Sleeping Beauty awoke in 2013
Glenlofty’s vineyards have been carefully nurtured since 1995 in the cool-climate foothills of Victoria’s Pyrenees. Formerly blended into premium wines produced by Penfolds, Seppelts, Rosemount and Brown Bros, Glenlofty’s remarkable fruit has been bottled under its own Glenlofty Wines label only since 2013, with the difficult 2011 year being its first own vintage.
Early industry applause has been rapid – from industry peers in the Pyrenees and further afield, from the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Heathcote, Yarra Valley and the Hunter. Not because Glenlofty’s wines are similar to these well-known appellations - they’re clearly different. But because top Australian winemakers and vignerons know a super-premium cool-climate wine when it sings from their glass.
Judges in blind tastings from Melbourne to Hong Kong to London agree. The first Glenlofty release has garlanded itself with gold medals from all these. Eight gold medals so far, seven silver medals and nine bronzes. One prominent wine judge says (off the record, of course) that the Glenlofty 2011 Single-Vineyard Shiraz is clearly the outstanding Victorian shiraz of that vintage.
Glenlofty vineyard has made contributions over the years to many trophy-winning wines, including the famous Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, Seppelts Shiraz and the celebrated Marsanne Roussanne blends of the early 2000’s. Glenlofty’s Decameron vineyard, 5 km south of Glenlofty, was planted in 1996, with most of its harvests channelled into Brown Bros ultra-premium wines, like their famous Patricia Shiraz.
Since 2010, the fruit from the two vineyards has gone to the well-known winemaking team at Blue Pyrenees, headed by Andrew Koerner, to be bottled as a single-vineyard range.
Not like Barossa or McLaren Vale, but bring on the medals!
Glenlofty’s inspiration is its own terroirs, offering a range of soils and microclimates which echo those of France’s northern Rhone valley. Glenlofty’s low-yielding 350 acres under vine are producing medium bodied wines, white and red, which combine richness with elegance. The winemaking team’s goals are to realise these potentials, but without slavishly mimicking a Hermitage, a Cote Rotie or a Cornas.
Glenlofty’s haul of medals so far in 2013 – eight gold, seven silver and seven bronze – carry recognition both local (Royal Melbourne, Victorian Wines Show, Concours des Vins de Victoria) and international (London IWSC, China’s CWSA).
It is recognition of outstanding contributions by the Glenlofty team which is dedicated to producing world leading wines that express the soul that is Glenlofty, Pyrenees.