|Brookland Valley Estate made a conspiuous impression through their stirling efforts at Cabernet Merlot when they claimed several significant trophies, including the hotly contested Qantas Best Wine of Show. Expressing fully the generous palate structure and aromatic richness of the stylish Margaret River Cab Merlot accord, beautifully perfumed, bramble flavoured wine, brimming with the quality and elegance which has earned Brookland Valley Estate a five star reputation. Brookland Valley»|
|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»|
|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»|
|Saint Clair continue to deliver Marlborough's most internationally lauded Sauvignon Blanc. The winemaking team are on a perpetual odyssey, to isolate and retain Marlborough's finest harvests, capable of producing wines with intense regionality. Saint Clair»|
|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»|
|The term Terra rossa means red earth, a rich, free draining soil that is considered by many as the viticultural equivalent of discovering gold. Beneath the strata of red earth at Wrattonbully sits a layer of ancient limestone, a winegrower's dream as it allows free drainage of water, yet ensures vine roots stay close to the surface, putting natural stress on the vine and limiting its vigor and yield. Smith Hooper»|
|The marvelous S1 block is a sheltered, relatively warm site within the splendid vistas of Seaview Vineyard, on a north facing plateau at 160m above sea level, refreshed by maritime winds that blow in from the Cludy Bay coast. Fruit is crushed and destemmed, chilled and gently pressed, the clearest juices are racked off for a long, cool ferment to capture the full opulence of S1 vineyard grapes on the vine. Yealands Estate»|
|After several decades of crafting Australia's most memorable vintages, Mike Press is more sanguine than ever that great wine can only come from the finest vineyards. His dedicated hands on approach means that he is personally involved in every stage of the winemaking, from pruning the vines and inspecting grapes, right to plunging the ferments and bottling his finished wine. Mike Press»|
|From parcels of Pinot Noir, planted to the foot of tailings, left behind by waves of prospectors who pursued their fortune amongst the open pits and mines on Adelaide Hills during the gold rush of the 1850s. Crushed and destemmed straight into the press with minimal time on skins to extract the perfect pink, its blushing lipstick hues presage a cornucopia of lifted strawberry and cherry blossom characters, ruby grapefruit and luscious jube over a length of tasty, toothsome tannins, the perfect RosÃ© for lazy afternoons or late night soirÃ©es. Bird In Hand»|
|The High Trellis paddock has been yielding the most splendid vintages of wine since the late 19th century, so nicknamed as the vines were the first to be trained above knee height following acquisition of the property by dArenberg. For decades, High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon has been released to unanimous critical acclaim by the wine industry press and international cognoscente. dArenberg»|
|Of particular importance to Shadowfax are the very close relationships with a select group of growers who provide harvests of the most intensely flavoured fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax are a refreshing new wave, vigorously fruit driven, livelier than her Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. Shadowfax»|
|Glenrowan is a place of great natural endowments, it grows the finest fruit and hosted a famous gold rush. Glenrowan has remained quarantined from any exchange of viticulture since the 1890s, a felicitious quirk of history which has preserved the provenance of some great old vineyards. Baileys Glenrowan»|
Find Corymbia under the Marri tree, the perfect conditions for growing grapes. Drinking them too
Over 100 years of experience in West Australian winemaking. Their history is rich and their expertise is unique, both are paired with a passion for flavoursome, expressive and drinkable wines. The Corymbia family tree is as strong as the vines they grow, and each generation has left their mark on the industry. One of the first on the scene, the Mann family established vineyards, created wines and shared drops along the way. They’ve learned from the past; from Mr Jack Mann who made great wines because he understood how to grow great fruit. Inspired by his innovative methods and optimism, Corymbia have taken a leaf out of the family book. A leaf which has flourished and grown into an inspiring legacy. Every vineyard that Corymbia operate feature the Marri tree. So, each wine you drink now and in the future, will be grown under the finest conditions.
A good bottle begins with a good grape. Known to winemakers and drinkers alike, the selection of suitable soils is paramount to growing desirable grapes great wine. So where to grow wine grapes? At the same place where the Marri trees and Redgums grow. Here, the soils are optimal for growing grapes. Corymbia know from generations of experience. It is under the Gums where the vine roots penetrate the depth of soil to lock in summer moisture. To ensure the health of the environment and Corymbia's vines, there needs to be a balance of flora and fauna, fungi, bacterium and yeast. These elements all interact positively and negatively. The ultimate success of their wines comes down to the positive interactions between nature's many partners.
Nature’s good at keeping busy. Late in summer, a small green bird called a silvereye, swoop on the grapes to receive their sugar fix. Corymbia employ exclusion netting to cover their vineyards, protecting the grapes by keeping the birds at bay. The harvests are preserved and your favourite glass of Corymbia is waiting for you.
The fermenting wines attract another local pest, the vinegar fly. They’re kept at bay by lively fantail birds which chirp and twitter around the Corymbia cellars, chasing down and consuming the pestilent vinegar flies. Sitting at the edge of fermenters, they stake the place out and catch any errant insect they find. They are winged heroes.
Let's take it inside, where the Corymbia cellars are kept in the best condition. This is where all the natural fermentations happen. Corymbia use the indigenous yeast grown in their organically farmed vineyards. The indigenous yeasts from the vineyard interact with the resident yeast in the winery to achieve a highly unique vinification. Ferments are conducted in small batches, so that every bottle, each glass and every drop has been personally and naturally created. Corymbia wines express the site whence they were sourced.
Grapes are all picked by hand, a highly zealous sorting of fruit is crucial. Ferments are all natural, there are no finer living yeasts than the natives of Swan Valley and Margaret River. A judicious treatment of oak ensures the fruit is allowed to speak. There's nothing that can be done in the winemaking to better what's grown in the vineyard. All the natural conditions of the land, the geology and history, husbandry, clone, climate and conversation. It’s subtle, but you can taste it. They make the best wine by growing the best fruit, uncomplicated and respectful of nature. By listening to the earth and working with the elements to make the finest harvest. That’s the nature of wine. We can all drink to that.