“2008 Fontana Cabernet. David Lowe is consulting winemaker to this vineyard, and some stylish wine are being produced. This has a bright, dark berry aroma laced with peppermint. The flavours are clean, trim and precise. Its vitality suggest it will age gracefully too. 91 points.”
“Solitary Shiraz 2007. Good hue, moderately deep; a spicy, light to medium bodied shiraz that proclaims its cool climate origins; the use of 50% new American and French barriques has been well handled, giving the wine a touch of flavour warmth; good balance and length. 90 points.”
Alluvial Chardonnay 2009. Shiraz may be Winburndale’s flagship wine, but this is better; barrel fermentation in new and one year old French barriques has done no more than support the very attractive cool-grown white peach and nectarine fruit; very good length and balance. 93 points.
We found our unique site on the slopes of Mount Fontana in 1998. Here are the remains of old gold mines from the 1860’s. There are ancient alluvial soils in shallow layers on the hillsides. Here too warm days and cool nights produce a long ripening period. We planted 18,000 vines in 1999 and 2000. We harvested two tonnes of shiraz in 2002. These grapes made our first medal winning shiraz. We now pick about 35 tonnes on average each year. This allows us to make about 30,000 bottles.
To make fine and special wines you must first have a special site; one where the coming together of all the factors such as climate, soil, landscape, temperature by day and night, rainfall distribution, sunlight, slopes and drainage react with each other to produce the ideal grape. Winburndale is such a special site.