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Monday, 12 January 2015 02:56

Bowen Estate

Located on the famous terra rossa soil of the Coonawarra region, Bowen Estate has an outstanding reputation for producing a quintessential range of classic premium wines. Established in the 1970s by husband-and-wife team Doug and Joy Bowen, Bowen Estate embodies the traditional winemaking and viticultural skills of Doug and his winemaker daughter Emma Bowen, which has become the benchmark for classic Coonawarra wines.

Starting with bare paddocks that had been part of a dairy farm until 1972, Doug and Joy established a vineyard area of 12 hectares. Since then, the property has grown tremendously, with the vineyard area now totalling 34 hectares. The cellar door rests in the unique, original dairy building with views of the majestic winery and Coonawarra vineyards.

 

Planted with cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties, as well as a smaller planting of chardonnay, the first vintage from Bowen Estate’s winery was produced in 1975 and in 2014 the family celebrated the winery’s 40th vintage. Throughout this impressive

epoch of winemaking, Bowen Estate’s wines are iconic to the Coonawarra region, representing the integrity and quality of Coonawarra to a greater audience.

Bowen Estate is a truly family-owned and -operated winery. Doug, Bowen Estate’s viticulturist, is assisted by wife Joy who conducts sales and marketing, and the couple’s daughter Emma, who became the company’s winemaker in 2002, and her husband Alistair, who aids in both the vineyard and winemaking.

Doug and Joy also used the original name of the dairy, Donnybrook Farm, to market their range of handmade condiments and showcase regional produce at its finest. Son and chef, Simon Bowen and his wife Erika, have now taken on a role in the company and produce a range of seasonal jams, chutneys, jellies and sauces from their nearby restaurant Pipers of Penola. The products are also available for sale through the Bowen Estate cellar door.

TASTING NOTES

 

2013 Bowen Estate Chardonnay

Bright, light straw in colour with abundant summer stone fruit characters greeting the taster’s nose. The textured palate of layered peach nuances is enhanced by the finely integrated acidity and oak influences. This wine was barrel fermented in new French oak barriques and oak-aged for seven months prior to bottling. Drinking well now or over the next two years.

2012 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

An opulent and stylish wine that leaps out of the glass. Dark berry fruit characters dominate the bouquet and palate. Delicately handled fine grain French oak supports all aspects of this wine. The palate is well structured and richly textured with classic Coonawarra berry richness and balanced tannins. Enjoy over the next five to seven years.

2012 Bowen Estate Shiraz

Brilliant bright red-purple hues shine from the glass, a sign of the wonderful wine this is from beginning to end. A classical bouquet of ripe, dark, stone fruit characters is overlayed by fresh integrated American oak flavours. A wonderful balance between the mouth-filling fruit and tightly ingrained tannins ensures this wine offers pure enjoyment. Enjoy over the next five to seven years.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:56

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who noticed the fertility of a small strip of terra rossa soil in the far south-east of South Australia. He planted vineyards in 1891 and completed the estate’s three-gabled winery in 1896.

After Riddoch’s passing in 1901, the Coonawarra region languished for the first half of the 18th century. In 1951, the area was revived when Melbourne wine merchants Samuel and David Wynn purchased

Riddoch’s original vineyards and winery. They recognised the intrinsic qualities of Coonawarra wines – with their richness and intense fruit characters – and began to build an independent identity in the region. Wynns Coonawarra Estate was then created, and is now one of Australia’s best-known buildings.

Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region’s pre-eminent wine producer. It is the largest holder of single-vineyard wines, and the longest-established winery in Coonawarra. Its wines are regarded as benchmarks for the district, lauded for their consistent quality and depth of flavour.

Alongside its cellar door and large outdoor area, Wynns Coonawarra Estate offers its visitors an interpretive centre on climate, history and winemaking to discover what makes the property tick. The Make Your Own Blend interactive tour allows guests to try their hand at making a blend from the winery’s own cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot varieties. The tour is a chance to inject your own personality and wine-style into a special bottle you can take home.

With an experienced and knowledgeable team of winemakers and viticulturalists – including the 2010 Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Winemaking Team of the Year, Sue Hodder and Allen Jenkins – Wynns Coonawarra Estate won the 2013 Wine of the Year award from Jeremy Oliver’s Australian Wine Annual for its 2010 John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Also selling coffee, cheese platters and a range of merchandise, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is a lovely opportunity to discover the oldest wine estate in Coonawarra.

 

 

TASTING NOTES

2015 Wynns Black Label ‘60th Vintage Release’ Cabernet Sauvignon (60th vintage)

Planted in the heart of the vineyards terra rossa strip, this classic wine is a testament to the quality of Coonawarra Cabernet. As the first labelled Australian cabernet sauvignon, it has been a quality age- worthy wine since its first vintage in 1954.

2014 Wynns Johnson’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon

This premium vintage was harvested from Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s oldest surviving cabernet sauvignon vineyard. The year was a great season for the historic vineyard, so this 2014 vintage is a single-vineyard release.

2015 Wynns Black Label Shiraz

This decadent shiraz is a superb example of the beautiful effects of Coonawarra’s cool climate. Displaying great fruity characters, this wine has rich and complex flavours of red berries, spice and chocolate. Layered fruit aromas are underpinned by tightly focused tannins for a delectable finish.

2016 Wynns Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

Since the first Wynns Coonawarra Estate red-blend was produced in 1969, this ‘red-stripe’ blend of three grape varieties is a testament to the traditional Australian blending style. Best suited for immediate consumption and perfect for almost any occasion, this wine exhibits soft fruit and judicious oak tones.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:55

Amadio Wines

In 1936, Italian immigrant Giovanni Amadio commercially registered his dry table wine after years of making wine for family and friends. Giovanni sourced his grapes from a nearby leased vineyard and made his fruity, well-crafted wine from his own cellar. His modern, Italian-style wine proved to be a welcome newcomer to a local market that consisted of sweet, high-alcohol fortified wines, such as sherry and port.

The lighter and drier style of wine rapidly grew in popularity with word spreading interstate, resulting in orders from businesses in Melbourne’s fashionable Lygon Street.

As a keen opera fan, Giovanni was delighted that his wine became a favourite with singers from the touring Italian Opera Company. Giovanni’s wine was successfully produced for many years and his family cultivated a sincere appreciation for premium winemaking.

In 1985, Giovanni’s son Gaetano, with the help of his family, invested time and money into planting his first vineyard in the pristine environment of the Adelaide Hills.

This was a bold venture, given that it was uncharted vineyard territory for that region of the hills. Gaetano’s instinct and vision for the region – combined with his well-informed choices of subsequent plantings and years of diligent work – lead to his premium range of wines gracing the tables of households and top restaurants throughout Australia and overseas.

Gaetano proudly passed on his family’s winemaking tradition to his son Danniel, who created the Amadio range of wines. Danniel sources much of his premium fruit from his family’s 300-acre vineyard in Kersbrook and maintains a limited-case of every wine range to ensure hands-on production standards.

The Amadio range embraces the best fruit flavours and terra rossa characteristics of each regional varietal, producing wines of great depth and natural character. The impressive list of national and international trophies and gold medals awarded to Amadio Wines is testament to its consistent standard of premium-quality wines, founded on an integral legacy of family winemaking.

 

TASTING NOTES

2012 Amadio Reserve Sebastien’s Cabernet Sauvignon

Selected from single-vineyard fruit, this intense cabernet opens into ripe mulberry and hints of mint and tobacco leaf with overtones of cedar and spice. A rich, full-bodied style contributes flavours of cassis, cherry and blackcurrant, which collaborate with the complexity of balanced acid, velvety tannins and an intense long finish.

2014 Amadio Heritage Montepulciano

This ruby-red wine has a bright, expressive and complex nose of roasted meats, red capsicum and graphite, which flows easily into dense flavours of chocolate and coffee beans. The palate is textural, broad and fleshy with a well- integrated and juicy acidity.

2017 Amadio Single-Vineyard Pinot Grigio

This fresh and lively single-vineyard pinot grigio displays exceptional cool-climate characteristics with nashi pear and lemon citrus on the nose and crisp bluestone minerality. The aromas develop into guava, green lime and hints of honey on the palate, with a dramatic and crisp finish that identifies the true meaning of balanced acidity.

2015 Kangaroo Island Trading Co. Merlot

This merlot has impact and concentration that’s reminiscent of the Bordeaux style. Aromas of ripe plum, dried fruit, fig and raspberry follow on the palate, with dark chocolate, blueberry and black-fruit flavours carrying through the back palate for a long finish. With perfectly balanced core acidity and well- integrated oak and grape tannins, this wine is ripe for the long run.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:55

Hahndorf Hill Winery

A Germanic influence reigns at Hahndorf Hill Winery, which is not surprising given that this beautiful vineyard is located adjacent to historic Hahndorf village – the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.

This boutique producer is pioneering and producing excellent Austrian varietal wines within Australia, for which it has won acclaim both nationally and abroad. However, it also produces the classic varieties that the Adelaide Hills wine region is renowned for – sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, cool-climate shiraz and fresh rosé.

Hahndorf Hill Winery is presently owned by Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson, who both VISITOR’S GUIDE    immigrated to Australia from South Africa in 1997 and purchased the property in 2002 from the original owner, who had emigrated from Germany.

Larry and Marc’s familiarity with the red grape blaufränkisch, which had thrived at Hahndorf Hill Winery for 20 years, led them to its exciting white counterpart – grüner veltliner. After importing six different clones of grüner veltliner from Austria, they produced South Australia’s first grüner veltliner wine in 2010.

Hahndorf Hill Winery’s faith that this grape would excel in the Adelaide Hills was affirmed when the 2012 Hahndorf Hill Winery Grüner Veltliner was rated as the best in the world outside of Austria at the 2013 Falstaff International Gruner Veltliner Tasting held in Vienna.

Grüner veltliner may be new to Australia, yet Larry and Marc believe the Adelaide Hills offers the perfect terroir for this grape. The Adelaide Hills is unique among the wine-growing regions of Australia in that it offers the magical combination of one of the coolest mean January temperatures together with one of the biggest diurnal variations in temperature – factors similar to Austria’s grüner veltliner wine country.

Visitors to Hahndorf Hill Winery’s inviting cellar door can taste the vineyard’s unique wines matched to the world’s most acclaimed chocolate in the winery’s ChocoVino experience, which is based on the concept of terroir.

 

TASTING NOTES

2016 Hahndorf Hill Winery GRU Grüner Veltliner

Made in the Adelaide Hills, this super savoury and textural wine is the latest regional sensation. it’s a racy concoction of citrus, stone fruit and pear, complete with a peppery finish. This wine was awarded a gold medal at the 2016 Royal adelaide Wine show. James halliday rating: 97

2016 Hahndorf Hill Winery White Mischief Grüner Veltliner

Made in a fresh, fruit-driven style, White Mischief is grüner veltliner at its exuberant best, with notes of tropical fruits and spice abounding. This wine was awarded a gold medal and a trophy at the 2017 australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine show and the 2016 adelaide hills Wine show. James halliday rating: 96

2016 Hahndorf Hill Winery Zsa Zsa Zweigelt Nouveau

A cross between Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent, Zweigelt is austria’s most widely planted red grape. Made in the nouveau style, this delectable wine is redolent of cherries and cloves. This wine was awarded a gold medal at the 2017 Berliner Wein Trophy and a silver medal at the 2016 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine show (AAVWS).

2015 Hahndorf Hill Winery Blueblood Blaufränkisch

Blaufränkisch is the top red wine of austria, and this medium-bodied beauty is an excellent example with its finesse, fine tannins and flavours of black cherries, blueberries and spice. This wine was awarded a gold medal at the 2017 Berliner Wein Trophy and a silver medal at the 2016 International Wine Challenge.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:55

Pike & Joyce Wines

Established in 1998, Pike & Joyce Wines is a partnership between two families who both share a love of the Adelaide Hills region, a passion for food and viticulture and a desire to produce only the finest wine. The Joyce family, who are fifth-generation horticulturists, and the Pike family, who are long-established in winemaking and viticulture, brought their vision to life in the development of 25 hectares of land at Lenswood.

The Joyce family has owned and managed orchards for more than five generations. This means the vines are cared for in a very traditional sense, being handpicked and hand-pruned to ensure the finest grapes are produced. The grapes are then transported to the Pike family’s highly-awarded Clare Valley winery for vinification.

The Pike family has long been a part of viticulture, with Andrew and Neil Pike working together to ensure a perfectly-balanced winemaking philosophy. Traditional old-world techniques are combined with modern Australian winemaking to produce a style that reflects the variety, region and season.

With a cool-climate, gravelly-loam soil, sloping land and an elevated position, the Pike & Joyce Wines vineyard provides the perfect terroir for the production of the highest- quality wine grapes with a distinctive sub-regional character.

Pike & Joyce Wines’ superb cellar door is perched 593-metres above sea level, providing spectacular 180-degree views of Adelaide Hills and Onkaparinga Valley. The cellar door offers tastings and estate-grown wines for purchase, as well as delicious regionally- inspired meals and platters.

TASTING NOTES

2014 Pike & Joyce Sirocco Chardonnay

The Adelaide Hills is one of the premier chardonnay-producing regions in Australia, and this wine enhances the reputation. The medium-weight palate possesses rich, soft stone fruit characters and a good lick of acidity, keeping the richness in check and providing a clean, slightly creamy finish. Drink now or during the next five to eight years. Great with Chinese-style pork belly.

2014 Pike & Joyce Séparé Grüner Veltliner

Pike & Joyce Wines’ second effort with this classic Austrian native is an encouraging one. The palate is crisp and bright with pear and pepper elements. It is light- to medium-bodied with balanced acidity and fine textural aspect giving some length and grip. Drink now and during the next two to three years. Try it with pan-fried veal and a creamy mushroom sauce.

2013 Pike & Joyce Pinot Noir

A really good wine from an excellent year in South Australia. Although typically elegant, the palate has a good concentration of juicy strawberry and cherry fruit and just a hint of oak and some damp earth. Fine tannins and balanced acid add some length and a little structure to the palate. This should drink nicely now and during the next three to six years. Try with roasted free-range chicken.

2009 Pike & Joyce Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Pike & Joyce Wines is exceptionally pleased with its first foray into the world of bottle-fermented sparkling wine. The four-and-a-half years spent on lees has benefited the wine immensely and has provided a beautifully-complex wine that will impress many. Drink now with fresh shellfish or grilled crustaceans.

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:54

ArtWine

The ArtWine label was established in 2008 by Judy and Glen Kelly, with Glen’s vineyard ownership dating back to 1997. Prior to launching their label, they sold fruit to iconic Australian brands and continue to do so today. All wines produced by ArtWine are estate-grown.

Artwine has two vineyards in Clare Valley, as well as a third vineyard in Adelaide Hills that houses its new, architecturally-designed cellar door. One of the Clare Valley locations features beautiful vineyard accommodation.

With the first commercial production taking place in 2010, the vineyard won its first trophies from wines produced in the extremely difficult 2011 vintage. In its short existence, ArtWine has won three trophies, including the 2011 Winestate magazine trophy for Best Pinot Gris/Grigio in Australia and New Zealand, as well as numerous medals.

With a focus on new and emerging varieties, ArtWine is one of only a handful of wineries in Australia that produces graciano and fiano, as well as a number of other varieties that are relatively new to Australia. ArtWine also grows traditional riesling, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, shiraz and grenache. The winery will add montepulciano to its production in 2015 and prosecco in 2016, followed shortly by albarino and blaufränkisch.

ArtWine’s modern, purpose-built cellar door offers an undercover outdoor terrace and a large lawn area with incredible views over the vines to Mount Lofty. The cellar door also offers platters daily and sells wine accessories, wine-scented candles, books, gifts and artworks by local South Australian artist Suzie Riley.

TASTING NOTES

2017 Artwine Prosecco

Artwine’s estate-grown prosecco exhibits delicious floral and fruity flavours on the nose, which leads into notes of fruit salad, citrus and grapefruit. a delightfully refreshing apéritif, this prosecco is a great accompaniment to any meal, from brunch to dinner.

2017 Artwine Wicked Stepmother Fiano

Exhibiting gorgeous aromatics of violets and florals, this estate-grown fiano is artwine’s flagship white variety. The complexities of spicy notes linger on the middle palate, with hints of nutty characteristics followed by a dry finish. While great on its own, this wine is also a fantastic companion to spicy asian dishes.

2015 Artwine The Grace Graciano

This intense garnet-coloured wine has a unique nose of morello cherries and five-spice powder. its savoury characteristics, soft, rounded tannins and subtle acidity are a testament to its spanish origins. a palate of full berry flavours and a trademark touch of white pepper ensure this wine is the perfect dinner accompaniment, and a delight to the senses.

2015 Artwine Leave Your Hat On Montepulciano

affectionately nicknamed ‘Monty’ by the artwine family, this award- winning, medium-bodied wine is bursting with vibrant flavours. exhibiting notes of dark cherries, plums and berries with spicy undertones and splashes of herbs, this italian-inspired wine also has good length, savoury tannins and a textural palate.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:54

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard

Established in 1992, Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard is an award-winning boutique winery that has been given a prestigious 5-star rating by James Halliday for six consecutive years. Located in Lenswood – just 35 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD – Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard is nestled high in the Adelaide Hills and offers sweeping views of the stunning natural surroundings. With a cellar door and restaurant on-site, the winery is the perfect location for small and intimate functions, special occasions and corporate events.

The steeply sloping vineyard is home to 19,000 vines, which are planted in soil that’s rich with white quartz and sandstone. Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard specialise in cool-climate wines, including sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay, rosé, méthode traditionelle sparkling, pinot noir and shiraz, along with a premium-wine series. To achieve the high-quality wines for which Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard is so well-renowned, the vineyard is hand-pruned and all the grapes are handpicked.

The cellar door and chef-hatted restaurant are open seven days a week, and offer wine tastings and lunch. The provenance of wine and food is an important part of Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard’s philosophy. The restaurant’s menu showcases modern Australian cuisine, and is defined by seasonal and locally grown produce that heroes the Adelaide Hills region.

Constructed with largely eco-friendly building materials, the rustic cellar door features recycled timber beams from the old Port Adelaide wool store, recycled jarrah floorboards and large bi-fold timber doors and windows. With a spectacular 360-degree open fireplace, the cellar door provides the perfect escape during the cooler months. Overlooking the breathtaking surrounding ranges, the expansive eucalypt-shaded lawn and three-tiered timber deck area are ideal spaces in which visitors can enjoy a relaxed glass of wine with family and friends.

 

 

TASTING NOTES

2016 Hand Picked Riesling

Produced from five different clones that enhance the continued varietal flavours, this brilliantly clear riesling has a steely crispness. Initial light floral aromas give way to juicy citrus flavours, accompanied by the slightest hint of musk.

2016 Old Apple Block Chardonnay

Made with fruit from the winery’s highest-yielding vineyard and kept in French oak for ten months, this straw green chardonnay displays light citrus aromas combined with nectarine and hints of toasty cashew. With a wonderfully creamy, multi- tiered finish from extended time spent on lees, this wine has excellent cellaring potential.

2016 Old Pump Shed Pinot Noir

Deep crimson in colour, the perfumed bouquet displays aromas of strawberries and herbs with hints of rhubarb and dark cherry. Firm, well-balanced tannins and the masterful use of French oak add to the complexity and deliver a rich and savoury wine that will reward patient cellaring.

2016 Shiraz

Displaying the true characteristics of a cool-climate shiraz, this wine has flavours of red and blue berries with hints of white pepper and spice, while gentle tannins emanate from time spent in French oak. A wine with elegance, poise and wonderful length, it will only get better with careful cellaring.

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:54

Rockbare

RockBare was founded by winemaker Tim Burvill, with the winery completing its first vintage in 2000. Now at the helm of RockBare is Marty O’Flaherty. Marty creates award winning wines from the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills regions that are true to traditional grape styles.

Marty’s resounding philosophy is that “wine should tell a story about the terroir in which it’s grown, needing lots of love but minimal handling, allowing the growers to do what they do best.” This philosophy has stood him in good stead.

The cellar door is located in the west-end of the main street of Hahndorf – the newly self-appointed wine hub of Hahndorf. With fireplaces for cooler weather and a leafy courtyard for the warm weather, the cellar door is a great location to enjoy RockBare’s award winning wines.

Incorporating traditional winemaking techniques and a minimal-filtering approach, RockBare produces wines that are driven by fruit and filled with complex flavours.

The winery has won numerous awards for its wines including trophies at the 2012 and 2013 McLaren Vale Wine Show for Best McLaren Vale Chardonnay, as well as the Best in Class award at the 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show also for its chardonnay. RockBare has achieved a 5-star rating in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion.

TASTING NOTES

2010 RockBare Tideway Shiraz

This shiraz displays a fragrant nose of dark berry fruit fused with sweet vanillin, spice and leather. The palate is rich with mulberry, dark plum and blueberry fruit.

2013 RockBare Chardonnay

Awarded Best Chardonnay at the 2013 McLaren Vale Wine Show, this wine displays fresh peach, nectarine, honeydew melon and ginger.

NV RockBare Mojo Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling Fizz

This Adelaide Hills sparkling was awarded Top Gold at the 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. It exhibits subtle peach, green apple and wild strawberries.

2014 Alta Sauvignon Blanc

A silver medal winner at the 2014 National Cool Climate Wine Show, this sauvignon blanc displays fleshy lime, nectarine and glacé kumquat.

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:54

Barristers Block

Barristers Block is a family-owned and -operated winery that was established in 2002 by Jan Siemelink-Allen, with the support of her husband Evert-Jan and sons, James and Lachlan. Jan has 30 years of experience in all aspects of the wine industry, beginning at Coonawarra where she managed cellar door outlets. She spent five years managing South Australian sales for two major Australian wine companies before leaving in 2004 to create and market her own label.

To maintain a standard of excellence, Barristers Block produces fruit from its own family vineyard, which provides the best fruit of each varietal. Located in the Wrattonbully region, Barristers Block’s 25-acre vineyard grows shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.

In addition to the Wrattonbully vineyard, Barristers Block also maintains a 20-acre vineyard at its Woodside estate in the Adelaide Hills. The cellar door was opened in 2009, and Jan firmly believes that all who visit will embrace the wines in the natural setting of the vineyard.

The cellar door also affords guests the opportunity to see just where Jan’s passion for producing such high-quality wine comes from.

The family operates all its vineyards with minimal tillage and all-natural fertilisers. The winery runs its own sheep through the vineyard during winter to keep the growth down and to provide natural fertilisation.

All the vineyards are drip-irrigated and mulched in summer to ensure moisture is preserved and to eliminate water wastage.

With farmyard animals and a giant sandpit, Barristers Block is considered the most family-friendly winery in the region. Adults can sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a tapas board or gourmet pizza while they’re surrounded by the immense natural beauty of the estate.

The property is home to the Vigneron Villa, which is a gorgeous three-bedroom villa that overlooks the lake, vines and charming farmyard animals. Barristers Block also hosts weddings and functions, and the team can tailor special events to your specific requirements.

 

 

TASTING NOTES

2016 Barristers Block Legally Red Sparkling Shiraz

Crafted    from    single-vineyard, estate-grown fruit from the family vineyard in the Wrattonbully region, this wine is luscious and rich in flavour. Medium-bodied and boasting a sensational deep-purple colour, the wine’s palate is soft and elegant. This sparkling shiraz is the perfect accompaniment to a cosy winter’s night.

2016 Barristers Block Sauvignon Blanc

This wine displays a stunning bouquet that’s driven by jasmine and almond blossom and laid over fresh-cut grass, honeydew melon and lychee. The palate is crisp and refreshing with crunchy Granny Smith apple, gooseberry and a hint of white nectarine.

2016 Barristers Block The Bully Shiraz

A deliciously rewarding shiraz from the region that’s no longer a well- kept secret, this elegant wine has depth, character and full flavours. Rich in forest fruit flavours that are balanced with the use of fine- grained French oak, this shiraz has a long-lasting palate and seductive weight. It will cellar well for a minimum of eight years.

2016 Barristers Block Poetic Justice Sparkling Blush Pinot Noir

Made from single-vineyard, estate- grown pinot noir fruit from the Woodside vineyard, this wine glows a soft pink in your glass and fills your mouth with delicious flavours of lightly spiced strawberry and apple on the palate. This wine is a fresh and fun pinot noir that’s akin to a quality bubbly.

 

 

 

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:54

Penfolds Magill Estate

The original site of the Penfolds brand, Penfolds Magill Estate was built in the late 1800s on the land that Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold acquired in 1844. Along with its Barossa Valley cellar door, Penfolds Magill Estate offers its award winning wines to its loyal drinkers.

A short 15-minute drive from Adelaide’s city centre, Penfolds Magill Estate is the spiritual home of the Penfolds brand, which includes the original Penfold family cottage and more than five hectares under vine. With elevated views of the city and sea views over the Gulf St Vincent, the site is a historical treasure.

A heritage tour of the winery is the perfect way to discover the pioneering spirit of the Magill site, as well as indulging in a taste of its highly-lauded Penfolds Grange varietal.

The destination also includes a 5-star restaurant that exemplifies the firmly-established food and wine culture that Penfolds is known for. A recognition of beautiful food and wine as a way of life is the essence of Penfolds Magill Estate.

Coupled with the company’s Barossa Valley site, Penfolds Magill Estate has produced wines that have won the highest possible awards over the last 150 years. Awards include first prize at the Wine Olympics in Paris, as well as accolades from the American publication Wine Spectator magazine.

With a brand new café and cellar door planned to open in 2015, Penfolds Magill Estate is a wonderful way to spend a day, any time of year.

TASTING NOTES

2012 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet

This is a tribute wine to the original 1976-style. Black fruits combine with chocolate and olive flavours.

2011 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Tempranillo

Fruit sourced from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. Deep and rich in colour, with scents of berries and flashes of tomato, basil and salted- meat savouriness. Ripe summer berries energised with tomato-like acidity with fine-ground tannins.

2011 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Sangiovese

Fruit sourced for this wine is from Barossa Valley. The grapes were fermented at Magill Estate, then basket-pressed and matured in French oak barriques, and bottled without fining or filtration. It has classic cherry characteristics with trademark tannins and layers of intriguing flavours.

Penfolds Father Grand Tawny

Fresh and concentrated barrel- aged characteristics. Soft-rounded fruit, with the oak and maturation harmony of a ten-year-old tawny.