Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Chief Winemaker: Stuart Blackwell

St Hallett was established by the Lindner family back in 1944 - and along with other established Barossa winery families, they understood early on the importance of saving the old vines and focusing on the key varietals for the Barossa region - and in particular Shiraz. Strong long-term relationships with dedicated grape growers give St Hallett access to some of the Barossa’s most prized vineyards, with some dating back over 100 years.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Grenache
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos

The Chapel Hill winery is built on the hill-top site of the historic Seaview Chapel. The original Chapel was built in 1865 and is now their charming tasting room. The estates first vines were planted in 1972, with the first vintage in 1975. The winery and character filled wines are now under the guidance of winemakers Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards. Where they produce hand-crafted wines with varietal purity, a sense of place and elegant balance. 

 

Grape Varietals: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca & Tinto Cão
Growing Region: DOC Porto, Douro Valley - Portugal
Chairman: George Sandeman - (7th Generation) 

Chief winemaker Luís Sottomayor and his dedicated team have used traditional Port Wine methods and techniques to craft this unique Port. Over 20 years ago the hand-picked grapes underwent stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation was initiated, which was under controlled temperatures, with gentle and prolonged skin maceration, to extract the best colour, aromas, fruit flavours and structure for ageing.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

I had the pleasure to catch-up and spend some quality time with Patrick in the winery-cellar just a few weeks ago before harvest. When Patrick set up his vineyards, he literally broke ground in Nelson, pulling out an old orchard and planting a new vineyard back in 1995, which he called Rimu Grove on the peninsula above the scenic Waimea Estuary just a short distance west of Nelson. Patrick's wines are an expression of their terroir.