|Born at Guildford, very near the Houghton Swan Valley winery, 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»|
|From the home of the 2007 Jimmy Watson, prior vintages of School Block have claimed gold medals at the London International and UK Sunday Times. A deluxe assembly of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot from three Scarpantoni vineyards, each with a unique terroir and mesoclime. Scarpantoni»|
|Howard Park is internationally feted as one of the new world's great Riesling wines, achieving superstar status after claiming gold at the prestigious London International. Fruit is grown to some of the most elevated vineyards around Mount Barker and the Porongurups, nourished by a continental pattern of warm days and cold nights, which translate into vibrant fruit exhibiting zest and super fine citric minerality. Howard Park»|
|Bridgeland is one of the most picturesque properties in Margaret River. Originally prime farmland, it boasts one of the largest dams in the region, approximately a kilometre in length and covering eighteen hectares. Streicker»|
|The generously proportioned, big boned, leesy French oak genre, Dijon Bernard Clones 76 and 95, harvested off fully mature vines, thirty years of age at Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. Grapes are destemmed and pressed for vinification on gross solids before transfer to French oak hogsheads for completion of ferments, in the old world way. Cape Barren»|
|Mandoon are a Swan Valley operation of great provenance, their homestead vineyard being an ancient block established on the first rural grant in Western Australia, circa 1929 at a property named Sandalford. Always on the lookout for exceptional parcels of fruit, the highly decorated Mandoon team have focused on a northern block of Research Station Vineyard in Margaret River. Mandoon»|
|Meshach William Burge 1843-1942, was Grant's great grandfather, a central figure in establishing the Burge vineyards and estate. He was eleven years of age when his family moved from Wiltshire to the Barossa, where he toiled to develop what has grown into a thriving viticultural, wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. Grant Burge»|
|A single vineyard, strongly terroir wine by maestro Ken Helm AM, from fruit picked off neighbour Al Lustenberger's property, only released under the premium black label if it reaches the highest quality benchmarks. Since 2005 the collaboration of Lustenberger and Helm has claimed more than fourteen trophies. Helm»|
|Gold Medal Winner at the highly prestigious London International Wine Challenge! The taste is very sweet, smooth, pronounced and delicous, just like dried raisins or rich tawny grape juice. Serve at cool room temperature with fine desserts, pastries and cake, pour liberally over the best quality ice creams. Lustau»|
|Coriole is one of McLaren Vale's most eminent, artisanal estates. Consecutive vintages of Coriole Shiraz have claimed a remarkable back to back San Francisco Double Gold. Coriole»|
|A mostly Cabernet wine with a tenth of Merlot, a jot of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing almost a third of Hollick's annual production. Previous vintages of Tannery Block have won numerous prestigious awards, including the pre-eminent Jimmy Watson, Robert Bryce and Arthur Kelman Trophies. Hollick»|
|Pietro D’orsa found work in Australia as a winegrower circa 1868, quenching the thirst of miners during the Victorian gold rush. Several generations later, Pietro's progeny returned to viticulture, Sanguine Estate's inaugural release was universally embraced by enthusiasts of fine Heathcote Shiraz, the entire vintage sold out within a week. Sanguine»|
Huia is focused on hand crafting fine unique wines expressing the richness of Marlborough grapes, from the vineyard through to the table
Huia is located in the Wairau Valley, in Marlborough, at the north eastern tip of the South Island. Claire and Mike Allan established Huia Vineyards Ltd in 1996, a small private company committed to the production of premium and classical Marlborough wines. Claire and Mike were drawn to Marlborough by the intense fruit flavours in the wines. They gained further winemaking experience in key Marlborough wineries, along with an extended spell in Champagne, France.
The Allan's river terrace Rapaura Road property was purchased in late 1990. The vineyard was planted with the finished wine blends in mind. Blending modern and traditional techniques Huia makes seven premium wine varieties, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Vintage Huia Brut. Imported Burgundy chardonnay and pinot noir cultivars have since been planted and are in full production. The sauvignon blanc vines are mass selection.
Since then Huia has leased 6.8 adjoining hectares to be planted with Sauvignon Blanc and some Pinot Gris. Huia also purchased another 16 hectares of bare land on the south side of the Wairau Valley. The soil is loam with a clay layer over free draining shingle. This has been planted predominately with Sauvignon Blanc and a smaller acreage of Pinot Gris. Grapes are sourced from these home vineyards and a small group of selected growers from specific sites around the Wairau valley.
A number of soil patterns are found throughout the valley, even within single vineyards, leading to significant variation in quality and style depending on the grape source. The soils near the Wairau River may have deposits from flood in the last 35 years. In the central part of the valley, such as middle Rapaura, the soils are up to a few hundred years old.
There are terraces of greywacke and silt running side by side over shingle in the central part of the valley. The oldest soils in the valley such as the Brancott are up to 7000 years old. Even these are considered very young soils. The older soils in the southern part of the valley have increasing amount of clay deposits the closer they are to the Wither Hills.
Huia grows Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris on two primary estate vineyards. Both the Winsome (located in Riverlands) and the Winery Blocks have been managed under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand scheme for the first time in 2004. To ensure NZ stays clean and green for future generations, Huia has become a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowers. This scheme encourages member growers to embrace appropriate, environmentally and economically sustainable wine grape production methods for New Zealand conditions. The Huia Estate's Cellar Door team welcomes you all year round, 7 days a week from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.
The viticultural techniques applied across all vineyards aim to maximise grape quality in every vintage. Particular attention is paid to controlling yields along with canopy management to expose fruit to the sun and provide ripe, healthy grapes. Huia uses these techniques to optimise the natural balance between sugar, acid and all the flavours. This creates a delicious degree of balance, texture and palate length.