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Monday, 12 January 2015 02:52

Mintaro Wines

Mintaro Wines is a small, family-owned boutique winery that produces a range of premium red and white table wines bottled with the distinctive ‘drinking fish’ label. The winery produces fruit that is mostly dry-grown and handpicked from vines that are hand-pruned. All wines are handcrafted using traditional methods with meticulous attention to detail.

Located in the historic town of Mintaro in the beautiful Clare Valley, the vineyards were originally planted in 1962 and subsequently incorporated into a functioning winery complex in 1984 by the present owner and wine producer, Peter Houldsworth.

Mintaro Wines has two reserve labels – series one and series two. Each series contains six bottles of magnificent red wine and the labels feature stunning works of art. Each series is presented in a specially-marked wooden case.

Series one, reserve shiraz, is called Belles Femmes et Grand Vin and features six grand 19th century paintings of beautiful women. Series two, reserve cabernet sauvignon, is called Leckie Window and features six stunning Greek mythological stained-glass and leadlight images from a window designed and created by a prominent Australian artist in 1935.

Over the years, Mintaro Wines has won about 200 wine show awards around Australia, including the category winner for Dry White (Riesling) at the 1989 Sydney International Wine Show, a gold medal at the 1995 Royal Adelaide Wine Show for a late-picked riesling and a gold medal for its shiraz at the National Wine Show in Canberra in 1996.

Recent awards include a gold medal and a trophy for its cabernet sauvignon at the Brisbane Wine Festival in 2001, a gold medal for its cabernet sauvignon at the Australian Small Winemakers Show in 2005 and gold medals for its riesling at the Clare Valley Wine Show in 2005, 2011 and 2013.


2013 Mintaro Riesling

Honeyed lime floats along the lemon sherbet river, the perfumed waters steeping it in smells of spice and flowers until it passes beyond your palate and leaves you looking for more.

2014 Mintaro Late Picked Riesling

This extremely moreish drink is a piece of sunshine in a glass – enjoy in a tall glass with lots of ice, a slice of lemon and a splash of soda. Displaying a nose of spiced apricots, pineapple, lime zest, kiwi fruit, honey and a whiff of perfume. On the palate, the lemon, lime and tropical interplay is carried by great acid zip with a creamy apricot finish.

2010 Belles Femmes et Grand Vin Reserve Shiraz

Bottled chocolate filled with coffee, marzipan, eucalyptus and licorice in an earthy, charcoal wrapper. Eight to ten years in the cellar will tame the tannins, arouse the acid and fulfil the fruit’s potential – or you could always wrestle it to the ground now.

2010 Leckie Window Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Tarred raspberries sprinkled with roasted spices and vanilla, and nestled on a bed of roses, form a path to your door. Drink with braised and spiced meats or duck and enjoy with your friends who all bought a case!

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:52

Jim Barry Wines

Certain names resonate strongly within the halls of Australian wine history and Jim Barry Wines is one of those names. It was Jim Barry’s drive and community spirit that helped set the benchmark for world-class riesling in the Clare Valley and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.

Jim Barry Wines has a strong lineage. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in Clare Valley, graduating as the 17th student with a degree in oenology at the famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Working for 22 years as winemaker at the Clarevale Cooperative, Jim became a pioneer of Australian table wine and helped establish Taylors Wines in 1969.

Jim’s wife Nancy proved a driving force in the formation of Jim Barry Wines. His sons Peter, Mark and John were also involved in the company’s rise, with Peter becoming managing director in 1985. Today, Peter’s sons Tom and Sam both work for Jim Barry Wines as winemaker and commercial manager respectively, while his daughter Olivia is studying at university with an interest in joining the company.

The current custodians, Peter and Sue Barry, are deeply proud that Jim Barry Wines is still family owned, with three generations of Roseworthy Agricultural College graduates. The Barry family name is synonymous with the Clare Valley wine region and their deep ties to the local community continue to this day. Jim Barry sadly passed away in 2004 and was recently honoured with a Legends Hall of Fame award at the 2014 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.


2014 Jim Barry Watervale Riesling

This riesling has a fantastic lift of Tahitian lime and lemon citrus. The palate delivers intense lime, grapefruit and citrus notes with an overall generosity of fruit-based sweetness, supported by a natural acid backbone.

2012 Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

This Coonawarra-Clare Valley blend displays characters of cassis and dark berries, with subtle hints of dried herbs. The palate is medium- bodied and generous, showing fine tannins and highlighted by flavours of blackcurrant, mint and morello cherries.

2011 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

Exhibiting rich, concentrated dark plum and berry fruits, spice and ripe tannins. What sets it apart from other regions is an air of grace and elegance, with a line of fine natural acidity keeping the voluptuous fruit in check.

2009 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz

This is an incredibly concentrated wine – the essence of Clare Valley shiraz – with a graceful, refined air. Beautifully judged oak nuances are hidden behind a curtain of deep, ripe fruit with fine, ripe tannins and a cut of acid powering the wine along.

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:52


Skillogalee is a boutique, family-owned winery offering world-class handcrafted wines. The winery and vineyard was established in the late 1960s by the original owner, Spencer George. Dave and Diana Palmer purchased the business in 1989, with Diana starting the first winery restaurant in Clare Valley in 1990.

Visitors to Skillogalee can enjoy a real wine and food tourism experience. The winery and vineyard are run in the most sustainable way possible: the vineyard is unirrigated, all organic waste is recycled and all the fruit is processed in the purpose-build on-site winery powered by solar arrays. Skillogalee aims to produce authentic wines with minimal intervention, to retain the integrity of the fruit.

The highly-acclaimed restaurant and cellar door are situated in a 160-year-old stone settler’s cottage in a colourful garden setting, with seating inside by cosy log fires in winter, as well as outside along the veranda and under the shade of an ancient olive tree in warmer weather. Guests can sample the range of wines as their meals are being prepared and learn a little about the history of the property, family and valley.

Set among wooded hills and vineyards, Skillogalee also boasts well-appointed, self- catering accommodation options available for visitors. Whether it’s a romantic luxury getaway or a family holiday, Skillogalee has something to suit everyone. The three cottages are all fully-furnished and within easy walking distance of Skillogalee’s cellar door and restaurant.

Skillogalee is classified as a red 5-star winery by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. The business has also won numerous awards, including national and international gold medals and trophies for its wines, as well as tourism awards for its restaurant and accommodation premises.


2014 Skillogalee Riesling

The fruit for this dry riesling was grown on vineyard blocks up to 500m above sea level, where cool nights and slow ripening yield great flavour and crisp acidity. The nose and palate show classic Clare aromas and flavours of lemon and lime with floral overtones. Drink now with fish, seafood or white meat dishes or cellar for up to ten years.

2014 Skillogalee Gewürztraminer

Often a misunderstood variety and wine style, Skillogalee’s gewürztraminers are restrained and elegant, but still full of character. This wine shows spicy aromatic characters reminiscent of lychee, papaya and rockmelon with some textural fullness on the palate. An ideal accompaniment to flavoursome white meat and fish dishes, especially those prepared with aromatic Asian ingredients.

2012 Skillogalee The Cabernets

This wine is made from the two cabernet varieties: cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Skillogalee also blends in malbec to give richness and flavour to the middle palate. The result is a medium- to full-bodied wine with an aromatic nose of cassis, blackcurrant and roses. The palate is generous with mulberry, coffee and dark cherry, Subtle oak and fine- grained tannin add structure.

2012 Skillogalee Shiraz

Clare Valley red wines are often described as ‘rich but elegant’, and this shiraz comfortably fits the pattern. It was vinified in open fermenters and then gently basket-pressed before 20 months of maturation in oak barrels. The wine has aromas and flavours of blackberries, dark plums and a hint of chocolate with some mint and spice. The distinct natural acidity makes it mouth-watering and versatile with food.


Monday, 12 January 2015 02:52

Taylors Wines

The Taylors Wines story began three generations ago, with the dream of Bill Taylor. Sr. and his sons, Bill and John. Wine merchants in Sydney, all three Taylors were passionate about wine – in particular the famous French clarets such as Chateau Mouton Rothschild from Bordeaux. This love affair with exceptionally-crafted wine eventually inspired them to try to create a stunning wine of their own.

Bill and his sons set out to find the perfect piece of land to establish a vineyard in the Taylors’ name. In 1969, after a considerable search, they found a promising 178-hectare site by the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley. They were certain that the soil – red brown loam over limestone, or terra rossa – would prove conducive to crafting wines of the highest quality. The contrast of warm days and cool nights in the Clare Valley would be equally beneficial, helping the cabernet sauvignon grapes ripen during the day and rest at night.

It didn’t take long for this bold vision to be realised and critical recognition soon followed. In fact, when Taylors Wines entered its first vintage release in the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, it took home the coveted Montgomery Trophy for Best Red Wine in show. The accolades didn’t stop there, with the 1973 Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon winning a gold medal at every national wine show it was entered in.

The Taylor family’s conviction that the terra rossa soil of the Clare Valley was perfect for winemaking was supported by a surprise discovery during the excavation of the vineyard dam. The fossilised remains of tiny seahorses were found in the limestone bedrock, confirming that the area had once been the bed of an ancient inland sea. After this discovery, it seemed only natural that Taylors Wines adopt the seahorse to represent its wines. Today, the three seahorses serve as a tribute to three generations of Taylor winemakers, and mark the quality you will find in every bottle.



2012 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak gives hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.

2015 Taylors Shiraz

A soft and fleshy shiraz boasting a lively palate of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with subtle chocolate and savoury characters from the oak maturation.

2014 Taylors St Andrews Chardonnay

Silky textured with exceptional length and flavours of peach, nectarine and subtle cashew nuances from quality French oak.

2015 Taylors Riesling

Elegant characters of fresh lime, lemon and subtle tropical fruit. A crisp and refreshing palate that finishes with lively-balanced acidity.



Monday, 12 January 2015 02:51

Annie's Lane

A winery steeped in rich history and tradition, Annie’s Lane not only produces outstanding wine varieties, but its own fascinating story. The winery is a flawless example of the Clare Valley region and its ability to produce premium quality wines.

Founded in 1851 by Francis Treloar, Annie’s Lane boasts some of the oldest vines in Clare Valley. As the story goes, the local community in the region’s early days would help each other during busy times of the winemaking season. One winter, Annie Wayman’s horse-drawn cart struck difficulty on a muddy track after delivering lunches to workers pruning vines. From that day forward, the track became affectionately known as Annie’s Lane.

Annie’s Lane produces premium reds and table whites from 406 hectares under vine, with minimal intervention. With a loyal following, Annie’s Lane has won many accolades from varying events, including being awarded a gold medal for its 2012 Quelltaler Riesling at the 2013 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, as well as a gold medal for the 2008 Coppertrail Shiraz at the 2011 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

Located in the heart of Watervale, the heritage-listed Quelltaler Estate is the home of Annie’s Lane. A large, century-old cellar features the winery’s cellar door, as well as its wine museum and gallery. Cast in solid timber and surrounded by picturesque picnic grounds, the cellar door is a superb place to unwind with a beautiful wine or baristamade coffee, cheese plate and local gourmet produce.

Offering delectable food and fine wine alongside a captivating and fruitful history, Annie’s Lane is worth the visit.

Tasting Notes

2011 Annie’s Lane Quelltaler Watervale Riesling

Select parcels were harvested to blend the best wine from one vineyard that displays distinct characters. Highly aromatic and zesty with lemon-lime blossom and subtle hints of clove, talc and charcuterie, this wine is crafted to age gracefully.

NV Annie’s Lane Quelltaler Watervale Sparkling Shiraz

The Quelltaler Watervale Sparkling Shiraz has lifted aromas including black olives, figs and Christmas cake spices. The well-structured palate is layered with plums, cassis, citrus rind and dried currants, balanced by dusty tannins that linger to deliver a complex wine with great length.

2012 Annie’s Lane Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

This semillon sauvignon blanc displays subtle, yet pungent lemon and citrus aromas. Intense fruit characters come through on the palate, which offers great depth of flavour and a clean, crisp, refreshing finish.

2010 Annie’s Lane Copper Trail Shiraz

The wine is black with purple hues and the nose displays blackcurrants, violets and a hint of bitter chocolate. On the palate, there is a complex array of flavours showing cassis and dark berries, with a hint of regional eucalypt. The wine is woven by savoury oak and long, velvety tannins and finishes with a silky mouthfeel.

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:51

Sevenhill Cellars

Sevenhill Cellars was established by the Society of Jesus in 1851 and remains in Jesuit ownership. Two Austrian Jesuits arrived in South Australia in 1848, little knowing that their pioneering spirit and work ethic in the new land would lay the foundation for an enduring tradition of winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars.

Named after the Seven Hill district in Rome, 100 acres of land was purchased to plant vines that would provide sacramental wine to the parishes of the emerging colonies. Today, Sevenhill Cellars still produces sacramental wines, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of its annual production. The sacramental wines are made as naturally as possible, with minimal intervention in conformity with the requirements of Canon Law.

The winery also produces a diverse range of table wines that are recognised for the distinctive regional style that has given Clare Valley an international reputation. Modern winemaking skills and highly-prized vineyards are integral to Sevenhill Cellars’ philosophy of producing premium wines.

With more than 50,000 people visiting the cellar door each year, Sevenhill Cellars is a popular tourist destination. Visitors are drawn not only by the quality of the wine, but also by the vineyard’s distinctive heritage and spiritual character. Sevenhill Cellars’ historic buildings, including the winery and St Aloysius’ Church, as well as its picturesque lawns and gardens, ensure a rewarding visit.

Sevenhill Cellars’ Four Buckets range offers enjoyable wines at an affordable price. The label is named after the first wine press used at Sevenhill Cellars by the Jesuits, which held four buckets of grapes. The Inigo range honours St Ignatius, the Jesuits’ founder. Inigo wines are highly praised for expressing classic Clare Valley single varieties, including riesling, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot.

Made from Sevenhill Cellars’ best parcel of fruit, each vintage of Brother John May Reserve Release honours Brother John May, SJ. The wine was launched in 2008 with the release of a 2004 Shiraz to celebrate Brother John May’s completion of 45 vintages at Sevenhill Cellars.


2017 Inigo Riesling

This riesling has characteristics of orange blossom, with punchy citrus flavours on the palate. With a crisp, dry finish and some texture on the middle palate that balances the zesty acidity, this wine truly captures the imposing qualities for which clare valley-produced riesling is so renowned.

2015 Inigo Shiraz

Lower yields from the 2015 vintage resulted in concentrated flavours that produced a rich varietal style for this refined shiraz. The intense dark-red fruits of this wine integrate smoothly with notes of white- pepper spice and grainy tannins. With patient cellaring, this wine will certainly go the distance.

2017 St Francis Xavier Single-Vineyard Riesling

This riesling was produced with fruit from the Weikert vineyard, which is one of Sevenhill cellars’ five riesling vineyards. The 2017 St Francis Xavier Single-vineyard riesling exemplifies the variety’s great purity and elegance with its floral style, delicate citrus character and lingering minerality.

2014 St Ignatius Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc

Aromas of violets, cloves and cigar boxes underline the prominence of the cabernet sauvignon in this wine’s composition. Flavours of red-berry fruit are the backbone of the palate, with an underlay of firm tannins. Matured in French oak, this wine can be confidently cellared for six to ten years.



Monday, 12 January 2015 02:51

Bleasdale Vineyards

Bleasdale Vineyards is rich in history and produces some of Australia’s most exciting, consistently impressive premium medium- to full-bodied red wines. Whether the wine is a sparkling shiraz, a single-vineyard malbec or a flagship Frank Potts Cabernet, the intention is to convey a story in the glass that substantiates its history, diversity and increasingly its pedigree.

Considered to be the spiritual home of Langhorne Creek, Bleasdale Vineyards is proud of its independence, endeavours and belief in the virtues of the region. Established 164 years ago by Frank Potts, the vineyard has built a strong reputation and continues to grow towards another successful era.

The philosophy of the Bleasdale Vineyards winemaking team is to capture the essence of what makes Langhorne Creek red wine so attractive – vibrancy, harmony and texture. Cabernet sauvignon has elegance and a captivating depth of flavour, shiraz is a ripe fruit style with refined cool climate spice elements and malbec is perfumed and finely structured.

Over the last two years, Bleasdale Vineyards has received 14 trophies and 49 gold medal awards, led by the malbec, cabernet sauvignon and pinot gris varieties. The team produces 25 wines per year, with more than 45 hectares under vine.

When visiting the winery, guests can explore the old, domed cellar that was built in 1892, which features walls of French and American oak puncheons, hogsheads and barriques filled with award winning cabernet and shiraz. In the years to come, these wines will become part of the Bleasdale Vineyards premium Frank Potts and Generations ranges.

Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, guests can taste a wide range of back vintages and current release wines available from the Bleasdale Vineyards cellar door, all while browsing old photographs and paintings and soaking up the historical atmosphere.



2014 Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon

Named after the ancient mulberry tree that grows in one of the estate’s cabernet sauvignon vineyards, this is an elegant wine with aromas of mixed berries, dark chocolate and violets. The palate is smooth with blackcurrant, spicy oak flavours and textured tannins. Delicious and captivating, this cabernet sauvignon is pure, juice-laden and tasty.

2016 Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec

The first red wine released by Bleasdale Vineyards was a 1961 malbec. This wine shows how smooth a malbec can be, with loads of juicy fruit flavours and a touch of spice and sweet. Finishing with long and smooth tannins, this wine is certainly a crowd pleaser.

2015 Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend

This wine is a blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties – cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, and petit verdot. With blackcurrant, plum, lifted violets and a touch of black olive, the wine is complex, seamless and complete. It drinks well young, but also has exceptional ageability.

2015 Bleasdale Generations Shiraz

This wine commemorates generations of family success and reflects Bleasdale Vineyards’ aspirations for Langhorne Creek shiraz. Ripe plum and dark berry flavours are layered with liquorice, pepper and fresh spices, which marry beautifully with subtle oak nuances. This full-bodied shiraz retains elegance and shape with complex wine balance and round tannins.



Monday, 12 January 2015 02:51

Rusticana Wines

Owned and operated by the Meakins family, Rusticana Wines is located on the flood plains of Langhorne Creek. Stretching out across 25 acres on the alluvial flood plains of the Bremer River, the vineyard was first planted in the early 1990s.

Specialising in the production of red wine varieties, the winery produced its first wines under the label Rusticana Wines in 2003, and now produces varieties including shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, durif and zinfandel. The estate-grown wines are made under the guidance of consultant winemaker John Glaetzer, while the sparkling durif and the blanc dos blends are made by Simon Greenleaf. The semillon is also grown on-site, while the pinot grigio and savagnin are sourced from the neighbouring vineyards in Langhorne Creek.

With a two-storey cellar door overlooking the vineyard, Red Gum swamp and fields of horseradish, Rusticana Wines is a unique destination to enjoy with friends and family. The horseradish farm, which is situated on the same property as the cellar door, is the only one in Australia and produces up to 4000 jars of horseradish per week. Newman’s Horseradish was purchased by the Meakins family from Fred Newman in 1947, and has become an iconic food in South Australia.

Open seven days a week, Rusticana Wines’ cellar door is the perfect spot to relax with a picnic and a fantastic glass of wine out on the deck; or, simply pop in for a taste of the wines and other local produce on offer – you can even purchase your favourite local goods to take home and enjoy with friends and family.



2014 Rusticana Cabernet Sauvignon

This cabernet sauvignon displays a great purple hue, with an aromatic bouquet, blackcurrant flavours and a hint of mint and eucalyptus. Aged for 22 months in American oak, it’s a full-bodied wine that will cellar for up to ten years.

NV Rusticana Sparkling Durif

This wine has been bottle-fermented after ageing in French and American oak for 12 months, resulting in a luscious sparkling red that is not too sweet, but is full of flavour.

2012 Rusticana Zinfandel

Matured for 20 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak, this zinfandel has been hand-picked and bunch- thinned. An elegant savoury wine, it has a spicy flavour with a soft finish that lingers on the palate – ideal for Italian food.

2012 Rusticana Durif

This durif was matured for 22 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak, allowing it to display a dense-purple colour. Saturated with blackberry, cherry and prunes, this wine also exhibits hints of chocolate. This full-bodied flavoursome wine has fine tannins and wonderful length on the palate.



Monday, 12 January 2015 02:51

Chapman River Wines

Chapman River Wines is set on 120 acres of beautiful land, complete with a picturesque old homestead. Close to the Chapman River and just behind the dunes on Antechamber Bay, Bruce and Diana Keir planted a small vineyard on the land in the mid 90s, after leaving behind their urban lifestyle in Adelaide.

The eclectic cellar door, which was opened in 2008, was converted from an old aircraft hangar – more accurately described as a tin shed. Visitors can enjoy Chapman River Wines’ famous lunch platters and a selection of cool-climate maritime wines either inside or on the deep veranda. An ideal outing for families, there is an outdoor playground for children, or you can enjoy a round of boules on the lawn.

With a talent not just for winemaking but also for creative endeavours, Diana showcases many of her paintings and sketches in a gallery at the winery. These pieces, along with a range of homemade jams, sauces, pickles and salami are available for sale.


2014 Chapman River Wines Happiness Rosé

Made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from the vineyard, the grapes enjoy a maritime- influenced temperate climate. Picked in March 2014 and made and held in stainless steel, it was bottled in early June 2014. A surprisingly fine dry wine with a zesty and fresh mouthfeel. Chilled down, it’s a smashing mouthful of Kangaroo Island rosé.

2010 Chapman River Wines Happiness Blend

In April 2010, two-and-a-half tonnes of cabernet sauvignon, one tonne of shiraz and half a tonne of merlot were picked to make this blend. Made at Dudley Wines by Jeff and Brodie Howard, the wine was stored in French oak for 18 months and bottled in June 2012. It is a rich, round and delicious mouthful of Kangaroo Island red.

Monday, 12 January 2015 02:50

Sunset Winery

Sunset Winery combines the finest wine, food and views so that you can enjoy the best that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Winner of the 2009 Ultimate Kangaroo Island Producers Food or Wine Experience award, Sunset Winery offers stunning 180-degree sea views from the cellar door of the Eastern Cove and beyond. It is ideally situated on the main road, between Penneshaw and Kingscote.

Arriving at Sunset Winery, visitors will receive a warm and friendly welcome, with the option to choose from a complimentary tasting of the premium wine range, or a savoury platter that features local and regional produce, as well as tea, coffee and muffins, which are available until 4:00pm.

Sunset Winery achieved a 4.5-star rating in James Halliday’s 2013 Australian Wine Winery’s flagship wines – the sauvignon blanc and the sparkling shiraz – attained 94 points and 90 points respectively in the 2013 Australian Wine Companion, with its 2010 Shadow Shiraz receiving 92 points.



2014 Sunset Chardonnay

Bright, deep yellow-straw in colour. The nose shows ripe stone fruits, lifted perfume of lime and orange blossom with hints of fruit spice and cashew. The clean, fresh palate is bursting with the flavours of sweet peach and pear.

2014 Sunset Sauvignon Blanc

Pale yellow-straw in colour. Typically varietal with notes of capsicum, passionfruit, lime and fresh green herbs. The palate is fresh and punchy from the intense fruit flavours, with a clean and mouth-watering finish of great length.

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