|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»|
|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»|
|Given the scarcity of Best's prestige, limited release, old vineyard icons, Bin #1 affords enthusiasts their first taste of the Great Western Shiraz style and leaves them eager to discover more. A classic, cool climate, aromatic wine, floral and spicy, peppery and elegant, retaining vital Great Western fruit character. Bests»|
|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»|
|In commemoration of the year Samual McWilliams planted his first vines, 1877 is a national flagship, crafted from the best fruit of vintage. The choicest parcels of estate grown Shiraz are sourced from superior mature vines on the original McWilliams plantings at Barwang among the Hilltops. McWilliams»|
|Perfect balance in wine cannot be manufactured, it occurs naturally. Gemtree achieves this elusive idyll. Gemtree»|
|A collation of superior vineyard parcels, crafted by a boutique estate which has been recognized as one of Australia's leading wineries. Clonakilla are dedicated to making distinctive, handcrafted wines, only ever released in limited quantities, anything by Clonakilla can be hard to find, but they are worth the search. Clonakilla»|
|Peter Lehmann has always been Riesling's most outspoken advocate, he has claimed best Riesling trophy at the prestigious London International on more occasions than any other, he declares Riesling to be his wine of choice if marooned on the proverbial desert island. Early picking of fruit from a superior single vineyard in the salubrious climes of Eden Valley has produced a fresh, lively Riesling, expect this captivating wine to exhibit genuine charm and offer great longevity as it narrowly missed being bottled behind Lehmann's flagship Riesling label.. Peter Lehmann»|
|Excellent Langtons Classification. The legend continues for the stately Katnook of Coonawarra. Katnook»|
|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»|
|Leasingham have remained at the fore of Clare Valley viticulture, making great wine since 1895. They have since established an endowment of the region's most auspicious vineyards. Leasingham»|
|Outstanding Langtons Classification. The locals around the Lovedale property say that the sandy soils are so poor, that even the rabbits have to bring a tucker box just to survive! The lean and mean terroir is elemental to the long lived, fine boned style. Mount Pleasant»|
Welcome to Murdoch Hill, so very proud of their patch on Adelaide Hills, so very excited to share it with you
Murdoch Hill acknowledges the people of Peramangk Land on which it stands and recognises their connection to culture, country and community. Murdoch Hills vineyard and winery are located behind the beautiful Adelaide Hills township of Oakbank. Family farmed since 1939, with four generations caring for their land. The great adventure into winemaking began 1998. The winemaking team had already cut their teeth amongst the sacred vineyards of Barolo, the illustrious Shaw & Smith and Best’s Great Western. They returned to Murdoch Hill to make wines that are fully focused on being honest to their origins and to express local creativity. Combining sound technical knowledge with an adventurous spirit. Employing techniques which give freshness and vibrancy, achieving elegant wines that are best suited to pairing alongside the modern Australian food scene.
Murdoch Hill make wines which show a sense of place, something quite similar to that which is well embedded within the European wine culture. This requires moving in a more minimalistic winemaking approach, utilising wild yeasts, gentle extraction techniques, reducing additions to show the purity of fruit, overall to make delicious drinkable wine styles. Murdoch Hill burst onto the scene with an adventurous series of small batch Artisan wines, working with fruit from exceptional parcels across the Adelaide Hills. While the Artisan series continue to showcase an exceptional quality of fruit and highly progressive techniques, the estate team have never lost sight of an exciting journey as they transition from making wine to growing grapes. Ultimately it will come to define the excellence of all things Murdoch Hill.
The estate Oakbank property was planted in 1998. The first priority was to address health of the soil and to bring the handling of fruit to estate premises. With a mere twenty hectares under vine, and 300 head of cattle to manage, the process has taken time.
The improvements have never ceased at Murdoch Hill but they are not trying to reinvent the wheel. There is a steady program of incremental adjustments to better coax the inherent natural beauty and purity of estate grown fruit from the soil to the glass.
Underpinning the dramatic rise in quality of the home block wines is the policy to cease the use of synthetic inputs for control of weeds, pests and disease. Much work is carried out under vine cultivation, organic sprays and cover crops to regenerate the soil. The proof is in the pudding. Every year is an outstanding vintage. Murdoch Hill are characterised by their beautiful depth of fruit allied, incredible fragrance and chaste purity. Such delicious merits shine loud and clear in the chiselled Chardonnays and lacy, fragrant Pinot Noir. It’s really just about taking the best possible fruit from Murdoch Hill vineyard, capturing it and putting it in the bottle. Not taking too much out of the wine or putting anything into it.