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42 Degrees South
42 Degrees South
42°S is the central latitude of Tasmania and reflects the position in which we craft fruit-driven wines from grapes sourced throughout our island state.
Each vintage our winemakers select premium parcels of cool-climate fruit from several of Tasmania's unique viticultural sub-regions. Each area performs differently to climatic variations over the vintages; this wide-ranging scope in grape supply allows us to make truly outstanding Tasmanian cool-climate wines every year.
AAA Aaron Aardvark
AAA Aaron Aardvark
Winemaker, negociant, cognoscente, bon vivant.
Aaron Aardvark, founder and chairman of AAA Aaron Aardvark Wine Company, is the fresh air the stuffy miasmic wine industry required. A beacon shining a light on an institution drowning in crepuscularity. Aaron makes fine wine, true… but importantly Aaron stands for all those forgotten masses who wish to potate their libation free from pretence, free from the boorish fustian of those who would decree their knowledge of wine rules us all.
Yes, Aaron is bringing wine back to the people. All AAA growers are a shareholder in the wine they grow - a modern co-operative that returns more to those that do the real work.
The Sauvignon Blanc is from a single vineyard above Arthurs Creek in the Upper, Upper Yarra Valley. The wine has been wild fermented in a mix of old barrels and stainless steel. It was then raised on lees for nine months prior to bottling with minimal SO2.
The Shiraz is from the iconic Lawson Vineyard in Bendigo. The wine was made with a spartan reverence; a long fermentation and minimal handling. After 10 months in tank it was bottled. Pure Shiraz.
Introducing the 'Alta by Sarah Fletcher' story, a wine brand committed to the Adelaide Hills, renowned for its exceptional cool climate fruit, producing wines that exude great structure and elegance.
Working with the varied mesoclimates within the region, winemaker, Sarah Fletcher has hand selected individual varieties to create a portfolio of wines that are stylistically individual but as a group reflect the essence of the Adelaide Hills.
With each mouthful, your palate will be surprised at the complexity of flavours leaving you intrigued and ready for a second glass.
All Saints Estate
All Saints Estate
All Saints is a heritage listed estate with a unique footprint in Australian winemaking history and a keen eye on the future under fourth-generation family owners Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown.
Distinctive handcrafted table wines accompany world-renowned fortifieds to represent the very best in premium wines from this treasured corner of North East Victoria.
At the Black Cottage we are dedicated to producing a range of wines full of 'gusto'. Combining select parcels of fruit with modern and alternative winemaking techniques, we strive to create very special wines which are approachable and delicious.
The Black Cottage, situated in the heart of the Wairau Valley, is where winemaker David Clouston lives and spends quality time with friends and family. It is also the quiet space in which he contemplates and constructs the very special wines on which he has built a fine reputation.
Welcome to the Black Cottage, you will not want to leave!
Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms
Home to the Oldest Accredited Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the world, Brothers in Arms encapsulates Langhorne Creek's pedigree for great red wines that convey balance, structure and texture.
The first planted vines at "Metala" in 1891 included the above mentioned Cabernet as well as the region's oldest Shiraz - two acres of each variety which still flourish today and form the backbone of our flagship wines. Brothers in Arms continue to produce wines that are true to the estate and true to the Langhorne Creek region.
The name Caledonia Australis was given to the lush corner of far South Eastern Victoria by home sick Scots captivated by its beauty. It was later officially named Gippsland in honour of the Governor of the day. Caledonia Australis (Scotland of the South) is committed to sustainably producing small quantities of hand made Pinot Noir and Chardonnay barrel by barrel. The mature vineyards are close planted on rich deep ferrosols and are amongst the coldest and wettest sites on mainland Australia. The winemaking aims to protect the richness and complexity that comes from this challenging viticulture.
The chardonnay blocks are organically managed and are certified 'organic in conversion' with full certification due soon.
Cape Barren Wines
Cape Barren Wines
Summers in McLaren Vale are often accompanied by the arrival of magnificent Cape Barren Geese. These rare and striking birds, once feared near extinction, are the inspiration for our name.
Cape Barren Wines first vintage was in 1999, and the philosophy has and always will be to source the very highest quality of grapes, from regions most suited to each variety, and then craft exceptional world class wines of outstanding value.
Our reds are produced from the world renowned McLaren Vale region, from vines older than 45 years, and up to 120 years old. These seriously old vines produce wines of supreme concentration and complexity not seen in younger vines. It is this history on which we will build our future.
The whites are sourced from Adelaide Hills vineyards grown above 400 metres from sea level. Here the temperatures drop dramatically, especially at night, and the soils can be demanding and unforgiving, leading to smaller, more intensely flavoured fruit.
Founded in 1858 by William Chambers and situated just one kilometre west of Rutherglen, on the Corowa road. The original vineyards which were replanted after phylloxera attacked the area in the late 1890's now have some irrigation, and produce low tonnages with wonderful concentrated flavour.
Rosewood's fifth generation winemaker Bill Chambers OAM, handed over to son Stephen in 2001. The proud tradition of winemaking continues from the rich old fortified wines made in the early 1900s by great grandfather Will Chambers who started off the wonderful Tokay and Muscat blends which today are renowned throughout the world.
The Rare Muscat and Rare Tokay consistently receive perfect, 100 out of 100 scores from the influential wine writer Robert Parker Junior of the Wine Spectator who refers to Bill as the "Master of the Fortified wine business of Australia".
Eden Valley was once heavily forested with eucalypt. Pockets remain with some majestic trees, providing a reminder of what the landscape must have looked like before clearing. 'Cool Woods' image of trees is a true representation of the view from our cellar door, on a typically crisp and foggy winter morning.
The Cool Woods white range is sourced from not only our Eden Valley Vineyard, but other cool climate South Australian regions.
The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced with a combination of fruit from our Barossa Vineyard and other South Australian regions. The wines display great varietal character, are well balanced and made to enjoy with friends, family and food.
The house that makes up the cellar door dates back to when the Clare Valley was first settled, and has been the home of a number of local identities over the years. Adolf Glaetzer was one of these residents, known best in the Clare Valley for his fresh fruit and vegetables rather than winemaking, though his descendants have made the Glaetzer name synonymous with Australian winemaking. Robert Crabtree purchased the house from the Glaetzer family, it is heritage listed, the oldest sections date back to 1849.
The Crabtree site has been planted to vineyards for well over 100 years, with the first vines being planted in the 1880s, though none of these original plantings exist today. The Glaetzer family were largely responsible for the planting of the vineyards as they are today, with the remainder being largely Robert Crabtree's more recent plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and a little more Riesling.
The estate today known as Crabtree Watervale Wines was originally founded in 1849 and was originally named "Pomona". A well respected orchard during the late 1800's growing apples, plums, pears and currants. It may have been partially replanted to vines for wine production when the property was purchased by Watervale vigneron, Valentin Mayr in 1888, but this is pure speculation given a photo from the early 1900's clearly shows the homestead surrounded by orchards on the east facing slopes.
Certainly there were vines planted from the 1930's, after the Glaetzer family purchased the property in 1930, renaming the estate "Fairview". Surviving vines from the 1940's still provide premium fruit for Crabtree estate wines today.
The story of Craggy Range began with the desire to create a legacy...what happened next, surpassed even the expectations of the family who started it. When Australian businessman Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997, he was introduced to noted kiwi viticulturalist and Master of Wine, Steve Smith. That’s when the promise he’d made to his wife and daughter – to create an enduring family wine legacy – took a different turn.
Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to specialise in the production of single vineyard wines from the most prestigious winegrowing regions across New Zealand including Martinborough, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.
Headed by Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford, awarded the Air New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year Award in 2007, the reputation of Craggy Range’s wine portfolio is synonymous with quality and attention to detail. The winery has received a number of internationally recognised awards including Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards - New World Winery of the Year in 2014. It was also awarded the most popular New Zealand Wine by US Wine & Spirits Magazine.
The Credaro family are pioneers to the Margaret River region, first settling in 1922 after migrating from Northern Italy. Initially involved in farming and the timber industry, small plots of vines were planted to provide the family with table wine. The family have now been commercially involved in the wine industry since the 1980′s. The Credaro family produce all of their own wines, in their winery in Northern Margaret River. Winemaker Dave Johnson enjoys a close working relationship with the Credaro Family in the vineyard and believes that this is crucial to getting the most out of every batch of Credaro fruit.
Dave Johnson took up the position of Winemaker at Credaro Family Estate in late 2008, with 2009 being the first vintage that he produced. The thrill of producing his own wines in his own style (and having people take pleasure in them) is something he continues to enjoy. The close working relationship between Dave in the winery and Rob, Matt, Mike and Chris in the vineyard is something that is crucial to getting the most out of every batch of Credaro fruit. Dave also credits his experienced winemaking team of Trent Kelly and Luc Fitzgerald with helping him maintain the high standard of Credaro Family Estate wines from year to year.
On the advice of eminent agronomist Dr. John Gladstones, Dr. Kevin and Diana Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup, Margaret River in 1966. Commencing in 1971, 18 acres of vines were planted on their sheep and cattle farm, including their first Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were planted between 1976 and 1978.
In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot was elevated to the top Langton's classification category of 'Exceptional'. All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate.
When Hilde and Ian (Duke) Ranson sold their clothing manufacturing business in 1998, they were able to fulfil a long-held dream of establishing a vineyard in the Porongurup subregion of Great Southern with the acquisition of a 65ha farm at the foot of the Porongurup Range. They planted shiraz and cabernet sauvignon (3ha each) and riesling (4ha). Hilde, a successful artist, designed the beautiful, scalloped, glasswalled cellar door sales area, with its mountain blue cladding.
The appointment of Rob Diletti as winemaker will, if it were possible, increase the quality of the wines.
Foxeys Hangout wines have an Australian sense of place; these wines are grown in native soils from European grape varieties, and the Lee brothers' winemaking is underpinned by respect for the health of the soil that nurtures their gravevines.
It is a privilege and a responsibility to tend some of the Mornington Peninsula's older cool-climate vineyard sites on rich volcanic soils.
Tony and Michael Lee believe in spending more time in the vineyards than in the winery, using biodynamic practices and attending to the vine canopy balance that comes from vine age.
The resulting wines are not only good, clean, varietal and typical of their region; they also speak of their vineyard site, showing fruit aromas with spicy savouriness and personality.
Frogmore Creek Vineyard
Frogmore Creek Vineyard
Established in 1996, the highly acclaimed Frogmore Creek Wines are produced in the genuine cool-climate of southern Tasmania, where our grapes benefit from a long growing season amongst our pristine natural environment. These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making world class cool-climate wines. Combine this with our purists approach to winemaking and our philosophy of environmental sustainability, the result, a seriously good wine.
The Glaetzer Family has been a part of the Barossa Valley and its viticulture history since 1888. After thirty years of winemaking, Colin Glaetzer established the family winery to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa reds. Today, his son Ben carries on this winemaking tradition at Glaetzer Wines. Exceptional fruit from the renowned Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa is the backbone of Glaetzer wines. Glaetzer has a compact and focused range of wines: Amon-Ra Shiraz, Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet, Bishop Shiraz & Wallace Shiraz Grenache.
Multiple 100-point scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate set Ben's Amon-Ra Shiraz on the way to international cult status. Ben has proved his skill with a whole range of wines including the Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet, which among its accolades was the Regional Australian Red Blend over £10 Trophy in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2008.
In Dreams is a project that has been evolving for the past 8 years. It is a long story that began as a conversation over the phone in Portugal, moved to a chat over a coffee in Armadale, skipped over the ditch to Central Otago and finally came to fruition in the Yarra Valley in 2013.
We aim to make wines that are an honest reflection of this stunning region, wines with elegance, restraint, complexity and balance. We source our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from three low yielding, premium quality vineyards. The vineyards are predominantly from the upper Yarra Valley due to the cooler micro climate that helps us capture the elegance and finesse of these noble varieties.
We are focused on allowing the vineyards to express themselves in the resulting wines using traditional winemaking techniques such as small batch fermentation, wild yeast and the delicate use of French oak.
'McIntyre stands as one of Australia's most thoughtful, caring and sensitive winemakers, his wines a wonderful expression of his individual philosophy and respect for Burgundian winemaking principles.' (Peter Bourne)
Moorooduc Estate produces small-batch, hand-crafted wines that derive their unique complexity, balance and drinkability from the site where the grapes are grown, wild yeast ferments and the greatest of care and attention in the vineyard and winery. James Halliday rates both chardonnay and pinot noir from Moorooduc Estate a as amongst the best in the country, and states, 'the chardonnay remains the jewel in the crown.'
Established in 1972 as one of Australia's pioneer Chardonnay producers, Mountadam was founded by the late David Wynn, without question one of the most significant contributors to the Australian wine industry and an important part of the Mountadam story.
In selecting the land for the Mountadam vineyard, Wynn was the first to recognise the potential of a cool, elevated site to produce wines of great elegance and structure, and chose an area high above the Eden Valley, which he named High Eden. At 570 metres above sea level, Mountadam is still to this day one of Australia's most elevated vineyards. As of 2005, the vineyard has been owned by South Australian businessman David Brown, who has made significant investment in vineyard improvement and expansion.
Winemaking is managed by Con Moshos, who had a long and distinguished career making fine wines at Petaluma.
The Artisan Series by Murdoch Hill is an exclusive range of handmade wines. These wines are made in small batches from a diverse range of single vineyard sites throughout the Adelaide Hills.
Michael crafts the wines from vineyard to bottle using a minimalistic approach, utilising indigenous yeast, whole bunch fermentation and extended skin contact to best express the fruit and unique characters of each distinguished vineyard.
Nanny Goat Vineyard
Nanny Goat Vineyard
At latitude 45° South, New Zealand's Central Otago is the most southerly wine region in the world. With vineyards at 200 - 400m above sea level, vines cling precariously to the steep slopes and edges of deep river gorges. This is a region of climatic extremes with typically very hot summers, short autumns and bitterly cold winter days. The soils are rocky with easy drainage and poor fertility.
All these conditions are perfect for producing world-class Pinot Noir. The unique terrior of Central Otago produces wines of extraordinary intensity and distinction that show varietal and regional definition. Nanny Goat Vineyard focuses solely on Pinot Noir.
From its first production of 141 cases of 1995 Shiraz, Penny's Hill has established a fine reputation for outstanding vineyards from which acclaimed estate wines have emerged. Very much a part of the recent McLaren Vale landscape, the Penny's Hill story commenced in 1988 with the purchase of the original vineyard site. The brand message: "Proudly Australian. More so McLaren Vale."
Fine full-bodied, fruit driven wines are the result of premium estate-grown fruit from some of the best quality vineyards in the region. A meticulous approach every step of the way, from the narrow-planted, low yielding vineyards and throughout the winemaking process, Penny's Hill wines deliver an ultimate balance of texture, complexity and interest, with quality well above price being the outcome sought.
The wines of Printhie offer four distinctive characteristics. They are, of course, the unique products of the Printhie winery - no other wine tastes the same as Printhie's. They are true to their regional origin, distinctively cool climate and distinctively Orange. They are wines of the highest quality, not only from within the Orange region but from across the Australian industry. Printhie Wines always represent exceptional value across every one of our ranges offering the type of wine quality you would expect to pay more for.
It is now well established that Central Otago produces outstanding Pinot Noir and Quartz Reef is no exception. Firm and intense with notes of ripe black cherry, pomegranate and spice, the maturing sun drenched slopes of our Bendigo Estate vineyard continues to produce Pinot Noir of exceptional expression and structure.
The Quartz Reef Pinot Gris is made in a rich bone dry style which compliments foods of all flavours. Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle is a wine of distinction, made in the traditional method to achieve elegance and finesse. Focused, fresh and crisp with a beautiful balance and length. Easily New Zealand's most Champagne-like Sparkling Wine.
Rimapere, translated from Maori, the indigenous language of New Zealand, into English means "five arrows". These five arrows represent the five branches of the legendary Rothschild family and are represented in a stylised crest on the label. The rimapere brand is a joint venture between Benjamin de Rothschild and his family of Bordeaux, and Terry Peabody and his family, the owners of Craggy Range in New Zealand.
Side By Side
Side By Side
Side by Side, for six generations, my family have been the custodians of the 'Metala' vineyards since our first plantings in 1891, which still flourish today beside our more recent plantings.
History and innovation working Side by Side to create our entirely estate grown and estate produced wines.
Celebrate the experiences of our past and discover an insight into our exciting future enjoying our Brothers in Arms Side by Side Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
Tar & Roses
Tar & Roses
Since 2004, Don Lewis and Narelle King have been making wine in Priorat, Spain. Their immersion within the classic European wine regions and varietals sparked their interest in how these varietals could be grown and made in their own regions within Central Victoria. This fascination was the catalyst for the creation of Tar & Roses.
With wines produced from fruit grown in Heathcote, Alpine Valleys, Strathbogie Ranges and extending to Priorat, Spain, Tar & Roses reflects the partnership between Don and Narelle, the multi-regions of Spain, Italy and Australia and traditional winemaking alongside the new.
The Black Chook
The Black Chook
We immortalised the Black Chooks that scratch around the historic Penny's Hill Cellars in the form of this wine. The wines strive to showcase the best the regions have to offer.
The Other Wine Co.
The Other Wine Co.
The Other Wine Co. is a new venture that aims to make wines from the right grape, grown in the right place. That may sound obvious, but it's a principal honoured more "in the breach than the observance." Really good matches of variety and place take a long time to become established, but when they do, the proof is in the glass.
The Other Wine Co. wines are entirely vinified and bottled at Shaw + Smith in Balhannah. The wines are "other" partly because they give the winemakers a chance to lay with varieties and regions that don't fit into Shaw + Smith. They are also an "other" perspective from so many wines that favour over-ripeness and oak instead of freshness and balance, and power over drinkability. These are made to drink and enjoy. That's it!
The Pawn Wine Company was born in 2002 when Tom Keelan (viticulturist and winemaker), Rebecca Wilson (Winemaker) and David Blows (a leading Adelaide Hills vigneron) joined forces. The 3 Amigos feared that special parcels of fruit, in exceptional vineyard sites were being blended away into "large company" wines.....in essence they decided to channel their skills towards small batch winemaking, and to stop being "pawns" of the global game.
The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. History dating back to 1870, Thorn-Clarke has six-generations of knowledge and experience in the Barossa wine industry. Vineyard development over 140 years has secured significant and diverse land holdings throughout the Barossa and Eden Valley. The family’s estate vineyards ensure Thorn-Clarke produces distinctive varietal wines true to their region.
Tim Smith Wines
Tim Smith Wines
Tim Smith is one of Barossa's best boutique producers. Having made a name for himself making wine in Australia and overseas it was in 2001, while drinking Condrieu on the doorstep of the famous Hermitage Hill Chapel that Tim decided to launch Tim Smith Wines. The first vintage was made in 2002. Tim Smith wines are made with small select parcels of high quality fruit and are made in small batches.
Tim Smith focuses on making wines from the regions time proven varietals of Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz, he also sources an exceptional parcel of fruit from the Adelaide Hills for his TSW Viognier and also an excellent parcel of fruit from Eden Valley for his Eden Valley Riesling.
Native to New Zealand, the Totara tree has long been revered by both Maori and early European settlers for its remarkable qualities and diversity of uses.
Equally diverse are our vineyards - from the stoney alluvial soils of Marlborough's Wairau plains and Awatere valley to the climatic extremes of Central Otago's Gibbston Valley and Cromwell Basin. This diversity enables us to capture the best characters each of these two spectacular regions has to offer and produce wines that are a true reflection of their terrior.
Trust has grown from the strong friendship between Don Lewis and Narelle King - winemakers with a passion for making and enjoying fine wine. Grapes for Trust were harvested from vineyards in Central Victoria, each vineyard selected to add distinctive yet complimentary characters. The 2007 shiraz exhibits aromas of blackcurrants and violets with a touch of nutmeg. The palate combines the flavours of chocolate and cherries well balanced with fine smooth tannin.
Located on the golden stretch of Seppeltsfield Road in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Whistler was established in 1999 by the Pfeiffer family, the German "Pfeiffer" translating to "Whistler" in English. The 15 hectare vineyard operates entirely under organic and biodynamic practices with Josh Pfeiffer at the helm. Josh is the next generation of Whistler custodians having returned to the winery in 2013 after a five year winemaking stint at Henschke and a further two years at Two Hands. Josh's "Next Gen" range of wines is all about fun and drinkability.
Voted one of the Dark Horses in James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016 and Top 50 Young Guns of Wine for 2016 as well as taking out the People's Choice vote in each city around Australia for Game of Rhones in 2017, both Josh Pfeiffer and Whistler have fast become one of the winemakers and brands to watch in the Barossa.
A wine making team - imaginations, minds and palates totally unrestrained, allowed to run riot. The goal - make new and unforgettable wines, unique in a style that proudly embodies the regions of New Zealand. The result - a new wave of wines from our beautiful "Wild Rock".
Established in 1997, this picturesque boutique vineyard is located at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. Working with winemaker Sandro Mosele (Kooyong/Port Phillip). Liz and Simon Gillies launched the Yal Yal Rd label in 2010 focusing on low yield, single estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that reflects the character of Yal Yal Estate's unique terroir. In addition they source excellent fruit from local Vignerons for their excellent Pinot Gris.
Yangarra Estate is a biodynamic wine farm in the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. The Yangarra philosophy centres around producing wines solely from its single-vineyard estate and the property is devoted to the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone. Yangarra's combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for growing varieties that thrive in these moderate maritime environments.
From humble beginnings in 1880 as a truffle orchard, the vineyard was converted over to vines in the early 1900’s making it today one of the largest Domaines in the AOP Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence area.
The vineyard is situated 420m above sea-level and aspect is south-west which allows it to receive around 300 days of sunshine. Farmed organically, the AIX Rose is made from the top blend of Maison Saint Aix
Canard-Duchene is unique in its origins, history and style. The Champagne house has been located in Ludes, in the Montagne de Reims National Park, since 1868.
The Founders, Victor Canard and Leonie Duchene, both well-known characters in Champagne, were granted the right by the Russian Imperial Family to adopt its coat of arms as the family emblem. The crowned two-headed eagle has thus appeared on every Canard-Duchene label since the end of the 19th Century.
These authentic, original Champagnes combine fruit, intensity and complexity.
Domaine Louis Claude Desvignes
Domaine Louis Claude Desvignes
Behind the 1722 entrance, the Domaines Louis-Claude Desvignes’s Cellars unveil 8 centuries of continuous production of Morgon from estate vineyards, 5 ha of which are in the most celebrated Cru of Cote du Py (including some 100 year old vines in Javernieres), and 8 Ha in Douby. Today brother and sister, Louis-Benoit and Claude, together carry forward the familial traditions of the Domaine. The soils are crumbly, crystalline rich in iron oxides, with layers of manganese, schists and ancient volcanic rock. All the wines are vinified and aged in cement tanks, with the aim of accentuating the minerality of the wines of Morgon.
Domaine Jean Dauvissat Père & Fils
Domaine Jean Dauvissat Père & Fils
Domaine Jean Dauvissat Père & Fils works 22 hectares of vineyard in Chablis across 7 communes with 53 separate parcels across Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru. Fabien took over from his father in 2009, following training in Beaune and Dijon concluding with a Masters on Bordeaux.
The Domaine began with Fabien’s grandfather in La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, but it was Fabien who took up where his grandfather left off in terms of bottling and labelling rather than selling off in bulk. Fabien’s approach is one of respect for the terroir, working each vineyard and parcel individually to express the differences from one site to another; and one of respect for the environment by restricting interventions wherever possible. Vinification is in temperature controlled stainless steel with the total maturation for the premier crus around two years. A young new Chablis producer to watch.
Since its inception in Bordeaux in 1840, Dourthe has remained true to the values underpinning its rich and unique history: its connection to the terroir, extremely high quality standards and an innovative approach.
Grape growers at heart, Dourthe owns six chateaux within the Bordeaux region. Each estate is run by a young, dynamic team working under the overall control of Frédéric Bonnaffous, Director of Vignobles Dourthe. Their objective is to enhance the terroir and produce unique wines, the standard bearers of the appellation. The same quality standards apply to selecting the wines that make up our final blends. Thomas Drouineau, the Dourthe winemaker, works hand in hand with the growers to guarantee supplies of the finest wines, that through their care and attention, will mature gracefully in our cellars at Parempuyre.
Champagne Duval-Leroy was founded in 1859 when two Champagne families came together to share their interests.
Since its creation, Champagne Duval-Leroy has been located in Vertus, in the heart of “La Cote des Blancs”. Currently the House cultivates about 200 hectares, much of which is devoted to production of high quality Chardonnay grapes. The predominance of Chardonnay in the elaboration of the cuvees gives a finesse, lightness and elegance to Duval-Leroy champagnes. Headed by Carol Duval-Leroy since 1991, the company is one of the few remaining 100% family-owned Champagne firms and is ranked in the 15 top Champagne houses.
Domaine Garnier is based in Ligny-les-Chatel, on the most northern fringe of the Chablis appellation.
Current generation brothers Jerome and Xavier Garnier, have been working together for the past decade or so focusing on extending the vineyard ownership of the Domaine, and on improving the quality and complexity of their range of Chablis. They have constructed a new winery and cellars at their base in Ligny-les-Chatel, and have worked on lengthening the ageing time on lees in stainless steel tank, together with the use of large and small oak from highly regarded Austrian Cooper, Stockinger. New vineyard acquisitions and leases include the small Premier Cru Jouan in Courgis in the south west of the Chablis appellation, and vineyards just to the south of Maligny, for the Village Chablis.
Following a decade working on the family vineyard Florence Heresztyn with her husband Simon Mazzini (from Champagne) decided to create their own Domaine, which today covers 5.5 hectares spread across the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Chambolle-Musigny.
At Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini, every action is deliberate and thoroughly researched, from the vine to the cellar. Florence and Simon respect the environment and use environmentally friendly pest control, and spend a lot of time out amongst the vines, carefully monitoring their growth.
With the experience of six winemaking seasons behind them, they have chosen whole bunch fermentation to give both structure and texture to the wines, which are matured for 12-16 months in barrels from carefully selected coopers. The wine is bottled on the estate, according to the lunar calendar. Florence and Simon are focused on achieving the best from their vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, the elegance of Chambolle-Musigny, the depth of Gevrey-Chambertin, and the complexity of Clos-Saint-Denis.
Since 1895, the Lavau family has been involved in winemaking, and over the years their estates have ranged from Bordeaux to the hills of Tunisia.
In 1964, seduced by the richness and quality of the Provencal soil, the family decided to settle in the Rhone Valley. The wineries and production is currently managed by the brothers Benoit and Frederic Lavau.
Domaines Schlumberger, located in Guebwiller Alsace, has been family-owned since 1810. Members of the 6th and 7th generations run the company today. It is the largest Grand Cru vineyard holder in the Alsace region with 70 hectares of the classic Alsace varieties of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer in the Grand Crus of Saering, Kitterle, Kessler and Spiegel, representing more than half the total Domaine plantings.
The Schlumberger range 'Les Princes Abbes', comprises these three classic varieties together with a Pinot Blanc in affordable estate-grown styles as well as the rare, exquisite and highly sought-after Vendanges Tardives and Selection de Grains Nobles wines.
Weingut Alexander Laible
Weingut Alexander Laible
Alexander Laible graduated as an Enologist from the Lehr-und Versuchsanstalt Weinsberg and worked for several years in the Mosel before returning to his hometown of Ortenau in 2004. Three years later at just 29, Alexander, son of renowned Durbach winemaker Andreas Laible, took control of his own vineyards on the edge of the village. In just a few years, this young winemaker has been awarded with numerous prizes including Best New Winemaker in Germany in 2010. Alexander’s wines combine minerality with pure, expressive fruit.
Alexander Laible’s approach is a traditional and sensitive one in harmony with nature and environmentally friendly. Utilizing aspects of both biodynamic and conventional viticulture, Alexander makes use of lunar cycles and builds on his knowledge across the seasons and the years. All vineyards face south-west to take full advantage of sunshine hours and ventilation. Every step is carried out by hand, and physiological balance and sustainability are the keys to ensuring lower yields but excellent aromatics, and an increasing reserve of old vines, 50 years+. All of Alexander’s white wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks and sealed under screwcap to ensure that the delicate fruit aromas are retained. All wines are fermented with wild yeasts.
Fattoria di Bagnolo
Fattoria di Bagnolo
Fattoria di Bagnolo is located in the Impruneta Hills just to the south of Florence in Tuscany, within the Chianti Colli Fiorentini appellation. It is an agricultural holding with 10 hectares under vine plus olive groves and a wooded forest. The beautifully restored main villa dates back to the 15th century and was once home to the Machiavelli family. The Cellar and other farm outbuildings date back to the 17th century. The owner, Marco Bartolini Baldelli lives on the estate with his American born wife and family and he is responsible for the winemaking and viticulture. His 16 year old son shares his passion and will go onto study enology and takeover eventually from Marco.
The Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini wines are produced from Sangiovese and Colorino, and display magnificent purity and concentration, along with a firm sense of place.
Bandini are a new specialist Prosecco producer based in Valdobbiadene and newly arriving in Australia. Made in an Extra Dry style this Prosecco has all the classic freshness and vibrancy one expects from the wines of the region. An aperitif style with a very fine mousse, this is made from high quality vineyards across the Veneto region.
Bartolomeo da Breganze
The Breganze DOC extends across the entire expanse of low hills between Bassano and Thiene in the north of the Commune of Vicenza, an excellent microclimate for growing grapes. The gravelly soils over calcareous, alluvial sub-soils , containing the all important volcanic components, result in excellent fruit for the winemakers of this the largest and most highly regarded cooperative in the region. The technical team is led by Elvio Forato and Luca Tessoro in the winery, with Alberto Brazzale working closely with the coop members in the vineyards, including the organization of study trips to leading European wine regions.
Comm.G.B Burlotto was founded in the latter part of the 1800's by Commenditore Giovan Battista Burlotto who, recognizing the importance of site, purchased vineyard in the most highly considered slopes such as Monvigliero (Verduno) and Cannubi (Barolo).
Today his granddaughter Marina Burlotto with husband Giuseppe Alessandria manage the estate, and their son Fabio, with degrees in viticulture and enology, oversees the viticulture and winemaking. The Burlotto wines reflect the traditions of Barolo and the terroir of Verduno: with balance, elegance and drinkability.
The Canaletto wines are authentic regional wines produced by the La-Vis Group, across Italy. This Prosecco is made from selected vineyards in the Valdobbiadene close to the hilltop town of Conegliano, in the Veneto. Modern winemaking of this classic Italian aperitivo, results in a varietally true, vibrant and crisp Prosecco.
Rocco Pasetti was for many years the Chief winemaker of the Roxan Cooperative in Abruzzo and is one of the most dynamic and talented producers in the region. More recently Rocco, with his wife Patrizia and children Franco, Ugo and Perla, has purchased his own estate, Vigna Corvino, with 30 hectares outside Pescara, planted to montepulciano and pecorino. The vines are planted on gentle hills between the Appennine Mountains and the Adriatic sea, at 250 metres above sea level. The climate and rainfall is moderate and combined with the clay soils, produces fragrant, quite rich wines. Rocco has abandoned weed killers and pesticides in favour of more natural methods.
The cellar, completed in 2004, has been carved into the hillside amongst the vines. The fermentations occur in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks, and the maturation of the reds occurs in traditional Slavonian oak botte.
Contesa means 'argument' in Italian and is a salute to Rocco’s winemaking great grandfather, who fought a hard battle with a local landowner to preserve his own vineyards back in 1903.
"I am a traditional wine producer. My aim is to express in my wines the full gusto della mia terra - to convey as purely and directly as possible the tastes and flavours of my land. I do this by tending my grapes as carefully as I can, for they are the vehicle by which I am able to achieve this expression." Mario Fontana
In the tradition of Le Langhe, the vineyards of Cascina fontana are located across various different communes. The Nebbiolo for Barolo is sourced from parcels within the Castiglione Falletto Crus of Villero and Valletti and Gallinotto (La Morra). The Nebbiolo Langhe is sourced from parcels in Pozzo (Castiglione Falletto) and Vigna del Castello (Sinio). The Barbera d'Alba is grown in Pozzo (Castiglione Falletto) and Vigna del Castello (Sinio) and the Dolcetto is source from Vigna del Castello (Sinio). The different varieties are planted at varying altitudes and exposures and on a variety of soils to achieve optimum quality, distinctive wines.
Lamura wines represent the best winemaking traditions of Sicily. These wines come from grapes selected from the best vineyards located in the areas of Marsala, Agrigento, Ragusa, Gela and Trapani. The wines created reflect the diverse elements of the Sicilian territory.
Lamura is a young and modern product, intended for daily consumption by consumers who are wishing for the characteristics of Sicilian wine: richness, fullness, softness and structure.
Borgo Maragliano's 25 hectares of vineyard sit 450 metres above sea level, in the heart of Loazzolo on a natural terrace in the Langhe hills. In the spring a gentle sea breeze called the Marin crosses Loazzolo, tempering the night time temperatures, favouring the developing of the grapes' perfumes. The wines are vinified and packaged by members of the Galliano family, who maintain a high respect for tradition but at the same time employ the most modern vinification techniques, methods and equipment. This Moscato d'Asti is the result of careful and meticulous labour, representing the highest expression of this distinctive territory and of its soil.
In the late 1950s, Bruno Rocca’s father Francesco, and his wife Maria Adelaide purchased a vineyard in Rabajà and moved there from the centre of Barbaresco. This marked the beginning, in particular for Bruno, who from a very early age began to view the grapes as the true expression of the land. In 1978 Bruno decided to carve out a new direction, rather than selling the grapes to large barbaresco producers, Bruno began to sell bottled wine on the Italian and world stage.
The philosophy of wine as the natural expression of the Barbaresco territory was widely appreciated, and with the estate’s gradual growth came the purchase of new plots of land and the expansion of the cellar, which continues to today with Bruno’s children Francesco and Luisa now both closely involved in all aspects of the wine production and sales. The Bruno Rocca company philosophy is clear, as Rocca himself affirms: Wine is the mirror and soul of the ground, and the territory, if protected and defended, it will never let you down.
Bodegas Patrocinio, the producer of 'Zinio' is based in the town of Urunuela in Rioja Alta, the classic region in Northern Spain renowned for its tempranillo-based wines. In 1986 a group of grape-growers decided to combine their production to form Bodegas Patrocinio and make branded wines. Until then all the product of the vineyard was sold to other wineries in Rioja.
Zinio has been one of their most successful brands. The Zinio sees 6 months in oak while the Zinio Crianza is oak-aged for 14 months. The Gran Zinio Cava originates in Penedes, the home of Cava and is made by the traditional method from the traditional Cava varieties, Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada.
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