Thursday, 27th September: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 29th September: 11am - 5pm
Canberra District, NSW & Multi-Regional South Australia
Thursday, 4th October: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 6th October: 11am - 5pm
Nick O’Leary crafts his wines on the southern escarpment of Lake George near Bungendore. Each wine comes from small individual parcels of fruit, sourced in and around the Canberra District.
Nick O’Leary Wines was awarded NSW Wine of the Year for its 2014 Shiraz at the NSW Wine Industry Awards on the 29th of October 2015. It’s the first time in the awards 19 year history that a winery has won the award in consecutive years. The Nick O’Leary 2013 Bolaro Shiraz was awarded Best Shiraz and NSW wine of the year at the 2014 NSW Wine Industry Awards. It was also the first time the award has been won twice by the same winery.
The Nick O’Leary 2013 Shiraz was awarded the historic Stodart Trophy at the 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show as well as two other trophies for Best Red and Best Shiraz of Show.
Nick O’Leary Wines was rated a 5 red star winery in James Halliday’s 2017 Australian Wine Companion.
The 2016 Shiraz, 2016 Bolaro Shiraz and 2017 Riesling are now available on-line. Sign up to our secure email mailing list to gain access to news and future releases.
‘ This shiraz is rapidly emerging as one of the best in the Canberra region…’ Huon Hooke
Smidge Wines is the private label of one of Australia’s most exciting wine making talents, Matt Wenk. While he is best known for his role as Chief Winemaker at the highly acclaimed Two Hands stable, Smidge Wines continue to show Matt’s talent for finding outstanding vineyards that consistently deliver remarkable fruit, and transforming them to unique, small volume, world class wines.
After completing vintages in California, Adelaide Hills, Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale and France, Matt formed Smidge as a creative outlet allowing him to make wine that he was most passionate about. The 2002 vintage was Smidge’s first release and it was a single vineyard Langhorne Creek Zinfandel that launched the label. The wine was named the Tardy in honour of Matt’s reputation for time keeping and it reflects Matt’s passion for the variety, which began in his days at Nepenthe and transformed into an obsession during his time in California. Not surprisingly this wine sold out prior to release.
Since then, the Smidge portfolio has evolved into several tiers, providing a diversity of wines, while still showcasing Matt’s talents as a master winemaker and perfectionist, able to capture the delicate balance between science and art.
Independent of the names, the wines and the styles, Smidge’s overriding goal remains to give those who really appreciate wine something that is singularly enjoyable, truly special and uniquely memorable.
Clare Valley, SA
Thursday, 11th October: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 13th October: 11am - 5pm
With a background in pharmacy and medicine, owner and winemaker Justin Ardill saw an opportunity to indulge his passion for wine by purchasing a small parcel of 12 acres of vineyards in Watervale in 1993. Along with these vineyards, he and wife Julie purchased a humble cottage to be their cellar door and winery on the main street of Mintaro known simply as Reilly’s Cottage. It is this building and its 1856 owner Hugh Reilly that inspired the wine label ‘Reillys Wines’.
Beginning in 1994 with 10T of fruit, our first wines were created. Of this, 3.6T of Old Bushvine Grenache was crushed, open fermented and basket pressed by hand by Justin and Julie on the verandah of Reillys Cottage. The first vintage yielded 300 dozen of each of Riesling, Shiraz and Old Bushvine Grenache.
In 2000 when wine production outgrew Reillys Cottage, our winery at Leasingham was built housing state of the art winemaking equipment. This step took us into a new and exciting phase of Reillys growth.
Over the years, Justin and Julie purchased and planted more vineyards and sourced premium fruit from local growers in the Watervale and Leasingham areas.
Our estate grown Leasingham and Watervale vineyards are characterised by rich red loam over deep limestone. Expert management by our viticulturalist and good mate Rob Smyth ensures the vineyards are low yielding but produce intensely flavoured berries resulting in regionally distinct, fruit driven wines.
Our winemaking philosophy is to produce premium wines from our Clare Valley vineyards with limited winemaking intervention, allowing this quality fruit to truly shine.
Clare Valley, SA
Thursday, 18th October: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 19th October: 11am - 5pm
Owner and winemaker of Rieslingfreak, John Hughes’ love of Riesling began with a childhood spent in the family vineyard in Penwortham, in the heart of the Clare Valley. In 1998, the family purchased another vineyard in White Hutt, just north of the Clare township, and John’s future was sealed.
John’s father, Richard, was responsible for his early interest in wine, sharing many exceptional aged Clare Valley Rieslings with him, developing John’s liking and appreciation for the grape. As he grew up, John’s interest led him to discover Rieslings from throughout the world, fueling his passion for the variety.
The first vintage of Rieslingfreak was in 2009, with a Clare Valley Riesling. Since then, the label has slowly expanded to include vineyards in Eden Valley and Polish Hill River. Together with several traditional dry wines, he also makes Riesling in off dry, Kabinett, fortified and sparkling styles.
“I earned the nickname ‘Riesling Freak’ during my university days, as it was always my beverage of choice. My love of this grape and its enormous diversity of styles has never waned, so when I started my own label, there was really only one thing I could call it.”
Each Rieslingfreak has it’s own unique number. This number representing the region where the grapes are harvested and the style which the wine is made.