|There are two superb high altitude sites in Carey Gully and Piccadilly Valley, which yield an extraordinary quality of Sauvignon Blanc. Knappstein take the top cut of each harvest, crushing the fruit for a long cool vinification, treating a batch to the added richness of oak barrel ferments for texture, complexity and weight. 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»|
|White Label is a McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest eminence, having been nominated for the George Mackey Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Australian export. Crafted from fruit grown to some of the oldest vines at Pirramimma and McLaren Vale, it has twice claimed Gold in San Francisco and competed well against a formidable host of distinguished growths at the prestigious London International. Pirramimma»|
|Whole bunches and oak barrel ferments, the costly extravagance of three years tirage on sedimentery yeast lees, each bottle individually riddled by hand, disgorged and sent to cellar for the ultimate indulgence of extra age before release, Pamela is the zenith of the sparkling winemaker's art. Her luxurious effervescence exudes brioche, tarte tatin and French boulangere, her creamy textural mousse unravelling ribbons of rich yeasty autolysis, crème caramel and baked fruits. Wicks»|
|Blue Pyrenees were established through a no expense spared approach, by two of the wine world's most revered, accomplished and resourced estates. A superior standard of viticulture and exacting vinification techniques were the priority, they remain at the very core of the Blue Pyrenees raison d'être. Blue Pyrenees»|
|Galli Estate produce a variety of quality wines from fruit grown on their vineyards at Sunbury and Heathcote. Galli Estate have been very well received by reviewers, and have been recognised for quality at competitions, already receiving Gold for their Pinot Grigio, a varietal that the winemaking team find very exciting. Galli Estate»|
|One of the new world's most exclusive, ancient vineyard wines, awaited annually by the most discerning Shiraz enthusiasts around the globe. Only ever bottled in the finest vintages, fruit is sourced from the superior Ahrens Vineyard at Lyndoch and the historic Moorooroo site at Jacobs Creek, which for more than 120 years, ended up with Orlando. Schild Estate»|
|A highly prolific wine industry trophy winner, including best single vineyard and best Shiraz at the hotly contested McLaren Vale Wine Show. A magnificent collation of old vines fruit from several pickings on the illustrious Rayner property, including a judicious measure of grapes as whole bunches, are treated to a wild indigenous yeast ferment and course of age in barrels of well seasoned French oak. Bondar»|
|An assemblage of clones MV6 Pinot Noir from the Mount Gisborne vineyard at Macedon, alongside Pinot clone D5V12 from Chanter’s Ridge at Woodend. A mix of whole bunches and gently destemmed fruit are treated to a traditional, wild indegenous yeast open top ferment, hand plunged thrice daily, befor pressing to French oak hogsheads for completion of malolactic and fourteen months maturation. Bress»|
|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»|
|Bloodstone was originally intended for the UK Oddbins retail chain. It turned into a runaway success and went on to claim a litany of international accolades, 5 Cuisine Magazine Stars & Best Buy, as well as Gold & Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco International. Gemtree»|
|The enthusiastic maritime climes of Martinborough are heaven sent for a style and quality of Sauvignon Blanc to rival the world's finest. Mother nature sets the stage, but ultimately it is the thoughtful viticultural practices of the Palliser Estate team, which ensures a harvest of ripe and intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc at every vintage. Palliser Estate»|
Karlsburg Winery was founded in 1973 by Czech immigrant Karl Cimicky, who in addition to being a bit eccentric, was also a highly skilled winemaker
The estate features an incredible building that was built by Cimicky himself and has lovely formal gardens that are always manicured. Karl's son Charles took over the family business and renamed it for himself, hence the name on the bottle now. In the early 90s Charles began to take a keen interest in winemaking and the good wines started turning into awesome wines. Charles Cimicky produces rich, voluptuous, generous wines with superb balance. Now in his late thirties Charles Cimicky is one of the most quality-driven, meticulous winemakers in South Australia.
Charles Cimicky is fastidious. The winery is completely air-conditioned and individually temperature-controlled tanks are employed in the making of all Cimicky wines. Updated technology includes the unse of a membrane press and rotary fermenters. The Cimickys also have their own bottling and packaging line which is a rarity in a winery of this size.
Charles Cimicky winery and vineyards are located one kilometer along the picturesque hermann Thumm Drive in Lyndoch, on the very floor of the Valley, surrounded by the beautiful Barossa Ranges. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February, the entire 32 hectares of vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized. The fruit is aged only in top quality oak which is apparent in the finegrained tannins evident in all of their premium wines.
The winery features a castellated building surrounded by a formal garden, quite spectatular and well worth a visit
The Trumps range is named after the custom of a small group of Barossa pioneers whose habit was to seek the cellar retreat for the twin pleasures of claret and cards. In the cool depths of this refuge they would while away a hot summer's day playing Euchre and drinking red wine, well away from the prying eyes of more puritanical souls. Originally the wines were marketed under the Karlsburg label.
"Quiet achiever in the wine industry, Charles Cimicky, lead last week's Barossa Wine Show with four trophies. The Lyndoch winemaker took out awards for best wine - small producer, best Shiraz, most outstanding Barossa red wine and most outstanding Barossa wine. It was the 2006 Trumps Shiraz which impressed the judges, and Mr Cimicky was humbled by his win. He lead a strong field of Shiraz entries, which the judges described as "very strong" wines where the top exhibits were set apart by "purity, focus and balance". The 2006 Trumps offers pungent aromas of blackberries, raspberries and plums that are lifted by charry oak and a background of smoked meats. Toasty, vanilla and treacle-like oak is a match for its vibrant flavours, the finish is refined yet full with definite white pepper spice and rich ripe berries linger long after the wine is gone. This year's accolades adds to previous succes from 1997 to 2006 which include The Barossa Wine Grape Council Trophy in 1998 and 1999" -Barossa & Light Herald