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Like the majority of producers in other key New World countries, Australian wineries are now beginning to focus on their own regional identities and indigenous grapes, while the notion of terroir is also strengthening.

Our key producer in Australia is David Lowe, who is also the Vice President of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. David insists that, in order for Australian wine to move to the next step, independent producers must begin to respect and understand their terroir and must focus on their respective regional identities. Currently, Australian wine is hugely popular in the UK, but it is yet to reach its full commercial potential in other parts of the globe.

Another noticeable advancement in Australian winemaking is the increasing number of small producers who have taken to organic and biodynamic principles. Until very recently, this was very much a European practice, yet the number of producers who have adopted these techniques across Australia is staggering. Among them is
David, whose estate is now certified organic.

This year we are delighted to announce that David will take over our Seven Day Road project, an exclusive range created purely for l’Art du Vin, consisting of easy-drinking, fruit driven wines available at entry level.

We at l’Art du Vin acknowledged last year that there was a real need for us to bring an increased quality to our Australian portfolio, and this year we have successfully addressed this issue with the inclusion of three new fantastic producers, namely Hewitson, Shadowfax and Cape Mentelle. We hope that you enjoy them as much as
we do.

Richard

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Cabernet Merlot, Cape Mentelle, 2011Cabernet Merlot, Cape Mentelle, 2011Our price: £17.00ViewEstablished in 1970, Cape Mentelle is found in one of the world’s most remote wine producing regions, Margaret River, in South West Australia. Famed for its incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, which has won countless accolades over the years, the estate is influenced by the nearby Indian Ocean, which gives the area a most unique terroir. The vineyards have spectacular views of the coastline, yet from this position it is easy to see just how fragile an environment surrounds the estate, with the Ocean constantly pounding on the shore. With this is mind, chief winemaker Robert Mann and his team must cultivate the land in a delicate manner, protecting their wonderful terroir and actively seeking to prevent the deterioration of soils, yet simultaneously produce the wines which for many, provide the benchmark for wines from Margaret River. Chardonnay, Kooyong Clonale, 2012Chardonnay, Kooyong Clonale, 2012Our price: £18.65ViewBased in the cool climate of Mornington Peninsula, 80km south of Melbourne, winemaker Sandro Mosele has created a reputation for the best representation of Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard is split into five individual parcels with a variety of clones planted on some very different soils and everything is done to enhance and express the natural characteristics of each vineyard. The Massale Pinot and the Clonale Chardonnay are example of how great wines are made in the vineyard. Chardonnay, Seven Day Road, 2011Chardonnay, Seven Day Road, 2011Our price: £9.30ViewSeven Day Road was conceived at Fonty's Pool Winery and takes its name from the address of the winery. It is a range of approachable and easy drinking wines that are typically Australian whilst retaining the trademark characters of Pemberton terroir and benefiting from the savoir faire of the acclaimed Fonty's Pool wine making team.
Chardonnay, Shadowfax, 2008Chardonnay, Shadowfax, 2008Our price: £23.30ViewBased in the state of Victoria, the Shadowfax estate is set over five Shiraz growing vineyards, overseen by winemaker Matt Harrop. Matt and his team cultivate these vines to produce distinct Shiraz from each vineyard, each of which are bottled separately. Mac Forbes Pinot Noir Y V 2012Mac Forbes Pinot Noir Y V 2012Our price: £21.30ViewJust 45 minutes east from the centre of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s best known wine producing regions. In recent years, the reputation of the area has grown exponentially, thanks to the acknowledgment that paying attention to the regions incredibly diverse terroir could ensure the production of quite fantastic wines. Merlot, Lowe, 2006Merlot, Lowe, 2006Our price: £19.90ViewLowe Wines, run by our chief Australian producer David Lowe, is located in the region of New South Wales, and draws grapes from vineyards across the Mudgee and Orange districts. David took over his family winery after a period of time working in the Hunter Valley as well as a stint honing his skills in Bordeaux, and since then, he has grown his estate so that it is now recognised among the best in the country. The winery is now a certified organic facility, producing wines of the highest quality created with indigenous grapes such as Zinfandel, one of the estate’s four flagship varieties.
Ned and Henry Shiraz, Hewitson, 2010Ned and Henry Shiraz, Hewitson, 2010Our price: £20.30ViewFounded by winemaker Dean Hewitson in 1998, the Hewitson estate is a new addition to our list for 2012. Having travelled extensively, working in the world of wine, Dean came to realise that the best wines in South Australia would have to be produced from the region’s oldest vineyards, many of which have been barren and fallow since the 19th century. Aided by his wife Lou, who the estates LuLu Sauvignon Blanc is named after, Dean began to cultivate these lands again, and recent vintages have shown that his hunch was in fact a masterstroke. Pinot Grigio, Tinja, 2010Pinot Grigio, Tinja, 2010RRP: £13.05Our price: £6.60You save: £6.45 (49%)View‘Tinja’ was the original Lowe family estate, founded in Mudgee by Bobby Lowe in 1873. Nowadays, five generations on, the Lowe family still cultivate this land, creating wines for their ‘Tinja’ range using grapes grown on two of New South Wales’ biggest mountains. Semillon Sauvignon, Franklin Tate Estate, 2011Semillon Sauvignon, Franklin Tate Estate, 2011Our price: £11.70ViewYoung and vibrant oenologist Jodie Opie and industry veteran Franklin Tate are the winemaking team at Tate Estate.The Opie & Tate team bring extensive depth, knowledge and passion to Tate Estate wines. Jodie loves the elegant refined style of wines that are the hallmark of the Margaret River region.
Shiraz, Franklin Tate Estate, 2010Shiraz, Franklin Tate Estate, 2010Our price: £11.70ViewYoung and vibrant oenologist Jodie Opie and industry veteran Franklin Tate are the winemaking team at Tate Estate.The Opie & Tate team bring extensive depth, knowledge and passion to Tate Estate wines. Jodie loves the elegant refined style of wines that are the hallmark of the Margaret River region. Shiraz, Lowe, 2009Shiraz, Lowe, 2009Our price: £19.60ViewLowe Wines, run by our chief Australian producer David Lowe, is located in the region of New South Wales, and draws grapes from vineyards across the Mudgee and Orange districts. David took over his family winery after a period of time working in the Hunter Valley as well as a stint honing his skills in Bordeaux, and since then, he has grown his estate so that it is now recognised among the best in the country. The winery is now a certified organic facility, producing wines of the highest quality created with indigenous grapes such as Zinfandel, one of the estate’s four flagship varieties. Shiraz, Seven Day Road, 2010Shiraz, Seven Day Road, 2010Our price: £9.30ViewSeven Day Road was conceived at Fonty's Pool Winery and takes its name from the address of the winery. It is a range of approachable and easy drinking wines that are typically Australian whilst retaining the trademark characters of Pemberton terroir and benefiting from the savoir faire of the acclaimed Fonty's Pool wine making team.
Shiraz, Shadowfax, 2008Shiraz, Shadowfax, 2008Our price: £23.30ViewBased in the state of Victoria, the Shadowfax estate is set over five Shiraz growing vineyards, overseen by winemaker Matt Harrop. Matt and his team cultivate these vines to produce distinct Shiraz from each vineyard, each of which are bottled separately.
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