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Honey Moon Vineyard18 Jun 2013
Honey Moon Vineyard is extremely pleased and proud of its recent success at The Red Hill Show's International Cool Climate Wine Show 2013. The Honey Moon Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2010 was awarded the trophy for Best Wine of the Show and three other trophies as well: . Best Red Wine of the Show . Judges Best Vintage Wine (2010 or older) . Best Cool Climate Shiraz Full trophy and medal results for the Show are available from www.coolclimatewineshow.org.au
Sinclair's Gully Wines06 Dec 2012

Sinclair’s Gully, a family run wine and ecotourism business at Norton Summit SA, was the Hills’ shining light at the 2012 South Australian Tourism Awards Ceremony last Friday night, bringing home two awards, the prestigious Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, a second award for Ecotourism and also picked up a gold medal in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries category. To top of an amazing night, Sinclair’s Gully was inducted into the State Tourism Hall of Fame, in front of 550 guests at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Owners Sue and Sean Delaney are absolutely thrilled to be the first Adelaide Hill’s winery to be inducted into the State Tourism Hall of Fame.
Sue said, ’Being inducted in to the Hall of Fame is something we only ever dreamed about. We feel very honoured to be recognised up there with the very best tourism businesses the State has to offer. If someone had said to us when we bought our property at Norton Summit 15 years ago, that one day we would be standing on the podium for the State Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, I would have laughed and said they were crazy!’
These awards top off an amazing year for Sinclair’s Gully, who were placed second at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in March and all 4 of their Methode Traditionale sparkling wines were rated 93 points or higher by James Halliday this year. Sean said " Our decision to specialize in sparkling wines and hand disgorge wines in small batches has been a huge success. Unlike larger commercial operations we let the wine dictate the timeframe. By allowing the balance of each vintage to enjoy the full benefits of bottle age on lees we are in the unique position of offering a range of recently disgorged (RD) wines to the sparkling wine lover.“
Sean went on to say, “Four years ago Sinclair's Gully recognised challenging times ahead for small tourism businesses and developed a number of unique, sustainable wine and ecotourism experiences based around their conservation and sustainability message. These innovative products have been met with wide customer approval and strong ongoing support which has secured our business viability. Working under their "Conservation in a Glass" theme, Sinclair's Gully exemplifies an enlightened approach to viticulture whereby the focus is on soil health and working with nature rather than against it. Certainly the resulting handcrafted artisanal wines are establishing a reputation for excellence in their own right. The discerning wine consumer can now exercise their environmental conscience while enjoying some of the finest cool climate wines available.”
As the hills only climate action innovator and advanced ecocertified cellar door, one of only two cellar doors in Australia to carry ecocertified accreditation, the business employs a triple bottom line approach across all aspects of its operations. Environmental practices focus on conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem and the use of biodynamic vineyard practices to ensure sustainable outcomes. Other sustainable initiatives include zero waste 100% recycling program, the onsite collection of all water and reuse of grey water on the surrounding garden, its energy efficiency program and solar power project, through to measuring and implementing strategies to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint.
The results of Sinclair’s Gully’s sustainability initiatives include returning over 80% of their property to a gazetted sanctuary ensuring the ongoing protection and conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem. 55% of its business electricity is generated on site from the solar power initiative and power usage has reduced by 43% over the last 4 years,
Sue said “Our sustainability initiatives have resulted in a 51% reduction in our carbon footprint over 4 years. These initiatives have not only reduced our environmental footprint, but resulted in significant cost savings, improving the business’s net profitability.”
”Sinclair’s Gully has many facets, with wildflower walks in spring, watching the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk at a summer twilight tasting, or just sitting back on the deck with a glass of wine and a platter provides a very personal and unique Australian wine and ecotourism experience, allowing visitors to connect with their natural heritage” Sean concluded.
As a South Australian Tourism Awards winner, Sinclair’s Gully is now automatically entered into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Tasmania in February 2013, to compete against the best in each State and Territory.

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard02 Oct 2012

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard has received a 5 star rating from James Halliday.

Paracombe Premium Wines17 Sep 2012

Paul and Kathy Drogemuller of Paracombe Wines are delighted with the award. The South Australian Wine of the Year Awards are presented annually to recognise the excellence of the South Australian wine industry. The Awards in their 25th year, are judged by an independent panel of the State’s leading wine judges, representing all wine regions.
2012 is the second vintage of Red Ruby with a great story behind this single vineyard, Malbec varietal rosé. The previous year, described by Paul and Kathy “as the most character building vintage ever experienced” with unseasonal rain and difficult conditions during harvest and vintage.
Paul, saw it as a perfect opportunity to produce the rosé he been wanting to for some time. As they walked through the Malbec vineyard Paul pointed out to Kathy that they had a choice. “Have a play and make a rosé, or leave the fruit hang and potentially lose the crop.” Paul could see the Malbec flavour profile was ideal for a rosé with intense, long flavour and made in a dry style with the right acid balance on the finish would be a superb wine. So out of difficulty, came a little gem and Red Ruby was released winning a place in the 2011 Advertiser Top 100 with its debut.
The 2012 Red Ruby is limited, only 190 dozen was produced of this wine. It is available direct from the Paracombe winery.
Ph (08) 8380 5058, email winery@paracombewines.com

Sinclair's Gully Wines28 Aug 2012

Come up and taste our 4 sparklings rated over 90 points by Halliday! We have one of the largest ranges of premium sparklings wines in the Hills.

Ngeringa Vineyards09 Aug 2012


On Sunday, September 9th and 16th during our cellar door hours - 11am to 5pm - Hayden Rogers, known as Farmer Hayden to his customers, will be setting up his biodynamic-vege market stall at our cellar door. Normally Farmer Hayden is based at the Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market but for these two weeks only he'll be displaced by the Royal Adelaide Show. Hayden has been growing much of his produce on NGERINGA's biodynamic-certified land since earlier this year and so this will be an opportunity to him to work from home, as it were, and hand customers his vegetables as they come out of the soil. To keep everyone warm, we'll be welcoming customers to our cellar door with a blazing outdoor wood oven, homemade sourdough bread and soup made from our own estate-grown seasonal vegetables. All of our wines will be available by the glass or bottle and on tasting.  For more information, phone 8398 2867 or visit the website www.ngeringa.com or email ngeringa@ngeringa.com

Sinclair's Gully Wines09 Aug 2012
Paracombe Premium Wines03 Jul 2012

Paracombe 2009 Pinot Noir has won Gold in the 2012 Sommelier Wine Awards in the United Kingdom in the New World Pinot Noir Excluding New Zealand category. We are very excited and proud to receive this award. What makes it even more special is this wine was the only Australian Pinot Noir to win a Gold medal in the competition.
This wine will also be showcased by Peter McCombie, a New Zealand-born, English resident Master of Wine, based in London. He will be showcasing Paracombe Pinot Noir in his Masterclass as one of the best examples of New World Pinot's on the market.

Here is what the SWA judges had to say about Paracombe 2009 Pinot Noir....
"Attractive and sophisticated, this marries leafy, toned red fruits with sous bois and spices on the nose, leading to a soft juicy, red fruited-palate. 'Good structure with high but velvety tannins and a long finish,' said an approving Roberto Loppi, Hakkasan. 'I am really enjoying this new style of New World Pinot Noir,' said Terroirs' Emilie Courtois. 'Very clean and fresh, this will be great with lamb chops with gremolata.'"
The Sommelier Wine Awards were established in 2007, the 2012 competition attracted close to 2000 entries, with 80 sommeliers judging over a five-week period.

Deviation Road Cellars15 Jun 2012

Our Deviation Road Loftia Vintage 2009 Sparkling is now on the winelist being poured at not 1, but 2 of Heston Blumenthal's restaurants, The Fat Duck and Dinner.

Nepenthe Cellar Door30 May 2012

Media Release 23 May, 2012
Nepenthe wins prestigious Decanter Trophy For Best Aussie Sauvignon Blanc
Nepenthe has been awarded its second trophy in four years for the Best Australian Sauvignon Blanc over £10 at the Decanter World Wine Awards. The prestigious trophy was awarded to the 2011 Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc at the London International Wine Fair overnight, reaffirming the position of Nepenthe’s flagship wines as the best example of the variety in Australia.
Nepenthe won the trophy for the first time in 2009 and has been strengthening its worldwide reputation for producing a benchmark wine style ever since. Nepenthe also picked up Decanter Gold for its 2010 Classic Shiraz, only the second vintage ever produced, showcasing the breadth of winemaking skill at Nepenthe.
Only 25 International trophies are awarded at the Decanter World Wine Awards, chosen out of more than 12,000 wines entered.
Vintage 2011 proved to be challenging for many Australian winemakers with above average rainfall producing poor growing conditions, though Nepenthe, through its viticultural expertise, has delivered Australia’s Best Sauvignon Blanc from these very conditions.
Nepenthe winemaker, Alex Trescowthick has been with Nepenthe since 2008 and is ecstatic with the win and in receiving international recognition at the biggest wine show in the world.
Trescowthick said, “This is a great win, not only for my team at Nepenthe but also for our region. We have always believed in the high altitude Adelaide Hills and their ability to produce world class Sauvignon Blanc and our team has worked very hard to produce something that is classically Nepenthe yet characteristically Adelaide Hills.
The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world's largest international wine competition. The wines are judged by the experts from 25 different countries, including one-fifth of the world’s Masters of Wine.
Nepenthe’s Sauvignon Blanc has an impressive portfolio of gold medals including 2011 National Cool Climate Wine Show, 2008 Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show and has been named in Matthew Jukes 2009 Top 100 Australian Wines.
Nepenthe classic range retails for $19.99 each and are available through selected independent wine stores.
For more info, click here: nepenthewines.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/nepenthe-wins-prestigious-decanter-trophy-for-best-aussie-sauvignon-blanc/Media

Arranmore Vineyard14 Apr 2012

 After an 18 month pause, Arranmore Vineyard is pleased to announce our cellar door has re-opened for business. Why not drop in and refresh your memory of our famous Black Pinot, or maybe try our delicious unwooded Chardonnay. Or maybe our Sauvignon Blanc is more your style or our acclaimed PS Sparkling. Whatever takes your fancy why not drop in and say hello on your next visit to the hills?

Sinclair's Gully Wines07 Mar 2012

Sue and Sean Delaney of Sinclair’s Gully Wines at Norton Summit, are thrilled to have been placed second at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner held in Cairns on Friday 2 March 2011.
This silver medal at the National Tourism Awards top off an amazing year for Sinclair’s Gully with such achievements as including winning the prestigious South Australian Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the AdvantageSA Regional Awards and a 94 point Halliday rating for their methode traditionale sparkling wine, making James Halliday’s Best Sparkling Wines for 2012.
"Sinclair’s Gully has many facets, with wildflower walks in spring, watching the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk at a summer twilight tasting,checking out works by local artists in the gallery or just sitting back on the deck with a glass of wine and a platter provides a very personal and unique Australian wine and ecotourism experience, allowing visitors to connect with their natural heritage” said Sean.

“It is such a great honour to be recognised for our sustainable tourism initiatives and commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. As far as being acknowledged by our peers and the national tourism industry, it really doesn’t get any better than this!” said Sue.

For more information on SInclair's Gully and our ecowine events please check out www.sinclairsgully.com

Sinclair's Gully Wines12 Feb 2012

Sue and Sean Delaney of Sinclair’s Gully Wines at Norton Summit, are thrilled to be representing South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner to be held in Cairns on Friday 2 March 2011.
Representing South Australia at the National Tourism Awards tops off an amazing 12 months for Sinclair’s Gully, including winning the prestigious South Australian Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism and receiving Silvers in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries and Ecotourism categories. Being induced into the Hall of Fame at the AdvantageSA Regional Awards and a 94 point Halliday rating for their methode traditionale sparkling wine, making James Halliday’s Best Sparkling Wines for 2012 were definite highlights for the year.
Four years ago Sinclair's Gully recognised challenging times ahead for small tourism businesses and developed a number of unique, sustainable wine and ecotourism experiences based around their conservation and sustainability message. These innovative products have been met with wide customer approval and strong ongoing support which has secured our business viability. Working under their "Conservation in a Glass" theme Sinclair's Gully exemplifies an enlightened approach to viticulture whereby the focus is on soil health and working with nature rather than against it. Certainly the resulting handcrafted artisanal wines are establishing a reputation for excellence in their own right. The discerning wine consumer can now exercise their environmental conscience while enjoying some of the finest cool climate wines available.
Sean said “Visitors to our cellar door join us on our sustainability journey through our interpretive tourism experiences. They come to understand the importance of conserving the endangered candlebark ecosystem by showing visitors the bushcare work that has been completed over the past 14 years and explaining the biodynamic practices that are implemented in the vineyard. People who come and visit get to see the sustainable land and business practices first hand. Walking through the wildflowers in spring, watching the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk at a summer twilight tasting, or just sitting back on the deck with a glass of wine and a platter provides a very personal and unique Australian wine and ecotourism experience, with visitors returning again and again”.
As the hills only climate action innovator and advanced ecocertified cellar door, one of only two cellar doors in Australia to carry ecocertified accreditation, the business employs a triple bottom line approach across all aspects of its operations. Environmental practices focus on conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem and the use of biodynamic vineyard practices to ensure sustainable outcomes. Other sustainable initiatives include zero waste 100% recycling program, the onsite collection of all water and reuse of grey water on the surrounding garden, its energy efficiency program and solar power project, through to measuring and implementing strategies to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint.
The results of Sinclair’s Gully’s sustainability initiatives include;
? Returning over 80% of their property to a sanctuary to ensure the ongoing protection and conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem,
? 55% of business electricity is generated on site from the solar power initiative, and
? a 43% reduction in power usage over last 3 years,
Sue said “Our sustainability initiatives have resulted in a 51% reduction in our carbon footprint over 3 years. These initiatives have not only reduced our environmental footprint, but resulted in significant cost savings, improving the business’s net profitability.”
Sinclair’s Gully will be competing against the very best from each State and Territory. “It is such a great honour to be recognised for our sustainable tourism initiatives and commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. As far as being acknowledged by the national tourism industry, it doesn’t get any better than this!” said Sue.
 

For further details contact Sue Delaney on 8390 1995 or email wine@sinclairsgully.com
Address: 288 Colonial Drive Norton Summit SA Web: www.sinclairsgully.com
 

Sinclair's Gully Wines06 Jan 2012

Sue and Sean Delaney of Sinclair’s Gully Wines are thrilled to announce the opening their Adelaide Hills Sparkling House ‘THE RUBIDA ROOM'.

Sean said ‘The idea for the Sparkling Room came about after making the decision to specialize in sparkling wines and hand disgorge in small batches a number of years ago. Unlike larger commercial operations, we are in the unique position of offering a range of small batch recently disgorged (RD) wines to the sparkling wine lover, allowing the balance of each vintage to enjoy the full benefits of bottle age on lees. Our new sparkling room will enable us to provide unique, meaningful and authentic experiences for our guests, allowing us to really look after our wine club members who have followed and supported us over the years.

Sean went on to say ‘We have had a lot of people following the build of the Rubida Room from the start. From the sourcing of the massive cypress pine 200X200 beams and recycled jarrah doors, through to the restoration of the 170 year old rise and fall lamps, the project has generated a great deal of interest and expectation. The Rubida Room has a number of functions but it is primarily a private and intimate facility to be used by our wine club members.‘

Sue said ’We are thrilled to officially release our 'Kyle' sparkling shiraz and 'Talia' sparkling blanc de blanc to launch the opening of the sparkling house. These two outstanding Adelaide hills’ sparklings join our highly acclaimed 94 point sparkling 'Rubida' which made James Halliday’s 2012 Top 40 Best Australian Sparkling Wines. We will be selling sparkling tasting flights to showcase our sparkling range. All of our sparkling wines are Methode Traditionelle bottle fermented wines, disgorged and dosaged by hand at cellar door. As a cool climate area, arguably producing the country’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it stands to reason we should be producing sensational sparkling wines.’

TO CELBRATE THE OPENING OF THE RUBIDA ROOM, SINCLAIR’S GULLY IS HOSTING A NUMBER OF EVENTS STARTING ON AUSTRALIA DAY AND RUNNING OVER CRUSH - THE ADELAIDE HILLS WINE FESTIVAL.
AUSTRALIA DAY BUSH PICNIC & ART EXHIBITION. THURS 26 JANUARY 12-4PM
Activities throughout the afternoon will include whip cracking, thong tossing and Australian poetry reading. Guests are welcome to bring along an Aussie bush picnic to share with friends under the towering candlebark gums, as they tap their toes to bush music throughout the afternoon.
The 'Australia' art exhibition by local hills artist Hilary Brookes will be officially opened at 2pm, and will be on display in the Rubida Room every weekend from 26 January to 18 March 2012 between 12 & 4pm.
Local artist Hilary Brookes lived in the hills as a teenager and returned with her family to live at Norton Summit five years ago. Hilary's art has blossomed since moving to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Finding inspiration in her natural surroundings and the native fauna which abounds in the area, Hilary has developed and focused her talent in bringing to life some of the lesser known native locals. Through this impressive body of work, Hilary engages the viewer with the beauty and character of her subject.

So dust off your akubra and RMs and head for Sinclair’s Gully to celebrate the opening of Sinclair’s Gully’s new sparkling house on Australia Day. Don’t forget to bring along a picnic and your favourite Aussie poem to share. It’s going to be a fabulous afternoon! Book your table on 83901995 or wine@sinclairsgully.com

OYSTERS & SPARKLING AT SUNSET. CRUSH – ADELAIDE HILLS WINE FESTIVAL. Sat 28th Jan 6-9pm
Celebrate the opening of 'The Rubida Room' with an evening of Oysters & Fizz!.
Ashley and Lynda from BTS Oysters, Cowell will be joining us again to prepare fresh oysters during the evening and guide us through the finer gastronomic points of oyster cuisine.
To complete an evening of sensory indulgence, Kelly will sooth your soul with her dulcet tones as the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk. So if you love fresh oysters & great sparkling, come and celebrate the opening of our sparkling room with us - it will be a great night!!
Prices; Fresh Cowell oysters (6/12 oysters $10/$20). Vietnamese Platters for two ($35). Homemade tarts $10. Truffles. Wine for sale by the glass/bottle (from $5-$10/$20-$40)
RSVP by 19 January required for catering. Ph 83901995 or email wine@sinclairsgully.com. Bookings essential.

BERETS, BAGUETTES & BRIE! CRUSH - ADELAIDE HILLS WINE FESTIVAL Sun 29 Jan 11am to 5pm
Wear your favourite beret. Enjoy a game of petanque, a sparkling tasting flight or picnic under our towering candlebark gums while listening to classic French music. Don't miss the napoleonic tradition of sabering a bottle of Sparkling on the hour!
Food. 11am Brunch Oysters and Fizz. Fresh Cowell oysters (6/12 oysters $10/$20 booking essential).
From 12pm baguette and brie picnics ($15- $30). Homemade tarts $10. Truffles.
Enquiries Ph 83901995 or email wine@sinclairsgully.com
Venue: Sinclair’s Gully. 288 Colonial Drive Norton Summit SA 5136
For further details on this press release please contact Sue Delaney on 8390 1995 or wine@sinclairsgully.com

Sinclair's Gully Wines30 Oct 2011

Sinclair’s Gully, a family run wine and ecotourism business at Norton Summit, SA has won the 2011 AdvantageSA Hills and Coast Regional Award for Sustainability and was inducted into AdvantageSA’s Hall of Fame after winning 3 regional awards over the past four years. The AdvantageSA Regional Awards recognise businesses and individuals for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions, demonstrating excellence in regional leadership. Business owners and dedicated conservationists and vignerons, Sue and Sean Delaney received the award and Sinclair’s Gully was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Gala Presentation Dinner, held at the Victor Harbor Golf Course on Friday evening.

“It is such a great honour to win this regional sustainability award and be inducted into AdvantageSA’s Hall of Fame. We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised as an industry leader by AdvantageSA for the conservation of our endangered candlebark woodland, our sustainability practices and commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. As far as being acknowledged by our peers, it really doesn’t get any better than this” said Sue.

Sinclair’s Gully is the hills only climate action innovator and ecocertified cellar door, one of only two cellar doors in Australia to carry ecocertified accreditation. The multi-awarded property has over 150 species of native plants and 66 species of birds, many being endangered or rare.
Sinclair’s Gully employs a triple bottom line approach across all aspects of their operation. Environmental practices focus on conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem and the use of biodynamic vineyard practices to ensure sustainable outcomes. Other sustainable initiatives include zero waste 100% recycling program, the onsite collection of all water and reuse of grey water on the surrounding garden, its energy efficiency program and solar power project, through to measuring and implementing strategies to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint.
Sinclair’s Gully’s major sustainability initiatives include;
? Returning over 80% of their property to a sanctuary to ensure the ongoing protection and conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem,
? 55% of business electricity is generated on site from the solar power initiative, and
? a 43% reduction in power usage over last 3 years,

Sue said “Our sustainability initiatives have resulted in a 51% reduction in our carbon footprint over 3 years. These initiatives have not only reduced our environmental footprint, but resulted in significant cost savings, improving the business’s net profitability.”

This successful Adelaide Hills family business is recognised as an environmental leader within industry and the community at a regional and state level. They actively promote and educate businesses, local community and the general public on the importance of preserving the natural environment and demonstrate how to implement sustainable initiatives seamlessly into daily life.

“We value our community a great deal and participate in a number of environmental community projects. We are actively involved in our local landcare group, recently establishing the Morialta to Coralinga Biolink project to protect the biodiversity occurring on over 370 hectares contiguous native vegetation on private landholder’s properties in the area” said Sue.

“Visitors to our cellar door join us on our sustainability journey through interpretive experiences. They come to understand the importance of conserving the endangered candlebark ecosystem by showing visitors the bushcare work that has been completed over the past 14 years and explaining the biodynamic practices that are implemented in the vineyard. People who come and visit get to see the sustainable land and business practices first hand. Walking through the wildflowers in spring, watching the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk at a summer twilight tasting, or just sitting back on the deck with a glass of wine and a platter provides a very personal and unique Australian wine and ecotourism experience, with visitors returning again and again” said Sean.