2019 AUSTRALIAN COLLECTION
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Winemaker James Hamilton decided during a surf trip to Portugal with his family in August 2015 that it was time to start using grapes from the family’s Kuitpo vineyard, planted by his father David in 1997, to produce wine under his own label. After 10+ years making wine for some of South Australia’s best known wineries, James had been itching to make his own interesting, low intervention wines that would showcase the versatility of the Southern Adelaide Hills wine region. Named after a long-running joke with his sister Zoe, Golden Child Wines was born in vintage 2016.
Golden Child Wines are of single vineyard origin, sourced from the Hamilton property in the Kuitpo sub-region of the Southern Adelaide Hills. Established by David Hamilton in 1997, the vineyard sits at 330-380m elevation and is only 15km inland from Gulf St Vincent. Cool winds funnelled up from the gulf lead to rapid afternoon cooling and this, combined with the high altitude of the vineyard, create perfect conditions for growing premium cool climate grapes. In addition to providing son James with fruit for Golden Child Wines, David has supplied grapes for almost twenty years to some of South Australia’s best known wineries.
Winemaker: James Hamilton
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
While working in England in the early 80’s, Bob Richter was exposed to wines from all corners of the world… Chile, Bulgaria, Lebanon, California, Hungary and of course, the ‘classic’ regions, all available at the local independent wine store. Bob became so enthused with wine and heavily influenced by the great wine writer of the time Hugh Johnson, that he had the ambition to be the pioneer of cool climate wine making in Tasmania. Upon returning to Australia and attending Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia, he was quickly ‘sorted out’ as to the extent of the Australian wine industry, but he persisted with his beliefs and dragged his wife Rita down to the Great Southern Island of Tasmania to start a vineyard from scratch. No, he wasn’t the pioneer!
After a few months of searching and tasting, he found what he believes to be the perfect site for his project. Yes, he is a believer in ‘terroir’.
The first plantings occurred in 1989 and the first commercial vintage in 1998. The 3.5 hectare dry grown, high density site was chosen by tasting the wines from a nearby vineyard. Planted by his whim, Bob used his intuition and imagination (and plenty of wine travel).
The white wines are whole bunch pressed to old French oak barrels for indigenous yeast fermentation and a minimum 6 months on lees. The reds are fermented in small batch open fermenters with care not to over extract the copious tannins in the fruit before pressing to French oak (30% new for the Merlot and Mattock blend), with 9 to 20 months barrel aging, then bottled under cork (Diam, to avoid cork taint).
Grey Sands deliver wines with distinctive European influence that are complex, intriguing and made to develop and last.
Winemaker: Bob Richter
Multi-Regional, South Australia
The Hesketh Wine Company is a small, family owned producer of high quality, yet accessible wines. During a fleeting half century in the global wine community, the Hesketh family has always followed the path less travelled by. It is appropriate therefore, that their winemaking combines the traditional elements of vineyard selection and hands on winemaking, with a contemporary approach to the wines they make, and from where they make them.
All Hesketh wines are made in a house style, which reflects the family’s passion for wine, understanding of wine quality, and over ninety years combined experience both working with wine and imbibing it.
Follow your own path. Eat well. Drink well.
Andrew Hardy, James Lienert, Keeda Zilm
McLaren Vale, South Australia
‘Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.’
- Junichiro Tanizaki, 1933
To cast a shadow is to cast a ray of light, within each shadow we find shade from the harshest sun, a hint of the unknown, a glimpse of that which we cannot see or is yet to come.
So be true to your own shadow, embrace who you are, push the boundaries, rise up…
For this is to embody ‘In Praise of Shadows.’
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australian Certified Organic
The Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes on the same property since 1853 near the village of Greenock. From seven generations of Barossa viticulturists, Troy and Tony Kalleske have formed their eponymous wine brand. All the fruit is sourced from their certified organic and biodynamic, low yielding and sustainable vineyards. Kalleske wines are handcrafted using traditional winemaking techniques-small batches, open fermenters, wild yeast and basket pressing. With some of the vines more than 135 years old, Kalleske wines are pure expressions of the dry grown vineyards and the sub region of Greenock. Their wines have a true ‘sense of place’ allowing the vineyard sites to shine through.
“Kalleske…they emerged a few years ago as one of the most exciting of all the regions new wine producers. The wines are simply superb. Kalleske is a model for the future of the Barossa: there is a deep respect for the seven generations of history, but it is combined with a willingness to try new things; the wines display exceptional quality and unique personality, across all price points; and the vineyards are farmed in a truly sustainable way.” – Max Allen, The Future Makers
Winemaker: Troy Kalleske
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
The popularity of Sam Scott’s La Prova label is the result of a combination of innovation, awareness, site-selection, authenticity and value. These are Sam’s site and varietal trials, where he applies some modern and original methodology to what he’s learnt of how these Italian varieties are made at their origins.
He chooses the varieties based on an almost intimate knowledge of vines and vineyards along the length of the Adelaide Hills, and Sam maintains an input into the chosen vineyard’s management. The wine style needs to be terroir-driven, varietal and authentic, and must also carry the Scott signatures of drive, vitality and freshness.
Each variety is recognizable, vibrant and beautifully made, but also has to be subtle, textural and savoury – food-friendly and adaptable wines for the table.
With aromas of nashi pears and green apples, the Pinot Grigio shows great intensity and liveliness. The Fiano, formerly known as the Scott Fiano, where it is considered by many as one of Australia’s consistently best Fiano’s, exudes textbook texture, ripe fruit and spice. The reds too, reflect their Italian origins and all the wines reflect Sam’s experience and sense of hospitality.
Winemaker: Sam Scott
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Margan wines are all Estate Grown and Estate Made in the Broke Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley. The business was established in 1997 and is owned and operated by Lisa and Andrew Margan who are proud to have over 100 hectares of quality vineyards, a state of the art winery, striking cellar door, and Margan restaurant as part of their onsite wine tourism operations.
The vineyards consist of low yielding, old vines which make wines of concentration, depth and character. Much of it planted on the ancient Fordwich Sill – a unique plug of red volcanic soil layered over limestone. Andrew Margan handcrafts wines that have regional and varietal definition – wines that are true to the traditions of the region but have their own contemporary personality.
Margan is a red 5 star winery rated by James Halliday Wine Companion for the last 5 consecutive years, as well as being awarded ‘Best Winery’ at the NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2013 and 2014 and Hunter Valley ‘Cellar Door of the Year’ 2013.
Winemaker: Andrew Margan
Barossa Valley, South Australia
In 1838 two ships are sailing bound for Australia, aboard the Zebra is Samuel Johann Nietschke and on the Prince George is Johann Georg Kalleske. They are both pioneering grapegrowing families who make the Barossa their new home. Now step forward 130 years in time to 1968 and these two families join when John Kalleske marries Lorraine Nietschke. Their sons Tony, Kym and Troy run the vineyard and the more recently established winery.
However it was Lorraine’s forebears who originally made wine well before the current Kalleske boys decided to try their hand. The Nietschke family established a winery on the banks of the Jacob’s Creek soon after they planted wines in the 1840’s. To honour Lorraine’s lineage and the inspiration they have bestowed this wine proudly bears the Nietschke name.
After a long day in the vineyard, we are sure that Great Grandfather Julius would enjoy this classic Barossa Shiraz. A rich, full-bodied wine with ripe dark fruit flavours, complex oak characteristics and a long finish that whilst drinks well upon release will cellar gracefully for those with patience.
Winemaker: Troy Kalleske
Yarra Valley/Central Victoria/Heathcote, Victoria
(NSW & QLD Only)
Pacha Mama is a name inspired by a trip to Peru and the Incan Earth Goddess herself, who brings fruit to the vine and joy to the world.
The dynamic winemaking duo behind the label, are Nina Stocker and Callie Jemmeson. Based in the heart of Victoria’s idyllic Yarra Valley, Nina and Callie select their favourite varietals from regions they’re passionate about. Their aim is to produce stylish, individual wines that are great value. Wines that you’ll want to put on the table and share with your friends over a tasty yak’s pizzle, barbecued guinea pig or guanaco tartare.
So let’s raise a glass to the goddess and lock up your guinea pigs!
Winemaker: Nina Stocker and Callie Jemmeson
Coonawarra, South Australia
John Parker established Parker Coonawarra Estate in 1985, with the vision of producing the best possible Cabernet Sauvignon using the best clones, from the best sub-region of Australia’s premier red wine district.
Parker Estate was consequently established at the southern end of Coonawarra, on the rich Terra Rossa over limestone soils, using only original pre-phylloxera Cabernet Sauvignon clones from Bordeaux. The result has been nearly three decades of world class Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon with an outstanding ability to age. Today, the privately owned Parker Estate is committed to cementing its place as the pre-eminent producer in Coonawarra, by making only the very best wines from its state of the art maturation facility in the heart of the region.
Winemakers: Andrew Hardy, James Lienert, Keeda Zilm
Hunter/Coonawarra/Wrattonbully – New South Wales & South Australia
Pepper Tree winery was founded in 1991 and is acknowledged as one of the most awarded boutique wineries in Australia, amassing a show record out of all proportion to its size, including the Jimmy Watson Trophy.
In 2002 renowned Geologist Dr John Davis, purchased Pepper Tree Wines, which lead to a greater focus on fastidious management and care of the vineyards, this has resulted in continuous improvement of the quality of their wines. Pepper Tree produces premium varietal wines sourced from its own vineyards in the Hunter, Orange, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully regions.
Recently Gwyn Olsen was appointed as Head Winemaker following outstanding growth and wine show success over the past two years as Winemaker and General Manager of Briar Ridge Vineyard. Her awards include Gourmet Traveller ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ in 2014, Dux of the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2014 and Hunter Valley ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award in 2015.
Her wines have won 11 trophies and 10 gold medals in the past two years.
“Self-evidently, the wines are exceptional value for money.” – James Halliday, 2014
Winemaker: Gwyn Olsen
Pike & Joyce
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
The foundations for the Pike & Joyce brand were established in late 1997 with two long time South Australian families joining forces with the purchase of 22 ha of prime vineyard land at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. Planting commenced in 1998 and the first wines were subsequently released in 2002. Since then the Pike & Joyce range of wines have received numerous accolades and awards, winning trophies at wine shows both here in Australia as well as offshore. The opening of a brand new cellar door facility overlooking the vineyard at Lenswood underlines their commitment to the Adelaide Hills wine region and their vision to produce the best possible single vineyard wines that they can from this very special vineyard site.
Winemaker: Neil Pike
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle and we believe Shiraz is the pinnacle grape of the Barossa and that the north–western Barossa is the pinnacle sub-appellation for Shiraz. Grapes for Pirathon are grown by dedicated high quality growers in the Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer districts of the north-western Barossa.
Many of these growers’ families have been growing grapes here for generations. The grapes are traditionally handcrafted in open top fermenters and basket pressed before maturing in barrel. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension and combined they produce the ultimate blend.
“Matured in a mix of American, French, Russian and Hungarian oak, without fining or filtration. Has quickly developed a reputation as one of the best value Barossan reds on the market. Style and substance in an easy-to-like package. It’s an excellent example of what the Barossa does so well.”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
The Bluemark wines are a refection of the site where they’re grown and an expression of the season, conceived in the vineyard and crafted through judicious winemaking.
It was a cool year when some cool growers approached a cool winemaker and said “how ‘bout making some cool wine?” “Cool” we said, “cool” they said and away the project went. The wines were made and quietly slumbered in barrel until the time came to meet the bottle. Then a cry was heard “what’ll we call it? Strewth we had better come up with a cool name. I reckon Blueprint” said one scratching his head, “let’s Trademark that” said another with a glint in his eye, then the older and wiser of the group cracked a big smile and shouted “Bluemark” and so the name for the wine was born.
Regal Rogue is born out of a desire to bring merriment back into vogue through the lost art of raising a glass and toasting the ones you’re with for the perfect Aperitif or Digestif moment. As Australia’s’ frst native vermouth, Regal Rogue are proud to celebrate the creative incarnation of this classic drink. From ‘bottoms up’ and ‘cheers’ to ‘here’s mud in your eye’ they want people to share in Regal Rogue the instant celebration calls.
Created as an engaging and personality-fuelled brand in a classic category, owner and society gent, Lord Ward, (self-titled Lord of the village of charm and aromatics) took Regal Rogue on its maiden voyage by debuting the brand on the Australian market in July 2012. With gripping faith in one hand and gusto in the other, they launched a tasting program as vivacious as the brand itself and immediately gauged how the Lords, Ladies and Barkeep of Australia perceived the country’s frst Australian native vermouth. They don’t think they are blowing their trumpet too loudly by saying the response was phenomenal. After taking all manner of feedback on board, they further groomed and delicately tweaked Regal Rogue and have prepared it for its much-anticipated global debut slated for January 2014 in UK, April 2015 in Australia and April 2018 in USA with the Regal Rogue Lively White, Daring Dry, Bold Red and Wild Rosé.
Regal Rogue is a unique Australian aromatic vermouth, sourced with brawn and crafted with heart for all the world to savour. Each of the Regal Rogue varietals possess boundless character and favoursome personality across the Lively White, Daring Dry, Bold Red and Wild Rosé varietals.
In late 2019, Regal Rogue will move into 100% organic Australian wine across the range.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Born and bred in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Rock (Pete) of Wisdom (Sofi) serves more than 15 years of experience in every drop of its delicate range of wines. Rock of Wisdom brings drinkability to the fore, and its wines are made for people to drink, not discuss – when you open a bottle, you’ll savour the beautiful, softer side of the Barossa coupled with minimal intervention and an approachable ethos.
Rock of Wisdom can be both the driver and the passenger of a meal, event, or intimate gathering, connecting people in the same subtle way that the flavours wash across your palate.
Wise people say that all wines should be tasted. Wiser people say that some wines should be sipped. Wisdom says for others, drink the whole bottle. We are that bottle.
Winemaker: Peter Hiscock
McLaren Vale, SA
Sherrah Wines is a family owned producer of unique, small batch, hand-made wines from McLaren Vale, South Australia. Alex and Lizzie Sherrah launched the label in 2017 with their first vintage of 2016 wines and have gone from strength to strength since.
Stints for big and small companies in various regions around Australia, and vintages in the Napa Valley, Burgundy and Austria helped cement the direction the wines would take once they returned to McLaren Vale, the place where their love of wine and the industry was born.
Working with five grape varieties that thrive in the Vale; Fiano, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Nero d’Avola and Shiraz, SHERRAH sources fruit from selected premium vineyards across various subregions each of which is uniquely suited to the different varieties and styles they produce.
Winemaking for Alex is very hands on and gut instinct, the piece of paper gets you the job, but the skill is learnt doing the job. In a very traditional sense, he believes wine is made in the vineyard, but intelligent and considered handling of fruit in the winery is crucial. The purpose of SHERRAH is to showcase the varieties Alex believes are best suited to the amazing region of McLaren Vale, truly one of the finest places to grow grapes in the world.
Wine to Alex is not about tasting blackcurrant and cigar box but how the wine ‘feels’ to drink. Flavour is obviously a big part of this, but how does the wine flow from front to back palate? It should transition effortlessly from first smell and sip to swallow, aftertaste and lingering influence of tannin and acid. He believes in balance, a great wine should have no sharp edges, it should have beautiful smooth curves from front to back.
Working with excellent sites farmed by first rate growers, many who Alex has worked with for numerous years, allows him to access small parcels of quality fruit. SHERRAH is 100% McLaren Vale.
Winemaker: Alex Sherrah
Barossa/Eden Valley, South Australia
Inspired after managing a B&B in the south of France, Vivien and the late Martin Rawlinson established St John’s Road in 2001, with the vision to produce fruitful yet elegant wines which truly reflect the essence of the Barossa. Custodianship of St John’s Road now rests with the motley bunch of Phil Lehmann, Dale Wyman and Jonathon Hesketh. Their aim is to uphold Vivian and Martin’s vision of producing wines, which are not only true to the Barossa, but also to the estate vineyards where the wines are grown.
Winemaker: Andrew Hardy, James Lienert, Keeda Zilm
The history of Stanton & Killeen spans seven generations and began when Rutherglen was a fledging gold mining town in the 1870s. Today, mother daughter team, Wendy and Natasha Killeen, is looking to the future by combining the best features of the old and new, continuing the tradition of making award-winning fortifieds and focusing on producing distinctive quality table wine.
Their small team is having fun with 16 varieties, including some rare and unusual Portuguese cultivars. Vineyard ecology and soil health is a priority for viticulturist Fred Morris to ensure outstanding fruit is produced from 33 hectares, including 90-year-old shiraz vines, durif, muscat and their beloved Portuguese varieties tinto cão, tinta roriz and touriga nacional. More recently planted to suit Rutherglen’s climate and soils are alvarinho, arinto, and souzão
Winemaker Andrew Drumm continues to develop the modified solera system, decades old, which produces some of Rutherglen’s most famous muscats, topaques and tawnies. These sit alongside exciting new table wines including The Prince Reserva, a complex blend of Portuguese red grapes, and traditional Rutherglen favourites, Shiraz and Durif, which display a generous palate.
Winemaker: Andrew Drumm
Red Cliffs, Victoria
This wine sits above it’s weight, packed with fruit and flavour. The grapes are sourced from North Western Victoria.
Now a good sparkling wine is all about the balance. Here you have a soft but fresh finish, the complex flavour rolls into a mouth-filling tickle and slowly melts seductively away. Sassy and smart, Sunnycliff is an enchanting expression of elegance, finesse, minerality and balance. A desirable accomplice for every celebration!
Classic varieties, early picking, gentle processing of exclusively free run juice, good attention to juice composition and clarity, cold and slow fermentation with classic sparkling wine yeast and then extended yeast lees aging – these were the hallmarks of the base wine production.
Delicacy and freshness resulted. The different varietal parcels were blended and a ‘reserve’ volume included for depth and complexity. Then a second fermentation was initiated to naturally charge the wine with its fizz and to bring everything into harmony.
Margaret River, Western Australia
(NSW & QLD Only)
With more than 150 years of family farming in his blood, Michael Wright’s fascination with agriculture, and in bringing produce to life, led him to the wine industry and to establishing Voyager Estate in 1991.
That passion for the land, for the place, and what it can produce continues today amongst every member of the Voyager Estate family.
It’s about being uncompromising in their total focus on their place. This is hopefully seen in every part of Voyager Estate you encounter, from the native revegetation programs to their water and energy conservation to their support for the stunning natural coastline. They apply both the science and the art of the craftsman with passion, always listening to what the soils, grapes and wines tell them what they need.
That is why they believe in trusting nature as much as possible to craft their wines, so each of them can be a pure and clear expression of their place and its unique qualities and quirks.
Ultimately it is about being reminded every day of the higher purpose, to help establish Margaret River as one of the world’s greatest wine regions.
Winemaker: Travis Lemm
Alpine Valley/King Valley, Victoria
White Stripes is part of an ambitious dream to capture the five principal loves of Callie Jemmeson (winemaker/owner) – wine, music, friends, family and food! It is a true labour of love and like wine, music can bring all of these loves together.
The purity of Pinot Grigio and the earthy grunge of Sangiovese from the Alpine Valley just north of the King Valley captured Callie’s imagination. As a Victorian region synonymous with Italian varieties, it was the perfect fit – for Callie there are no other cultures in the world that live for these same simple pleasures quite like Italy.
These are serious wines without the pretentious waffle – complex yet fun, and most importantly provide the perfect harmony to some crusty bread, a hunk of salami and great company. Saluti!
Winemaker: Callie Jemmeson