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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.

 

TASTING NOTES

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.

 

Monday, 13 November 2017 21:43

St Hugo

Born to a family whose very name is rooted in Australian wine history, Hugo Gramp lived and worked his entire life in the Barossa Valley. Hugo’s grandfather, Johann Gramp, planted his first vines in 1847, and started the wine business that would later be called Gramp & Sons.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and a quest for excellence, Gramp was the inspiration behind the new additions to the St Hugo range, including exceptional red wines from his beloved home in the Barossa Valley. Today, St Hugo wines are prized by wine collectors and connoissures for their profound depth, intensity and complexity.

At just 25 years of age, Gramp was appointed managing director of Gramp & Sons. On October 25th 1938, he was flying from Adelaide to Melbourne when the Kyeema plane he was travelling on crashed into Mount Dandenong, taking the lives of all 18 passengers on board.

In 1983, Gramp’s legacy was honoured with the release of the first St Hugo wine. Crafted from the outstanding 1980 vintage, the St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon was hailed for its power and elegance. Today, more than 30 vintages on, St Hugo continues to set the benchmark for excellence in Australian cabernet sauvignon.

In 2016, a new milestone was marked with the opening of the home of St Hugo. Visitors can experience the enterprising spirit of Hugo Gramp in the beautifully restored ironstone building, which features a private tasting area, fine-dining restaurant and luxurious wine lounge.

Recognised for its award-winning 2010 Vetus Purum Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Barossa Shiraz, St Hugo offers an incredible experience not to be missed. Its premium collection of Australian red wines are prized for their power, elegance and excellence.

 

TASTING NOTES

St Hugo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

The St Hugo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon delicately balances sweet fruit and fine tannins. Bright dark-berry flavours give the wine depth and generosity, with dusty tannins holding it together. Oak adds lovely char and spice elements to this wine, which is full of power and elegance.

St Hugo 2013 Barossa Shiraz

Rich and fresh flavour expresses the intensity of the St Hugo 2013 Barossa Shiraz vintage. Elegant, fine tannins are felt across the palate, while a subtle oak influence yields cedar and soft charry notes on the finish. The wine is beautifully balanced with excellent structure and length, which is typical of the St Hugo heritage.

St Hugo 2010 Vetus Purum Cabernet Sauvignon

A wine of character and distinction, the St Hugo 2010 Vetus Purum Cabernet Sauvignon is intense and multifaceted. Notes of blackcurrant and cedar are interwoven into a sophisticated expression that constantly intrigues.

St Hugo 2010 Vetus Purum Barossa Shiraz

Deep ruby red, this medium- to full- bodied wine shows extraordinary complexity and texture. Notes of plum, spice and cloves are integrated with hints of chocolate and vanilla, and supported by fine tannins. Cellar this wine for the next ten years and beyond, and it will reveal additional layers of complexity.

 

Monday, 13 November 2017 21:02

1847 Winery Chateau Yaldara

Known for its beautiful architecture and surrounding gardens, Chateau Yaldara is arguably one of the most photographed buildings in the Barossa Valley. Purchased in 2014 by 1847 Wines, the unique building has several private tasting rooms available to the public.

Be sure to visit the elegant wine room, where you can sample a wide array of award- winning styles from the 1847 Wines and Chateau Yaldara ranges. Both brands are recognised for their fortified wines, which range from ten to 40 years old.

Specialising in shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, semillon, chardonnay and aged tawny, 1847 Wines Chateau Yaldara has something for everyone. Covering more than 80 hectares under vine, it’s no wonder the impressive winery achieved a 5-star rating in the Halliday Wine Companion 2017.

1847 Wines Chateau Yaldara also offers guests the opportunity to book a guided tour of the spectacular winery. Bookings for this rare experience are essential to avoid missing out.

Located on the banks of the North Para River at Chateau Yaldara, Hermann’s Restaurant is nestled within the beautiful natural landscape of the Barossa Valley. Enjoy a modern Australian menu of the finest South Australian produce. The menu features a seasonal blend of traditional and contemporary dishes, which can be paired with award-winning regional wines.

Guided tours can be arranged by appointment. On weekends, Hermann's Restaurant offers a wider range of delicious options from its sharing menu.

TASTING NOTES

Chateau Yaldara Foundations Shiraz

The Foundations range is the cornerstone of the Chateau Yaldara brand. This luscious Barossa Valley shiraz bursts with spicy oak aromas, which are enveloped by intense plum fruits. A rich and chocolatey mocha palate draws you back for a second glass.

Chateau Yaldara Barossa Valley Cabernet Franc

Using special parcels of fruit, the Chateau Yaldara winemakers can create wines of style, elegance and finesse. This wine shows flavours full of choc-mint, with hints of violet and dark cherry.

1847 Wines Pappy’s Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon

This classic Barossa Valley cabernet displays intense eucalyptus and cedar aromas. The palate is rich and mouth filling from ripe and sweet fruit; predominantly blackcurrant, mint and herbal notes. Fine and velvety tannins combine with careful oak treatment to provide texture and length.

1847 Wines Emma Lydia Semillon

Created with fruit from the winery’s Rowland Flat vineyards, this semillon is full of flavour and intensity when young, but will reward cellaring for five to seven years. With a nose of grapefruit, citrus and hints of flintiness, the wine finishes with a palate of clean, zesty acid and toasty fruit.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 23:26

Lobethal Road Winery

Established in 1998 by Dave Neyle and Inga Lidums, Lobethal Road is a family-owned winery that specialises in premium red, white and sparkling wines. Neyle’s background in vineyard cultivation is perfectly complemented by Lidums’ experience in marketing and design, and together they have established Lobethal Road as a renowned producer of award-winning wines.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Torrens, the winery sits 475 metres above sea level. The free-draining vineyard nurtures low-yielding vines and has a north-easterly aspect, which makes it perfect for producing cool-climate varieties such as shiraz, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, roussanne, tempranillo graciano, pinot noir and méthode traditionelle sparkling wine.

The team at Lobethal Road believe great wine is made in the vineyard, and they approach winemaking with a ‘less is more’ philosophy. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery allows the terroir, vintage and elegant fruit flavours to find expression in the wine.

Powered entirely by solar for more than 18 years, the winery embraces environmentally sustainable practices and technology to ensure its carbon footprint is minimal.

Lobethal Road’s rustic cellar door is built with mud brick, which provides impressive insulation and ensures the space maintains a pleasant temperature year-round.

The cellar door offers delicious wine tastings, and visitors are invited to enjoy a sensory glass of wine by the fire, or in the charming courtyard garden that overlooks the vines. Lobethal Road also offers gourmet sharing platters that feature fresh, seasonal produce from the Adelaide Hills region.

Lobethal Road’s entire award-winning range of wines is available for purchase at the cellar door. The winery’s excellence is reflected in the assortment of trophies it has collected over recent years, including

Best Wine in Show, Best Red in Show and Best Shiraz in Show for its 2012 Lobethal Road Shiraz at the 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show. At the 2017 ceremony, the winery won Best Pinot Gris in Show for its 2016 vintage.

The winery was also awarded Best Wine in Show and Best Chardonnay in Show for its 2012 Lobethal Road Bacchant Chardonnay at the 2013 Adelaide Hills Regional Wine Show.

TASTING NOTES

Lobethal Road Pinot Gris

Made    with    handpicked    and whole-bunch pressed fruit, this wine exhibits a fragrant nose of nashi pear and spice, which leads to a richly structured palate of delicious orchard fruits, cinnamon and nutmeg. With fine acidity and elegant length, this pinot gris is the perfect accompaniment to an exotic, spicy dish.

Lobethal Road Bacchant Chardonnay

Made with hand-pruned and handpicked fruit, this reserve chardonnay is whole-bunch pressed into French barriques and left to ferment on wild yeast. This elegant wine delivers a sophisticated nose with a complex palate of white peach, citrus and creamy biscuit flavours, and can be enjoyed now or cellared for eight to ten years.

Lobethal Road Tempranillo Graciano

A traditional blend of 90 per cent tempranillo and ten per cent graciano, this delicious red wine delivers an elegant palate of luscious, rich mulberry and raspberry fruits, which is underpinned by savoury and earthy notes and a subtle hint of spice. This medium-bodied wine is best served with tapas or paella.

Lobethal Road Shiraz

One of Lobethal Road’s signature wines, this shiraz has notes of rich berry fruits and pepper, which combine pleasingly with a complex, savoury finish. The wine also exhibits a hint of spice, which is a typical characteristic of cool- climate shiraz. With fine tannins and the subtle use of French oak, this elegant shiraz can be cellared for up to ten years.

 

Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:11

Kersbrook Hill Wines

Located in the picturesque Northern Adelaide Hills region, Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider is a family-owned and -operated boutique winery that produces distinctive, high- quality wines and ciders.

In 1997, owner and managing director Paul Clark planted the first vines in a small block of land called Don’s Acre. Encouraged by the results, he began planting shiraz and riesling in Stag’s Leap Vineyard shortly thereafter. Now, Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider cultivates an under-vine area that totals four hectares, with the land yielding fruit of the highest standard.

The winery specialises in a broad range of red, white, table, sparkling, fortified and dessert wines, including riesling, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo, cabernet rosé and moscato. While Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider produces 15 different types of wine per year, it’s also renowned for its premium basket-pressed cider, which is made from fresh, locally grown apples.

The winery is constantly experimenting with new and different styles in order to create small-batch wines that capture the imagination and delight the senses, with most of these varieties only available at its cellar door.

In 2009, Paul and his wife Mary converted the town of Kersbrook’s disused fire station and cold store into the winery’s charming cellar door.

Showcasing scenic vistas of rolling hills and gum-studded valleys, the cellar door is designed to provide visitors with a tranquil environment in which they can enjoy a sensory glass of wine. Along with delicious wine and cider tastings, the cellar door also offers a range of gourmet pizzas, home-baked muffins and decadent desserts that are made by a local pâtissier, as well as cheese and charcuterie platters, which are made from seasonal and regional produce.

Offering private winery tours, barrel tastings, and regular live-music events, you are guaranteed an enjoyable and memorable experience at Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider’s cellar door.

Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider’s award-winning wines can be found in restaurants and bottle shops throughout South Australia, and in selected venues in Melbourne and Sydney. The winery also exports its products to a number of international markets.

 

TASTING NOTES

2013 Kersbrook Hill Shiraz

Made using high-quality fruit from Stag’s Leap Vineyard, this wine is rich and complex. Exhibiting a bouquet of black-fruit berries, spice and a dash of bitter dark chocolate, this shiraz has a long and earthy finish, with the slightest hint of cedar oak.

2013 Kersbrook Hill Strange Bedfellows

The Spanish and the French have been at loggerheads for centuries, so who would have thought these strange bedfellows would make such a delightful pairing? A decadent blend of tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon, this wine displays flavours of red fruits with a long, spicy finish. Fine tannins complement the strong, fruity aroma.

Kersbrook Hill Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee

Made entirely from basket-pressed cabernet sauvignon grapes that were fermented in French oak barrels, this wine is complex, with rich aromas of berry fruits and strong raspberry flavours. Crimson- red in colour and creamy in the mouth, this cabernet sauvignon is sure to impress.

Kersbrook Hill Premium Single Vintage Cuvee

This sparkling wine is a blend of 60 per cent chardonnay and 40 per cent pinot meunier, and has notes of crunchy Granny Smith apples on the nose. The grapes were basket pressed and had extended ageing on lees to enhance the wine’s complexity and produce aromas of nougat and almonds.

 

 

Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:59

The Lane Vineyard

Driven by an irrepressible passion for good food and great wine, John and Helen Edwards founded The Lane Vineyard in 1993, and the winery is now one of the most celebrated in the Adelaide Hills region. The Edwards were proud to recently confer custodianship of the winery to their sons, Marty Edwards and Ben Tolstoshev, who share their parents’ zeal for winemaking.

Specialising in traditional cold-climate varieties, The Lane Vineyard produces 25,000 cases of wine per year, including – but not limited to – sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir, shiraz, merlot and rosé.

Sustainability is at the forefront of The Lane Vineyard’s winemaking philosophy, and it strives to be socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable in all of its practices. The winery uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while the 80-hectare vineyard is lovingly hand pruned and handpicked to deliver the beauty of the vineyard in every glass.

In the Halliday Wine Companion 2018, The Lane Vineyard received five prestigious red stars. The impressive rating is a testament to the winery’s long and distinguished track record of producing exemplary-quality wines.

The Lane Vineyard’s award-winning tasting room, which opened in 2014, is located just outside the picturesque German village of Hahndorf.

The tasting room offers personal wine tastings, seated wine flights and an intriguing look into the heart of a contemporary winery. Situated 400-metres above sea level, the on-site restaurant showcases sweeping views of the vineyard and the picturesque Mount Lofty ranges. With a sleek and modern ambience and an expertly crafted menu that features seasonal South Australian produce, the restaurant is the perfect space in which to enjoy a sensory dining experience.

As a proud member of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, The Lane Vineyard also offers winery connoisseurs a range of in-depth experiences, including cheese making and winemaking master classes.
Combining exceptional single-site wines, spectacular views and a distinctly Australian style of hospitality, The Lane Vineyard’s tasting room is a place where wine lovers and adventurers alike can savour a gorgeous glass of wine. The Edwards family warmly invites you to visit The Lane Vineyard, where an afternoon of exquisite food and wine stretches both time and imagination.

 

TASTING NOTES

2012 Reginald Germein ‘RG’ Chardonnay

Barrel fermented in first-class French oak for nine to 12 months, this elegant chardonnay has a complex texture, quartz-like minerality and bright acidity. With notes of white peach, crème brûlée, lime and white almond on the nose, this wine perfectly expresses the refined characteristics that are typical of the Adelaide Hills.

2012 19th Meeting Cabernet Sauvignon

Made from some of the oldest cabernet plantings in the Adelaide Hills region, this medium-bodied wine has a bouquet of complex violets, cassis, mint chocolate, plum and tobacco leaf. With a silky-smooth palate, long tannins and a lush finish, this deep-red cabernet sauvignon is the perfect accompaniment to hearty winter fare.

2015 Gathering Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Arguably The Lane Vineyard’s flagship wine, this rich sauvignon blanc has complex flavours coupled with mouthwatering acidity. Vibrant enough to serve chilled as an apéritif but serious enough to accompany a gourmet meal, this is sauvignon blanc – but not as you know it! Careful cellaring will ensure this wine ages effortlessly for ten years.

2015 Block 14 ‘Basket Press’ Shiraz

Made with fruit from the highest, most-exposed site on the vineyard, this trophy-winning shiraz has unsurpassed    lifted    aromatics. Displaying blue flowers, pepper and red and blue fruits on the palate, this savoury and complex wine captures the cool-climate elegance of its high vineyard with depth and character. A long and full finish is accurately directed by firm, fine tannins.

 

Monday, 17 July 2017 03:58

Lindsay Wine Estate

Blending the traditional with the contemporary, Lindsay Wine Estate offers visitors a unique cellar door experience. A refurbished 1963 Sanyo record player was central to recent renovations, and gives the tasting room an ambience like no other. With more than 3500 vinyls to choose from, guests are invited to enjoy their favourite music while tasting the vineyard’s portfolio of wines. From boutique wine festivals, to weddings or community fundraisers, Lindsay Wine Estate has the facilities to cater for events of all kinds.

Combining their passion for music, art and wine, directors Will Bolton and Matt Dunning have created an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by everyone. Their custom- built outdoor pizza area, which is adorned with lantern lighting, can be hired out for a special occasion or simply used on a sunny day to enjoy a glass of wine. With vast lawn areas surrounding the front of the property, Lindsay Wine Estate is an ideal location for familes who want to play croquet together or lounge in deck chairs and enjoy the serenity.

Producing 18 different varieties of wine per year, Lindsay Wine Estate caters to all budgets and tastes. From those looking for casual drinking options, to discerning buyers who are interested in exclusive estate-grown wines, the winery has something for everyone. Visitors to the estate are able to purchase wines and relax in the landscaped gardens while enjoying select cheeses and homemade charcuterie.

Although the winery prefers its customers’ opinions, Lindsay Wine Estate humbly received 4.5 stars from Winestate Magazine in 2017 for its 2014 The Sumit Shiraz and 2015 Selector Shiraz.

When available, staff members will happily take visitors through the barrel shed for a taste of Lindsay Wine Estate’s premium red wines, straight from the barrel.

 

TASTING NOTES

2016 Edge of the World Eden Valley Riesling

The 2016 Edge of the World Eden Valley Riesling is produced from one of the finest vineyards in the Eden Valley sub-region of High Eden. This wine embodies classic lifted notes of citrus rind and apple, as well as mineral characters, and finishes with crisp, natural acid tones. Enjoy now or cellar for up to ten years and enjoy its complexity.

2017 Balcony Rosé

Made from free-run cabernet juice that was soaked on the skins for six hours to imbue a light-pink colour with copper hues, the 2017 Balcony Rosé is abundant with strawberries and peach on the nose. It offers a light, natural sweetness, with tones of musk and stone fruit. Enjoy this semi-dry wine chilled and in its youth.

2015 The Sumit Shiraz

This premium shiraz has a bright, deep colour with purple-red hues. Dense, plump and juicy dark berries on the nose are enhanced with a hint of spice on the palate. This full-bodied wine has a long and fine palate, with soft, gentle and chalky tannins that linger and tantalise the mouth.

2014 LWE Merlot

Boasting a stunning feminine perfume on the nose, which leads to a delicate combination of rich and vibrant fruit characters, the 2014 LWE Merlot lingers intensely on the palate. In contrast to the elegance of its nose, what makes this merlot incomparable is its strong backbone, which was created by the hands of Lindsay Wine Estate’s winemakers.

 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:43

Z WINE

1846, Joachim Johann Daniel Zerk settled in Hoffnungsthal (one of the original Barossa Valley settlements near the town of Lyndoch) and purchased what he considered to be the perfect site for a vineyard for 200 pounds. With more than 170 years of heritage in the region, fifth-generation Barossa Valley residents and sisters Janelle and Kristen Zerk began producing wines from a select parcel of shiraz from the vineyard where they grew up. Taking the wine industry by storm with their award-winning wine brand, Z WINE, the sisters produce more than 5500 cases of wine per year.

In 1998, Janelle attended Adelaide University to study a Bachelor of Oenology and was the first Zerk to become a winemaker. She has worked on more than 20 vintages all around the world, including Australia, France, Italy and America. Janelle and Kristen’s childhood experience on the family vineyard prepared them for their own sucessful wine brand. In 2017, Z WINE opened its cellar door on the main street of Tanunda to showcase its exclusive collection of Barossa Valley wines.

The winery is rated five stars and named Best of Region in the Halliday Wine Companion 2018. This is considered on e of the most prestigious winery awards in Australia, and it is something that the Zerk sisters successfully work together to accomplish.

Z WINE shows the Barossa Valley’s true character, and its wines are carefully produced by Janelle and Kristen. The grapes are sourced from only the best vineyards across the prestigious Barossa Valley. Local regional food is perfectly matched to its range of wines. The Z WINE team believe that quality should never be compromised and that wine should be savoured.

Local Barossa Valley produce is served on all platters, including Maggie Beer products, relishes and pickles from Zimmy’s Barossa Valley Produce and Cornucopia Farming olive oil, as well as cheese from The Barossa Valley Cheese Company.

High-quality fruit, winemaking techniques and presentation make the Z WINE product a positively sophisticated and elegant drink. The wines capture the past with soul and style, while displaying an inspiring modern twist. They are all handcrafted in small batches, with bottles individually numbered to denote the winery’s high- quality wines. With Z WINE, you know you are purchasing a unique product.

Z WINE invites you to linger longer and be spoilt like a Barossan. An exclusive range of hand-crafted wines are available at the cellar door, including the Z WINE, Section 3146, RUSTICA, and Hedley & Audrey labels.

 

TASTING NOTES

2015 Julius Shiraz

The Julius Shiraz is a premium flagship wine that was carefully produced from an amazingly concentrated vintage in 2015. The brooding and succulent blackberry and forest-berry fruits are infused with dark chocolate tannins, with hints of vanilla from the structural French oak support. Indulge in this opulent shiraz with aged vintage cheese or an eye fillet with a red wine reduction.

2017 Saul Riesling

Sourced from vineyards in the Eden Valley, the Saul Riesling exudes characters of lemon, lime and guava, which are supported by floral notes. The focused palate displays citrus flavours, stunning purity and mineral notes with crisp acidity. Serve chilled with fresh oysters, chilli prawn skewers or cured Atlantic salmon.

2017 Aveline Rosé

The    Aveline    Rosé    displays generous amounts of redcurrant and    violet    flavours,    with strawberries and cream on the nose and complementary hints of spice. The palate is luscious with cranberry and raspberry flavours that finish with a crisp acidity. Serve chilled on summer days with spicy foods.

2016 Roman GSM

The Roman GSM brings perfume and cinnamon spice to the forefront. The shiraz adds structure and dark chocolate flavours, followed by a dense layer of dark berries from the mataro. The wine’s depth and complexity comes from the carefully blended grapes, which have complementary flavours. Serve with Peking duck, quinoa, braised venison or any game meats.

 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:13

Dell’uva Wines

Wayne Farquhar, founder of Dell’uva Wines, spent a decade of his career visiting the world’s top wine regions. With one of the largest collections of European varieties in Australia, Dell’uva Wines is completely different to other wineries.

In the sun-drenched vineyards of Italy, amid vines of intensely flavoured varietal fruit, Farquhar was inspired by growing methods that are vastly different to those commonly practiced in Australia. He had a vision of creating something new for the Australian palate. During his intensive and focused time abroad, Farquhar learned how to achieve excellence from the ground up.

After returning to his conventionally planted vineyard, Farquhar spent the next five years selecting and importing a handpicked range of rootstocks, along with emerging varieties and clones. He established a new and exciting vineyard that showcased viticultural and winemaking practices that had never been seen before in Australia. Dell’uva Wines’ growing practices are optimised to maximise flavour development of the fruit, while its winemaking techniques ensure the flavour is maintained to the end. Its red wines are barrel-aged for 22 months to achieve maximum development prior to bottling. This also ensures they just keep getting better with age.

With 56 different selections available, Dell’uva Wines has one of the largest collections of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French varieties growing on the Barossa Valley’s western ridge. After indulging in one of the daily tastings at the winery, pair your favourite wine with a gourmet platter while you enjoy the beautiful surrounding views.

 

TASTING NOTES

Arinto

This fabulous Portuguese dry-white variety holds intriguing complex aromas of ripe fruit, with hints of flowers and banana. It is crisp and steely on the palate, with plenty of flavour and a long, lingering finish.

Montepulciano

Another innovative Italian variety, this wine holds interesting aromas of black cherries with a just hint of mint. This red variety is delicious on the palate, with a smooth, elegant finish that lingers well.

Graciano

Originating in Spain, Graciano is one of the innovative red-grape varieties that shows great promise in Australia. It has a great depth of colour, enticing aromas and magnificent, elegant flavours that have a lingering finish.

Saperavi

Consistently smooth from start to finish, this svelte and classy wine originates from Georgia and is grown mainly in the Kakheti region. Almost black in colour, with smooth, rich flavour and crisp acidity on the finish, this wine is auguring well for its longevity.

 

Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:43

Greenock Creek Wines

Greenock Creek Wines was established in 1988 by Micheal and Annabelle Waugh, and its first release consisted of only two wines. Its collection has since grown to include seven more.

Each wine by Greenock Creek Wines is treated with special care and attention to retain its unique characteristics. Now an iconic name in the wine industry, Greenock Creek Wines is known worldwide for its premium red wines, including the flagship Roennfeldt Road Shiraz and Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon.

The grapes in the dry-grown vineyards at Greenock Creek Wines are kept separate for each wine label. All wines are produced from the Greenock Creek Wines vineyard, making them truly estate-grown. As the winery does not purchase grapes, production can vary from year to year. This is just one of the many traits that make the winery unique.

Greenock Creek Wines currently has 24 hectares under vine and is producing one grenache, one mataro, two cabernet sauvignons and five shiraz varieties each year. Impressively, the Roennfeldt Road Shiraz and Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon were submitted to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and received a perfect score of 100 points on six occasions. This achievement shows the high level of quality to which Greenock Creek Wines adheres.

Having expanded in 2016 with the opening of a new cellar door in the heart of Marananga, Greenock Creek Wines now runs the impressive Marananga Cottages. The charming cottages have had a full renovation and overlook picturesque gardens. Bookings can be made online.

As the winery continues to evolve and improve with age – just like its wines – Greenock Creek Wines invites you to come along for the journey.

 

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