With Christian Canute as the winemaker, there is no doubting that this limited cuvee from his grape grower uncle, James Hage, is something special. A terrific effort made from 40- to 100-year-old Shiraz vines, and aged in primarily old French and some new American wood, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a rich, full-bodied, layered personality with tremendous intensity. While accessible, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
Troll Creek Winery
Troll Creek was established by James & Jo Hage at Bethany in the Barossa Valley in 1998. Our Home Block in Bethany, nestled at the foot of the Barossa Ranges, has been tended by the Hage family since the early 1900s. An old red gum slab bridge, built by our forefathers, has stood the test of time and spans a tiny creek among the vines. As each generation has worked the vines, they've told their children of the legendary Troll who lives under the bridge.
We're still tending the Home Block and, as we've pruned and picked down near the creek, we've shared the legend of the Troll with our own children. Each year he's joined by James, a sixth generation vigneron, who hand selects rows of premium old vine Shiraz and Cabernet to produce Troll Creek's rich full-bodied red wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales
- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of
Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.