Dal Zotto Sangiovese 2013
Matched With a slow Braised Lamb Shoulder
With winter vegetables
& some crusty bread. Perfectto!
- Michael Dal Zotto, Winemaker
Barossa Babe comes from the RockBare stable of wines; a Shiraz produced only if the growing vintage is near perfect.
As Marty O'Flaherty says, "the quality of the wine in the glass is decided by the quality of the fruit in the vineyard. For Barossa Babe, I use only grapes from old vines, not 20 or 30 years old, some of the oldest vines in Australia, up to 140 years old!"
So, why Barossa Babe? Our seductive packaging is a tribute to the old world Hollywood movie stars, Hayworth, Harlow and Monroe, who to us are as sexy as a sleek and full-bodied Barossa Valley Shiraz.
We like to think we have a unique approach to wine. It's built around the idea of demystifying the often over-complicated approach that traditional wine brands take.
We're developing premium quality products, delivered at an attainable price point and presented in a way that makes them accessible to a new generation of wine drinkers.
Cake lives within the context of creative culture (music, art, design, film, photography, ideas), a culture that is integral to drinking and enjoying good wine.
The Campbell's are a fifth generation winemaking family dedicated to continuing a tradition begun in 1870, of producing premium quality wines that reflect the distinctive characteristics of the Rutherglen region. Drawing on their intimate knowledge of the region the Campbell's can ensure that they grow grapes of the highest quality. The result is traditional styles of wines with finesse and a subtle use of oak complementing the full fruit flavours.
Colin Campbell is the winemaker at his family's estate. Colin completed his diploma of Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia. On his return to Rutherglen he brought with him new skills and oversaw the rapid expansion of the fermentation cellar to pioneer a new era for wine in the Rutherglen district.
New Zealand's Catalina water planes (known as flying boats) played a vital role across the South Pacific during and after World War II.
Catalina Sounds pays homage to this plane and the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds where it served and made its home.
Peter Jackson's aspiration at Catalina Sounds is to continue producing excellent quality wines of beautiful fruit expression, interest, finesse and balance. Striving to create wines of great honesty and integrity that are true to their site, while attempting to incorporate complexity and longevity into the wines.
Causes & Cures
Causes & Cures
Causes & Cures is a small batch, craft, infusion of botanicals and biodynamic viognier wine base. Made in the Yarra Valley by the winemakers behind Giant Steps.
Vermouth has a long and surreal history, on the fringes of apothecary, art and medicine. this craft, small batch vermouth has small and exacting measures of local and imported botanicals, the most influential on the style being wormwood, juniper, gentian, bay leaf, cinchona and seville orange. These biodynamic viognier grapes are hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and undergo a wild ferment in French puncheons and barriques. The wine is fermented to 14.0% alcohol. The botanicals are macerated separately in the fortifying spirit (a distillate of the mother wine) and the blended aromatic spirit is then used to fortify the mother wine to 17.0% alcohol.
The medieval treatise 'Causes & Cures' recorded the beneficial and restorative powers of all known herbs and spices.
In the crowded world of wine, New Zealand is paradise for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. New Zealand's best wine growing regions form the foundations of Crowded House.
These unique and diverse wine regions of New Zealand offer constant challenge in both the viticultural and winemaking aspects of wine production, giving us the opportunity to be creative. The result is Crowded House - it's all about taking a fresh new look at classic New Zealand wines.
In the Crowded world of wine, New Zealand is paradise for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. New Zealand's best wine growing regions form the foundations of Crowded House.
New Zealand's unique and diverse wine regions offer constant challenge in both the viticultural and winemaking aspects of wine production, which provides me the opportunity to be creative. As such there is an urgency to winemaking. You only get so many chances and the seasons offer unique potential to make a truly great or interesting wine. I am not afraid to do things differently to others and I like to experiment. The result is Crowded House - it's all about taking a fresh new look at classic New Zealand wines.
Named after Septimus Lord Curlewis, its first settler in 1840, Curlewis is a small wine growing district on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong, one hour's drive south-west of Melbourne, Australia.
At Curlewis we endeavour to create highly concentrated, complex, food friendly wines. We try to learn from the thousand years of European experience with wine and food as a combination, not in isolation as is all too common in the New World.
We absorb the wine-making styles of Burgundy and Rhone in particular, but set out to take advantage of our more consistent climate and some of the better new techniques to create wines of greater concentration and flavour ripeness yet still with the full length of palate that goes with ultra premium wines the world over.
Dal Zotto Wines
Dal Zotto Wines
Each Dal Zotto wine is the blend of three elements - family, tradition and innovation - with one overarching philosophy - your origins are just as important as your future.
The Dal Zotto philosophy begins with what is closest to our hearts - family. From rural life in Italy, to settling in the King Valley, to pioneering Italian grape varieties, the journey has been a shared one. Along the way, from the good times at the table to our appetite for discovery in the vineyard and winery, it is "La Famiglia" that has brought it all together.
We invite you to join us on this journey, pull up a chair at the family table, savour both the tradition and innovation in our wines and share our stories.
Deakin Estate’s vineyard and winery is located near Mildura in North West Victoria. Long summers and gentle winters provide the ideal environment for producing rich, ripe fruit. The team at Deakin Estate are focused on producing expressive wines of the highest quality, brimming with flavour and varietal character, and using only the best fruit from the Estate. Deakin Estate wines are available across Australia and currently exported to over 30 countries around the globe.
The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks. Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, designated by the early settlers as Dog Point.
Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and, James and Wendy Healy. Total involvement by the partners from the vineyard to the winemaking process through to the marketing of their regionally distinctive wines, ensures that Dog Point Vineyards remains a boutique and family oriented business producing wines with a clear point of difference.
Established in 1993, Edwards Wines is a family owned and operated winery run by brothers Mike and Christo Edwards, who are winemaker and viticulturalist respectively. Their 25 hectare vineyard is located in the heart of the Margaret River Wine region and consists of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz , Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Elegant wines of intense colour and flavour are consistently produced through an attentive and hands-on approach in the vineyard, coupled with experience and attention to detail in the winery. Edwards is also experimenting with organic practices in the vineyard.
The brainchild of acclaimed Martinborough winemaker Larry McKenna, The Edge is a regional vineyard project aimed at producing distinctive varietal wines that offer very high quality for everyday consumption. The philosophy is built around finding the best wine styles from the region best suited to growing those wine varietals.
Wines currently made under the Edge label are Martinborough Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir label and a Viognier from Gisborne's warmer, maritime climate. Home base for the The Edge wines is the Escarpment Vineyard in Te Muna Road, Martinborough, established in 1999 as a joint business venture between Robert & Mem Kirby (of Australia's Village Roadshow) and Larry & Sue McKenna.
The Escarpment Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand promises some of the very best of tomorrow's definitive New World Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
With respected winemaker Larry McKenna applying his distinctive skill to what he does best - making premium wine - the result is some of NZ's most layered, flavoursome and complex wines.
When it comes to its flagship wine, the Pinot Noir, Escarpment promises rewarding adventure into exciting new territory - as is the NZ approach to this renowned varietal.
Endless Wine is a homage to Victoria and all of its glorious wine regions. With such a playground to draw from, Endless has undertaken the challenge to produce sublime regional wines that consistently over-deliver in quality for a fantastically palatable price. Endless is an insurance policy for the pursuit of value, enjoyment, and satisfaction.
Exclusively on-premise, Endless produces four superbly handcrafted wines that best reflect Victoria, using traditional techniques with minimal intervention, and maximum joy.
Felton Road Wines Ltd, in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand, has planted some of the world's southernmost vineyards. The expression, growing on the edge, has real meaning in Central Otago, with the lowest rainfall and lowest temperatures of any agricultural region in New Zealand.
Felton Road ardently adheres to the philosophy that wine quality is determined in the vineyard. Every possible step is taken to ensure that grapes of outstanding quality are delivered to the winery.
From their first vintage in 1997, Felton Road wines flew straight to the top of everyone's score sheet, with praise such as Stunning Debut, Best New Winery, and Pinot Noir of the Year. Winemaker, Blair Walter attributes the high quality to the Central Otago distinct soil and climate, the north-facing hillside vineyard, and meticulous care of the vines, not mentioning his skill and wide experience as winemaker. In 2000, Nigel Greening purchased Felton Road having already established a firm interest in Central Otago Pinot Noir with his own Cornish Point Vineyard.
Our small boutique property is located in the heart of Margaret River's renowned Willyabrup sub-region; exceptional grape-growing country that today is home to some of the finest wines in Australia.
Situated in Western Australia's deep southwest at latitude 34°south, Willyabrup boasts a pristine, virtually pollution-free environment and gentle Mediterranean-maritime climate, making the region ideal for the production of fine wines.
Fire Gully is in the vanguard of premier wineries in the region and consistently produces vibrant, fruit-driven wines of great elegance and style. A family run vineyard with a focus on quality and value, our range is enjoyed throughout Australia and overseas, and offers quintessentially Margaret River red and white styles.
Dr Michael Peterkin of Pierro purchased the nearby Fire Gully property in 1998 and now manages the vineyard, which is also one of the most beautiful and unique properties on the Cape.
Foster e Rocco
Foster e Rocco
Foster e Rocco is the collaboration of two friends Adam Foster & Lincoln Riley who have undertaken a project to make wines that they want to drink; approachable, accessible and above all food friendly. Having spent many years working in restaurants as sommeliers, both individuals understand the role food and wine plays in uniting people through engaging their senses.
A desire to create wines that are appealing yet interesting to the modern Australian food and wine lover, and a mutual respect for the versatility of both the Sangiovese grape and Rosé style, helped shape the Foster e Rocco project to produce a selection of hand crafted wines.
Giant Steps Winery
Giant Steps Winery
Yarra Valley based vigneron, Phil Sexton lives with his family in the middle of their 32 hectare vineyard established on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges in the dress circle of the Yarra Valley.
Specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Giant Steps explore site, micro climatic and clonal differences between several specialized vineyards in the Yarra Valley including their own multi-clonal vineyard and the highly regarded Tarraford vineyard. Focused intently upon reflecting the individual and unique characteristics of each single vineyard, Giant Steps adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking including, whenever possible, vinification using indigenous yeasts and gravity flow transfers.
Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Winery of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2015
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 5-Star Winery
18 Trophies and 48 Gold Medals at Major Wine Shows from 2006 - 2015
The Heathcote region has had a rich and prosperous place in the history of Australia. During the 1850’s, Heathcote was the scene of fevered activity as an important gold field town and today Heathcote is best known for producing another rich and prized gem - Heathcote Shiraz.
Heathcote Estate was planted in 1999 on the ancient Cambrian soils that define the heart of the region. The 500-million-year-old soils are integral to the distinctive characters in these special wines.
The Kirby family established Heathcote Estate with the sole objective to make one wine - a single vineyard shiraz. And over the past decade, the label has forged a reputation for wines of exceptional character and longevity. Led by winemaker Tom Carson, the philosophy is to craft wines that speak of the distinct characteristics of Heathcote and more particularly, this unique site.
Heathcote Estate was established exclusively for the production of one wine a single vineyard Shiraz.
Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard
Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard
Hickinbotham (Clarendon Vineyard) is a new ultra-premium, small batch range produced by Jackson Family Wines (who also own Yangarra). The historic Clarendon vineyard was planted by Alan Hickinbotham in 1971, and quickly established itself as truly unique site, going on to become the source of premium fruit for many illustrious brands over the years, including Clarendon Australis (ongoing), Penfolds Grange and Eileen Hardy.
Kreglinger Wine Estates Australia produces a range of world class cool climate wines from its own wineries located on estate vineyards at Mount Benson on the Limestone Coast of South Australia and Pipers Brook in Tasmania. Over two hundred years of European heritage is combined with meticulous viticultural and winemaking practice to create one of the world's premier sparkling wines.
The dramatic vineyard slopes of the Pipers Brook region, cooled by gentle ocean breezes provide an ideal climate for ultra premium sparkling wine production. The deep, free draining volcanic soils, characteristic of the region, are critical to the vine prosperity and are largely responsible for the wines' intensity. Whilst a slow and mild ripening period enables the grapes to develop a full spectrum of flavours, resulting in sparkling wines with rare richness and concentration.
La La Land
La La Land
La La Land is an eclectic collection of distinctive wines for the new generation. La La Land adds a breath of fresh air to the sometimes stuffy world of wine and offers a sense of escapism - in a striking, entertaining and unpretentious manner. Crafted from innovative varietals, stylistically La La Land wines are flavoursome and generous, made with creative flair and a touch of funk.
La Linea hatched in Peter Leske's head in late 2006, soon after leaving Nepenthe. He had been Winemaker at the super-premium Adelaide Hills company since its foundation just over a decade earlier. Contemplating his next step, he found the aroma and taste of a dry, fine rosé made from Tempranillo grapes turning over and over in his mind. Imagining aromas and flavours that don't exist can be frustrating - but it's the winemaking equivalent of a melody forming in a songwriter's brain; a melody which won't go away until it's played.
Leske needed to play.
While interest in (and plantings of) Tempranillo are growing rapidly in Australia, it's still regarded here as a 'minor' or 'emerging' or 'non-mainstream' variety (depending on your preference for jargon!). Not so in its home in Spain. The Spanish grow it widely, and much like we do with Shiraz in this country, make it into a diverse range of styles, from crisp rosés produced for summer drinking, to robust, long-living reds.
The aim is to make absolutely delicious, hand crafted wines that are slightly alternative in the way they are made or with the fruit that is used. Our mantra is minimal intervention and where possible we aim to work with growers using sustainable vineyard methods. There are approximately 200 dozen of each wine made. We hope you enjoy the wines as much as we enjoyed making them.
Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, is under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world's finest.
Jane and Andrew Mitchell established the winery in 1975 on the Mitchell family property in the western hills of the Clare Valley in South Australia. An old sandstone apple store was converted to serve as a rustic cellar door sales area. Continued growth has resulted in further development of the winery buildings and winemaking plant.
Currently some 500-700 tonnes of premium fruit is crushed and processed in a well equipped modern winery. The imposing two-storey century-old family home sits amid the vineyards, overlooking the winery.
Stuart Pigott's Top 20 Dry Rieslings
Andrew and Jane Mitchell's Watervale Rieslings are ideal for those who frequently find Australian dry Rieslings too one-sidedly acidic. In that context, these are wines for silk fetishists, but they still have great staying power in any context. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 2014
South Australia's first vineyards were established in the 1830's. Enjoying a wide range of climates including the cool temperatures of the Adelaide Hills, to the hot summer weather of the Barossa Valley, South Australia is arguably Australia's most diverse wine producing state.
It is from these wonderfully diverse regions that winemaker Marty O'Flaherty selects the best varietals to produce Mojo wines. Marty's resounding philosophy is "wine should tell a story about the terroir in which it's grown, needing lots of love but minimal handling by allowing the growers to do what they do best."
Ninth Island wines are produced by Kreglinger Wine Estates at their Pipers Brook winery in Northern Tasmania. The estate grown and produced wines are made from fruit sourced from Estate owned vineyards in the Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley regions of Tasmania.
The aim of the label is to highlight Tasmanian regional flavours in wines that drink well when young and in some cases will age gracefully. The Ninth Island label produces fresh, early drinking varietal wines which capture the cool climate flavours of Tasmania.
The wine is named after a small island in Bass Strait opposite the Pipers River Vineyard's. The small island covering around 32 hectares is a wildlife refuge for penguins and the occasional seal and of course there are no vineyards there.
Situated in the heart of Mount Benson on Limestone Coast Road, our Norfolk Rise Vineyard is planted on 180 hectares of undulating coastal hills. Within 5kms of the ocean at 37 degrees south of the equator and subject to approximately 660mm of rain per annum, our seven planted varieties are significantly influenced by the cooling sea breezes of the Southern Ocean and it’s associated climate.
Completely surrounding our winemaking facility, our vineyards have been uncompromisingly planted to specifically suit each individual variety. Planted on our highest ridge, and dissecting the Vineyard, the defining visual impact of our Estate is 100 Norfolk Island Pines planted along a 500-metre ridge. Native to Australia, the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) grows to over 200 feet in height providing an impressive and dominating influence over the surrounding landscape.
In 1839 William and Elizabeth Oliver travelled to South Australia from Scotland and eventually settled in 1841 on land at McLaren Vale. Whitehill and Taranga farms, the names given to the northern and southern sections of this land, are located 2 km north of McLaren Vale overlooking the township. Taranga is a corruption of the aboriginal word Tarangk, meaning ‘the middle' which was used by the Kaurna, a local aboriginal tribe. Sheep and cattle were raised and orchards and vineyards were planted immediately upon arrival and the family prospered.
Both properties are still run by fifth generation descendants of William and Elizabeth, with the Whitehill property utilized for cropping and grazing sheep and cattle and boasting a rejuvenated stone ‘Chaff Shed' which is used as a function centre and Taranga, which consists of 100 hectares of land, being planted to many different varieties of red and white wine grapes.
Established in 1974, Pipers Brook Vineyard is an award-winning, cool-climate premium winery on the north coast of Tasmania, the southern-most state of Australia.
It is a small 'pure' wine-producing company, and all wines are estate-grown and bottled. The winery produces over ten varieties of red, white and sparkling wines under the Pipers Brook Vineyard, Kreglinger and Ninth Island labels. Pipers Brook Vineyard grapes are sourced entirely from within the Tasmanian appellation. Its wines are available in seventeen countries.
The company is strongly vertically integrated with an acquired depth of skills in site selection, vineyard development and management, winemaking, bottling and marketing.
Plantagenet Three Lions
Plantagenet Three Lions
The Plantagenet's were the first truly armigerous royal dynasty of England meaning they were entitled to strike and bear various coats of arms. The arms of this noble, later royal, family, "Gules, three lions passant guardant", termed colloquially "the arms of England" were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189 - 1199), son of King Henry ll of England (1154 - 1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17 - 1151).
These Three Lions signified royalty, history, power and a code of conduct that was instantly recognized wherever they were displayed.
So too with this range of wines. They are from the oldest established winery in the Great Southern - they are wines with power and provenance. The Three Lion coat of arms of Plantagenet Wines is a recognized symbol of quality and prestige.
Plantagenet Wines was the first winery in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia and has developed an enviable reputation for producing premium quality wines since 1975. Our wines have achieved international recognition for their amazing depth of flavour and structure. The style of our wines are suited to a diverse range of cuisine, due to their elegance, finesse and incredible balance.
In 1968, the young and vibrant Tony Smith, planted an experimental vineyard on his Bouverie property in the Great Southern of Western Australia. After many trials and tribulations, including some untimely pruning by a flock of stray sheep, the first grapes were picked in 1974. In 1975, a shed, in the township of Mount Barker, in the heart of the Great Southern, was purchased and the first vintage from the winery was produced.
The Great Southern encompasses an area 100 kilometres long by 65 kilometres wide with a climate ranging from strong maritime to moderately continental. The ancient soils date back 1000 million years and the clean, pristine environment provides the perfect backdrop for producing magnificent wines.
Red Claw wines are hand crafted with fruit from Yabby Lake’s own Victorian vineyards – Yabby Lake Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula and Heathcote Estate in Heathcote. The wines are made following the same principles that guide the single vineyard wines. With Red Claw the emphasis is on making wines that are bright, juicy and more expressive when young .With Red Claw the emphasis is on making wines that are bright, juicy and more expressive when young. Lending them perfectly to the Australian lifestyle and the way we like to dine. Available under the Red Claw label is Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as a Grenache Rosé and a Shiraz from our Heathcote Estate.
Republic of Wine
Republic of Wine
Our winemakers travel the width and breadth of Australia and New Zealand revelling in winemaking opportunities which are the envy of the rest of the world.
To all lucky wine loving citizens of our great southern lands, raise your glass to the new world, toast our independence from the old, and drink to our republic of wine.
RockBare is a boutique wine brand, focused entirely on the distinctive expression of vineyard sites in McLaren Vale, South Australia, drawing grapes from long-term growers supported by well-established relationships and meticulous vineyard management year round.
No stone has been left unturned by Marty O'Flaherty when locating the best fruit available from each vintage. The wines are produced in the high calibre vineyards, enabling RockBare's minimal intervention philosophy to prevail.
Burvill, the pinnacle of RockBare Winemaking, is named after the founder of RockBare, Tim Burvill. The inaugural release took place in 2006, paying homage to Tim's winemaking journey and love of the shiraz grape varietal.
Shaw + Smith
Shaw + Smith
Shaw + Smith is an alliance between cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith. Their aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that are outstanding examples of their type made from grapes grown in the Adelaide Hills.
Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Shiraz.
The vineyard is located on a 28 ha property planted at Woodside Vineyard with new plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir at Balhannah.
Snake + Herring
Snake + Herring
The Snake + Herring brand is a wine safari searching for remarkable grapes from West Australian Vineyards. The Search has begun, and our grape balloon manned by Snake (our winemaker) and Herring (our navigator) represent this.
The southwest of WA is a viticultural treasure map as there are vineyard jewels scattered throughout. We seek for blocks within vineyards that really shine; they may seem dull when diluted by the bordering lesser dirt. The search is to find and polish these often overlooked gems and present a treasure chest of different jewels: pristine, crystalline Rieslings; crisp, radiant, multi-faceted Chardonnays; alluring, perfumed Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; dark, exotic, hedonistic Shiraz; brilliant, regal displays of Cabernets and blends.
Sticks Yarra Valley is beautifully situated on a single site in the picturesque Yarra Valley, an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The Winery and Cellar Door, which are nestled in to the base of the Christmas Hills, have unparalleled views of the Estate vineyard and Great Dividing ranges.
Producing award winning wines that are sold both nationally and in key markets around the world, Sticks Yarra Valley wines express true varietal characteristics.
Standing at six foot six, our founding winemaker, Rob Dolan was given the nickname ‘Sticks’ during his days as a dual premiership player for the Port Adelaide Aussie Rules Football Club. Rob pulled together a young, vibrant and highly regarded winemaking team who have continued on with Rob's commitment to making fresh, fruit driven cool climate wines. Let's just say the winemaking team are as passionate about the sticks in the vineyard as Rob is about his footy!
Our Winemaker, Travis Bush, is dedicated to producing exceptional cool climate wines showing depth and regional expression.
New Zealand is paradise for Sauvignon Blanc and it's from the Marlborough region that TaiNui was established. The name TaiNui comes from a famous New Zealand canoe which, according to Maori tradition brought the first Maoris to the country.
"Tai" in Maori translates to "tide" and "Nui" translates to "high" - by the light of the silvery moon a tide flows in.
Te Mata Estate
Te Mata Estate
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke's Bay vineyards. The Estate's ownership varied frequently until John and Wendy Buck acquired it in 1978. John and Wendy instigated a twenty-year development program, which commenced with the restoration of the original winery building and the replanting of all of the original vineyards, as well as the acquisition of new vineyard sites.
The range of temperature and soil types, allied with the rainfall band between 650-850mm, create conditions to produce high quality wines of a classic range akin to those of coastal, central and northern France. Te Mata wines are similar in weight and balance but with unique lifted floral and fruit aromas.
Te Mata winery has been ranked 'Top Winery in New Zealand' evidenced by the consistent quality of the Coleraine and Awatea Cabernet Merlot wines, the Bull Nose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay.
Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs: English convicts transported to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union. The leader of the Martyrs, George Loveless, served some of his sentence working on a property near Richmond, part of which is now Tolpuddle Vineyard.
The vineyard is planted with mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, facing north-east, and sloping gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines producing grapes of great flavour and intensity.
In 2006 Tolpuddle Vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site.
Martin Shaw, Michael Hill Smith MW and Matthew Hill Smith purchased the vineyard in 2011 and are fully committed to seeing Tolpuddle Vineyard recognised as one of Australia's great single vineyards.
Twelftree Wines is a limited and exclusive collection of premium handcrafted Grenache, guided from vine to bottle by Michael Twelftree. We source from the finest single vineyard sites in McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley with the core focus to highlight the provenance of each Grenache parcel.
A revolutionary concept, Twelftree Wines shelves the practice of interjecting winemaking, focusing more on the pre-eminence of unique vineyard sites and viticulture practices.
Two Hands Wines
Two Hands Wines
Two Hands Wines was founded in early 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz.
Their intention was, and still is, to showcase the diversity of Australian Shiraz by highlighting regional characteristics and allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the wines. Two Hands refers to the very personable approach taken with each parcel of grapes, no matter how big or small. The wines are carefully guided through the viticulture and winemaking process by Michael Twelftree.
From the outset, Two Hands set out to be unique. This approach is reflected in everything from the names of the wines through to innovative packaging and, not least, the wines themselves.
'Quality without compromise' is a core value that drives all Two Hands decisions so, not surprisingly, the wines have received international acclaim from respected wine critics, with Robert Parker proclaiming Two Hands as '...the finest negociant operation south of the equator...'
In November 2012, Two Hands was named in the Wine Spectator's annual Top 100 for the 10th consecutive year, an achievement that has never been equaled by any other winery the world over.
Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell's Wines is one of Australia's pre-eminent family owned wine companies with vineyards extending from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast (SA) and Heathcote (VIC).
Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell's is home to some of Australia's most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell's has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named "Winery of the Year" in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion.
With the fifth generation, Chris, Jane and John, involved in the business, Tyrrell's will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality wine that people love to drink.
Willow Bridge Estate
Willow Bridge Estate
Willow Bridge Estate is family owned and operated by principal s Jeff and Vicki Dewar, who bought the picturesque 180-hectare hillside property in 1996 after an exhaustive search of the state for the ideal vineyard site from which to realize their shared vision of producing world class wines which are both opulent and accessible.
The estate is located in a hidden jewel of an area known as the Ferguson Valley which, at that time, was home to only a few small vineyards. Immediately planting 60 hectares of vines and then building a state of the art winery (the first winery in the area) in time for their first vintage in 2000, established Willow Bridge as the pioneering estate of the area and demonstrated the family's confidence in the property and resolve to see their vision become reality.
From the release of their very first wines, their efforts were quickly rewarded with critical acclaim, wine show success and most importantly, glowing feedback from wine lovers.
Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character under its Single Vineyard and Single Block Release labels.
Led by winemaker Tom Carson, the Yabby Lake philosophy is to craft wines that speak of our site and the season in which they were grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.
The producer’s vision and dedication has led to some exciting accolades in recent years, including their history-making Block 1 Pinot Noir - which was the first pinot noir ever to win the revered Jimmy Watson Trophy, after 52 years of the award.