In 1788 the first vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope arrived at the penal colony with the First Fleet. It took over 40 years successfully to launch domestic production but things moved on apace. Nowadays Australia is the world's fourth biggest exporter of wine with 60% of production going overseas.
There are over 60 designated wine making regions across the country, and a total of over 160,000 hectares under vine. The vineyards are predominantly, and unsurprisingly, found in the cooler southern parts of the country. The climate though is still a significant challenge with serious drought an ongoing problem and the risk of bushfires sweeping the land an ever present threat.
All the major varieties are grown, and a large factor in the country's boom and continued success is the predominance of clear, varietal labelling appealing to english and non-english speakers alike, in a very congested and sometimes baffling market.
Almost water white with pale green straw hues. Fresh, lively aromas of citrus, white flowers, passion fruit and guava. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a burst of delicate white fruit and citrus flavours. A lovely, long palate with a crisp, lemon sherbet acid finish. The perfect 'alternative' blanc!more
Bottle 75cl £15.13
Almost water white with crisp green straw hues. Fresh, lively aromas of passionfruit, citrus, white flowers and guava. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a burst of delicate white fruit and citrus flavours. A lovely, long palate and a crisp, clean and zesty finish. The perfect 'alternative' blanc!more
Bottle 75cl £15.15
Fruit, sourced exclusively from our three estate vineyards, is used to produce the Dowie Doole Shiraz. Special sites in their own right, each vineyard contributes unique characters to the finished wine, from lifted spice to supple dark fruits and fine, toothsome tannins that suggest a long life in bottle.more
Bottle 75cl £16.10
Very pale gold in colour. Fresh, lifted nose redolent of ripe apricots, figs and quinces which leads to the elegant, sensuous palate. While the palate is rich, it is never cloying, with a long skein of acid running through to the clean, crisp finish. A delicious, lighter style "sticky."more
Bottle 37.5cl £17.06
The fruit for the ESP 'reserve cuvee' Cabernet is mainly sourced from vines dating back to 1949. Darker fruits on the nose and palate than the Estate Cabernet, the ESP has a richer palate spectrum with more poise and power. Intense black fruits, coffee, black olives and more spice with excellent concentration of fruit on the finish. A wonderfully impressive...more
Bottle 75cl £36.00
The Shiraz grapes for this ESP 'reserve cuvee' were sourced mainly from vines planted on the Estate during the 1930s. Rich, dark fruit scents with a mix of spice leap from the glass. Powerful and rich black fruit flavours on the palate with excellent depth of fruit, layered complexity with notes of spice, pepper and licorice. The overall balance is...more
Bottle 75cl £36.00
Medium intensity purple with crimson hue.: A vibrant bouquet of juicy raspberries, cherries and spice. The palate is medium bodied and elegant, revealing strawberries, rhubarb pie and spice. A vibrant, zippy wine with an excellent tannin structure makes it an ideal partner with pork belly and spicy Spanish sausage.more
Bottle 75cl £20.00