Winery Reviews

Winery Reviews

Dalwhinnie (Pyrenees)

❁ Dalwhinnie (Pyrenees) David & Jenny Jones Forest Hut Rd, Moonambel, VIC 3478 Tel: 03 5467 2388 Fax: 03 5467 2237 This is the best winery in the Pyrenees region and one of the best both in the state and Australia. The 18 ha of organically tended vineyards are planted in granite soils at […]

Chambers Rosewood (Rutherglen & Glenrowan)

❁ Chambers Rosewood (Rutherglen & Glenrowan) Chambers family Barkley Street, Rutherglen, VIC 3685 Tel: 02 6032 8641 Fax: 02 6032 8101 Many of the great fortified-wine producers of North-West Victoria have their beginnings in late-Victorian times; Chambers goes as far back as 1858. It is the stocks of extremely old wines that contribute not […]

Castagna (Beechworth)

❁ Castagna (Beechworth) Julian Castagna Ressom Lane, Beechworth, VIC 3747 Tel: 03 5728 2888 Fax: 03 5728 2898 There are few biodynamic estates in Australia but this is already the most important. The small estate is based just outside Beechworth at 500m elevation and benefits from hot days and cool nights. The Beechworth region […]

Campbells (Rutherglen & Glenrowan)

❁ Campbells (Rutherglen & Glenrowan) Campbell family Murray Valley Highway, Rutherglen, VIC 3685 Tel: 02 6032 9458 Fax: 02 6032 9870 As always in Rutherglen the reputation of this producer depends on the quality of the fortified wines, and here they are consistently good. Impressively flavoursome in the cheaper examples, there is marvellous complexity, […]

R L Buller and Son (Rutherglen)

❁ R L Buller and Son (Rutherglen) Buller family Calliope, Three Chain Road, Rutherglen, VIC 3685 Tel: 02 6032 9660 Fax: 02 6032 8005 The Buller family operations include both fortifieds and table wines from wineries in Rutherglen (Calliope) and Beverford in the Swan Hill region. Most exceptional are the outstanding (Rare) Topaque and […]

Yalumba (Barossa Valley

❁ Yalumba (Barossa Valley) Hill Smith family Eden Valley Road, Angaston SA 5353 Tel: 08 8561 3200 Fax: 08 8561 3393 Yalumba is the only big Australian wine company still to be family-owned and, founded in 1849, is Australia’s oldest family-owned company at that. Winemaking, led by Brian Walsh since the late 1980s, is […]

Wendouree (Clare Valley)

❁ Wendouree (Clare Valley) Tony & Lita Brady Wendouree Road, Clare SA 5453 Tel: 08 8842 2896 This Clare Valley producer maintains a cult following by sticking rigidly to a formula of maximising the extraordinary fruit produced from 12 ha of vines. The winery dates from 1895 and little seems to have changed in the […]

Turkey Flat (Barossa Valley)

❁ Turkey Flat (Barossa Valley) Peter & Christie Schulz Bethany Road, Tanunda SA 5352 Tel: 08 8563 2851 Fax: 08 8563 3610 Turkey Flat has a priceless resource of old-vine Barossa fruit. The Schulzes have had the good fortune to have the vines in the family since 1865 (some planted in the 1840s!) though […]

Torbreck (Barossa Valley)

❁ Torbreck (Barossa Valley) Pete Knight Lot 51, Roennfeldt Road, Marananga SA 5360 Tel: 08 8562 4155 Fax: 08 8562 4195 Established in the mid-1990s, Torbreck became one of the most raved-about Barossa wineries by the turn of the century and is one of the few which produces genuinely outstanding wines that matched some […]

Tapanappa (Wrattonbully)

❁ Tapanappa (Wrattonbully) B Croser, J-M Cazes, Société Jacques Bollinger PO Box 174, Crafers SA 5152 Tel: 0419 843 751 Fax: 08 8370 8374 Brian Croser’s new project is a partnership with Bordeaux’s Jean-Michel Cazes (Ch. LYNCH-BAGES) and BOLLINGER – who were a former partner with Croser at PETALUMA. Tapanappa acquired the Koppamurra Vineyard […]

Shaw & Smith (Adelaide Hills)

❁ Shaw & Smith (Adelaide Hills) M & M Hill Smith, M Shaw Lot 4, Jones Road, Balhannah SA 5242 Tel: 08 8398 0500 Fax: 08 8398 0600 The warehouse winemaking operation begun by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith in 1989 has evolved into an estate-based (Balhannah and Woodside), small to medium-sized operation […]

Rockford (Barossa Valley)

❁ Rockford (Barossa Valley) Robert O’Callaghan Krondorf Road, Tanunda SA 5352 Tel: 08 8563 2720 Fax: 08 8563 3787 Rockford wines still taste like true classics. Having been in the vanguard of the Barossa revival, Rocky O’Callaghan seems to have stayed true to the cause better than most. Commercial expansion to fund a fleet […]

Primo Estate (Adelaide)

❁ Primo Estate (Adelaide) Joe Grilli Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia SA 5120 Tel: 08 8380 9442 Fax: 08 8380 9696 From an unpromising location, the hot Adelaide Plains, comes a quite exceptional range of wines, the result of innovation and talent that any wineproducing country would be proud of and which cautious winemakers […]

Penfolds (Barossa Valley)

❁ Penfolds (Barossa Valley) Treasury Wine Estates Tanunda Road, Nurioopta SA 5355 Tel: 08 8568 9290 Fax: 08 8568 9493 The leading Australian brand since the renaissance of Australian wine in the early 1950s, Penfolds remains high in consumers’ estimation despite recent upheavals. Grange, Australia’s most consistently great wine over 5 decades, is the […]

Parker Coonawarra Estate (Coonawarra)

❁ Parker Coonawarra Estate (Coonawarra) Hesketh family Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA 5263 Tel: 08 8737 3525 Fax: 08 8737 3527 This singular Coonawarra estate established by John Parker in 1985 produced some great wines during the 1990s, but only very recently added its own winemaking facility. The wines are made by Peter Lehmann . […]

S.C. Pannell (Mclaren Vale/Adelaide Hills)

❁ S.C. Pannell (Mclaren Vale/Adelaide Hills) Steve Pannell PO Box 119, Unley BC SA 5061 Tel: 08 8271 7118 Fax: 08 8271 7113 Steve Pannell’s background is as eclectic as his flagship range, which encompasses McLaren Vale stalwarts Grenache, Shiraz and Shiraz/Grenache but also an Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo. Pannell, a Western Australian, is the […]

Mitolo (McLaren Vale)

❁ Mitolo (McLaren Vale) Frank Mitolo cnr Angle Vale & John Road, Virginia SA 5120 Tel: 08 8282 9012 Fax: 08 8380 9062 Mitolo Wines was formed in 2000 after Frank Mitolo decided to expand on early efforts and commercialise his production. Through the winemaking services of Ben Glaetzer a (also a partner in […]

Charles Melton Wines Barossa Valley

Charlie Melton is one of the saviours of Australian Shiraz along with Rocky O’Callaghan (ROCKFORD), Bob McLean (ST HALLETT) and others. In the late 1980s and early 90s he produced wines of such character and richness from dry-farmed (unirrigated) Barossa old-vine fruit that it rescued the grape from the also-ran category assigned to it in […]

Kilikanoon Vineyards Clare Valley

Kilikanoon owns or controls over 500 ha of prime vineyards throughout South Australia but if you want to know what wines from the Clare can taste like try Kevin Mitchell’s now outstanding range. Although he lacked his own winemaking facility until 2004, the grapes had always come from 20 ha of estate vineyards. Shiraz in […]

Kay Brothers McLaren Vale

Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard is a true Australian original. Founded by Herbert and Frederick Kay in the late 19th century the winery has assumed a legendary status on account of an adherence to tradition and wines of remarkable complexity, structure and impressive longevity. The winery has the feel of a working museum as an original […]

Kalleske Wines Barossa Valley

This is a relatively new Barossa enterprise but with a deep heritage of grape growing near Greenock. Troy Kalleske working with his brother Tony only made the first wines in 2004 (previously the grapes were sold to the likes of Penfolds) but has already made a huge impact with the quality of the wines. Certified […]

Henschke Wines Eden Valley

In the mid-to-late 1980s many of these fabulous reds could be bought for a song but eventually the rest of the world got to taste them and this, added to the explosion in wine prices in the 90s, now usually means making do with something cheaper. Since 1979, Stephen Henschke has been fine-tuning these already […]

Grosset Wines Clare Valley

Jeffrey Grosset is an Australian superstar and deserves to be as well-known as the country’s many sporting greats (in some circles he is). Outstanding Riesling, Chardonnay and Gaia Bordeaux blend all show pristine fruit, wonderful symmetry and excellent concentration and have proven ageability. There are now three Rieslings. First, the fine, intense floral and lime […]

Glaetzer Vineyards Barossa Valley

Colin Glaetzer and his son (and winemaking whizz) Ben (also see MITOLO) have really lifted the quality of their own wines in recent vintages. Grapes come from unirrigated vineyards in the Ebenezer district of the Barossa Valley. The top wines are now very good indeed, not the blockbusters of old but more sophisticated, expressive wines […]

Gemtree Wines McLaren Vale

The Buttery family have more than 130 ha of vines and have been grape growers since 1980 if only producing their own range of wines since 1998. A 10 ha wetlands project was also initiated in the same year. Since 2008, the entire estate has been farmed biodynamically by viticulturalist Melissa Buttery whose winemaker husband […]

John Duval Wines Barossa Valley

After 29 years at PENFOLDS, during which time he was Chief Wine Maker for 16 years, John Duval struck out on his own in 2003. Unsurprisingly for the man who made Grange for many years, old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz is at the heart of what he does. However, Duval is not seeking to recreate […]

Dutschke Wines Barossa Valley

Shiraz is the thrust of this operation for wines made by Wayne Dutschke from vines belonging to his uncle, Ken Semmler. St Jakobi, with an almost coconutty American-oak influence (60%), displays a deep fruit succulence and plenty of extract. Although oaky it has depth and character and deserves to be judged with 5 years’ bottle […]

Clarendon Hills Vineyards McLaren Vale

If you’ve drunk Astralis then either you or your friends are not short of money. Bratasiuk’s unfiltered and unfined, ripe, extracted reds, aged in French oak, are subjected to a long cuvaison and exhibit a depth and dimension that most Australian reds don’t even approach. Some early vintages had questionable balance and marginal levels of […]

Grant Burge Wines Barossa Valley

Grant Burge has an impressive resource of 200 ha from which to make top Barossa wines. Nearly all are now prefixed with a vineyard name and are made in the recently reacquired old Krondorf winery. Shiraz is naturally the strongest hand, starting with a sweet-fruited Miamba, progressing to a fuller, richer, oaky but characterful Filsell, […]

Bowen Estate Coonawarra

Doug Bowen’s smallish 33 ha estate continues to maintain a relatively low profile among the Coonawarra giants, though the wines are widely exported. The reds are of consistently high quality: deep, fleshy and textured with very ripe flavours and a certain idiosyncratic style. The grapes are picked very late and a good dose of oak […]

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