|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»|
|The quality of Shiraz grown to parched vineyards in Victoria's rugged western districts, has been well known throughout the world of wine since the days of gold rush and early settlement. Taltarni have since established an enviable reputation for vintages of powerfully structured, statuesque red wines, fully exploiting the soft spoken majesty and graceful intensity of Pyrenees Shiraz comes naturally. Taltarni»|
|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»|
|Originally planted during early settlement, the sandy loam soils of Haan Vineyard yield an outstanding quality of Shiraz. Fortuitously positioned along the hallowed mile of Siegersdorf Road, mid way between the ancient winegrowing hamlets of Angaston and Tanunda, the heirloom parcels once known as Hanenhof, have claimed significant trophies at the prestigious London International. Haan»|
|Elderton Cabernet was winner of the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 1993, the following years it claimed back to back Gold and Trophy at the Barossa Wine Show. The 1994 vintage gave Elderton its first international Gold medal in London, an unbroken tradition of remarkable vintages have embossed the Elderton Estate name as a national champion, being chosen by Qantas for service in first class. Elderton»|
|Originally released in 1976, the Koonunga Hill range has established a sound reputation for quality and consistency, while availing red wine enthusiasts of the opportunity to approach the enduring Penfolds style. The inaugural 1976 vintage of Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet was a legendary wine, still drinking well at Penfolds red wine recorking clinics. Penfolds»|
|Positioned half way between Avoca and Ballarat, the modestly sized Amherst have only ten acres under vine. The small yields translate into extraordinarily structured, powerfully intense wines, brimming with fine aromatics and lined with silky tannins. Amherst»|
|Stephen Pannell is one of Australia's most decorated winemakers, Jimmy Watson and twice Max Schubert Trophy winner, London International Winemaker of Year and Chairman National Wine Show. He found time in between tours of duty at Wirra Wirra, Tintara and BRL Hardy, to do vintage in Burgundy, at the illustrious Mouton Rothschild and amongst the grand old vines of Barolo. SC Pannell»|
|The historic goldfields at Beechworth are now delivering a different type of gold, in the form of suave white wines with panache and style. Pinot Gris has taken well to the cooler climes and mineral rich soils atop the steeply sloped aspects. Brokenwood»|
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|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 in the Hilltops. McWilliams»|
|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»|
Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wine in the Yarra Valley and throughout that time has been dedicated to producing some of the finest examples of cool climate wine styles seen in Australia
Bordered by the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, the vineyards of the Yarra Valley stretch across a spectacular landscape, creating a panorama of unrivalled beauty. From the first plantings in the 1800's when James Ryrie carried 600 vine cuttings overland from Sydney to settle in the region, the Yarra Valley has been considered to be one of the premium wine regions of Australia. The Valley's cool climate provides a long ripening period which produces wines of intense varietal flavour, finesse and elegance. Wines that when consumed young have immediate appeal but will age gracefully with careful cellaring.
The region has three distinct sub-regions climatically, being warmer to the north up around De Bortoli, slightly cooler in the vineyards around the town of Coldstream, and then cooler again to the south, where the vineyards are planted on fertile terra rossa. There is a diversity of wines style across the valley, but with the uniform feature of great elegance.
Oakridge began as a small family winery in 1978 with its original vineyards in the rolling hills of Seville in the southern part of the Yarra Valley. The winery immediately received critical and commercial acclaim, and is a very successful exhibitor on the national and international wine show circuit. Operations were moved to the present site in Coldstream in 1998 where a new 1100 tonne winery and visitors centre were purpose built. Oakridge merged with Evans & Tate in October 2001, allowing Oakridge to focus on ensuring that the quality reputation that has been established will be maintained and indeed further enhanced.
The winery is equipped with a five tonne capacity Euro press, which will be joined by a fifteen tonne capacity Bucher press in 2004 as all services are upgraded during the rebuilding and refitting process. Static fermenters utilising pump overs, and Potter fermenters with open fermentation and pigeage techniques are all employed. Stainless steel tanks provide 310000 litres of storage. The barrel hall is fully temperature controlled and filled with French oak exclusively, (primarily from Francois Fréres, D&J, and Sirugue,) with approximately 80% barriques and 20% hogsheads. There are plans to purchase puncheons in 2004 to give further oak regime options.