|The Maxwell family's Meads have been acclaimed by leading wine critics and industry press for many decades. Starting with a base of Spiced Mead, a secret herb and spice infusion is introduced and the ferments are fortified. Maxwell»|
|Born at Guildford, very near the Houghton Swan Valley wineworks, Dr John Gladstones was an internationally acclaimed scientist who identified the Margaret River in 1965 as being world class for planting vines and growing grapes. Dr Gladstones also played a role in the development of the Frankland River region, Pemberton and Manjimup. Houghton»|
|Sourced from Neil Steven's Glenoak property at Pokolbin, a scenically undulating site that's planted to a combination of light sand and red clay soils, widely regarded as one of the finest white wine vineyards in Hunter Valley. The oldest block was established circa 1911, the youngest plantings date back to 1965. Tyrrells»|
|Paringa Estate has established an unassailable repute over the last twenty years as one of the leading small winery vineyards in the country, named Australian Winery of the Year by James Halliday. Paringa Shiraz won a total of six trophies including Best of Show at the 2006 Royal Sydney, sweeping the field with five Gold Medals and five Trophies, including the prestigious Best of Show and Best Shiraz at the 2009 Royal Sydney, as well as Best Shiraz Trophy Royal Melbourne. Paringa Estate»|
|Stephen Pannell is one of Australia's most decorated winemakers, Jimmy Watson and twice Max Schubert Trophy winner, London International Winemaker of Year and Chairman National Wine Show. He found time in between tours of duty at Wirra Wirra, Tintara and BRL Hardy, to do vintage in Burgundy, at the illustrious Mouton Rothschild and amongst the grand old vines of Barolo. SC Pannell»|
|Longview are one of the most highly awarded wineries in Adelaide Hills, having claimed trophies and medals at conspicuous national tasteoffs. The predominantly northeast facing slopes and valleys, combined with the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and superior winemaking practices, have produced outstanding vintages. Longview»|
|Langtons Excellent Classification. From ancient vines planted in the 1890s, Elderton Command has established an enviable reputation since inaugural vintage, one of Australia's most eminent icon wines. Elderton»|
|The top shelf in toothsome and dulcetly fragrant, fruit forward frizzante wines, fashioned for those who know what they like and take their Moscato seriously. Brown Brothers make the best Moscato in the land, their dedicated Muscat vineyards have been trained to deliver harvests of the most luscious fruit. Brown Brothers»|
|Classically structured with a well established estate styling, Hunter's have won more than 100 gold at international wine competitions, including Marquis de Goulaine Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Jane Hunter is a highly qualified viticulturist with a long family history of wine growing, she worked closely with eminent Australian oenologist Dr Tony Jordan to achieve the quality of harvests which are benchmarks in the world of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.. Hunters»|
|After many years of dedication to formulating superb Eden Valley Riesling, Elderton have again achieved an excellent expression of the genre, paradoxically the most underrated style of wine in Australia. Small harvests of fruit which show wonderful primary, zesty characters and delicate acid structures are the foundation. Elderton»|
|The Daisy Hill district thrived throughout the 1850s, due to its location along the main route to and from gold fields. The Amherst property sits atop old alluvial tailings, ancient diggings can still be seen around the property dressed in rich quartz soils. Amherst»|
|The Lovedale district of Hunter Valley is synonymous with world class Semillon. Resolved to make a transition from mining to wining, the De Iuliis family acquired a grazing property along Lovedale Road and established vines in the early 1990s. De Iuliis»|
They travelled the world in search of the ultimate home, a place that would fulfil the dream of making very special wine, they kept returning to the Barossa Valley, drawn by all it had to offer
After 26 years in the Hong Kong airline industry, Hans and Fransien established Haan in 1993, purchasing 26.3 hectares near Tanunda. The original site was initially purchased in 1853 by George Friedrich Schmidt for one pound an acre. The 18-hectares surrounding the Hanenhof Estate consist mainly of the sandy loam soils that dominate the Barossa Valley floor. These soils have proven excellent for producing rich, luscious Shiraz and Cabernets, varieties that have made the Barossa famous throughout the world. Hans and Fransien renovated an 1850s vintage farmhouse, with a cottage, studio and tennis court, to make a homestead winery with a beautiful garden.
Barossa remains a unique district that maintains many of the great traditions lost in other areas. The local Barossa inhabitants work towards a strong commitment to preserving a great vineyard heritage. Barossa is blessed with a climate that exhibits four very distinct seasons, and a wonderful sense of community where everyone works together for the common good, taking pride in the achievements of one and all. The Haan philosophy meant that Hanenhof Vineyards would be holistically managed as a true wine estate. Providing the best possible conditions in the vineyard has been the key to success, along with a clear understanding of how to achieve excellence in the winemaking.
Plantings include shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, merlot and viognier, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. All of the production receives excellent attention to detail from the dedicated Haan vineyard team.
Grapes are picked at optimum maturity for each wine type, treated to a gentle fermentation and transferred into French oak barriques to mature. The barriques are housed in the beautifully designed maturation cellars that dominate the entrance to the Estate's buildings.
All vines in the Haan vineyard are cane pruned with 30 buds to the vine and vertical shoot positioning to give a ballerina effect. Water management is essential and the key to a good harvest. The grapes are harvested at their optimum ripeness and processed with as little intervention as possible. Grapes are destemmed and fermented in small batches. Elevage is in a mixture of new and older barriques and hogheads for both the Classic and Prestige range. The use of both American oak, which offers a sweeter spice profile, and French oak - which shows more savoury spices and delicate tannin profile, helps to create wines of power and elegance.
Depending on the variety, the wines may remain in oak for up to 24 months, followed by further bottle maturation prior to release, with the eventual aim that the red wines will be available at around 2.5 years of age. Most of the vines are on a simple vertical trellis system with moving wires to lift the foliage and expose the fruit to the sun for full development of flavour and character. The Haan philosophy of providing the best possible conditions in the vineyard in order to encourage the most outstanding result in the bottle has certainly been rewarded with outstanding wines. Haan ultimately triumphed with the highly coveted Australian Wine Producer of Year, followed by Trophy and Medals for outstanding successes at the London International Wine & Spirit Competition.