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View details Crawford River Young Vines Riesling 2016
$ 27.99 Crawford River Young Vines Riesling 2016
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Riesling / Henty / Victoria
Fifty kilometres inland from the Victorian coast, halfway between Warnambool and Coonawarra, an unusally complex mix of friable, basalt loams and permeable clays, overlaying the limestones of an ancient seabed, form a terroir that's opportune for viticulture and idyllic for Riesling. Vines were planted at Crawford River in 1975 in the midst of a large cattle station, established by John Thomson's great grandfather in 1884. The young vines moniker is completely relative, as the most recent plantings at Crawford River are in excess of fourteen years.
 
View details Crawford River Semillon Sauvignon 2013
$ 22.99 Crawford River Semillon Sauvignon 2013
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SauvBlanc Semillon / Henty / Victoria
Exactingly fashioned from parcels of Semillon grapes, hand picked off dry grown vines, an exquisitely fragrant wine with a serious weight of palate, deliciously reflecting the cooler, balmy maritime breezes which rejuvenate the vineyard. The quality of fruit at Crawford River is the product of a painstaking approach to viticulture and careful management of crop levels throughout the growing season. The concentration of flavours and finely attenuated acidity offer great opportunty for growers with the nerve to tough out the extended vintages at Henty.
 
View details Crawford River Semillon 2011
$ 23.99 Crawford River Semillon 2011
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Semillon / Henty / Victoria
The Thomson family share a long history with the agriculture of Victoria's western districts, winemaking has been a family tradition since the nineteenth century. The Thomsons have an eye for the land, in 1975 they settled on a splendid site in Victoria's Henty region and planted vines. In exceptional vintage years, if the quality of harvest merits a pure Semillon wine, the choicest parcels are set aside for an extravagant barrel ferment in French oak and extended term of contact on sedimentery lees. A Semillon of remarkable complexity, elegance and finesse.
 
View details Crawford River Riesling 2015
$ 39.99 Crawford River Riesling 2015
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Riesling / Henty / Victoria
Outstanding Langtons Classification. The Crawford River vineyard wineworks are in the tiny but superlative Henty region, half way between Portland and Hamilton. This elegant and tightly structured Victorian Riesling wine must be experienced to be believed, it exhibits the intense, complex fruit characters and natural acidity of an elite vineyard terroir. A soft and textured palate of great purity and elegance is underpinned by stoney, Chablis like, chalky minerality, derived from the ancient seabeds in which the vines have extended their parched roots.
 
View details Crawford River Reserve Riesling 2004
$ 86.99 Crawford River Reserve Riesling 2004
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Riesling / Henty / Victoria
Outstanding Langtons Classification. Established 1975, Crawford River is one of the most distinguished vineyards in Victoria, arguably the finest Riesling site on the Australian mainland. The pick of crop is set aside in the most exceptional vintage years for a limited release Reserve bottling, held back under the estate cellars for extended bottle development. Its marked elegance, seamless structure and captivating fruit, articulates the virtues of a superior terroir, as influenced by the largesse of an immaculate vintage.
 
View details Crawford River Noble Dry Riesling 2011
$ 34.99 Crawford River Noble Dry Riesling 2011
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Riesling / Henty / Victoria
The divine mesoclimes at Crawford River lend themselves to a variety of white wine styles to rival the most auspicious Riesling growing appellations in the world. A blight of botrytis cinerea following the wetness of vintage 2011, inspired the team to fashion a bone dry genre of Riesling, from parcels of grapes affected by the illustrious Noble Rot. A delightful accord of winsome floral notes and parched mineral savouryness, in a contention of characters that's so much greater than the sum of parts.
 
View details Crawford River Nektar 375ml 2010
$ 39.99 Crawford River Nektar 375ml 2010
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SauvBlanc Semillon / Henty / Victoria
From time to time at Crawford River, when vintage conditions are just so, the capricious botrytis cinerea blights a parcel or two of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. This however can be a blessing of nature, if a spell of clear skies and sunny days, just before the time of picking, works its magic by drying out the berries and intensifying the natural sugars. The uniquely favourable mesoclimes of the Henty region are heaven sent for white wines, even more so when mother nature sets the stage for a toothsome sauternes style to rival the very finest.
 
View details Crawford River Museum Riesling 2006
$ 58.99 Crawford River Museum Riesling 2006
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Riesling / Henty / Victoria
The mineral rich basalt loams, permeable clays and underlying limestones at Crawford River are a rare confluence of terroirs which yield an amazing quality of Riesling. The Thomson family had been intimately familiar with the property for a century, eventually turning parts of their grazing enterprise over to viticulture after neighbour Karl Seppelt established one of Victoria's most felicitous new vineyards in the 1960s. Henty offers the exquisite regal charm of the world's great Riesling appellations, the richness of Riquewihr, elegance of Eden and comfort of Clare.
 
View details Crawford River Cielo 2013
$ 28.99 Crawford River Cielo 2013
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SauvBlanc / Henty / Victoria
Pure Sauvignon Blanc, luxuriously barrel fermented through the spontaneous action of wild indigenous yeasts. A curious selection of tubular cigar shaped casks are essential to the style, longer and slimmer than traditional barriques to maximize sedimentery lees contact and enhance exposure to oak. Twelve months of age on light solids builds creamy richness and introduces Burgundian influenced, grapefruit boulangère complexity. A voluptuously proportioned, yet elegant, textural wine, a bliss alongside lemon and rosemary partridge or quail.
 
View details Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
$ 45.99 Crawford River Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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CabernetSauv / Henty / Victoria
The vines at Crawford River were planted from the ground up, with a view to realizing minimal harvests of world class fruit. The auspicious site was originally used for grazing, established to viticulture in 1975, it was generations of cattle and sheep which prepared the land for winegrowing. A rare confluence of soils, limestones, friable basalts and ancient alluvials, form a terroir that's heaven sent for Cabernet Sauvignon. Finely boned, muscular and statuesque, a flagship Victorian effort to rival her siblings from the most regal Cabernet appellations in the world.
 
View details Crawford River Cabernet Merlot Franc 2011
$ 26.99 Crawford River Cabernet Merlot Franc 2011
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CabernetSauv CabernetFranc Merlot / Henty / Victoria
Completely dry grown and deliberately low cropped, the vines at Crawford River are stimulated by the chilly surrounds, to slowly ripen parched little berries with a concentration of flavour and the most elegant tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary black grape, meagre harvests of intensely flavoured fruit, layered with perfumed boysenberry and cassis richness. The holy trinity of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, framed by a measure of refined French oak, its velvetine plum and bramble nature makes Crawford River the perfect match to osso bucco or pink lamb.
 
Inspired by its potential to produce superior quality grapes, John and Catherine Thomson planted their vineyard in 1975 at Crawford River, in south west Victoria, a relatively unexplored wine growing region

Crawford River is located in the Henty winegrowing region on the Upper Hotspur Road between Hotspur, on the Casterton/Heywood Road and Condah, along the Henty Highway, half way between Hamilton and Portland. The winery is less than an hour from Port Fairy, Dunkeld, Portland and Mt. Gambier in South Australia. The beautiful cellar door building added in 2000 was designed by Graeme Gunn. Visitors can drink in the glorious views of the vineyard that sweep down to grazing cattle and sheep as they sample the wines.

 Crawford River

Situated approximately 50 kilometres inland from the Southern Ocean and lying at the alluvial edge of a volcanic lava flow, the 11.5 Ha vineyard has its roots in an unusally complex, mineral- rich soil base. Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays permeable clay which lies above limestone created by an ancient, risen seabed. Rainfall is generally reliable, with much of the 650mm average falling in Winter and Spring . At Latitude 38° South and 110 metres above sea-level, temperatures are cool.

All wines are crafted entirely from fruit grown at the Crawford River vineyard, vinified and bottled on site. The hand picked grapes are brought in to the winery in small batches where meticulous attention is paid to detail. Patience and time are of the essence throughout the winemaking process. Minimal interference and movement during vinification, in preference of the fruit naturally expressing the special terroir. This approach influences the pure, elegant quality of the end product.

White wines are cool fermented to dryness exclusively in stainless steel tanks. Red wines are fermented in small, open fermenters and hand plunged. Small parcels are given extended maceration and a further portion are barrel fermented to create wines with finesse, multi-layered flavours and complexity. Individual blocks and treatments are kept separate throughout their maturation of twelve to twenty four months in a varitey of French oak. Malolactic fermentation proceeds naturally in the spring.

 Crawford River

Presiding over gently undulating grazing lands with sprawling forests in the distance, Crawford River has paved the way for the industry in what is traditionally a wool, beef and dairy region. The cool southerly latitude together with the maritime environment, complex soil structure and favourable micro-climate create a terroir which has justified that initial vision. The winery atop the hill and the vineyard hugging the slope nestle in the midst of a large sheep and cattle station that John’s great- grandfather settled in 1884.

The splendid site enjoys its moderating maritime influence whilst managing to escape most of the Autumn sea mists. The combination of these factors produces a long and even growing season helping to produce grapes with intense fruit flavours and high natural acidity. Whilst the dry grown vineyard enjoys low yields, some years require careful manipulation of bunch numbers, ensuring the highest possible fruit quality. Budburst is usually mid- September with picking from mid April to mid May. Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon are the two main varieties in the vineyard, with smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. All the pruning, picking, shoot and fruit thinning, leaf plucking and general canopy management are done entirely by hand.

Due to the long ripening period and consequent late picking dates, there can be an onset of Botrytis Cinerea. In these years the ability to hand select botrytis affected fruit is crucial, as the dry table wines can only be made from clean fruit. The sweet, botrytised fruit is reserved for the estate's renowned dessert wines. These are fermented to comparably low sugar levels in order to find an ideal balance between sugar, acid and alcohol so the purity of the style is expressed with a clean, crisp finish.

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