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Our Australian portfolio has taken a severe battering this year and is looking decidedly thin on the ground. Despite torrid times for many in our trade, we have been busy scouring Australia for the next group of amazing winemakers, and we have unearthed some absolute belters. Our aim is to double our portfolio in the coming months with firm UK exclusivities recently established with Shadowfax, House of Cards, Elderton and more. Samples are arriving daily and by the time you read our entry, we are likely to have added a further ten producers to our incredible collection. It is one of those ‘keep popping back’ moments.
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Coulter Wines | Adelaide Hills, Australia
We love these wines and can't wait to share them with you. Coulter Wines are minimal intervention, small batch wines that focus on cleanliness and purity. Working as a winemaker for a large company for a number of years, Chris Coulter always had a nagging desire to produce his own wine and eventually took the leap and created Coulter Wines. Fruit is sourced from premium growers in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Riverland. Fruit is handpicked and crushed on the same day. We are importing their C1, C4 & C5 wines to the UK for the very first time.
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House of Cards | Margaret River, Australia
House of Cards was established in 2011 after owners Elizabeth and Travis returned to Yallingup from travelling overseas where Travis completed vintages in New Zealand and Canada. Their goal for the winery was simple; to passionately create single vineyard wines of exceptional quality. Their wine is handmade onsite using traditional winemaking practices including hand plunging and manual basket pressing. House of Cards are 100% organic.
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Shadowfax Wines | Victoria, Australia
Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located just 30 minutes from Melbourne in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating high quality and handcrafted wines, their renowned varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines. Chief Winemaker Alister Timms has a strong focus on regionality with the majority of fruit sourced and hand-harvested from vineyards in the Macedon Ranges and Werribee.
Ghost Rock Wines | Northern Tasmania
One of Tasmania’s pioneering grower-producers. Over 20 years the Arnold family have almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region of Northern Tasmania. Every vineyard hand-built, hand-planted, to the exact specifications - no compromise, no concession. The Estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir, with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in behind. Under the stewardship of second-generation Winemaker Justin Arnold, and his wife Alicia Peardon, Ghost Rock’s wines are driven by depth, sophistication and intensity. Strictly estate grown. Strictly estate bottled. Minimal intervention focused.
Grey Sands | Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Grey Sands is a small family owned vineyard located on the western edge of the Tamar Valley, Northern Tasmania. Owners Bob and Rita strive to make wines that excite the senses; concentrated, complex, intriguing and sometimes confronting. We absolutely loved their wines and cannot wait to share them with you all!
Wantirna Estate | Victoria, Australia
Reg and Tina Egan of Wantirna Estate were among the early movers in the rebirth of the Yarra Valley. The vineyard surrounds the house they live in, which also incorporates the winery. Today much of the winemaking responsibility has been transferred to daughter Maryann. Reg and Maryann have honed their practical skills among the small domaines and chateaux of Burgundy and Bordeaux, inspired by single vineyard, terroir-driven wines.
Gemtree Wines | McLaren Vale, Australia
Gemtree Wines is owned and operated by husband and wife team; Melissa and Mike Brown. They are dedicated to growing their incredible wines, naturally with minimal intervention in the winemaking process along with an environmentally friendly farming system. Gemtree produce biodynamic and certified organic wines which are powerful, concentrated and beautifully express the true characteristics of each grape variety and region. Team Vinorium have been blown away by their range and we are very excited to share them with you all.
Topper's Mountain | New England, NSW
We are excited to announce our latest exclusivity Topper's Mountain.
Topper’s Mountain unique terroir arises from its high altitude location on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range and deep, volcanic (Krasnozem) soils. Over more than a decade, Mark Kirkby, in close collaboration with winemaker Mike Hayes, has established a vineyard packed with exciting alternative varieties that revel in their terroir.
Utopos | Barossa Valley
The Utopos vineyard is located on Roennfeldt Road, straddling one of the highest points on the boundary between Greenock and Marananga, perched on the Northern end of the Ironstone Ridge that lays claim to some of the Barossa’s most famous vineyards. Right next door is the source of winemaker Kym Teusner's own Righteous Shiraz along with Torbreck’s Laird, Two Hands, Greenock Creek and the list goes on. At 315m it sits among the most elevated sites on the ‘valley floor’ and being on the end of the ridge there are three distinct aspects to the block – East planted predominantly to Shiraz, North to Cabernet Sauvignon and West to Grenache and Mataro. “It doesn’t come any sweeter than this” says Kym…
Rymill | Coonawarra, South Australia
In Rymill's own words "We believe Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Coonawarra, which is why over fifty percent of our vineyards are planted to this variety. The unique combination of the region’s famous terra rossa soil, and a long, cool ripening season results in grapes with exceptional flavour, intensity and structure. This is why Coonawarra has become internationally renowned for producing premium wines, in particular, Cabernet Sauvignon."
Mulline | Geelong, Victoria
Mulline is the exciting project of the two Ben’s; Ben Mullen and Ben Hine. Their sole purpose was to create a 100% Geelong based brand. They focus on producing single site, structural wines with definition and freshness that bring vitality to the Geelong region.
The fantastic bottle labels were designed and painted by local Geelong artist, Amy Wright, using concept watercolours – too good not to share on their labels.
Elderton Wines | Barossa Valley
Many of you will be excited to learn of our new partnership with the Barossa producer, Elderton. Our opening order (some 2,000 bottles) consists of ten wines from their impressive portfolio. Their ‘elite single vineyard’ release consists of the Command Shiraz, Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon and Fifteen Shiraz and will feature along with Ode to Lorraine (Cabernet / Shiraz / Merlot blend).
Nocturne | Margaret River, Western Australia
Nocturne is the husband-and-wife partnership between recently-crowned Jimmy Watson-winner and James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year, Julian Langworthy and his wife Alana who also owns and runs the Yallingup Cheese Company. Julian is also the chief winemaker at Deep Woods Estate and is responsible for transforming the estate after his appointment to the position in 2011 and since then has been awarded a seemingly endless collection of gold medals and trophies gaining him a reputation that will cement his place as one of the greats of Australian wine-making.
Artisans of Barossa | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Artisans of Barossa is a group of like-minded producers with a common goal to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. There are six individual wineries and we are proud to represent the stunning wines of four with Hobbs of Barossa Ranges recently joining our growing collection of exclusivities. Although each producer is unquestionably unique with different winemaking styles and techniques, they work closely together representing the breadth and diversity of their home.
The Standish Wine Co. | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Simply put, Dan Standish produces the best Shiraz to come out of the Barossa hence our excitement to be Dan’s UK importer. A 6th generation Barossan, Dan Standish established his eponymous winery in 1999 whilst still working as winemaker at Torbreck Vintners. All batches of fruit are fermented and matured individually then follows a strict selection in the winery that can see as much as 80% of the original blend discarded and sold off in bulk.
JC's Own | Barossa Valley, South Australia
JC’s Own is the solo venture of Jaysen Collins. We know Jaysen very well, through his Massena wines that he produces with his friend, Barossa veteran and Vinorium favourite, Dan Standish. It’s fair to say that Jaysen follows a creative style of winemaking, interfering as little as possible and allowing the grapes to do the work for him.
Dr.Edge | Tasmania
The Dr Edge wines have become a cult icon of Tasmanian wine and his releases are eagerly anticipated. The single vineyard wines are only made in small quantities each year with tiny allocations being offered, most of which are snapped up by the eagerly waiting Australian market. Peter dredge's experience (a.k.a Dr.Edge) has worked with such great names as Bay of Fires, Petaluma and House of Arras which is testament to his talents as a winemaker, this speaks volumes through his wines.
Wild Duck Creek | Heathcote, Victoria
David and Diana Anderson first planted vines in their family-run Heathcote estate Wild Duck Creek Estate in 1974. Today, the total area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that have helped them achieve cult status in the eyes of many. Their first commercial release was in 1991 and things have only got better with the couple now joined by their son, Liam who is going full steam ahead with biodynamic practices in the vineyard.
Two Hands Wines | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Two Hands Wines have become a beacon for artisan, single vineyard Shiraz in Barossa Valley as well as other premier regions in South Australia. Winning admiration from leading critics around the globe such as Robert Parker, James Halliday and Jancis Robinson demonstrates that the wines are far from one-dimensional.
Greenock Creek | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Now, under new ownership, Greenock Creek is putting the wheels in motion to expand their global reach, which and to be fair to the previous owners, Michael and Annabelle, has lost much ground over the past decade. We have been provided with the freedom to represent these incredible wines throughout the UK, Europe and the USA which we will do with much vigour and with huge smiles on our faces, as these wines are simply fantastic.
Vinden Wines | Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley is the oldest commercial Wine Region in Australia dating back to 1828. As the current custodian of Vinden Wines, Angus Vinden has taken on the role to not only maintain, but to improve the Hunter Valley. All wines Vinden Wines produce are strictly sourced from Hunter Valley Vineyards, Angus believes "when you go to Burgundy, you drink Burgundy. Therefore, when you are in the Hunter Valley, you should drink from the plethora of stunning and ancient viticultural sites we possess."
Eastern Peake | Coghills Creek, Victoria
The team and I were gobsmacked with the entire sample line-up which arrived during the summer. There was not a wine (and we sampled 24 separate bottles) which did not impress. Owen’s Pinot Noirs dating back to 2001 were an utter privilege and a joy. So much so, we drank rather than ‘sampled’ every bottle over the course of a fortnight
Glaetzer-Dixon | Hobart, Tasmania
Nick moved away from his roots in Barossa and headed for the cooler climate of Tasmania where he converted an old ice factory in Hobart into a winery that Nick and his family live above, and established Glaetzer-Dixon in 2008. Sourcing some of the finest fruit from the Tamar, Derwent and Coal River Valleys, Nick’s passion is for Pinot Noir but it was his Mon Pere Shiraz that awarded him the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, an achievement made even more special as it was the first time in it’s 50 year history that the trophy has been awarded to a Tasmanian wine.
Soumah | Yarra Valley, Victoria
Unravelling the story behind the exotically named Soumah, it is in fact an abbreviation of South of Maroondah, hinting at its location in the heart of Yarra Valley. Their wines however are far from exotic and instead they brim with a cool climate character and provenance of the majestic Yarra Valley. The perfect state of balance, calmness and composure of Soumah wines are expressed across the range, with the flagship wines receiving a graceful name ‘Equilibrio’.
Cobaw Ridge | Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Cobaw Ridge is a fully certified organic and biodynamic winery producing spellbinding wines which are honest, authentic and unashamedly full of flavour. Established in 1985 Their vines were planted on granitic, sandy soil in the cool climate Macedon Ranges, on the cusp of the Great Dividing Range at some 610m. Their positioning, in a natural amphitheatre, provides the perfect place to produce 100% estate grown, hand-picked, hand-pruned, hand-tended, terroir-driven wines. In short, a unique labour of love.
Hutton Vale Farm | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Hutton Vale Farm were put in touch with us by Craig Stansborough of After Five Wine Co who felt that “we would make a good fit”. Owned by the Angas family, Hutton Vale Farm has an incredible story with an ancestry steeped in Australian history dating back to George Fife Angas who founded South Australia. However it was the mention of the Mount Edelstone vineyard, one of the most famous and revered sites in Australia, which is now owned by Henschke that caught our attention.
Pooley Wines | Hobart , Tasmania
Pooley Wines are truly special and one of the leading family-owned wineries in Tasmania, renowned for their exquisite Single Vineyard examples of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. The Cooinda Vale Chardonnay once formed an integral component of the famous Yattarna Chardonnay from Penfolds. Their Butcher's Hill Chardonnay is another beauty.
Massena | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Massena was established at the turn of the century by Jaysen Collins and Dan Standish. In Jaysen's own words "What started as an adventure into wine by a couple of gung-ho fellas, looking to make some interesting wine, has truly been a journey. We started off by respecting our old vines and focussing on Grenache and Shiraz, moved quickly into alternative varieties and our production methods always held true to minimal intervention."
Sailor Seeks Horse | Huon Valley, Tasmania
Winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy for work they’d done at a neighbouring vineyard, Paul and Gilli are both highly skilled winemakers with a wealth of experience, an acute ambition and precise attention to detail. Their hard work and dedication has resulted in the incredibly exclusive, tiny production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that has gained them a list of accolades, along with a reputation for producing some of Tasmania’s most highly sought after wines.
Flowstone | Margaret River, Western Australia
Flowstone is the creation of Stuart Pym who has enjoyed a long and illustrious wine career spanning some 30 years. We first came across Stuart’s wines when he founded Suckfizzle in 1996 and then Stella Bella in 1999. In 2013 he handed over the Stella Bella winemaking reins and moved to Flowstone in a permanent capacity and we’ve been tracking down him and his wines ever since. Stuart is a perfectionist and his attention to detail is quite extraordinary, resulting in perhaps the best wine(s) made in Margaret River today.
Domaine Simha | Tasmania
The man behind Domaine Simha is Nav Singh who, with his wife Louise produce a range of wines that are some of the most hotly anticipated to be coming out of Tasmania at the moment. When tasted by the world’s 50 top sommeliers, Domaine Simha Pinot Noir was rated as one of the top 10 in the world and equivalent to some of the premium Pinot Noirs from Burgundy that they have been pouring for many years. The Simha wines are now poured in some of the best restaurants across the world and allocations are very hard to come by.
Kay Brothers | McLaren Vale, South Australia
"The oldest McLaren Vale winery to remain in founding family hands (since 1890) is no stick-in-the-mud. However, the Kay’s 22ha of ‘mud’ is special, especially Block 6, planted in 1892, which produces an iconic Shiraz. Attractively earthy, flavoursome reds (including a Nero d’Avola) are vinified in the original basket press and open fermenters. With more restrained oak, nothing is over-blown." - Sarah Ahmed, January 26, 2020
Purple Hands Wines | Barossa Valley, South Australia
Purple Hands Wines is the solo venture of Grant Burge Chief Winemaker Craig Stansborough. Craig’s partner in crime is his “good mate” and fellow wine lover Mark Slade. Craig and Mark made their first vintage in 2006 from just over a tonne of hand-picked Shiraz from Craig’s own vineyard that they crushed and fermented in his shed. From there, they have gone on to produce a range of incredible wines that include their standout, single vineyard trio the After Five Wine Co range.
Domaine Naturaliste | Margaret River, Western Australia
Being named as "the newest buzz in Margaret River", Domaine Naturaliste is the project of Bruce Dukes, a highly experienced winemaker with a career spanning over 25 years... it is Bruce’s belief that a holistic approach reaps the greatest rewards, both for the wine and the environment. Whilst completing his degree, Bruce worked as assistant winemaker for Francis Ford Coppola at Niebaum- Coppola in the Napa Valley and has also had a significant stint at the great Pierro Winery closer to home in Margaret River.
Hobbs of Barossa Ranges | Barossa, South Australia
Greg and Alison’s relationship with the winemakers they collaborate with is key, their influences showing throughout their wines. Chris Ringland is not only a colleague but a neighbour and close friend, his pedigree has gained him a reputation as one of Australia’s most iconic winemakers, his own wines selling for hundreds of pounds a bottle, a true testament to his skill as a winemaker and the possibilities of the Barossa Ranges terroir. We sell his Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz 2010 for a mere £274 a bottle!
John's Blend | Langhorne Creek, South Australia
The Glaetzer name is almost woven into the very fabric of the Barossa region and Australian wine itself. John was still working at the time a senior winemaker at Wolf Blass when they started the John’s Blend label, and it was his time spent at Wold Blass that had already earned him the reputation as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers, winning the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy no less than four times plus 11 Montgomery trophies for the Best Red Wine at the Adelaide Wine Show.
Hoddles Creek | Yarra Valley, Victoria
Hoddles Creek Estate is owned and run by the D’Anna family who first established a vineyard in 1997 on the property that had been in the family since the 1960’s. The vineyard consists of predominately Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with additional blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the steeply sloping aspect of the vineyard, machine harvesting is not possible and all pruning and harvesting has to be done by hand which ultimately ensures minimal fruit damage and a higher quality of fruit.
Valli Vineyards | Central Otago, New Zealand
Grant Taylor is as important to New Zealand winemaking as Freddie Mercury was to the music industry. Grant has produced the first vintages for many of the region’s most reputable wineries including Felton Road, Mt Difficulty, Bald Hills, Mount Edward, Carrick, Hawkshead, Mondillo, Perrigrine, Rockburn (aka Hay’s Lake). His accomplishments also include winning the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the International Wine Competition an unprecedented three times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world…