The use of only the free run juice from our Riesling grapes has resulted in this wine being very intensely flavoured and aromatic. The wine has very lifted Riesling character with citrus aromatics of lime, lemon and grapefruit. The palate is seamless with moderate viscosity and brisk acid finish.
The use of only the very best 500 litres per tonne of grapes has resulted in this wine being very intensely flavoured and aromatic. The wine has very lifted Riesling character with citrus aromatics of lime, lemon and grapefruit. The palate is seamless with moderate viscosity and extreme acid finish.
This aromatic wine has great balance and generous flavour typical of the variety grown in the Clare Valley. Fermentation in French oak has added complexity to the grassy and stonefruit characters of the Semillon. It has diverse food compatibility - in particular with seafood and pasta.
The 2012 Pinot Gris has a distinctive rose gold hue. The pinkish coloration is a natural phenomenon of Pinot Gris. Being a mutation of pinot noir, there is a small degree of pink pigmentation in the skin of pinot gris. This can be either avoided or removed using various techniques in the winemaking process.
This blend of local vineyards has produced a wine with both regional and varietal definition. The wine has bright magenta colour, and aromas and flavours of red-berry conserve, spiciness and the complexity given by 18 months American-oak maturation.
Our sixteenth release of The Fergus is named after our neighbour who was good enough to sell us his Grenache grapes in the vintage of 1993, during a desperate shortage of shiraz and cabernet. We quickly realised that a wine born from logistics had real potential as a medium, but soft style with immediate food compatibility.
As the principal variety of the world-renowned wines of Rioja, Tempranillo has long been the backbone of the Spanish red-wine industry. We discovered many years ago that drinking these wines from Rioja could be a wonderful experience and so decided to search for the appropriate site, soil and clone to plant in our vineyards at Watervale.
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been recognised as an excellent variety in our district. The addition of Malbec adds to the complexity of the palate. Twenty-four months in French oak provides spice and balance to this style, which is dominated by violet, fresh blackcurrant and oak aromas and flavours.
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been recognised as an excellent variety in our district. By co-fermenting small parcels of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, we have produced a powerful, full bodied wine. New French oak provides spice and balance to the wine, which is dominated by fresh blackcurrant, capsicum and violet flower aromas and flavours.
The wine has vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate, complemented by the oak-derived characters of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
This wine is very sweet, with pronounced botrytis characters in harmony with riesling citrus and floral characters. We find the wine delicious with fresh fruit desserts and full-flavoured cheeses. The wine will continue to improve in the bottle for a period of at least 10 years.
We have modelled this wine along the lines of the very best of Portugal’s tawny ports. Hence it has only about 4º Baume of sweetness rather than the 6º Baume of sweetness shown by most Australian tawny styles. The oldest component of the blend dates from 1988.