|A Shiraz of power and elegance, Heathcote Estate claimed a significant gold medal at the prestigious London International. Inspired by the amazing depth and character of Terra Rosa Shiraz, the Bialkower and Kirby families determined the most idyllic location to propogate vines for an ultra premium Shiraz to rival Australia's finest. Heathcote Estate»|
|Richard Bailey planted one of the first Glenrowan vineyards in the 1860s. The Bailey estate survived the downturn of the Victorian gold rush, the ravages of phylloxera and excesses of the Kelly gang, it endures to this day, producing some of the nation's most intensely flavoured and historically significant wines. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|De Bortoli hold an extensive collection of barrel aged wines. Stocks of fortified and botrytised Semillon are drawn on from time to time to assemble into a wickedly decadent wine of rare opulence. De Bortoli»|
|This enduring flagship wine can boast twenty trophys and over seventy gold medals throughout its illustrious history. Penley Steyning captures and enhances the excellence in first growth Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, highlighted by rich berry tones, superior length and layers of intense flavour, a wine which achieves perfect harmony between massive intensity of fruit, mouth filling grape tannins and elegant acids. Penley Estate»|
|Daniel James Wilson would write DJW rules on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. In 1997 DJW established a small 5Â½ acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the family property. Wilson Vineyard»|
|Tim Knappstein began his apprenticeship under the family owned Stanley Wine Company. Within a decade, Tim had won more than 500 show awards, gold medals and trophies for the premium Leasingham range. Riposte»|
|Campbell's Topaque is the most wickedly intense, lusciously rich elixir, laden with candied peel flavours, honeycombed fruit and amber complexities. Painstakingly crafted to the old world Solera system, a bespoke tradition of fractional blending and elevage, achieving the most indulgent concentration of flavour through a laborious racking of barrels as the angels take their share. Campbells»|
|Stella Bella have won resounding critical acclaim and a reputation for producing artisanly crafted Margaret River wines of great expression, personality and quality. Stella Bella have established an almost peerless reputation after receiving numerous accolades at significant competitions, including coveted Gold and Mission Hill Trophy at the London International, the only southern hemisphere Chardonnay to win such a prestigious award.. Stella Bella»|
|Woodhenge is about big ideas, in the manner of cyclopean fences built by Australia's early settlers. A wine of great elemental sculpture, the assemblage of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to success of the style. Wirra Wirra»|
|Named for a rare grasshopper Sigaus childi, found only at Central Otago within the Earnscleugh gold mine tailings, just across the road from Grasshopper Rock vineyard. The site is fortuitously harsh and sufficiently challenging to make the vines work their hardest. Grasshopper Rock»|
|The uncompromising pursuit of excellence brings the Yealands team to the extreme viticultural climes of Gibbston Valley in Central Otago. It is here under the frigid cloudless night skies that Pinot Noir vines, planted to undulating granite schist soils, struggle to yield harvests of parched grapes, redolent with cherry berry perfumes, bursting with an intensity of flavour and wrapped in a muslin of seamless, velvet tannins. Yealands Estate»|
|Pinot Meunier like no other, certainly the most distinguished bottling of its kind anywhere in the new world. Mostly old vine Concongella Pinot Meuniere, from grapes picked off parcels established 1970, with the inclusion of a priceless component of ancient vines 1868 Pinot Noir. Bests»|
Bondar are a little winery headquarted at the iconic Rayner Vineyard, on the corner of Chalk Hill Road and Twentyeight Road in McLaren Vale
Bondar wines began its life in 2012, after a small group of family and friends hand picked a couple of tonnes of Shiraz grapes for their first ever wine. It was a beautiful, calm, warm summer's evening, and when the sun went down the McLaren Vale sky lit up with one of the most spectacularly beautiful sunsets they had ever seen. Bondar's Violet Hour Shiraz was born out of the inspiration from this magical moment. They have since won multiple trophies at the McLaren Vale Wine Shows and have been named one of the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine.
In May of 2013, the dream of creating great wine became a reality following acquisition of the historical Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Set amongst two hills on the border of the Blewitt Springs and Beautiful View Seaview sub-regions just north of the township of McLaren Vale, Rayner vineyard is one of the better known blocks of the region. Vine plantings date back to the 1950s when the property was owned by the Rayner family, and are made up mostly of what the region does best, Shiraz and Grenache.
Straddling Twentyeight Road, the eastern side of the road is a huge sandhill, part of the Pirramimma sandstone geology that stretches right through the region. The Shiraz planted here gives lighter wines, with amazing fragrance and a more savoury impression.
The lighter, more fragrant style of Rayner Vineyard is precisely what Bondar are targeting, wines that fit perfectly with their philosophy. Bondar want to make wines that are brighter and more savoury, structured and intriguing. Different.
The Bondar passion for wine came after vintages around the world and Australia, vintages in the Northern Rhone at Domaine Allain Graillot. Senior winemaking at Nepenthe in the Adelaide Hills and a couple of years at Mitolo to learn about McLaren Vale vineyards, meant that finally Bondar could be masters of their own destiny. Wine is about food, friends and family and should reflect place and enhance experience. Wines should be delicious, but also to be interesting; that little bit different to stand apart from the norm.