Girl Power – Australia

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An exciting representation of the growing voice of female Australian winemakers in the world featuring elegant reds of medium-bodied styles.

  • Stargazer | Pinot Noir
  • Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Prêt-à-Rouge | Shiraz, Pinot Noir
  • Ministry of Clouds | Tempranillo, Grenache

Stargazer Pinot Noir

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Coal River Valley, Tasmania
When — 2018

A lively combination of red and black fruits on the nose, which follow through on the palate with a compact intensity of fruits over a savoury touch and a long finish.

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Samantha Connew, who hails from the South Island of New Zealand, is a name that has been gaining increasing attention in the Australian wine industry for all the right reasons. Her experience truly traverses the world of wine – previously the Senior Winemaker at Wirra Wirra (McLaren Vale, South Australia) for a decade, Sam also worked for the Australian Wine Research Institute as well as in Spain, Italy, Oregon. Named in honour of Abel Tasman as the first European to sight Tasmania and then the South Island of New Zealand in 1642, Stargazer was born in 2012 after Sam fell in love with the quality of fruit and potential Tasmania offers. 

Sam’s Pinot Noir comes from the Palisander Vineyard that was planted in 2002, just twenty minutes north-east from Hobart. Fermentation occurs with about 25% of whole bunches being used, undergoing natural fermentation before being aged for just under a year in French puncheons (larger barrels) – over 20% being new barrels. The usage of larger barrels restrain an overtly oaky influence to the fruit, with a harmonious intertwining of fruit and savoury complexity to the resulting wine. In under a decade of her work in Tasmania with Stargazer, Sam Connew has proven herself to be one of the most exciting new winemakers not within just the Apple Isle but all of Australia. 

Sam continues to drive the world of wine forward as a member of both Wine Tasmania and in her role on the advisory board of the Australian Women in Wine Awards. 

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Prêt-à-Rouge

What — Shiraz, Pinot Noir
Where — Beechworth, Victoria
When — 2017

Spicy, with perfume, dried herb, cranberry and raspberry. Medium-bodied, wonderful crunch and energy, a pomegranate/cranberry juice acidity and flavour, playful scratch of tannin, and a cool spicy finish.

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Tessa Brown along with husband Jeremy Schmölzer make up Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown. Tessa’s winemaking and viticulture career took her across New Zealand, Italy, Spain and multiple states of Australia before settling in Beechworth, in northern Victoria, with their own property. Their own vines are still years from full maturity so they also source additional fruit from the neighbouring regions of the King Valley and Alpine Valleys. 

The Prêt-à-Rouge, literally translated from French as ‘ready to red’, is representative of Tessa’s approach towards an easy-to-drink blended grape variety example with a focus on pure deliciousness over single varietal expression. The wine is a blend of 60% Alpine Valleys Shiraz and 40% Beechworth Pinot Noir. Other vintages have included Sangiovese, however the 2017 is a Pinot/Shiraz which has been gaining increasing attention from a multitude of regions around Australia. It is handled lightly during its natural fermentation to avoid over extraction; its fruit intensity allowed to shine through after elevage in old oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Tessa’s aim is to make a wine that they “always hoped your Papou would enjoy this wine as much as your niece with the neck tattoo”.

Tessa has her sights set on more than just vines, making significant efforts to restore their land to a more natural state by planting oak trees which have been inoculated with truffle spores, and setting a mid-term goal of organic certification for the farm. The long-term vision is to create a farm that is completely sustainable and self-sufficient, aimed ultimately at giving back to its environment far more than it takes. 

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Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache

What — Tempranillo, Grenache
Where — McLaren Vale, South Australia
When — 2019

Bright notes of pomegranate, sarsaparilla, violets and nutmeg typical of dry grown Tempranillo, with the perfume and succulence of old vine Grenache. A lithe and juicy wine that favours the blood orange, cherry, red berry spectrum on the palate supported by savoury tannins built around a nervy structure, with a deliberately moreish nature.

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Together with partner Julian Forwood, Bernice Ong created Ministry of Clouds in 2013. It marked a transition as “corporate refugees”, in their own words, from the marketing and distribution aspects of the wine world to diving into owning their own vineyard and creating their own wines. They complement their own fruit with old vine material from other regions – the majority of their grapes coming from their home region of McLaren Vale.  

A combination of premium vineyards within McLaren Vale were used for the fruit sources of the Tempranillo and Grenache, including vines up to 100 years of age. The fruit was handled very gently to retain freshness and vibrancy, with the use of whole bunch and carbonic maceration in the winemaking process. The wine was aged in a mixture of stainless steel, old French oak puncheons (larger barrels) and a single large 5,000 litre old oak foudre from 11 months before bottling. Drawing inspiration from Spain, the blend speaks with a decidedly new-wave Australian accent, expressing restraint and poise and eschewing excessive alcohol and oak usage. 

The short but exciting life of Ministry of Clouds has already been regularly recognised in the Australian wine world, with their inaugural releases being named in James Halliday’s ‘Top 10 New Wineries’. The name Ministry of Clouds represents the juxtaposition of their past security and structure aka “the ministry” of their past careers in search of freedom, independence and adventure to which they have no real control, just as we have no control over clouds. 

 

 

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This iteration of Girl Power from down under shines the light on some of the most exciting female winemakers from three different regions across Australia. Forging ahead with innovation and delicious wines, the Australian wine bundle focuses on delicious medium-bodied examples of both blends and varietal expressions spanning between South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. 

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Stargazer Pinot Noir

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Coal River Valley, Tasmania
When — 2018

A lively combination of red and black fruits on the nose, which follow through on the palate with a compact intensity of fruits over a savoury touch and a long finish.

+ Read More

Samantha Connew, who hails from the South Island of New Zealand, is a name that has been gaining increasing attention in the Australian wine industry for all the right reasons. Her experience truly traverses the world of wine – previously the Senior Winemaker at Wirra Wirra (McLaren Vale, South Australia) for a decade, Sam also worked for the Australian Wine Research Institute as well as in Spain, Italy, Oregon. Named in honour of Abel Tasman as the first European to sight Tasmania and then the South Island of New Zealand in 1642, Stargazer was born in 2012 after Sam fell in love with the quality of fruit and potential Tasmania offers. 

Sam’s Pinot Noir comes from the Palisander Vineyard that was planted in 2002, just twenty minutes north-east from Hobart. Fermentation occurs with about 25% of whole bunches being used, undergoing natural fermentation before being aged for just under a year in French puncheons (larger barrels) – over 20% being new barrels. The usage of larger barrels restrain an overtly oaky influence to the fruit, with a harmonious intertwining of fruit and savoury complexity to the resulting wine. In under a decade of her work in Tasmania with Stargazer, Sam Connew has proven herself to be one of the most exciting new winemakers not within just the Apple Isle but all of Australia. 

Sam continues to drive the world of wine forward as a member of both Wine Tasmania and in her role on the advisory board of the Australian Women in Wine Awards. 

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Prêt-à-Rouge

What — Shiraz, Pinot Noir
Where — Beechworth, Victoria
When — 2017

Spicy, with perfume, dried herb, cranberry and raspberry. Medium-bodied, wonderful crunch and energy, a pomegranate/cranberry juice acidity and flavour, playful scratch of tannin, and a cool spicy finish.

+ Read More

Tessa Brown along with husband Jeremy Schmölzer make up Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown. Tessa’s winemaking and viticulture career took her across New Zealand, Italy, Spain and multiple states of Australia before settling in Beechworth, in northern Victoria, with their own property. Their own vines are still years from full maturity so they also source additional fruit from the neighbouring regions of the King Valley and Alpine Valleys. 

The Prêt-à-Rouge, literally translated from French as ‘ready to red’, is representative of Tessa’s approach towards an easy-to-drink blended grape variety example with a focus on pure deliciousness over single varietal expression. The wine is a blend of 60% Alpine Valleys Shiraz and 40% Beechworth Pinot Noir. Other vintages have included Sangiovese, however the 2017 is a Pinot/Shiraz which has been gaining increasing attention from a multitude of regions around Australia. It is handled lightly during its natural fermentation to avoid over extraction; its fruit intensity allowed to shine through after elevage in old oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Tessa’s aim is to make a wine that they “always hoped your Papou would enjoy this wine as much as your niece with the neck tattoo”.

Tessa has her sights set on more than just vines, making significant efforts to restore their land to a more natural state by planting oak trees which have been inoculated with truffle spores, and setting a mid-term goal of organic certification for the farm. The long-term vision is to create a farm that is completely sustainable and self-sufficient, aimed ultimately at giving back to its environment far more than it takes. 

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Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache

What — Tempranillo, Grenache
Where — McLaren Vale, South Australia
When — 2019

Bright notes of pomegranate, sarsaparilla, violets and nutmeg typical of dry grown Tempranillo, with the perfume and succulence of old vine Grenache. A lithe and juicy wine that favours the blood orange, cherry, red berry spectrum on the palate supported by savoury tannins built around a nervy structure, with a deliberately moreish nature.

+ Read More

Together with partner Julian Forwood, Bernice Ong created Ministry of Clouds in 2013. It marked a transition as “corporate refugees”, in their own words, from the marketing and distribution aspects of the wine world to diving into owning their own vineyard and creating their own wines. They complement their own fruit with old vine material from other regions – the majority of their grapes coming from their home region of McLaren Vale.  

A combination of premium vineyards within McLaren Vale were used for the fruit sources of the Tempranillo and Grenache, including vines up to 100 years of age. The fruit was handled very gently to retain freshness and vibrancy, with the use of whole bunch and carbonic maceration in the winemaking process. The wine was aged in a mixture of stainless steel, old French oak puncheons (larger barrels) and a single large 5,000 litre old oak foudre from 11 months before bottling. Drawing inspiration from Spain, the blend speaks with a decidedly new-wave Australian accent, expressing restraint and poise and eschewing excessive alcohol and oak usage. 

The short but exciting life of Ministry of Clouds has already been regularly recognised in the Australian wine world, with their inaugural releases being named in James Halliday’s ‘Top 10 New Wineries’. The name Ministry of Clouds represents the juxtaposition of their past security and structure aka “the ministry” of their past careers in search of freedom, independence and adventure to which they have no real control, just as we have no control over clouds. 

 

 

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