2009 Sparkling Maree
BEST AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING, Sydney International Wine Comp 2013
BLUE GOLD MEDAL, Sydney International Wine Comp 2013
BEST SPARKLING OF THE WEST, Winestate Magazine 2012
GOLD MEDAL, Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2012
90 Points, James Halliday 2013
80% Chardonnay 20% Pinot
This is a bubbly that even the French would be proud of! Made using the “Methode Traditionelle” technique this wine has spent 36 months aging on lees. This style of wine is clean and refreshing with a delicate nose. It has subtle green apple fruit characteristics delicately interwoven with very fine mousse and a creamy complex yeast. With vanilla on the finish, meringue, crème brule and brioche come to mind while enjoying this wine. The perfect match for some fresh oysters, our Sparkling Maree has plenty of potential to age nicely.
"Methode Traditionelle" is the process used in France to produce the sparkling wine known as Champagne, named after the region. It used to be known as "methode champenoise" but that term is restricted for use only for wines from that region.
First a high quality, dry white wine is made (Chardonnay & Pinot) with primary tank fermentation, our base wine was barrel fermented (for the fermentation and a little bit of age - 5-6 months) as is done in some of the traditional champagne houses. Once complete it is placed into special heavyweight bottles and a fresh dose of yeast and sugar is added. Bottles are capped with a crown cap and stored in a cool cellar for up to 2 years. During this, secondary fermentation occurs and the yeasts and sugars create carbon dioxide gas which disolves into the liquid as it cannot escape.
A process known as "Remuage" or "Riddling" removes the dead yeast cells or lees, that collect in the bottle. Every day, each bottle is shaken lightly, turned just slightly and placed back in the "Pupitres"/special racks, at an increased angle (from 45degrees), so that over the course of a few weeks, the bottle ends up-side-down with the lees settling in the neck of the bottle. After the required aging, the inverted bottles are taken to a freezing tank where the necks are dipped in to the level of sediment. This freezes the plug of dead yeast cells. The crown caps are removed/"Disgorged", and the pressure shoots the plug out. A "Dosage" of reserved wine and sugar is added, depending on the style; dry, medium or sweet, of sparkling being made, and the bottles are quickly corked, wired and the sparkling is complete. This method is long, expensive and labour intensive but it produces a sparkling with fine, persistent bubbles and creamy complexity on the palate.
2010 Reserve Chardonnay
Silver Medal, Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2012
This Chardonnay has a soft fruit driven palate of pears and stone fruits offering a lovely richness from the lees stirring (during 16 months in 90% New French oak and 10% 1 year old oak barrels), with a clean lingering fresh acid finish. The wine’s well balanced palate has both length and structure but retains the elegance of fruit. A tremendous example of Chardonnay from a region and a Winemaker; Bob Cartwright, world renowned for this variety. The perfect wine to enjoy with marron, dhufish, Tasmanian salmon or even lamb.
Cellar life can endure 10 years or more.
2010 Reserve Shiraz
5 STARS, Winestate Magazine, Nominated for Wine of the Year Aus & NZ 2012
Our Shiraz has now become one of the true “regional classics”. Our handpicked, hand plunged Reserve Shiraz is sure to tempt. Deep, dark shades of purple and red, the wine has aromas of soft white pepper and assorted red berries. The palate is beautifully balanced with rich, ripe, cherry plumb fruits and a lovely textured oak finish with cinnamon spice. A very silky, smooth, easy drinking wine that lingers nicely. The wine spent 17 months in specially selected brand new, fine grain, American oak barriques and will age nicely over 15 years.
Voted into Top 40 Best Buy! Winestate Magazine
Our Rose is a delicate and pretty wine, light salmon pink in colour, with a soft perfume of strawberries, raspberries and sweet violets. This wine presents a palate of fruit sweetness, with a confectionary mix of raspberries, strawberries, and is well balanced with a soft palate and a fresh clean zingy finish. Our 2012 Rose is made from 100% Shiraz grapes and is a light refreshing drink which should be served chilled as an appetiser or with a spicy Thai dish.