Category Archives: Wineries

Glimpses into Glaetzer Wines

Glaetzer wines is a renowned name in Barossa valley. Initiated by Colin Glaetzer, this wine label is now a product of pride in Australia. It shall be noted that Barossa valley is a famous and one of the oldest wine regions of Australia. This is one wine region which has given many famous wine labels in Australia. Wines of Glaetzer brand come from the vineyard which is located in the warmer northern part of this region. This sub region is called by the name of Ebenezer. Ebenezer is characterized by topography which comprises of well drained sandy loam soils over limestone stone. These conditions are ideal for the growth of Shiraz wines. Another key point to note is that the vineyard from where the fruit is sourced is at least 80-100 years old. The fruit is not derived from the grafted vines but from the original plantings which are one of the oldest of the region. It is also a fact that the fruit of the region is low-yielding. Typically, one acre of land area growing vines here produces 0.5 to 1 tonnes of fruit which is, otherwise, 2.5 to 3 tonnes in a acre in young vines.

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With such careful selection of vineyard and wine region, Glaetzer wines have been able to develop into a top brand in Australia. Top Glaetzer wines are: Amon-Ra, which is a Shiraz variety; Anaperenna, that is a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend; Bishop, which is also a Shiraz; and, Wallace, which is a Shiraz and Grenache blend. The previous years famed wines from this label were  and Ebenezer wines which were made by the patriarch- Colin Glaetzer. Colin, and later on his son Ben, were awarded with the title of Barons of Barossa for their work in wine industry and cultural promotion. Ben was also awarded as Qantas Young Winemaker of the Year.

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Henscke Wines- Fine Wine Making Since 6 Generations

The stories of winemakers are fascinating and inspiring. These show how efforts of not one but many generations have gone into the wines which are famous brands today. One such story is of Henschke family. To this date, it is their sixth generation overseeing creation of finest Henschke wines in their own tradition. This write-up will briefly touch upon their history, mention their wine range and where are grapes of these wines grown.

Lets first move back in history to the year 1841, when the first patriarch Johann Christian Henschke moved from Kutschlau in Brandenburg province to South Australia on a 98 day ill-fated voyage which saw death of his wife, son and daughter, but two sons survived. Families of his other two brothers also moved with him and got settled in South Australia. After Johann, the next generations that were at helm of affairs were led by following people:

  • Paul Gotthard (added Hill of Grace vineyard to the family estate),
  • Paul Aflred Henschke (extended vineyards further, added underground storage and focussed on fortified wines),
  • Cyril Alfred Henschke (added fermentation cellars which are present today, phased out fortified wines, brought in dry table wines, was one of the founding fathers of Barons of Barossa and pioneered introduction of varietal and single-vineyard wines),
  • Stephen Carl Henschke (introduced German techniques in process refinement for wine making), and
  • Johann Stephen Henschke

Henschke has produced one of the most popular wines of Australia. It has four vineyards from where its grapes come. These are:

  • Hill of Grace
    – Shiraz is the most dominant variety planted here. Riesling, semillon and mataro are also planted in small quantities.

    – Iconic wines of this region are: 2010 Hill of Grace and 2009 Hill of Roses

  • Mount Edelstone Vineyard
    – Shiraz is the variety grown here. This is home to greatest single vineyard wines of Australia.

    – Famous wine from this vineyard is the 2012 Mount Edelstone

  • Eden Valley
    – This vineyard is known for growing a number of grape varieties. These include Semillon, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Graciano, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Muscat Blanc

     

    – Popular wines of this region are: 2012 Keyneton Euphonium, 2012 The Rose Grower, 2014 Eleanor’s Cottage, 2016 Julius, 2015 Peggy’s Hill, 2016 Joseph’s Hill, 2015 Tilly’s Vineyard, 2014 Louis, 2012 Cyril Henschke and 2012 Keynetone Euphonium

  • Lenswood

    – This vineyard is used for planting a number of varieties, such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

    – Popular wines of this region are: 2015 Archer’s Vineyard, 2012 Abbotts Prayer, 2015 Coralinga, 2015 Croft, 2013 Giles, 2012 Alan Reserve, Johanne Ida Selma Blanc de Noir MD, 2016 Green’s Hill,

Pepperjack Shiraz- Jack of All Shiraz Wines

pepperjack-shiraz-2015-barossa-valley-211x763This is a shiraz which you must try at least once, if not tried before. And, if you have tried once, you will surely go for another one. Pepperjack Shiraz is a product of Barossa Valley, one of the oldest wine regions of Australia. This brand was initiated under winemaker Nigel Dolan who made it quite famous. The present wine maker is Richard Mattner.

The key noteworthy point in this wine is the fact that this has been oaked in barrels of three countries- America, France and Hungary for more than 12 months.

The wine has been made with a 14.5% alcohol content which makes it a high alcohol content wine. The wine was first released in 2011 and it won the prestigious 2013 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge Trophy in 2012.

The wine is one of the most searched ones in Australia which proves that this is a wine which is being looked for by people who have or have not drunk it before.

Leconfield Wines- Vineyards and Brands

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About Leconfield

The owners of Leconfield family wine business are Dr. Richard Hamilton and his wife Jette. The underlying philosophy at Leconfield Brand is that ‘Great wines are crafted from great vineyards’. The two of its renowned wine labels, Leconfield Wines and Richard Hamilton Wines, source its fruit from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale wine regions respectively.

History

The story of Hamilton dates to 19th Century making it one of the first few Australian winemaking families. It was in 1837 that Hamilton Vineyards were planted from the vine stock that was brought from South Africa. Fast forward to 1972, Dr Richard Hamilton, the great-great-grandson of Richard, with the help of his father Burton, an accomplished viticulturist and uncle, Sydney Hamilton, laid down the foundation stone of the winery. It was proceeded by buying land in Coonawarra region to kick-start ‘Leconfield’ wine label in 1974 with the aim of growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at much acclaimed ‘terra rossa’ soil. In 2001, Paul Gordon joined Leconfield as winemaker bringing with him the experience needed to craft exceptional quality wines.

Vineyards

  1. Mclaren Vale
  • Hut Block Vineyard

These vines are among the oldest in McLaren Vale. It covers a total vineyard area of 48.6 acres. A unique ‘Lyre Trellis’ system is employed to grow Chardonnay The soil composition includes sandy clay loam.

  • Farm Block Vineyard

This is the site from where the grapes are sourced for its award-winning Shiraz. These vines cover an area of 54.9 acres. The soil composition includes red loam over clay and limestone.

  • Little Road Vineyard

This vineyard covers an area of 18.9 acres. The soil composition includes red brown loam with river pebbles over clay.

  1. Coonawarra

Coonawarra wine region is known for producing the Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon. Besides, it is known for producing unique styles of Shiraz, Merlot in red and Chardonnay and Riesling in white varieties. Leconfield total vineyard area here spans in 107.98 acres.

Wines Brands

  • Leconfield
  • Syn
  • Richard Hamilton

Awards and Appreciation

Leconfield won the trophy for ‘Most Successful Exhibitor’ along ‘Peter Wehl Trophy’ and ‘Small Batch and Experimental Wines trophy’ In 2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show.

Recently, James Halliday has awarded four Leconfield wines more than 93 Points. These are-

2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot, 2015 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Chardonnay

Penfolds Koonunga Hills Chardonnay

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The Penfolds Koonunga Hills Shiraz Cabernet is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz varieties. If you have tasted the wine please leave your review here for the benefit of other winelovers. This can be bought and cellared for a period of about 2 years which makes it worth collecting for a short terms period.

Penfolds Koonunga Hills is a popular wine range of Penfolds label which is one of the topmost wineries of Australia.