|Adam Jackson bought the first blocks of land at the heart of Marlborough and took up farming in 1855. His wife planted a gumtree along Jacksons Road, it remains a regional icon and can be seen on the Jackson estate label. Jackson Estate»|
|A compilation of the finest parcels Chardonnay available to the Brown Brothers winemaking team, hand picked and whole bunch pressed into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for a rich course of ferments and completion of full malolactic, a year's maturation and the luxury of regular lees stirring battonage for textural opulence and intriguing complexity. Stone fruits and cashew, citrus and pear, elegant with crystalline minerality and struck match complexity, a long lingering palate, structured and seamless, resplendent and refined. Brown Brothers»|
|Pete Yealands is a natural viticulturalist, happiest at work on the land, he has established many of Marlborough's most splendid vineyards. Single site Awatere Pinot Noir from an exposed terrace on the upper ridge of Seaview Vineyard, planted to some marvelous Dijon clones. Yealands Estate»|
|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»|
|A passionate, family owned and operated winery who've been rewarded with highly coveted Royal Melbourne Gold for their impressive Langhorne Creek reds. Temple Bruer have been waving the magic wand with their brilliant efforts at Merlot, scoring further medals at the Small Winemakers and Rutherglen Wine Shows. Temple Bruer»|
|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»|
|A rigorous tasting selection of the best barrels Malbec from a superior Langhorne Creek site, only ever made to small batch techniques in the most exceptional vintage years. Fruit is destemmed and open fermented, pumped over four times daily and pressed into a selection of well seasoned French oak puncheons for malolactic and a year's maturation. Bleasdale»|
|After twenty years of the most distinguished winemaking, having amassed over sixty trophies and three hundred gold, including a Jimmy Watson and twice International Red Wine Maker of Year, David O'Leary and Nick Walker came home to Valley Clare. Two heart surgeons from Adelaide own the Doctors Vineyard at Polish Hill River. OLeary Walker»|
|Konrad Hengstler discovered Marlborough while traveling through New Zealand in 1987 and was immediately attracted to Sauvignon Blanc. Today Konrad excels at everything Sauvignon Blanc and loves everything Marlborough, his estate wineworks are located in Waihopai Valley at the very heart of Marlborough, it enjoys magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Konrad»|
|Enthused by a consuming desire to make great wine, Andrew Nugent honed his craft as viticulturalist and winemaker amongst the vines of McLaren Vale before returning to the Adelaide Hills, where he established his very own wineworks at Woodside. Hand crafted from fruit grown to mineral rich soils above the historic Bird in Hand gold mine, a pure Pinot Noir with superb effervescence, dominated by red berry characters, adorned by a lift of stonefruits and floral.. Bird In Hand»|
|A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with profound structure and vigorous fruit, the essential Coonawarra style, exuding rich bramble, berries and cassis aromas characters over soft, elegant tannins. Extended maturation in the finest French oak contributes to the wine's overall balance and drinkability. Hollick»|
|Have you ever imagined yourself sipping on a luscious effervescent red wine? Vixen makes makes it very real. Your friends will be jealous, past party escorts will seem dull by comparison and all eyes will be on you as you stride into your next party with Vixen on your arm. Fox Creek»|
Rahona Valley Wines is nestled within the elevated aspects of Red Hill which overlooks Mount Martha and Port Phillip Bay in the west, Point Leo and Westernport Bay to the east
The estate's wines are all produced from a single four acre vineyard in a small valley at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The conditions are excellent, deep, well drained red basalt soils nurture the vines, as the cool maritime climes lead to a long, slow ripening period. Starting from scratch in 1991, the north facing 1.6 hectare vineyard surrounded by bushland now has 5000 hand tended vines of mostly Pinot Noir with a small block of Pinot Meunier. Here at Rahona Valley, the vines are mature and the drinkers are noticing the difference. All vines are own rooted, so provided there are a couple more generations of dedicated vignerons and winemakers, characteristics should compare with Burgundy. Rahona Valley's best wines are aged in the barrel for 18 months or more, whereas the normal process is to bottle after 12 months so that barrels can be reused for the next harvest.
Oak barrels impart a very important part of the flavour profile to wine and are also one of the most significant costs each year. The annual visit of the cooper to Rahona Valley is therefore one of those pivotal occasions that that will go a long way to setting the style of the vintage and it usually happens around 6 months before harvest. Selection of the timber is only the first step, next is the seasoning, two or three years? And where? Australia or France? Then there is the level of toast. This refers to the heat of the fires that are burned inside the barrel to make the staves bend, light medium or heavy. With so many variables, not to mention the fruit and the season it is very difficult to truly understand the impact of each different selection.
Pinot being a lighter style of wine is generally better suited to a tight grained timber so that the exchange of flavours is more subtle. Typically, oak from the Allier region of central France where a combination of lower rainfall and soil fertility slows growth giving that tighter grain. Within the Allier region the forest of Troncais seems to produce particularly good timber and is the most highly priced of all.
Cool climates can be both blessing and bane for viticulture. Even on the Mornington Peninsula there can be substantial losses. Commonly vineyards in frost prone areas have defensive measures such as windmills, helicopters, water sprays or frost pots cans filled with sump oil and other wastes that are burned to provide a smoke blanket that prevents heat loss by radiation. To affect a vine the shoots must be chilled to -2ºC or less. This is quite a severe frost, particularly to be that cold at cordon height, approximately 1 metre above the ground. If there is a lot of dew around the effect can be mitigated by the formation of ice crystals on the shoots which limits the cooling. This is why severe frost events are often associated with droughts because the atmosphere is too dry to form ice crystals.
In the cool climate areas of Australia and particularly at Rahona Valley, the components of the north facing site are expolited to allow maximum exposure to the sun, well-drained ancient basalt soil and an open canopy, to deliver beautiful disease free ripe fruit. Minimal wine making techniques and a restrained use of new oak allow this fruit to develop into an elegant wine with complex fruit flavours and well balanced tannin and acidity. As the Burgundians say, it's all in the fruit. The wine makes itself.
"You can tell straight away that these wines are all about the fruit. It literally sings with a story of where it came from. One minute I was in Mornington Peninsula, the next I was sipping Gevrey Chambartin in an underground cellar in the Cote de Nuits. They say great Pinot Noir is like an iron fist in a velvet glove, so strap on these mits. Such depth of fruit, lingering around in the mouth for eternity. Earth, savoury fruits, truffle, game meats and that’s just the nose.
It is a wine that there is just not enough to go around. When you start talking barrels of a particular wine that tastes like a top Burgundy, grab it and don’t tell anyone else where you got it. Pinot Meunier adds weight and a fleshiness of fruit to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the blend for our favourite bubbly. As a stand alone wine, it is a real gem and with only 3 rows of vines contributing to the production, 1 to 2 barrels does not go a long way. Sweet dark brambly fruit with power and finesse to boot!" -Wine Satiety
Rahona Valley like to treat their wines to full malolactic, the conversion of relatively strong malic acid to relatively weak lactic acid by bacterial activity, softening the mouthfeel of wine. It occurs after the primary alcoholic fermentation. The factors that most influence ageing potential are grape type, acid/ tannin balance, vine age and length of time the wine is stored in the barrel. While all Rahona Valley wines are crafted to drink beautifully on release, enthusiasts of fine Pinot Noir should take heed, that Rahona Valley develops superbly as it ages in the bottle, achieving a remarkable level of complexity and integration which can rival the some of the best Burgundies.