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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 23:30

Grant Burge Wines

The Grant Burge Wines story officially began in 1988, when Grant Burge and his wife Helen established the business. However, as with many great winemakers, viticulture was already firmly engrained in the Burge family history, with its roots tracing back to the mid-19th century. Following his forefather’s longtime love of winemaking, Grant has continued to produce quality wines into the 21st century.

Overlooking the stunning views of the Barossa Valley from Krondorf, Grant Burge Wines encompasses a massive 400 hectares of vineyard on-site. Producing approximately 400,000 cases of wine per year, the winery specialises in sparkling, still reds, still whites and fortified wines. In addition to the cellar door, which showcases its outstanding varieties, Grant Burge Wines also offers one of the finest and most awarded fortified collections in Australia at its Illaparra Fortified Wine Store.

Grant Burge Wines has a plethora of awards under its belt, proving it to be at the forefront of the Barossa Valley wine industry. Not only has it been rated five red stars by James Halliday in the Australian Wine Companion seven times in a row, it also won Australia’s Best Sparkling Wine at the 2012 ALIA awards, Best Fortified Wine Producer at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards and world champion in the sparkling red wine category at the 2014 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Grant Burge Wines is a must-visit for any wine enthusiast. In July 2014, the company established a private tasting facility called the Meshach Cellar. This unique building is available for private tastings and functions by appointment. Not to be missed, Grant Burge Wines has proven itself to be a deserving institution in the Barossa Valley region.

TASTING NOTES

NV Grant Burge Sparkling Pinot Noir traditional-method

This traditional-method sparkling is rich and generous with a real vitality that’s heightened by a creamy mouthfeel. A wine that adapts to its environment, this sparkling can be enjoyed with food or just on its own.

2013 Grant Burge The Holy Trinity Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

Grown in vineyards up to 120 years old and named after Grant’s family’s local village church in Lyndoch, this blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre is medium-bodied and silky smooth, with vibrant aromas of cherries and sweet spices matched to fine tannins.

2011 Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz

Named after Grant’s great-grandfather, a central figure in establishing the Burge family’s winemaking tradition. Since the first vintage in 1988, Meshach has won several of Australia’s top trophies and many medals. It is generally regarded as one of the country’s best dry reds and is mostly sourced from old vines nearing 100 years old.

Grant Burge 10 Year Old Tawny

Made from the Barossa Valley’s traditional tawny varieties of grenache, mataro and shiraz, and blended to an average age of ten years. Only a strictly limited quantity of Grant Burge 10 Year Old Tawny is drawn from the solera for bottling each year and the barrels are topped with selected younger wine.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 03:00

Boston Bay Wines

French explorers Nicholas Baudin and Citizen Freycinet predicted that the Boston Bay region would be an ideal place to grow quality grapes, naming it ‘Port du Champagny’ and ‘Isle de la Grange’. With this very idea in mind, Graham and Mary Ford relocated from Sydney to the shores of Port Lincoln in 1982. More than 20 years later, Boston Bay Wines continues to relish in the legitimacy of the early explorer’s claims.

Boston Bay Wines specialises in single varietal wines – including shiraz, chardonnay and riesling mistelle to name a few – and boasts a plethora of awards from Winestate magazine and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

The property features a breathtaking vista of blue seas, cruising yachts and even the occasional sighting of a whale – the company jokes that it is so close to the beach it can only prune at low-tide! Boston Bay Wines is the perfect place to enjoy an award winning wine while basking in the property’s unassailable beauty.

TASTING NOTES

 

2014 Boston Bay Riesling

A powerful perfumed palate, showing spicy citrus flavours with floral undertones and plenty of steely acid layered with Boston Bay Wines’ trademark mineral tones. Winner of Winestate magazine’s 2014 Riesling of the Year.

2013 Boston Bay Shiraz

The nose offers white pepper with blackcurrants, black olives and hints of oak. The palate is soft and judicious with plenty of blackberry and plummy fruit characters. The oak appears to be minimal and tannins likewise. This is a firm and dry shiraz, with a full-bodied, silky finish. Earthy, rich and concentrated, this wine will benefit from careful cellaring over the next five to seven years.

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 03:00

Blesing's Garden Glenholme Vineyards

Glenholme was a sheep and dairy cattle property right up until 1998, when David and Margaret Blesing planted the first vines which would later become Blesing’s Garden Glenholme Vineyards.

Cherry, mint and raspberry are evident on the restrained nose, which follows through on the palate, and are complemented by sweet milk- chocolate and maraschino cherry. Fine tannins are complemented by a dry acid finish, giving a clean and lean mouthfeel. This wine demands Italian or Mediterranean food to show its style, depth and balance. A 4.5-star wine.

Blesing’s Garden Glenholme Vineyards’ cellar door offers outstanding views of the surrounding landscape, complete with rolling hills and lush forest. The cellar door is nestled in a garden interspersed with unique and interesting sculptures and offers wine tastings and tasting plates from local producers. The winery also provides Devonshire tea and homemade scones to sweeten the deal.

The winery has a distinct reputation for producing quality wines, with its shiraz, nebbiolo, merlot and riesling achieving consistently high-ranking awards. Blesing’s Garden Glenholme Vineyards is well worth the trip.

TASTING NOTES

 

2010 Blesing’s Garden Shiraz

Slightly earthy notes to the savoury, chocolaty-nose, with even more chocolate following through to the blackcurrant fruit palate. A fresh and creamy oak complexity with lively mouthfeel. A 4.5-star wine.

2011 Blesing’s Garden Nebbiolo

 

Located on a narrow strip of terra rossa soil that separates the Wirrabara Forest from the rugged backbone of the Southern Flinders Ranges, the property’s 11.5 hectares under vine grows high-quality grapes due to its natural limestone base.

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 03:00

Remarkable View Wines

After his passing, Malcom’s wife Karen, along with her son Todd and daughter-in-law Brooke, have since turned their focus toward producing bulk grapes contracted by Peter Lehmann Wines. This bold step has proved successful, winning the company medals for its shiraz grapes and sangiovese. The winery also sells fortified wine in bulk and by the bottle.

The winery boasts a family-friendly cellar door (by appointment) where you can sit back and enjoy a drop of its specialty shiraz or sangiovese, all while enjoying the wonderful view of Mount Remarkable.

TASTING NOTES

2011 Remarkable View Wines Shiraz

This is a powerful and rich wine with nice palate length and pleasant hints of spice, licorice and black fruits, with a long finish. It will mature into a very rich easy-drinking wine.

2010 Remarkable View Wines Sangiovese

An Italian grape variety that has been picked early to retain freshness, and then matured in French oak. It has produced a perfumed strawberry-scented nose with intense tannins and gamey characters on the palate. A wine that is a must to accompany food.

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:59

Cirami Estate

Cirami Estate is a unique, not-for-profit organisation providing unconventional wines to the public since 2011. Producing small batches from fruit only grown on-site, Cirami Estate’s wines are made purely from alternative varieties.

The winery – named after vine research pioneer Richard Cirami – is in association with Riverland Vine Improvement, one of the largest producers of vine propagation material in Australia. Riverland Vine Improvement’s aim is to provide the viticulture industry with the knowledge and opportunity to grow alternative varieties in the hot inland region of Riverland.

Cirami Estate wines are now processed by winemaker, Eric Semmler, who was named 2013 Australian Winemaker of the Year.

Cirami Estate is renowned for the new and unusual varieties it has produced. Each year, there is another unique wine released. Riverland Vine Improvement is committed to trialling imported alternative varieties for the wine industry to assess the potential within Australia.

Recently, several Greek varieties were imported, from which wines will be produced in 2021 and 2022. The demand for exciting new wines is increasing each year and Cirami Estate is happy to accommodate.

Over the past few years, Cirami Estate’s selection of wines has grown in popularity, and the company is quickly becoming one to watch! Keep an eye on Cirami Estate – you never know what might be coming up.

 

TASTING NOTES

2014 Cirami Estate Lagrein

“Deep purple to crimson. Theoretically, this cool-climate Italian variety should be like a square peg in a round hole in the hot Riverland climate, but it’s not. Instead, this is a wine with black and glacé cherry fruit, spice and a splash of chocolate. 93 points.” – James Halliday

2014 Cirami Estate Montepulciano

“An intriguing bouquet with nuances of sage, cinnamon and cherry. The palate is a mix of savoury herb and spicy notes, alongside the red cherry fruit and fine tannins. An elegant wine. 91 points.” – James Halliday

2015 Cirami Estate Verdejo

This wine is light gold with pale green hues and has aromatic floral aromas, with fresh apricot, citrus, straw and honey notes. On the palate there are vanilla, fresh green bean, pome fruit and spring sap flavours. It has a long, soft and textural length with a clean finish.

2015 Cirami Estate Albarino

The Albarino has light and bright honey hues with green tints and aromas of lemon and lime blossom, vanilla and rose petal. The palate is delightfully full and creamy, with soft and textural weight and a crisp fresh finish.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:59

Caudo Vineyard

Right on the doorstep of the mighty Murray River, Caudo Vineyard’s cellar door is an iconic stop on your Riverland adventure. Whether you arrive by boat or car, you will be captivated by the picturesque scenery at Caudo Vineyard. The proud family-owned business is a thriving hub of activity in summer, and a perfect place to sit by the campfire on a cold winter’s day. The vast, manicured lawn area slopes down to the banks of the river and has an array of seating available, including riverside picnic tables and private booths nestled into the riverbank.

The property was established in the late 1800s as a stop for paddle steamers to replenish their wood supplies. Originally known as a rose farm, the history of the property is celebrated in the logo, products, vineyard block names, original buildings and the monuments around the site. The friendly staff will guide you through the history of the property as you browse the various historic photographs and flood markers.

Visitors can taste the boutique varieties of wine available, including refreshing whites and flavoursome, Mediterranean reds. Caudo Vineyard offers wine, sangria, local craft beer and craft cider, as well as quality, barista-made cappuccinos.

Sip on the famous summer-inspired red-and-white sangria, which is flavoured with tropical fruits, citrus and creamy butterscotch – the ideal drink for lounging by the river. Pair your wine with a delicious local tasting platter that showcases produce from the region, or feed the family with a ‘cook your own’ table-top barbecue. On the weekend, be treated to authentic, freshly made wood-fired pizzas that are available in a variety of classic flavours.

Be among the first to tour along the river on The Grape Escape, which is a new luxury, high-powered tour vessel. Taste Riverland wine at its finest while enjoying scenic views on the 30 seater adventure river cruise.

Throughout the summer, Caudo Vineyard welcomes many local and international artists. The winery also hosts numerous events, including the True Grit military-inspired obstacle course. The combination of unique beverages, moorish food and 180-degree views of the breathtaking Murray River makes Caudo Vineyard a must-visit venue. Fury family members are also welcome.

 

TASTING NOTES

2014 Caudo Vineyard Tempranillo

This tempranillo leads to a medium-to-full body of fruity and spicy explosions of plum and blackberries. Lush and smooth, this wine is softened by a beautiful and delicate tannin structure. This award-winning wine is filled with exotic fruit aromas and bursting with character – true to its Spanish heritage. Ola!

2014 Caudo Vineyard Rosé

This delicate rose-petal rosé is a crowd favourite, best enjoyed on warm summer afternoons. While this wine remains dry, it is driven by fresh flavours of strawberries and cream, and its tart finish is accentuated by a big, fruity drive. What better way to move forward than with a sexy and modern-style rosé.

2015 Caudo Vineyard Premium Shiraz

This shiraz is matured in new and seasoned American oak barrels. Vibrant and purple in colour, this spicy, medium-bodied wine has an aroma of fresh vanilla and berry fruits, as well as lively plum characters and hints of chocolate.

Bubbly Summers Verdelho

Refreshing and delicious, this summer-inspired bubbly verdelho ticks all the right boxes. An array of tropical fruits and citrus fill the mouth with tiny bubbles, resulting in a dance of flavours. This is one wine you won’t want to share, however, it is best enjoyed with friends. This verdelho is guaranteed to make your summer a bubbly one.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:59

Burk Salter Wines

In the lower reaches of the Riverland region, situated in the Paisley area of Blanchetown, is Burk Salter Wines. The Salter family legacy was established four generations ago, with the first vines on the property planted in 1933 by Burk Salter and his father Frank. Over six decades later, Burk Salter Wines was established by Burk’s son Greg and his wife Jane, who carry the family’s love of grape growing towards the future.

Riverland provides an abundance of sunshine, a semi-arid climate and a cool summer breeze through the river valley at night. Burk Salter Wines capitalises on its location, with most of its vineyard planted in limestone with minimal sandy loam topsoil – an overall ideal environment to produce wines of intense colour, flavour and soft-velvety tannins.

Once an old Mobil service station, Burk Salter Wines’ cellar door is fitted with beautiful, hand-crafted red gum bars and fixtures, with photos depicting the Salter family history adorning the walls. Overlooking the vineyard, Murray River and the majestic river cliffs, the winery’s cellar door is a genuine treasure.

Under the care of winemaker Peter Gajewski, Burk Salter Wines sources its grapes exclusively from the Salter vineyard. Specialising in table wines, its red wines in particular have proven a success for the company, winning gold medals at the 2009 Sydney International Wine Competition, the 2010 Rutherglen Wine Show, the 2010 Cairns Wine Show and the 2010 Australian Inland Wine Show.

The company’s Wine and Wetland tour offers its customers a guided tour of its vines and the surrounding wetland area, aboard a fully-restored 1927 Chevrolet truck. Finishing up in the cellar door with a cheese platter and wine tasting, a day at Burk Salter Wines is a must for wine enthusiasts.

 

TASTING NOTES

2015 Moorunde Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This warm, generous wine shows dark-coloured    Satsuma    plum and black hues. The bouquet of this wine is overflowing with rich blackcurrant that carries onto the palate, which is beautifully balanced by spicy French oak characteristics. This wine was awarded a gold medal by Wine Showcase Magazine.

2015 Burk Salter Shiraz

This fruit-driven shiraz displays deep, red cherry hues. it’s dark, rich Satsuma plum, is complemented by savoury, spicy aromas of nutmeg and black pepper on the nose, which is also evident on the palate. it then finishes beautifully by balancing fruit, oak and velvety fine tannins. This wine is an absolute joy to consume, and was awarded a silver medal by Wine Showcase Magazine.

2015 Burk Salter Merlot Cabernet

This wine has rich, ripe mulberry and blackcurrant flavours, which blend harmoniously together for a vast array of spice and cassis. Both components were aged in French and american oak, which gives this wine exotic spice and subtle oak flavours. This wine was awarded a gold medal by Wine Showcase Magazine.

Sparkling Ruby NV

This wine was produced by Peter Gajewski, and made from the ruby cabernet grape. it has a vibrant cherry-red colour and is bold in flavour. it exhibits attractive, ripe blackberry fruit characters on the nose and palate, with a rich, smooth and creamy finish.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:57

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre

Located 2.5 hours north-east of Adelaide, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre offers much more than a traditional wine and tourism experience. The centre is set amongst natural mallee on 1800 hectares, overlooking the 280-hectare vineyard. Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre features restored wetlands that offer a natural environment for the abundant wildlife inhabiting the area.

Combining magnificent views, idyllic weather, environmental education, fresh local produce, wines unique to the cellar door and fruit-driven Riverland wines, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre offers an inspirational setting in which to escape and unwind with family and friends.

In addition to being one of Australia’s leading wine, food and environmental tourism destinations, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre has rammed earth walls, high ceilings, large glass windows for natural sunlight and a panoramic deck to view the property.

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre is an internationally-recognised ecotourism site. Its network of walking trails allow visitors to explore the site on a range of routes, from short strolls on the boardwalks through to bird-viewing hikes and an 8km circuit of the main wetland.

With a professional wine and food service team, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre offers a free wine tasting experience and wine sales with cellar door member offers. The café presents a relaxed dining atmosphere, fresh regional produce and a seasonal menu. Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre will ensure your visit is one to remember.

TASTING NOTES

 

2013 Banrock Station Mediterranean Collection Fiano

This fiano is a lovely and youthful wine with a bouquet of fresh lime, citrus and ripe pear. The palate exhibits lively flavours of nectarine, lime and lemon peel with a touch of peach and spice. This wine carries a medium-body with an interesting texture, finishing off with a tangy acidity.

2012 Banrock Station Mediterranean Collection Tempranillo

The tempranillo exhibits plum and ripe strawberry aromas with hints of chocolate and spearmint. Lifted notes of nutmeg and clove add to the complexity. This wine displays dark cherry flavours with sweet spice, chocolate and cigar box undertones. The palate is soft and inviting with balanced soft tannins, finishing with hints of warm spice and lingering fruit.

2012 Banrock Station Mediterranean Collection Montepulciano

This montepulciano exhibits aromas of sweet cherry, blackcurrants and spice, coupled with violet perfume and cedar oak. On the palate, it is an elegant and savoury red wine with wonderful red fruit flavours and subtle oak spice. Lingering fruit, toasty oak and spice flavours are supported by creamy tannins and perfectly-balanced acidity.

2012 Banrock Station Mediterranean Collection Pinot Grigio

The pinot grigio exhibits delicate aromas of pear and white peach. Soft and creamy on the palate, this wine displays poached white pear and citrus flavours with a fresh and clean finish.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:56

Patrick of Coonawarra

Patrick of Coonawarra was established by celebrated winemaker Patrick Tocaciu, and the winery’s name reflects his iconic status within South Australia’s winemaking industry. During a decorated career spanning more than three decades, Patrick celebrated international accolades while working as a chief winemaker for several major labels.

After years in the industry, the focus for Patrick switched to fulfilling a more personal goal in the establishment of the family-owned and -operated Patrick of Coonawarra in 2004. Patrick’s eldest son, Luke, has now taken over the family business and continues to produce highly-regarded wines, following in his father’s footsteps.

Specialising in cabernet sauvignon and riesling varieties, but also producing other wines including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and pinot noir, Patrick of Coonawarra produces only the highest quality fruit from its 80 hectares of enviable estate-owned and -managed vineyards to ensure an unwavering commitment to quality.

Patrick of Coonawarra delivers handcrafted, premium wines with personality and regionality. The wines highlight what this gorgeous, cool-climate region has to offer.

With a cellar door open to visitors seven days a week, you can enjoy the idyllic view of the gardens while wine tasting in the cellar door. You can even soak up the sun and have a picnic on the lawn area.

The winery’s stellar reputation is further cemented by a string of recent awards, including five major trophies for the Patrick Estate Riesling and Aged Patrick Riesling in the last five years.

Patrick of Coonawarra’s flagship Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded 96 points by James Halliday, and the Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 95 points. These accolades are a testament to Patrick and the team’s dedication to producing handcrafted, quality wines.

 

TASTING NOTES

2010 Patrick of Coonawarra Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich, complex notes of tobacco leaf and cassis lead to a wonderfully fresh, structured palate with impeccable length. This is a wine made from only the finest fruit and will reward any wine lover or true connoisseur.

2012 Patrick of Coonawarra Aged Riesling

This wine displays unique characteristics and distinguished flavours that only age and maturity can provide. It shows intense aromas of lemon butter and a distinctive, toasty character. The palate is delicately layered, showing lime blossom and a wonderful mouthfeel that extends to a crisp finish.

2012 Patrick of Coonawarra Home Block Cabernet Sauvignon

In this multi-award winning wine, rich cassis and mulberry aromas combine with spice and cedar notes. The palate is concentrated with dark chocolate, blackcurrant and mulberry flavours with harmonised French oak, adding hints of spice. The structure is fantastic with fine, elegant tannins leading to the long, balanced finish.

2016 Patrick Estate Fumé Blanc

This sauvignon blanc was fermented and matured on lees in French oak puncheons, giving it the texture and complexity that the fumé blanc style is renowned for. A hint of oak with delicate, tropical fruit aromas lead to the creamy palate and lengthy finish.

 

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:56

Jack Estate

Located in the heart of Coonawarra, this winery was purchased by the Lees family in 2011, after changing hands several times since its creation in the early 1960s. The Lees family views Jack Estate as an extension of a century-old family tradition in agriculture and viticulture, from growing to producing the highest quality wines.

Specialising in chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, Jack Estate’s committed team is breathing new life into the fully-operational winery. It has also redeveloped the cellar door to entice tourists and showcase the best that Coonawarra has to offer – a region that is renowned for producing world-class red wines, especially cabernet sauvignon.

As a family-owned and -operated winery, Jack Estate is dedicated to crafting premium, quality wines of elegance and distinction. The young and energetic team includes winemaker Shannon Sutherland, who has been with Jack Estate since its creation and has a hand in the exciting journey that has been taking place. Shannon is a passionate and committed winemaker who excels at crafting wines that showcase the Coonawarra region and its signature cabernet sauvignon variety. Shannon is also a keen ambassador for the winery and cultivates a strong and positive team spirit.

Showcasing the winery’s rich history, as you walk towards Jack Estate’s cellar door, there is a special cabernet sauvignon vine growing that is more than 120 years old and still bears fruit.

The Mythology wine range is currently the premium range on offer from Jack Estate, with two exceptional varieties of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. These wines have received numerous awards, which has been an exciting and humbling experience for the team at Jack Estate. Awards include gold medals at the 2014 MUNDUS VINI Great International Wine Awards for both the 2012 Jack Estate Mythology Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Jack Estate Mythology Shiraz.

TASTING NOTES

2012 Jack Estate Mythology Cabernet Sauvignon

A deep, crimson hue with blackberry, cassis and violets on the nose, this wine exemplifies true Coonawarra cabernet varietal expression. The palate begins subtly, giving notes of mulberries and blackcurrant. The tannin profile adds fantastic structure that carries the wine through the mid-palate, leaving hints of raw cacao lingering on the finish.

2012 Jack Estate Mythology Shiraz

Deep, ruby-hued wine with aromas of dark berries and spice with distinctive floral notes. Full- to medium-bodied on the palate with flavours of red berries, spice and chocolate. Dense and layered fruit is underpinned by tightly focused tannins on the finish. The spicy, floral notes persist to give this wine a unique, cool-climate Coonawarra shiraz flavour.

2012 Jack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A vivid purple hue leads to aromas of blackberry and dark cherry. The youthful palate is filled with blackberry and black olives, coupled with classic, chalky tannins and a balanced acidity. A French oak influence supports the pristine fruit, ensuring the wine finishes with balance and length.

2013 Jack Estate Chardonnay

Pale straw in colour with impeccable clarity, this Coonawarra chardonnay has minimal oak influence, allowing the primary fruit to shine. Subtle aromas of white peach linger on the nose with a touch of underlying citrus. The palate is showing classic chardonnay varietal characters with green pear and white stone fruits. The finish is clean and crisp, driven by the well-balanced acid profile.

 

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