Australia Day Tasting 2019

Australia Day Tasting 2019

by Will

On Tuesday 22nd January 2019, we will be representing a selection of our agencies at the annual Australia Day Tasting. To register, please follow instructions here.

Crittenden Estate

Established in 1982 when Garry Crittenden planted his first vines at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula; a then unknown wine region that is now renowned for its cool maritime climate, making the Crittendens pioneers of cool climate viticulture in Australia. The winemaking is now in the very capable hands of Garry’s son, Rollo Crittenden, who works alongside his father in the vineyards and oversees all aspects of winemaking at the estate. Read a recent review of their 2016 Peninsula Pinot Noir here.

Frankland Estate

Founders Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam continue to be actively involved in every aspect of the vineyard and winery. Today, they are assisted by their daughter Elizabeth Smith and son Hunter Smith alongside a small, hardworking team who enjoy the diverse and idiosyncratic challenges associated with working in a family business. Frankland Estate aim to make wines that reflect nature rather than the hand of the winemaker, acting as a basis of their commitment to sustainable farming and working the land in accord with the cycles of nature.

Dean Hewitson

Hewitson winery is situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley on the historic Seppeltsfield Road and boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. Their fruit is sourced from dry-grown, pre-Phylloxera vineyards of the Barossa Valley and also single site vineyards in Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Through knowledge and experience the team strive for balance, structure, concentration, power and breeding.

Halls Gap Estate

Planted to Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling on the steep Eastern slopes of the Grampians, in the state of Victoria, the winery changed hands in 2014 when it was purchased by Aaron Drummond (owner of half of Circe Wines) to mark the beginning of a new chapter. High elevation, old vines and ancient rocky soils have kept yields low but contiue to deliver incredible quality for this estate. 

Elderton Wines

Elderton was first planted in 1894 by early German settlers, the Scholz family. After a suffering economy left the vineyard of the estate to become derelict, the Ashmead family were offered the 72 acre plot as a bonus to the sale of the house. Three years later, after restoring the vineyard, Elderton Wines was born. Today Cameron and Allister, the second generation of the family, work together to run Elderton Wines, with their mother Lorraine still involved through her role on the Board. 

The following wines will be open to taste on the day:

Crittenden Estate, King Valley, Los Hermanos Saludo al Txakoli (Hondarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza, Petit Manseng), 2016

Crittenden Estate, Tuerong, Peninsula Chardonnay, 2016

Crittenden Estate, Tuerong, Peninsula Pinot Noir, 2017

Frankland Estate, 'Rocky Gully Riesling', Frankland River, 2017

Frankland Estate, 'Rocky Gully Shiraz', Frankland River, 2015

Frankland Estate, 'Estate Shiraz,' Frankland River, 2016

Dean Hewitson, 'Gun Metal Riesling', Eden Valley, 2017

Dean Hewitson, 'Miss Harry', Barossa Valley (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan), 2016

Dean Hewitson, 'Old Garden Mourvèdre' , Barossa Valley, 2013

Halls Gap Estate, 'Fallen Giants Grampians Shiraz', Grampians, 2017

Elderton Wines, 'Elderton Shiraz', Barossa Valley, 2015

Elderton Wines, 'Elderton Command Shiraz', Barossa Valley, 2013