieties include the Signature adelaide Hills Chardonnay, almond Grove Chardonnay, Watervale riesling, adelaide Hills Pinot Gris, and The Hills Sauvignon Blanc.

Richard Hamilton Wines also produces a rosè, which features merlot as its main variety. The wine is named after Dr Hamilton’s mother Gida. The winery also produces a Syn Chardonnay Pinot noir and Syn rouge Sparkling Shiraz, which are perfect for special occasions. The mclaren Vale cellar door, situated on large, open grounds, is surrounded by rose bushes and vineyards, and boasts sweeping views of the Willunga Hills.



Richard Hamilton Centurion Old Vine Shiraz

The essential element in producing this shiraz is the critical selection of the fruit from the 1892 plantings. The chosen grapes are left to mature for up to 24 months in high- quality oak, which adds further layers of complexity and character to the wine. This wine is designed to mature and develop to give many years of drinking pleasure.

Richard Hamilton Burton’s Vineyards Old Bush Vine Grenache

Fine, elegant, restrained and with a touch of cedar, the nose shows floral and cherry fragrances, with an underlying hint of pepper, which is typical of concentrated grenache. This wine is all about texture, length and balanced fruit. It has medium body in which the tannins are long and soft, while the bright fruit provides persistence of mouthfeel.

Richard Hamilton Hut Block Cabernet Sauvignon

The intensity of this wine can be attributed to the mild, maritime climate of mclaren Vale’s moderate day-time temperatures. rich, ripe cassis fruits show hints of mint with oak derived mocha and vanillin highlights. Full of vibrancy, this wine has round, succulent varietal fruits with long tannins that give persistence and length.

Richard Hamilton Lot 148 Merlot

This wine commemorates the first allotment of land that the Hamilton ancestors acquired in 1837. This merlot has attractive hints of savoury dark olive and cherry fruits, lifted with aromatic nuances of cloves and vanilla. This is an elegant, medium- bodied wine with a silky texture and soft acidity. The spectrum of fruit flavours also includes cherry and plum characters.


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