The best of the "new" winemakers
NEW WORLD WINERIES:
THE MODERN QUALITY
Comparatively speaking, New World wines have a shorter history, but New World wine growers tend to innovate and adopt modern techniques.
Silver Heights is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Helan in Ningxia Autonomous Region. Grapes are harvested at an altitude of 1,200 metres, making it one of the highest vineyards in China. Blessed with ample sunshine and a great depth of stony soil which forces the roots of the vines to venture deep into the ground for water and minerals, the terroir is ideal for viticulture.
Exquisite techniques from French oenology were employed for the wines, imparting an influence from the Old World.
Silver Heights is headed by Emma Gao, holder of a Diplôme National d'Oenologue from Bordeaux (France) and one of few female Chinese winemakers in the industry. Emma honed her winemaking skills during internships with renowned estates in Bordeaux – Château Calon-Ségur and Château Lafon-Rochet.
Silver Heights is definitely another tribute to Chinese wines of exceptional quality.
De Bortoli Wines is an exciting, innovative family-owned wine company. The winemaking team is overseen by the third generation winemaker Darren De Bortoli and his brother-in-law Steve Webber. Established in 1928 by Vittorio & Giuseppina De Bortoli, today the company is in the capable hands of the third generation. For more than 80 years, the family tradition of sharing good wines, good food and good times with family and friends remains unchanged.The De Bortoli winemakers and viticulturists are working together to create interesting, regional wine styles - wines with provenance and a sense of regionality as well as an expression of the soil in which it is grown.
Steve Webber was recently awarded Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine in 2007.
De Bortoli Wines is the proud recipients of the
Australian Wine Company of the Year for 2010
awarded by Winestate Magazine, Australia's longest running wine publication. It was the third time for this acknowledgement within fi ve years aft er 2005 and 2006. "Th is award is a real mark of outstanding quality, consistency and value in a winery. Consumers can be reassured of the quality and value provided by De Bortoli wines."
LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN FAMILY WINERY
Established in 1858, one of Australia's finest family wineries, this fourth generation family winery's reputation continues unabated year after year.
Tyrrell's releases outstanding wines from the principle Hunter Valley grapes: Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz along with exceptional releases of Shiraz from its McLaren Vale in South Australia and Heathcote in Victoria's vineyards under the Rufus Stone label.
Having already been awarded Australian Winery of Year 2009 and Australian Red Winemaker of Year 2009 by Campbell Mattinson, the accolade by Australia's pre-eminent wine writer and author James Halliday's Australian Winery of Year 2010 has placed Tyrrell's at the pinnacle of the Australian wine industry.
MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Vasse Felix, Margaret River,Western Australia Almost half a century since the first vines were planted,this simple aim has remained the core ethos of Margaret River's founding winery Vasse Felix and its owners, the Holmes à Court Family.
From a small two acre vineyard and humble winemaking facility in 1967, Vasse Felix has developed to include three premium vineyards and a state-of-the-art winery, where every process is controlled from vine to bottle.
Vasse Felix is one of the region's most welcoming Estates with its contemporary cellar door, nationally acclaimed restaurant and art gallery.
Its timeless architecture reflects the region's natural elements, featuring marri and jarrah with contrasting granite. Within the original underground cellar lives anarchive of Vasse Felix and Margaret River wine history.
The Henschke family is one of the longest-established names in Barossa. Johann Christian Henschke purchased land for a farm at Keyneton in 1861.
Today, fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue uphold the family name and reputation, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively. The highly revered and the most sought-after Hill of Grace is the pinnacle of the red wines - but another shiraz fi rst made by Cyril, the Mount Edelstone, and the Cyril Cabernet Sauvignon introduced by Stephen as a tribute to his father - have forged own niche with red wine lovers all over the world.
Prue's meticulous viticulture management has seen not only new life breathed into the venerable vineyards, but also a new direction given to white winemaking that their forebears could never have imagined. The newer Lenswood vineyards are contributing to the re-emergence of this classic variety, while research developments in colour and flavour have led to enormous improvements in quality in the Keyneton Estate and Mount Edelstone wines through improved trellising and fruit exposure.
Named after the early explorers of the region, George Bass and Arthur Phillip, Bass Phillip is situated deep in the cool climate region of Leongatha, Gippsland, at the southernmost part of Victoria in Australia. It is here that winemaker and proprietor Philip Jones has been producing the icon of Australian Pinot Noirs for over two decades - classified "Outstanding" by Langton's Classification, together with other renowned wines like Henschke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Grange.
Bass Phillip's Pinot Noirs are made from hand-picked estate grown fruit with no irrigation and no exposure to pesticides/fungicides. Bottled unfiltered, these are wines which express the the soil and climate from whence they came, creating expectations and comparisons to Burgundian Pinot Noirs.
"Make no mistake about it...these are brilliant Pinot Noirs, undoubtedly the finest being produced in Australia." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.
"Phillip Jones is a perfectionist and crops his fruit at incredibly low levels to achieve his objectives in flavour development. Rigorous triaging of fruit, together with an almost insane passion and attention to detail, has resulted in the most exquisite of Australian Pinot Noirs." Andrew Caillard, Master of Wine.
POWELL & SON
BAROSSA AND EDEN VALLEYS, AUSTRALIA
Powell & Son wines are sourced from various vineyard sites throughout the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Callum and Dave Powell employ traditional, minimalist winemaking techniques to produce a wine that speaks of the place that it was grown. Their inspiration for winemaking having its roots in France’s Rhone Valley, Powell & Son red wines are made from the classic Rhone varietals: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro and its whites: Roussanne, Marsanne as well as Eden Valley Riesling.
The Powell philosophy is that a great wine is made in the vineyard and so Callum and Dave work the vineyards they use on their own in the Winter and Spring seasons, then in Autumn pick the fruit and vinify using old concrete ferment vats and basket pressing –producing unique and expressive wines from their most prized vineyards throughout the Barossa
New Zealand has around 600 wineries in 10 regions, producing <1% of the world's wine.
New Zealand extends 1,600km (1000 miles) from sub-tropical Northland (36° S) to the world's most southerly region Central Otago (47° S).
New Zealand vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate with long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.
New Zealand has a range of diverse varieties and styles; from the warmer climate wines, such as Bordeaux-style blends and Syrah, grown in Hawke's Bay and further north, to much cooler climate wines, such as Pinot Noir grown in the southerly regions.
TE MATA ESTATE
HAWKE'S BAY, NEW ZEALAND
Established in 1896, Te MATA ESTATE is one of the New Zealand's oldest wineries. The family-owned estate is specializing in grape growing and winemaking from its 120 ha Hawke's bay vineyards- all estate grown and hand harvest. Hawke's Bay as the second largest wine region in New Zealand has great warm dry maritime climate, free draining soil types, gravel plains, hillside slopes and river terraces which are ideally suitable for Cabernets, Syrah, Chardonnay etc..
Te MATA makes 65% Bordeaux blend and Syrah and 35% Whites .Acknowledged as one of the top 5 outstanding producers in New Zealand by Robert Parker, Te Mata's handmade wines are renowned as the country's finest. The Coleraine Cabernet and Awatea Cabernet are described as "Bona fide classics" by Robert Parker, one of the New Zealand first and finest Bullnose Syrah, barrel fermented Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and the cost cutting Estate Vineyards single vineyard series.
2012, Mr. John Buck the owner of the winery in his 70th year was awarded with "New Zealand Order of Merit"."I've always believed that New Zealand wine, and the arts, can foot it with the world's best. All I've ever done is put that belief into practice. It's been a pleasurable challenge." said John.
MIGUEL TORRES CHILE
In 1979, Miguel Torres acquired a small winery in Curicó, Chile. Today, when so many international firms have either bought vineyards or expressed an interest in the wines of Chile, we feel proud to have been the first foreign company to invest in this wine growing paradise.
Almaviva, a great Chilean red wine, was born from the partnership between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Vina Concha y Toro. Chile offered its soil, climate and vine, and France brought its know-how and tradition.
Vintage 2003, 94/100, An Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast.
One of the TOP 7 Cabernets in the world, September 2006 Wine Enthusiast.
Vintage 2005, 95/100, Wine Spectator.
Vintage 2008, 92/100, Wine Spectator.
Argentina is located in the southernmost end of the Americas, to the right of the Andes Mountains.
In recent years, modern viticultural & vinification techniques introduced following research in Argentina, as well as international information exchange & best practice.
Known as "The land of sun and good wine", Mendoza is the most important winegrowing region, taking 70% of Argentina's wine grapes.
Primary grape varieties grown in Argentina at first glance
White – Torrontés
Torrontés produces some of the most distinctive white wines in Argentina, characterized by floral Muscat-like aromas and a spicy note. It requires careful handling during the winemaking process with temperature control during fermentation and sensitivity to certain strains of yeast.
Red – Malbec
While the historic birthplace of Malbec is Southwest France, it is in Argentina where the grape receives most of its notoriety. It is characterized by deep color and intense fruity flavors with a velvety texture.
From vineyards in the Alto Valle de Uco, high on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein is changing the face of Argentinean winegrowing. Bodegas Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality - with plantings of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, re-application of European artisanry, and advanced technology - is yielding world class wines.
SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Bodegas Callia belongs to The Salentein Family of Wines, and was built in Valle de Tulum, Caucete, in San Juan Province. This estate intends to carry on with the pioneering spirit of producing the best wines from San Juan and the best Shiraz from Argentina. The 241 hectares of vineyard share an ideal micro-climate and soils of varied characteristics rendering wines with
unique style and personality.
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
Wine has been produced on this family-owned wine estate since 1695. The combination of exceptional ter roir, situated on per fect aspects along the Stellenbosch Mountains, provide basic ingredients for the wines. The relentless effort of the wine-making team, a commitment to the highest quality, along with international experience, has positioned the wines amongst the best from South Africa. Often they are
referred to as the "Kleine Miracle".
Kleine Zalze swept the field at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, where it entered seven wines taking home all medals. The event was capped by Kleine Zalze winning the 'South African Wine Producer of the Year'.
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.
Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary is situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers away. Wines are only made from grapes grown on the Estate which is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character.
In the summertime, ocean breezes and evening mists roll in from the coast to cool the vineyards. The grapes ripen slowly, thus achieving full, concentrated varietal flavours. The soils consist of predominantly deep, well drained Hutton and Clovelly soil types, affording the vines excellent drought resistance and an ideal substrate for producing concentrated, complex wines.
SONOMA COUNTY, USA
Winemaking has been a Coppola family tradition for several generations. It was over 30 years ago that Francis and Eleanor Coppola established the winery, which turned out to be on the famed Inglenook Estate.
The winemaking team of Francis Ford Coppola Winery consists of 5 world class winemakers and a crew ofof over 60 in the winery team. The wines express true appellation characteristics of California, which made in the same spirit - for sharing with friends and family, following the motto of the company: "food, wine, adventure".
SONOMA COUNTY, USA
Marimar Torres, the fourth generation of the TORRES family, has been involved in the wine business all her life. She set her eyes on California and making it her home in 1975. She was the best-known ambassador of Spanish wines in America.
In 1986, she selected a privileged place in the Russian River/Green Valley in Sonoma County, to set up her own winery. Because of her European heritage, emphasis on the vineyard was a natural concept for Marimar. The wines, made entirely from estate-grown grapes, are truly an expression of their terroir.
NAPA VALLEY, USA
Opus One is a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi. It was created in 1979, which was the year of the first vintage.
In 1982, the label was designed by the two owners of the winery and ever since Opus One has gained international recognition.
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE
COLUMBIA VALLEY, USA
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington State. Without a doubt the most important of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and a pioneer of the region. It is one of few premium wineries in the world with separate state-of-the-art wine making facilities for its red and white wines. Its location in Columbia Valley appellation provides superb growing conditions necessary for producing their highly acclaimed wines. In 2011, Chateau Ste. Michelle is No.1 ranked American Winery in "World's most admired brands" by Drinks international and 2014 received "Winery of Year" honor by Wine& Spirits. Each vintage, in every language, the international media continues to pile praise on this winery.
SANT ANIOL de FINESTRES, SPAIN
Sant Aniol is a third generation family business. Offices and production plant are located right next to the water spring.
Located in a small village called Sant Aniol de Finestres.
Filtered for thousands of years through
volcanic rocks of Garrotxa’s Natural Park. It
provides a water free of contaminants, rich
in minerals and with a high level of purity.
The volcanic energy of the land allows the
water to absorb more minerals than other