Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2012
This Chardonnay can take an extra degree of richness.
Always happy alongside a classic roast chicken,
it's also perfect with a fine piece of fish
poached in a buttery sauce or with
umami-rich grilled pork sausages.
Fred Loimer studied winemaking at Klosterneuburg and worked in Germany’s Nahe and the Schug winery in California before returning in 1997 to his family’s estate in Langenlois within the greater Kamptal area. A year later Fred purchased the former cellar of the Haindorf Castle on top of which he constructed a modern black cube symbolizing his love for modern elegance, reflected in his wines.
In the vineyard Fred follows a high density regime (6000 vines per hectare) to contain yields. The vines are trained low but the canopies allowed to grow high. In the cellar Fred relies on spontaneous fermentation and extended time on lees but says he works without a standard ‘recipe’ in order to be free to adapt from year to year, and from grape to grape.
Fred began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria.
Today Louis Roederer remains one of the very few remaining family owned Houses in Champagne with 7th generation Frederic Rouzaud at the helm.
From the 100 hectares acquired in 1850 by Louis Roederer, the Domaine today extends over 240 hectares averaging 98% on the official Echelle classification. All vineyard acquisitions follow Louis Roederer’s strict 70% policy – that is ownership of at least 70% of the total production. All Louis Roederer Cuvees are Estate grown with the exception of Brut Premier which is 60% estate fruit and 40% fruit sourced from long-term contracted growers.
Louis Roederer farm 65 Ha of their Domaine vineyards under a biodynamic and organic regime as part of what Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon says is a work in progress. In 2012 Louis Roederer became the largest biodynamic producer in Champagne.
Chateau la Nerthe
Chateau La Nerthe
Chateau la Nerthe is one of the oldest and the largest estates in the Southern Rhone's mostly highly regarded appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Comprising 90 hectares of vines planted in red clay soils and sandy hollows ballasted with the pebble characteristic of the region, many of its vines are a century old, with the average age around fifty years. The vineyards face south towards the sunshine, plunging roots several metres deep and have been certified organic since 2013.
The successive owners of Chateau la Nerthe over centuries observed which vine varieties possessed the most affinity with the terroir of the estate, and in the latter part of the nineteenth century Commander Ducos planted 11 varieties (later to become 11 of the 13 permitted for Châteauneuf-du-Pape). Each brought with it a quota of special virtues to the finished wine, and today blending remains a key to the complexities and individuality of the wines of Chateau la Nerthe.
In medieval times, Roumieu was the name used by the Moors to designate Christians and the place named Roumieu meant a thoroughfare for the pilgrims on their way to St Jacques de Compostelle. This is where the "Coquille St Jacques", (scallop shell) on the label originates.
Roumieu has been in the same family since the eighteenth century. Each generation has retained the same love of the soil, "terroir", respect for the traditional methods of wine growing and belief in the moral obligation to pass this knowledge from generation to generation.
Domaine Christian Salmon
Domaine Christian Salmon
Domaine Christian Salmon is a family owned estate in the Coteaux Buetons, covering 15 hectares within the appellation of Sancerre Blanc and 3.25 hectares for Pouilly Fume. For six generations the Salmon family has been growing grapes and making wine with care, finesse and passion. The wines are in a classic, fresh and zesty style reliant on indigenous ferments, a very slow and gentle crush and extended time on lees in tank.
Today Armand Salmon farms two main soil types in Sancerre: Terres blanches (clay-limestone), on the westernmost hills and Caillottes, (very stony and limestone rich). In the commune of Pouilly-sur-Loire, Domaine Christian Salmon’s unique vineyard "Clos des Criots" is located in the centre of the village. The soils are marls rich in oyster fossils (Kimmeridgian) and Villiers limestone.
Domaine de la Renjarde
Domaine De La Renjarde
The Domaine de la Renjarde vineyards are situated on an "oppida" (a type of natural rise in the terrain), which stretches from Serignan to Uchaux, and makes up one of the first spurs of the Prealpes du Diois, and provides the vines with good protection from the wind. The nature of the soils, the long sunshine hours and the terraced cultivation combine to result in finesse, structure and bouquet in the Renjarde wines. The terrain is mainly sandy and calcareous sandstone soils with a good smattering of tiny pebbles which store the heat during the day for release overnight, as well as provide excellent drainage. The winery been been certified organic since 2013.
Winegrowing is a passion that has been passed down from father to son since 1620. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was created in 1959 and today owns 40ha of vines including the Grand Crus of Rangen de Thann, Goldert Hengst and Brand.
Olivier Humbrecht MW and wife Margaret took over the reins from Léonard and Geneviève Humbrecht in 1989. A new cellar was completed in the heart of the Herrenweg vineyards in 1992. During this period chaptilisation and fining were replaced by longer pressing cycles and elevage on lees for a minimum of 8 months, and longer, slower fermentations were introduced.
In 1997 the Domaine began practicing bio-dynamic agriculture and was certified organic by Ecocert in 1998 and in 2002 for biodynamic viticulture by Ecocert for Biodyvin. The expression of terroir, conveyed through grape varieties of Alsace, is reinforced by cultivating the vines organically and according to biodynamic principles.
In 1896 Marcel Ott of Alsace found an estate which inspired him, Château de Selle in Tarandeau, Provence, where once olives, lavender and mulberries grew. Enjoying a unique microclimate, the wines are delicate and elegant with great depth.
In the 1930s, Marcel Ott fell in love with the very old Clos Mireille, overlooking the sea at La Londe Les Maures, near Brégançon. The vines soon started producing distinctive yet subtle wines. Château Romassan in Bandol was acquired by the Ott family in 1956 and following years of terracing and replanting, produces robust, harmonious and long lived wines. Cœur de Grain represents wine-making genius, and today the distinctive bottle evokes the memory of the elegant amphora of centuries past. Today, 120 years later, cousins Jean-François and Christian Ott dedicate their lives to their ancestor’s love for Provence.
In 2004, Domaines Ott* joined Louis Roederer and its fabulous selection of wine craftsmen.
What started as a glorious exclamation ("My God, it's a Fat Bastard!") from winemaker Thierry Boudinaud during a tasting in Southern France has become an internationally known and highly successful wine brand. Since that fateful day in the cellar, Fat Bastard from the Languedoc in South Western France has been irreverently producing "remarkably full bodied" Pinot Noir and has landed here in Australia to delight palates and ruffle feathers.
Maison Louis Jadot
Maison Louis Jadot
“Burgundy has many different faces and at Maison Louis Jadot our job is to allow our wines to express its subtle differences.”
Maison Louis Jadot controls over 150 hectares of vineyards in Burgundy, of which 70 hectares lie in the Côte d’Or: Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot, Domaine Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey and Domaine du Duc de Magenta. Established in 1859 by Louis Henri Denis Jadot, succeeding generations continued to develop the House until the sale to Rudi Kopf ’s company Kobrand in 1985. The injection of capital saw big investment in vineyard acquisition including Chateau des Jacques in Beaujolais and the Cadus Tonnellerie.
Pierre-Henri Gagey, current President succeeded his father André Gagey in 1992 and today son Thibault is Deputy General Manager. In January 2013 Frederic Bernier succeeded long-time Chief Winemaker Jacques Lardiere, who today overseas the Jadot Oregon project, Resonance Vineyard.
Louis Roederer - Bordeaux
Louis Roederer - Bordeaux
In the 1980’s and 1990’s vineyard expansion in Champagne was virtually impossible so Jean-Claude Rouzaud, at the time Proprietor and President of the Louis Roederer Family Group, looked to expand outside the region with the establishment of Roederer Estate in California (1982), the purchase of Ramos Pinto in the Douro (1990), Chateau de Pez Cru Bourgeois St Estephe (1994) and Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, 2nd Growth, Pauillac (2006) in Bordeaux, and Domaines Ott (2005) in Provence.
Maison Veuve Ambal was founded in the heart of Burgundy in 1898, by Veuve Marie Ambal, widow of a Parisian banker. Marie returned to Rully to join her brother, wine lover and wine broker, at the time "method traditionelle" was being introduced for sparkling wines. The wines immediately gained recognition, and her grandson Charles Roux Ambal, followed by his grandson and current President Eric Piffaut, have continued to build on Marie's philosophy of quality, and the combination of tradition and modernity which is the signature of Veuve Ambal. With over 200 hectares of vineyards across Burgundy, mainly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Veuve Ambal remain leaders in the production of Cremant de Bourgogne today.
Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
In 1978, Günther Reh acquired Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt in Trier. His daughter Annegret Reh-Gartner assumed direction of the 600+ year old estate in 1983. Her devotion to her native Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region as well as her exigency for quality helped the wine estate achieve international renown. Annegret's first notable decision was to reduce the size of the estate to 36 hectares, giving focus to the estate's 12 hectares of steep sites in the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer valleys, and the mineral-rich, filigree styles she so esteemed.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt was one of the first estates to successfully offer Grosse Gewächse (great growths), and Annegret’s tireless advocacy of vineyard classification (VDP) enabled her to cultivate individual parcels to produce exceptional wines.
Following the tragic passing of Annegret in 2016, the estate is under the directorship of long-term winemaker Wolfgang Mertes, with Assistant Director/Sales & Marketing Mona Lock and Director Production/Sales Michael Weber.
Annegret's first notable decision was to reduce the size of the estate to 36 ha, enabling Annegret and her team to focus on the estate's 12 Ha of steep sites in the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer valleys, to produce the mineral-rich, filigree styles she so esteems.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is one of the region's first estates to successfully offer Grosse Gewächse (great growths), and Annegret is a firm advocate of vineyard classification (VDP), which enables her to implement quality management in the vineyard, and cultivate individual parcels to produce exceptional wines.
Agricole Vallone is owned by sisters Vittoria and Maria Teresa Vallone, and today managed by their nephew Francesco. Vallone is one of the most historic wineries from Puglia. It's divided into 3 estates: Flaminio (located in the Brindisi area), where the winery is; Iore (in the Salice Salentino area and, home of iconic wine Graticciaia); and Castel Serranova (in the Carovigno area). Today the winemaking is overseen by Graziana Grassini of the Tachis School (Sassicaia).
Alberto Graci with sister Elena farm their vineyards on the north face of Mt Etna, at 600 - 660 m.a.s.l. at Arcuria, Passsopisciaro. Fifteen hectares are planted to Nerello Mascalese and 2.5 to Carricante and Catarratto. Part of the vineyard is ungrafted ‘alberello’ (bush vines) at a total density of 10,000 per hectare. Graci also own an 80 year old vineyard (bush trained) in Contrada Feudo di Mezzo, Passopisciaro at 600 m.a.s.l. In Contrada Barbabecchi at 1000 – 1100 m.a.s.l. Graci own a 1.5 hectare vineyard planted about 100 years ago which is harvested in November!
The most recent Etna eruption occurred in December 2015, and the threat of a serious eruption requires a certain outlook says Alberto “We are fatalists, we don’t care. It’s normal for us”. It is the complexity of the volcanic soils which contributes much to the unique minerality and elegance of the wines of Etna.
Aquilani. Inspired by Italy. What could be more Italian than their passion for soccer? Taking inspiration from this passion, Aquilani is named after one of Italy’s leading soccer players. With a long and successful career he was adored at home and abroad. Something we hope will happen with Aquilani the wine too.
BiancaVigna was founded by Elena and Enrico Moschetta in 2004 from the encounter of two families with the same passion for quality wines and good food: the Moschetta’s (wine’s producers in San Gallo since 1903) and the Cuzziol’s (agro food merchants since 1920).
Biancavigna manages 12 hectares of vineyards located in 3 different areas: Conegliano, Pieve di Soligo and Felettano close to Valdobbiadene. Each vineyard contributes its own unique character, structure and minerality to the finished wines.
Following the hand harvest, the grapes are gently pressed and left to settle prior to a carefully controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats. Re-fermentation is via the Charmat method in stainless steel tanks (closed under pressure) at programmed temperatures and with selected yeasts for a minimum of 60 days. The dosage is 12 gms/L with a natural acidity of 7 gms/L.
The Vietti family has been producing wine in Castiglione Falletto in the heart of Le Langhe in Piedmont for five generations, with 33 estate vineyards located across all 11 communes designated for the cultivation and production of Barolo, plus Roero for Arneis and Agliano Asti for Barbera and Moscato.
In 2016 Vietti was purchased by the American Krause family, however current generation winemaker Luca Currado-Vietti continues to direct the Vietti Estate meticulously, together with his wife Elena Penna-Currado, to produce some of the finest and most representative wines of Le Langhe.
Luca’s late father Alfredo was often referred to as the “father of Arneis” since in 1967 he invested a great deal of time and resources in rediscovering and understanding this almost extinct variety. Today Arneis is one of the most famous white wines of the region and 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of this historic renaissance.
Cristina Geminiani graduated in viticulture in 1987 and returned to Fattoria Zerbina, established by her grandfather in 1966. Located close to Marzeno in the province of Faenza, Emilia Romagna, the vineyards, primarily Sangiovese Romagna, are planted on the gentle northern slopes of the Apennine Mountains north east of Florence.
Over the intervening years Cristina has succeeded in taking the wines of Fattoria Zerbina to a new dimension in terms of both style and quality. The first step was to replant and extend the vineyards in 1988, 1999 and 2000 at high density and based on clonal trials of indigenous and Tuscan clones. Cristina also introduced modern winemaking yet has always sought to retain good varietal definition and typicity.
Cristina’s life passion is sweet wine and based on her experience and studies in Bordeaux, launched Scacco Matto, a magnificent “Sauternes style” wine from the indigenous white variety Albana di Romagna.
Located in the heart of Italy's Trentino, Cantina La Vis forms part of a winemaking collective encompassing 1350 winemakers. Together they are dedicated to the care of their undulating region, ideal for grape growing with vineyards reaching altitudes of 800 m.a.s.l.
La Vis is one of the regions’ leading producers responsible for innovative viticultural and zoning plans in the area, including the Quality and Zoning Projects researching how to maximise the potential of the region.
Fonterutoli is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone. The property of the Mazzei family since 1435, Fonterutoli still preserves its original aspect of a tranquil country hamlet consisting of just a few houses, the church of San Miniato and a villa which replaced the fortified castle of the Middle Ages. Today after six centuries, the Mazzei family is still committed to the cultivation of the vine and the production of wine at Fonterutoli. It is a consistent and innovative commitment that fully respects the terroir and is directed by Lapo Mazzei, and his two sons Fillippo and Francesco. Highly regarded Enologist, Carlo Ferrini has worked with the Mazzei family for decades and supervises the cultivation of vines and the winemaking. The estate covers a total area of 470 hectares, 69 hectares of which are devoted to vineyards divided into four separate production zones: Fonterutoli; Siepi; Badiola and Belvedere.
Zisola is located in south-eastern Sicily, the home of Nero d’Avola, about 1 km outside the magnificent town of Noto, celebrated for its Baroque architecture. One of the most beautiful and spectacular areas of the region, it is protected by Unesco as a world heritage site. In this alluring spot, with the long history and rich culture of Sicily, the Mazzei family have pioneered an ambitious project based primarily on bush trained Nero d’Avola.
In 1997 the Mazzei family acquired the Tenuta Belguardo situated in the Maremma, an area south west of Montalcino close to the coast, in the southern-most part of Tuscany. The Mazzei family immediately instigated an intensive programme of replanting to increase the density of vines to 6,600 vines per hectare. The 30 hectares under vine, benefit from south to south-west exposure, a dry, stony terrain and an exceptional microclimate. Tenuta Belguardo has rapidly become one of the reference point wineries of the Maremma.
The Monte Tondo vineyard can be found nestling in the gentle hills of Soave just a few kilometres from Verona on a slope overlooking the valley. Today it is 4th generation brother and sister team, Luca and Marta Magnabosco, who carry on their family’s passion for the land and its wines.
Twenty-five hectares of vineyards are situated on the best plots that the Soave zone can offer on predominately volcanic soils: Monte Tenda, Monte Foscarino and Monte Tondo. The wines produced, from 100% Garganaga, are intensely perfumed with an unmistakable Soave character somewhere between florals and fruitiness.
Dino Carletti entered the world of viticulture in 1961 to maintain a living contact with the place and culture of his origins. The name Poliziano pays homage to the 15th Century poet Angelo Ambrogini who hailed from Montepulciano and was knicknamed “Poliziano”.
Dino’s son Federico Carletti took over in 1980 and has since grown Poliziano from 22 to 240 hectares, of which 130 hectares are dedicated to the production of sangiovese or “prugnolo gentile’ as it is locally known, planted predominately on the southern flank of Montepulciano.
Today, the Poliziano wines evoke the historic tradition of the land, but at the same time speak eloquently to the modern world. Theirs is a developing narrative… they retain their original labels, but have matured and evolved over time, always with the objective of uncompromising quality and expression of terroir.
Roberto Voerzio established his own winery in La Morra in 1986. Beginning with just 2 hectares, Roberto and his family have succeeded in acquiring some of the most prestigious and historic crus of Barolo: La Serra, Brunate, Cerequio, Sarmassa, Rocche dell'Annunziata and Fossati, plus excellent vineyards for Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo Langhe and Merlot.
Roberto and son Davide have been gradually increasing the planting density to 6000-8000 vines per hectare, and reduced their yields for their most prestigious wines to 500-700 grams per plant. This is achieved through short pruning and significant bunch thinning beginning. Roberto says “The clusters we leave on our vines are exclusively responsible for the quality of our wine.”
For more than thirty years, Roberto and now Davide have worked their vineyards with the greatest respect for nature and in the cellar follow a traditional path to allow the diversity of each vineyard and each vintage to emerge.
Soc. Agr La Raia
Soc. Agr La Raia
The Rossi Cairo family from Milan purchased the Societa Agricola La Raia in 2004. Located within the appellation for the production of Gavi in the south-east of Piedmont, La Raia has quickly established a great reputation for true and authentic Gavi. The La Raia Gavi is made from organic cortese grapes using the certified Demeter biodynamic technique. Directed by Caterina Rossi Cairo together with Technical Director Lorenzo Castelli, they have recently realised their plans for a state of the art winery made using the Pise' technique (rammed earth walls), common in the area due to the high level of clay in the soils.
Tenuta Barone Macri
Tenuta Barone Macri
Calabria was named Enotria "the land of vines" by the ancient Greeks for good reason. With its perfect climate, proximity to the sea and various altitudes and soils, it produces perfectly ripe, intensely flavoured grapes.
Tenuta Barone Macri is an organic agricultural holding in Calabria 10 km from the Ionian Sea and 10 km from the mountains, Aspromonte, producing olive oil and olives, citrus, honey and cheeses and in recent year’s table wines from traditional southern Italian varieties.
The vineyards are planted on sandy terraces at 220 metres above sea level, close to the Ionian Sea, with exposure ranging from east to south west. The vines are pruned guyot, at a density of 5600 vines per hectare.
Three people – Nicola Oberto and his father Federico Oberto plus Vladimiro Rambaldi - and a vineyard in the hamlet of Berri of La Morra: hence Trediberri, the three guys from Berri.
Trediberri are producing wines with enthusiasm and a focus on terroir. They own 8 hectares of nebbiolo, entirely within the confines of La Morra in Barolo, in the Crus of Berri and Rocche dell’Annunziata (owned, 40 years old) and Capalot (leased). The Barbera comes mostly from owned vineyards within Borgata Torriglione plus an old leased vineyard in Berri. Trediberri only use organic compounds in the vineyard and since 2012 their winery has been certified by CCPB srl, Bologna as in conversion to organic.
The House was founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880. The excellent quality of the wines and the innovative packaging, supported by an advertising campaign based on posters by some of the most famous artists of the time, led to the early success and notoriety of Ramos Pinto. Today, as majority shareholders, the Louis Roederer Family Group perpetuates the policy of quality by continuing to invest in varietal research and viticultural methods combined with respect for tradition and service.
Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto has the largest holding of estate vineyards proportionate to wine produced. The Quintas are located in the delimited areas of Cima-Corgo for Quinta do Bom-Retiro and Quinta do Urtiga, and Douro Superior for Quinta da Ervamoira.
Rectoral do Umia is one of a handful of wineries in Galicia in North West Spain under the ownership of Family Wine Group Vinos y Bodegas Gallegas. The state of the art Rectoral do Umia winery, where Abellio Albarino is made, is located in the Salnes Valley and was built in 2009.
The vineyards are located on some of the best sites of Rias Baixas. The fruit, hand-harvested in early September, reaches the winery within two hours of harvest in 18 kg crates. The grapes are de-stemmed and macerated prior to a light crush and fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, to retain flavour and freshness.
Founded in 1940 by Blas Muñoz Gª de la Rosa, Viñedos y Bodegas Muñoz began as a small plantation of vineyards in the town of Noblejas just 60 km from Madrid. Today third generation Bienvenido Muñoz Pollo remains closely involved and was recently awarded "Master of the Wine," a prestigious annual award by the Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Mancha to the best wine specialists of this region.
Finca Muñoz is the premium range of the winery, sourced 100% from the family's own vineyards. These low yielding, prephylloxera vines, some more than 100 years old produce rich, intensely aromatic wines with appealing balance and elegance.
Established in 1964 by a group of local grape growers, the Bodegas y Vinedos Labastida cooperative currently has 152 members. Labastida, nestled between the Sierra Cantabria Mountains and the River Ebro, boasts a magnificent natural micro-climate. This, combined with the co-operative’s exhaustive monitoring of their combined 540 hectares of vineyards (average age 25+ years) and a recently completed, modern winery, provides the grower-members with an ideal base for the production of quality Rioja wines which show great value and typicity.
The winery is located in Roa, in the heart of the Ribera del Duero. In 1994, after several years of selling his grapes to other wineries, Santiago López realized his dream of making his own wine. The name López Cristóbal is a union of two last names, his name with that of his wife Lola Cristóbal.
In the 1930's Santiago's father Santiago Sr. arrived in the Ribera del Duero area from Santander to start a successful farm, where the winery is now located. The family tradition continues with next generation Galo at the helm.
The winery owns 50 hectares of its own vineyards, divided into nine separate parcels and planted predominately to Tempranillo. Each parcel has its own distinct soil, providing a combination of calcareous and clay-lime composite which results in wines of excellent complexity.
Over 30 years of experience working with chardonnay and pinot noir have established La Crema as a winery of consistent quality. La Crema produces wines from top cool-climate appellations to include; Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Monterey and most recently Willamette. The unifying factors of all these sites are their cool, windy climates and marine-based soils.
La Crema's vineyards are all harvested by hand in the cooler morning hours. The winemaking techniques are primarily traditional with modern enhancements to ensure that the wines are true to both the variety and the terroir. Chardonnays are whole-cluster pressed and fermented and aged in French oak on the lees with bi-monthly battonage to add texture and complexity. The Pinot Noirs are cold soaked for five to eight days before fermentation in small, open-top fermenters and aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. As with the Chardonnay, La Crema's Pinot Noirs are pure, accurate and reflective of their origin.
Outstanding vineyard sources, limited yields and artisanal wine making produce wines that receive high acclaim.
Founded in 2007, Mt. Brave is a tribute to the pioneering spirit of those who settled the rugged terrain of Mount Veeder during the 1800s and pays homage to the native Wappos, “the brave ones,” who were the original inhabitants of this extraordinary place.
Mt. Brave produces staggeringly intense and complex wines from its high-altitude estate vineyard in the Mount Veeder AVA located in the Mayacamas Mountains. First planted to grapes in the 1860s, this wild and isolate winegrowing region features panoramic views and some of the lowest yields in all of the Napa Valley. Despite being the largest AVA in Napa Valley, Mount Veeder produces less than 2% of all its wines.
The Mt. Brave vineyard is famous for its rugged terrain and steep slopes, where extreme conditions require that all work in the vineyard be done by hand. Thin, gravelly loam soils with rocks large and small force the vines to develop deep roots. High above the fog, the vineyard sits at between 425 and 550 metres, where nutrient poor, thin soils barely hold water, resulting in tiny berries with intense flavor. While Mount Veeder is cooler because of its elevation, it’s the first to see the early morning sun. This extended sun exposure helps ripen the tannins.
Located north of San Francisco, California’s North Coast region is spread across six counties, including all of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. Utilizing fruit from some of the North Coast’s most prestigious vineyards, Silver Palm produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel that are best described as quintessentially Californian. Using cutting-edge and traditional artisan winemaking techniques, winemaker Ben Salazar meticulously fashions this superb fruit into delicious wines.
Starve Dog Lane
Starve Dog Lane
Starve Dog Lane is instinctive. Our South Australian heritage has instilled award winning, quality winemaking into our bloodline. We know what works. But we also know that wine is an endless journey. Always moving. Only looking forward.
Starve Dog Lane is unconventional. A range of crafted Australian wines in a variety of styles and complexities, wehre every one has real character.
Starve Dog Lane is irrepressible. We won't be put off the scent in our winemaking crusade to create and craft distinctly regional, quality wines. Starve Dog Lane's tenacity; exuberance and craftsmanship are all fired by curiosity.
And this dog's curiosity is boundless.