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February 2016

Sirromets Chief Wine Maker

Sirromet’s chief winemaker Adam Chapman’s career spans more than 30 years and is known as the Wunder Kind or wonder child by his critics, and has brought Sirromet to a 5 star rating. Adam has worked in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, along with Burgundy and Ardeche in France before making his mark in Queensland’s Granite Belt. Here he has been influencing many Queensland producers with modern winemaking and viticultural techniques, accompanied by traditional methods. Adam has imparted his experience and knowledge of wine learning Sirromet over 790 national and international wine awards. Adam is always looking for the Holy Grail [...]

Pheiffer Wines

Pfeiffer Wines is a family owned and operated winery, located within historic Rutherglen - a region with a rich wine heritage, spanning over 150 years. Our historic winery cellars, and our century old Sunday Creek bridge are situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of Sunday Creek, an anabranch of the mighty Murray River. Pfeiffer Wines produce premium, handcrafted wines of elegance - crisp whites, full-bodied reds and the internationally extolled Muscats and Topaques; luscious, intense fortified wines which are the heritage of the Australian Wine Industry. SOURCE: https://www.pfeifferwinesrutherglen.com.au/home/index.php

Cape Jaffa Wines

"We chose Cape Jaffa because of what we felt saw and what we felt. There was no track record so we had to go by feeling" Derek Hooper A free-spirited sense of adventure led the Hooper family to the wild, windswept shores of Cape Jaffa in 1993. Trailbreakers rather than traditionalists, the Hooper’s have made their own way, creating a vineyard in harmony with the environment...and life. Hard work, passion and professionalism is poured into every vintage, helped along by morning surfs, crayfish, beach walks and bonfires. Anna & Derek intuitively hand craft all wines using a combination of old [...]

The Jurtschitsch Winery

Over the past generation, the Jurtschitsch winery in Langenlois / Kamptal has grown into one of the most prominent top wineries in Austria. Having being run by the three brothers Edwin, Paul and Karl Jurtschitsch, the family-owned winery has now been passed on to the younger generation, to Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch. This family business succession has been prepared thoroughly. The couple travelled around the world, gathering experience in New Zealand and Australia. Working as interns in famed wineries in France, they got to know the French school of the Old Wine World. "It was a wonderful time and we [...]

Patrick Sullivan

Born of the many rural regions of Victoria, Patrick had a nomadic childhood. His first vinous whiff probably came whilst climbing the Cambrian hills north of central victoria on a farm his family once owned. All grown up and married to the beautiful Megan, they live and make wine on their own farm in the Strezleki ranges, Gippsland, Australia. The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place. SOURCE: http://patricksullivan.com.au/wine-maker/

Wily Trout Wines

Wily Trout Vineyard Wily Trout Vineyard, located in the Canberra Wine Region is a second generation family run vineyard. Susan and Robert Bruce planted the first vines in 1997. Their son, William Bruce now manages the boutique vineyard. The Canberra Region is renowned for producing premium quality cool climate Shiraz and Riesling. The Wily Trout Vineyard grows both red and white varietals including Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. A combination on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is produced into a traditional method champenoise sparkling wine. Wily Trout shares its home and cellar door with traditional country smokehouse, Poachers Pantry. [...]

KOERNER WINE

Koerner wine is a partnership between brothers Damon and Jonathan Koerner. Both grew up in the Clare Valley but have since spent time working and studying around Australia and abroad. All wines are produced from fruit grown in the Watervale area of the Clare Valley, with the majority coming from their family's vineyard, Gullyview. This vineyard has been owned and managed by their parents, Anthony and Christine Koerner, for the past 35 years. Our winemaking philosophy is very simple - the wines are made in the vineyard. The date of picking is the most crucial part of the process. Once [...]

Natural selection: Darwinian wine?

''This is where the trip begins. Forget what you know, there are no more styles, no more trends, the past is forgotten and tomorrow may never come. Relinquish your old ways.'' This, from the group Natural Selection Theory, which advocates natural wines, is as close as you will get to a manifesto of natural winemaking in Australia. Like its wines, the group doesn't mind confronting established views on how a wine should be created. Original members include Anton van Klopper of Lucy Margaux in the Adelaide Hills. He employs handmade paper labels, uses cork exclusively and once attempted to make [...]

Tom Shobbrook

It was whilst Tom and John (of Winemakers Club fame) met working for Sean O'Callaghan that The Winemakers Club was truly formed. After an inspirational six years of wine tasting around Europe they agreed that the best distribution of skill was for Tom to make wine and John to sell it. Tom returned to Australia in 2007 to focus on biodynamic farming and working the winery with a light touch. The results speak for themselves, with largely unsulphured, completely unfined and unfiltered wines winning great acclaim. Internationally lauded, from Alice Feiring in New York to Jancis Robinson and Jamie Goode [...]

Aussie Awesomesauce

Anton van Klopper AKA Domaine Lucci has vineyards in the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills and buys grapes from friendly growers. 2015 transpired not to be a vintage for whites, but it did yield the raw materials for 50 shades of… vin gris. Despite the mad professor act, these are sane and rational wines. ‘Gris Blanc’ is saignée Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc in ceramic egg and 500-litre oak, whilst ‘Gris Gris’ Pinot Gris (pay attention, I shall ask questions later) is a saignée of Pinot Gris – purely in egg. ‘Pinot Gris Chardonnay’ is another variation on a [...]

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