Our Wines

The Red Letter DayRED LETTER DAY
…MAKING ONE AND MAKING IT AVAILABLE

We are thrilled to be able to offer our new sparkling red this month. We have named the wine Red Letter Day, because, although we love the style, we have been able to produce a sparkling red only intermittently over the past 30 years. So to be able to make one – and make it available – is a “red letter day”. I produced my first sparkling red in the early 1980s.

At that stage, although I loved the style, it was becoming increasingly hard to find, with Seppelts being the last large producer on the shelves. I, along with a few other small producers, decided not to let this iconic style of the Australian wine industry fizzle and die out, particularly since this style is uniquely Australian. I am not aware of anyone else around the world putting full-bodied red wines through the champagne process.

Because making sparkling reds is a lengthy and expensive process, we are listing this wine at $32 per bottle.

To celebrate putting this high-quality sparkling red onto the market, we are offering it to you at $27 per bottle.

This is a greater than 15% saving.

$30 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online


singlevineyardriesling2016 SINGLE VINEYARD RIESLING
A GOOD WINE FROM A DIFFICULT YEAR

The conditions over the 2015/16 summer were extrememly dry. This put the grapes under great stress. A small amount of rain just prior to the harvest meant that the grapes were able to achieve satisfactory ripeness. Although these grapes were picked at a lower sugar level than I prefer, the wine still shows powerful varietal nose and palate. As per normal from Woodman’s vineyard, this wine exhibits an extremely long, flavoursome palate, since it comes from 90 year old vines.

As with all the wines that have come from that vineyard, it will age superbly, and easily achieve 10 years of age, and more.

Alcohol 11.4%.

$20 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 

 

 

 


thereserveriesling2008 CELLAR MATURED RIESLING
A MATURE RIESLING THAT IS STILL IMPROVING

This wine is an example of what can be achieved with maturation in the bottle. The richer golden hues still have a tinge of green which indicates that it has freshness and time left to mature further. The glorious toast and lime marmalade aromas are supported by the rich complexity on the palate, making this wine suitable to accompany a similarly rich dish such as a tagine.

Alcohol 12.6%.

$28 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 

 

 

 


thereserveriesling2009 CELLAR MATURED RIESLING
ANOTHER DELIGHTFULLY MATURING RIESLING

This wine is another fine example of what can be achieved with maturation in the bottle. The richer golden hues still have a tinge of green which shows it has freshness and time left to mature further. The glorious toast and lime marmalade aromas are supported by the rich complexity on the palate, making this wine suitable to accompany a similarly rich dish such as paella.

Alcohol 11.1%.

$29 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 

 

 

 


ForbesWines_2012_Reisling2013 RIESLING
ANOTHER PRECOCIOUS ACHIEVER

2013 produced a mild but very dry ripening period in the Woodman Vineyard, enabling this premium parcel of fruit to slowly achieve rich, ripe flavours, which were intensified by the drier conditions. The wine is exhibiting very pale straw colour, with a lively herbaceous lime aroma leading to an outstanding complex palate.

Riesling, unlike most white wine varieties, has a remarkable ability to improve with gentle ageing in the bottle. The change from a fresh, young style to a rich complex aged style is the hallmark of this variety from a superior grape-growing area.

Alcohol 12.0 %.

$20 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 


thereserveriesling2014 RIESLING
A NEW APPROACH WITH GREAT FRUIT

The 2014 vintage season was certainly rated as unusual in the Woodman Vineyard. A few severe heat spikes were interspersed with rain and cool – sometimes even cold weather. This was wonderful for the vines, with the following fine, cool and clear conditions producing an extended gentle ripening period, allowing the grapes to achieve full maturity with great flavour. Extended skin contact at crushing has produced extra complexity on the palate and a more approachable fruity young wine.

Riesling, unlike most white wine varieties, has a remarkable ability to improve with gentle ageing in the bottle. The change from a fresh, young style to a rich complex aged style is the hallmark of this variety from a superior grape-growing area.

Alcohol 12.5%.

$20 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 


2015 RIESLING
REFLECTING A GREAT YEAR FOR RIESLING

Fine, clear weather in the ripening period with mild days and cool nights enabled the Riesling grapes to head towards maturity gently. This brilliant weather allowed the grapes to achieve full maturity at 12.6 Baume, ripe for picking on March 11th.
I changed the making procedure a little again this year, which, combined with what has turned out to be a brilliant year for Riesling, has enabled me to present a wine that I regard as being exceptional.

The intense but soft lime and mandarin fruit characters are supported by what I feel is a superb palate showing great complexity and length of flavour.

As with all the wines that have come from that old vineyard, it will age superbly and easily achieve 10 years of age or more.

Alcohol 12.8%.

$20 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 


thereserverieslingTHE RESERVE RIESLING LIQUEUR – A LITTLE SWEETIE

As a means to handle the pressings generated by the crushing process we have initiated a solero system whereby the juice is fortified with grape spirit and then placed into old oak barrels to gently age and mature.

The spirit preserves and protects the grape juice allowing this “Ratafia style” wine to maintain attractive mouth filling sweet grape characters.

Extended time in oak barrels, combined with the blending across years, allows us to provide fresh Riesling characters supported by the soft mellowness gained from gentle maturing.

Alcohol 18.5%.

$18 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 

 


2011 FRATERNAL BLEND
MERLOT & CABERNET FRANC

The adverse weather conditions during the 2011 ripening period meant the Cabernet Sauvignon did not achieve ripeness and the rich “berry” fruit characters I always seek. In the absence of this variety we could not produce an Alexander Murray blend, so I have chosen to highlight the other two varieties, Merlot (75%) and the lesser known Cabernet Franc (25%) to create the Fraternal Blend.
Because it is a member of the Cabernet family, the Merlot contributes similar “forest fruit” characters that make these wines from the cool Eden Valley region an absolute delight. The fruit highlights provided by the Cabernet Franc are totally compatible, making this an excellent combination.

Alcohol 13.9%.

$29 per bottle ~ Click to Buy Online

 

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