|Characterized by its controlled power, elegance and finesse, a very special Pyrenees wine which redefines the great Cabernet virtues of stature, structure and length. The inaugural release claimed Gold and Best Wine ahead of two timeless Bordeaux icons, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Cos d'Estournel. Taltarni»|
|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»|
|A vigorous diction of new world Chardonnay, framed within a tasteful veneer of judicious oak, crafted by an artisanal winery that's claimed best white and best red wine trophies, as judged amongst peers at the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association. Willow Creek offers a stylishly proportioned palate, finishing as crisp as the maritime winds which enthuse the Peninsula. Willow Creek»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Zilzie know from good Shiraz, they have grown the finest fruit for decades and now retain access to the most splendid vineyards. The quality of their winemaking has claimed thirty trophies since they embarked on their own label. Zilzie»|
|The wines of Shadowfax have gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time, due in no small part to the remarkable quality of fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax have achieved the new wave of Chardonnay, refreshingly fruit driven, livelier than it's Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. Shadowfax»|
|Carlo Monichino grew up among the illustrious old vineyards of Asti in Piedmonte. He migrated to Australia 1949 and planted his own rootstock at Katunga in the Goulburn Valley 1962. Monichino»|
|Frank Potts established the Bleasdale vineyards in 1850, his eponymously labelled wine commemorates a legacy of innovation and resourcefulness. Frank Potts is a Bordeaux styled Cabernet which may contain varying portions of Malbec or Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc or Merlot depending on the performance of vintage. Bleasdale»|
|Positioned half way between Avoca and Ballarat, the modestly sized Amherst have only ten acres under vine. The small yields translate into extraordinarily structured, powerfully intense wines, brimming with fine aromatics and lined with silky tannins. Amherst»|
|Majella are one of the most highly awarded small wineries in Australia, the inaugural release of The Musician was met with unprecedented critical acclaim. In the tradition of the most salubrious Coonawarra vineyards, the Majella property was used extensively for grazing before being planted to vine. Majella»|
|Howard Park is internationally feted as one of the new world's great Riesling wines, achieving superstar status after claiming highly coveted gold medal at the prestigious London International. Riesling was Howard Park's first vintage, it remains the Australian west's most enduring white after over three decades of superlative editions. Howard Park»|
Mission Estate are steeped in history and an essential part of colonial New Zealand culture, their winemaking however is very new world, an enduring bond between contemporary excellence and sacred traditions
Established 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winemaking concern under continuous management. A Mission of French clergy sailed to New Zealand in 1838 with little more than their faith and a few vines. The Society of Mary was founded near Lyon in France. With the blessing of the Pope, a group travelled to the Pacific, arriving in New Zealand in 1838. Besides being a teaching order, the Fathers established a mission station near the Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. They followed the tradition of running a balanced farm property, fruit trees, cattle, and a vineyard.
In 1858, the missionaries moved to land they had purchased at Meeanee and a major community was established. A cottage for living quarters was transported from Pakowhai and later a Church, school and study halls were built. Vines were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine for their wine-drinking tradition. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold. The Cellar Master at the time was Brother Cyprian Huchet, who retained this position until 1899 and is considered the pioneering winemaker of New Zealand.
Mission Estate own and operate three vineyard sites within Hawke's Bay, each of which has its unique characteristics that are suited to different grape varieties and resulting wine styles. Greenmeadows at Taradale, the Mere and Gimblett Road vineyards on the eminant Gimblett Gravels.
Mission Estate retain a magnificent 100 hectare vineyard in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough. Grapes are also sourced from Hawkes Bay's finest growers. Moteo Pa and Ohiti Road, Middle Road and Ngatarawa Triangle. The inputs of the viticultural team optimise each vineyard's performance to produce better wine.
Sustainable winegrowing is an environmental management system employed to ensure the protection of land and environment. It is Mission Estate's belief that protecting and managing vineyards and environment in a sustainable way is an inseparable part of viticulture, to ensure longevity of healthy fruit production. In addition, contract growers must also manage their sites sustainably to supply Mission Estate. Precision Viticulture identifies the variation in the vineyards (soil and vine growth) using different sensors that are linked to GPS. This enables the Mission Estate team to produce maps of which highlight areas of significant difference. These differences impact on fruit attributes such as ripeness, yield and overall quality. As a result, this makes it possible to selectively harvest areas of the vineyard so that each parcel ripens to the targeted requirement.
Mission Estate is New Zealand's oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine. While their wines are crafted using the latest in technology, they also employ many traditional winemaking techniques handed down from their early French winemaking pioneers. Mission Estate has consistently produced wine sustainably, the philosophy is to minimise additions so that their wines show true regional and varietal expression.