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Christopher Piper Wines
1 Silver Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DB, Devon

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Australia - South

Penfolds Wines, NURIOOTPA

When one considers the size of this extraordinary operation, it is reassuring to see just how well Penfolds' wines score in blind and competitive tastings. With the wine-making skills of Peter Gago and his team, Penfolds have forged a world-wide reputation for their outstanding range of red wines and, more recently, some most impressive whites. Penfolds was founded by a young English doctor who migrated to one of his country's most distant colonies a century and a half ago. Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold was born in 1811, the youngest of 11 children. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, graduating in 1838. Dr Penfold built up his medical practice and made fortified wines - port and sherry - for his patients (now that's my kind of medic). As the demand for their wine grew, the Penfolds expanded the vineyards and increased production. Up until the Second World War, the company mainly produced fortified wines and brandy, with only a small amount of table wine. Jeffrey Penfold Hyland, however, decided to change Penfolds' direction, increasing the company's production of table wine, which at the end ofthe war still accounted for only 3 per cent of Penfolds' total production. In 1950, Jeffrey Penfold Hyland convinced the company to focus more on table wine, reflecting the emerging shift of consumer tastes following the War. The task of effecting this change was given to the winemaker, Max Schubert, who had joined the company as a teenage messenger boy in the early 1930s. In 1951, following a visit to Europe the previous year, Schubert produced, at Magill, the first experimental vintage of Grange Hermitage, a Shiraz based wine inspired by the great, long-lived red wines of France. Fifty years later, Grange remains a flag bearer for the industry and the wine which not only fundamentally altered the course of Australian red winemaking but also led the way in establishing the quality image for Australian wine internationally. Today, Penfold's philosophy of matching their considerable vineyard resources to an array of wine styles and having the patience to then allow those wines appropriate cellar and bottle maturation prior to release, has secured the company's reputation as Australia's leading exponent of the utmost quality across a comprehensive portfolio of wines to suit every taste and occasion.

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Thomson Estate, WOOLPUNDA

Ronald Thomson first planted Cabernet grapes at Waikere in 1961. Situated on an ancient ocean floor with a top layer of ’terra rossa’, the soil and climate are ideal for growing red grapes such as Cabernet, Shiraz and Tempranillo. 90% of the harvest is sold to the major wine companies but the best grapes, sourced from their oldest blocks, are used for this range of elegant and balanced wines. Thompson Estate is located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. John Gladtones' seminal work in the 1960's showed that Margaret River and especially Wilyabrup (10 kms North of Margaret River) had climatic features similar to the great years of Bordeaux. Wilyabrup has been identified on detailed meteorological studies to be an ideal location for the production of high quality wine. It has the ideal number of sun exposure days per year for optimal ripening, and is surrounded by sea on three sides on the South West cape of Western Australia, allowing the cooling maritime breezes to add intensity of flavours similar to the great years of the Bordeaux region of France. The vineyard is close planted (1 meter intervine, 2.5 meters inter-row) to enhance competition between the vines and intensify the fruit. Yields are controlled with shoot thinning and bunch dropping. Modern techniques of foliage management are used to encourage optimal sun exposure and slow ripening. The timing of vintage is determined with modern berry sensory analysis techniques but is also determined by more traditional means such as the sensitive nose and palate of Giorgio the vineyard labrador! All fruit is hand picked. Thompson Estate is a Margaret River producer dedicated to producing inspirational wine employing meticulous viticulture and an innovative winemaking approach.

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Rockford Wines, BAROSSA VALLEY

Established in 1971, when Rocky O’Callaghan bought one and a half hectares in Krondorf, Rockford wines (an anagram of Krondorf!) is one of the most revered names amongst leading South Australian estates. O’Callaghan revived long forgotten wine-making processes and traditions, often dating back to the late 19th century. State-of-the-art modern wineries are not for him and the estate is littered with cast-off equipment and DIY machinery. Most of the Rocky O’Callaghan’s grapes are bought in from 30-odd ’grower-friends’ whose low yielding, dry-land bush vines are often up to 80 years-old. He personally supervises the picking at each of his growers and all grapes are hand-picked at their optimum maturity. These are individually crafted wines made by a man who is passionate about what he does. Rockford are neatly summed up by their own website which says "At Rockford we're into actual not virtual" adding merely 'drop in and see us' and their address!

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Turkey Flat, BAROSSA VALLEY

A Silesian refugee, Johann Fiedler, first planted Shiraz vines on the rich alluvial soils next to the Bethany Creek, in the Barossa Valley, in 1847. The vineyard takes its name from the large flocks of native turkeys that used to be present in the area. In 1865, the Schulz family bought the vineyard and have owned it ever since, although their main line of business,, until recently, has been butchery. The vineyards consist of four separate blocks, with the Shiraz and Grenache coming from the original Section One vineyard and the Cabernet from an equally old block down by the banks of the Bethany Creek. As Australian wine critic, James Halliday, said of Turkey Flat, "if you have vines dating back to 1847, and don’t attempt to push the envelope too far, it is possible to come up with a wine such as the Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Shiraz."

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Australia - South continued


Petaluma, ADELAIDE HILLS

Petaluma is now a public company but Brian Croser is still very much at the wine-making helm and his rigorous standards are reflected throughout the range of wines that he makes.
Brian Croser's name has become synonymous with top quality Australian wine and he has succeeded in building a reputation for Petaluma that is the envy of most other wineries in South Australia. Brian and Ann Croser began Petaluma in 1976, which is recognised as one of Australia's leading exponent of terroir driven wines. Croser exactingly matched varieties to regions and meticulously managed the vines in Petaluma's "distinguished site" vineyards in Clare, the Adelaide Hills and at Coonawarra for 27 years. Croser pioneered the development of the Adelaide Hills viticultural region, planting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and establishing the Petaluma winery in the Piccadilly Valley from 1978 and Shiraz and Viognier at Mt Barker from the early 90's. In the mid 80's the purchase and renovation of the historic Bridgewater Mill provided a home for Croser, the eponymous premium sparkling wine made from fruit from the Piccadilly Valley, first released in 1987. The Croser family owns the original vineyard of the modern Adelaide Hills wine industry, the Tiers Vineyard, an Australian Chardonnay distinguished site now being progressively replanted on very close spacing with new Chardonnay clones on rootstocks. With Rollin Soles, Croser established Argyle winery in Oregon in 1985 and the Croser family are currently establishing Tunkalilla Vineyard, a Riesling and Pinot Noir vineyard in the Eola Hills just north of Salem in Oregon. Croser has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to research and education and for service to the Australian wine industry. He has been the President of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, the Chairman of Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra (The National) wine shows and has received numerous awards for service to the Australian wine industry including the prestigious Maurice O'Shea award, an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University and most recently he was made a Doctor of the University of Adelaide in July of 2007. In 2004 Croser was made Man of the Year by Decanter magazine.

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Jim Barry Wines, CLARE VALLEY

The late Jim Barry began making wine in the Clare Valley in 1947 and, today, the Barry family has put together an exceptional collection of mature vineyards in the Watervale, Lodge Hill, Armagh and Clare River zones. The McCrae Wood vineyard was purchased in 1964, included in which was the historical Armagh block which Jim Barry planted with Shiraz in 1968. The first ‘Armagh’ was released in 1985 and today, this fantastic site only yields a miserly 2 tons per acre. The spicy, complex and deep-coloured McCrae Wood Shiraz is sourced from the Armagh block and from Hutte River vineyards.

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Charles Melton Wines, BAROSSA VALLEY

This is a grower whose wines are generally impossible to obtain and we have been lucky to get our hands on a reasonable allocation of these outstanding reds made by Graeme (or 'Charlie' as he is better-known) Melton. They are all spectacularly rich wines with lavish extract and intense fruit. Charlie Melton is a winemaker who manages to make reds that sit somewhere between the traditional and modern in style. All these wines are available in limited quantities only.

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Kilikanoon, CLARE VALLEY

Situated at Penwortham in the Clare Valley, Kilikanoon is owned by the young and dynamic Kevin Mitchell, who released his first vintage in 1997. All Kevin's fruit is sourced from 6 hectares of Watervale vineyards either owned by himself or his father. All the estate's red wines are hand-pruned, hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters, basket-pressed and bottled unfiltered. New oak is sparingly used, allowing the lavishly opulent pure fruit of these two wines to dominate.

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Heggies Vineyard, EDEN VALLEY

The Heggies Vineyard is a high-altitude vineyard, situated at 570 metres, established by S. Smith and Sons of Yalumba, in 1973. Originally a 120-hectare grazing property, considerable investment has been made in planting suitable varieties and the correct clones. All wines are made from grapes which are 100% estate-sourced, and wine-maker Simon Adams has made a captivating barrel-fermented Chardonnay which he always likes to release with good bottle-age.

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TK Wines - ADELAIDE HILLS

TK Wines is dedicated to making world class wines from what they firmly believe to be one of the greatest vineyard areas - Lenswood. Formerly known as Knappstein Lenswood Vineyards, renowned winemaker Tim Knappstein (TK) remains at the helm and continues the tradition of making wines you can enjoy. This evolution has seen a number of new wines introduced to the range including another of Tim's most revered varieties, Pinot. Vineyard plantings commenced and continued through the 1980's and 1990's with minimum vine age at 10 years with some up to 22 years. Tim Knappstein is a third generation winegrower, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence of all things vinous! Having graduated as Dux of the Roseworthy oenology course in 1966, Tim made his mark as winemaker at the then family-owned winery, Stanley Wine Company, amassing 500 show awards, including 120 gold medals and 24 trophies for the premium quality Leasingham range over the next 10 years. This was a period when new technology was revolutionising both winemaking and wines themselves. Following the sale of Stanley in 1971, Tim developed his own vineyards at Clare and by 1976 had started his own wine company, Tim Knappstein Wines. He became renowned for his no compromise approach to winemaking, producing style and quality standouts in a very competitive industry with great consistency from year to year. Always an innovator and pioneer, he introduced 'Fume Blanc' to the Australian market in 1978, botrytised Riesling made under controlled atmosphere in 1980, then in 1981 was the first to plant a vineyard in the Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills. As the enormous potential of the Lenswood fruit emerged, the Tim Knappstein sold all his Clare interests in 1995 to concentrate solely on the fruit and wines from this exciting new vitcultural region of the Adelaide Hills.

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Henschke, EDEN VALLEY

The Henschke family is one of the longest established in the Barossa Valley and each generation has built upon a reputation for exceptional quality. Today, the fifth generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue, uphold the family name and reputation, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively.

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Rymill Winery, RIDDOCH RUN VINEYARDS, COONAWARRA

The Rymill winery is situated within The Riddoch Run Vineyards at the northern end of the famous terra rossa strip, lying 5km from the village of Coonawarra and 70km north of the South Eastern regional centre of Mount Gambier. John Riddoch, born in 1827, was working as a 23 year old brickmaker in Aberdeenshire when he obtained an assisted passage to Victoria. At the forefront of the rush to the Ovens Valley diggings in 1852, he soon struck gold. Riddoch immediately bought a bullock wagon. He traded with such acumen and energy that within two years he had successfully established himself as a wholesale wine and general merchant in Geelong, and could marry fellow Scottish migrant Elizabeth King. John and Elizabeth next became sheep farmers, purchasing Yallum, near Penola, at shearing time in 1861. The Riddoch Run eventually expanded to 50,000ha, carrying 110,000 sheep and 3,000 cattle. Today the property is owned and run by John Riddoch's direct descendent, Peter Riddoch Rymill (whose father led three expeditions to the Antarctic) and his wife Judith Ritchie (a highly regarded three day eventer).

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Geoff Merrill, McLAREN VALE

Situated at the heritage listed Mount Hurtle Winery since 1985 Geoff Merrill continues his penchant for food friendly wines of elegance and balance. For many years fruit sourced from prime vineyard sites in Coonawarra and the Goulburn Valley have been supplemented by long term associations with McLaren Vale growers, however, the completion in 2001 of a new 70 acre vineyard in the foothills just outside McLaren Flat which has been planted to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache and Sangiovese ensures that Geoff Merrill's source of premium fruit is secure.

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TXOMIN ETXANIZ Tzakoli Blanco
TXOMIN ETXANIZ Tzakoli Blanco
Just say it slowly !

A lively and refreshing white wine from Rias Baixas in Spain, with characteristics of zingy lemon, green apple and white blossom, with a mouthwatering acidity.

The leading producer of DO Txakoli, the Txueka Etxaniz family has been dedicated to vine growing for generations.
Txomin Tzakoli
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Gourmandises Rosé, Domaine de Montine, Southern Rhône
Gourmandises Ros, Domaine de Montine, Southern Rhne
This is a pale raspberry-coloured rosé with quite excellent freshness and surprising weight.

Gourmandises
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