The Eden Valley, which forms part of the greater Barossa region, is located around 75 km from the city of Adelaide, and it’s believed the area originally got its name after the word ‘Eden’ was found carved in a tree by early European surveyors. Prior to European settlement in the valley, the area was inhabited by the Peramangk Aboriginal people, and evidence of this can still be found in and around the town to this day. Winemaking history in the region dates back to the mid 1800’s, and our vineyard site ‘Millon Estate’ covers a total area of 45 hectares, set upon rolling hills up to 500 metres above sea level.
The vineyard is planted to a diverse number of different grape varieties including: Shiraz, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling.
The sub-Mediterranean climate in the region and Millon Estate’s higher than average altitude allow for long, slow ripening of the grapes in the vineyard, which is cooler than those on the valley floor. The wines then develop complex flavours and retain natural acidity for excellent aging potential. These climactic conditions alongside ancient and naturally acidic soils see that our vineyard consistently grows grapes of tremendous quality and regional distinction; an important factor contributing to the elegance of taste and impressive length of finish that our wines come to possess.
The Barossa Valley is located in South Australia on only a relatively small area of land (13km long and 14km wide), the diverse nature of the landscape, from flat plains to rolling hills, as well as its varied soil types, make the Barossa Valley ideal for growing an impressive number of different grape varieties. Barossa Shiraz however is particularly noteworthy and is widely considered the regions signature variety. In fact, the Barossa Valley is said to be home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Our small boutique block vineyard possesses wonderfully rich and fertile soils planted predominantly to premium Shiraz.
Rich, robust, velvety and mouth-filling are terms that have been used to describe the distinct nature of Shiraz from Millon Estate; these wines often present dark berry fruit flavours and develop further depth and complexity with age. Though the soil types across the Barossa Valley are varied, the main types within the region are predominantly those that fall within a family of relatively low-fertility clay loam through to more sandy varieties, ranging from grey to brown to red. The climate is warm and dry, with low relative humidity and rainfall in the growing season. Summer days experience hot temperatures and extended sunlight, followed by cool to cold nights. Cold winters and wet springs provide ample water reserves during the warm summer months.
The Clare Valley is one of Australia's oldest and most prominent wine regions with more than 160 years of winemaking history. Located about 100 km north of Adelaide, the Clare has warm days, cool nights and minimal summertime rain, and these factors provide the preconditions to make outstanding wine. When combined with the terra-rossa soil that is throughout the district, Clare has a rare ability to produce top class Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and world class Riesling.
Our vineyard was planted in 1998 in one of Clare Valleys well know premium sub region with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2001 more Shiraz was planted along with Malbec, Grenache and Riesling.
Planted on its own roots on grey sandy abrasive topsoil over clay subsoil with sections of terra rossa and receives an average rainfall of 350 millimetres per year. This vineyard produces wines of great richness and concentration due to it naturally low yielding below 3 tonne per hectare.
New South Wales
Mudgee was so named by its original Aboriginal inhabitants and means “Nest in the Hills”, a reference to the town’s location amongst ancient hills that are now long extinct volcanoes. Situated on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, Mudgee has an illustrious history of viticulture dating all the way back to 1858. Our Mudgee vineyard site has an elevation of 500 metres above sea level sheltering it from excessive heat, and has 26 hectares planted to grape varieties including: Shiraz, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The site was chosen due to its excellent red clay loam soil with underlying shattered rock quartz, ideal conditions for air drainage, access to abundant water supplies from the river that lies adjacent and a comparative lack of frost during the colder months of the year. All of these conditions combine to allow for the cultivation of grapes with wonderful fruit flavoured characteristics that make them perfect for winemaking.
Orange, located approximately 180km South-West of Mudgee, has a viticultural history dating back to when the district was first settled in the 19thcentury, and the first commercial production of table grapes followed the arrival of the railway in 1877. Orange is one of Australia’s most elevated wine regions, and it benefits from a number of factors that make it exceptionally well suited to grape cultivation, including an ideal combination of geology, soils, climate and temperature. These factors ensure that the grapes grown are of distinct flavour and colour, and the cool-climate wines crafted in Orange represent a fresh and exciting offering to New South Wales wine. The region also boasts a dynamic and innovative local food movement that has earned it a reputation as a centre for high-quality gourmet foods and wine.
Our central philosophy is a ‘hands-on’ approach to winemaking, with sincere hard work in the winery and most importantly a respect for nature. We believe that quality wine is built through the health and vitality of the soils and vines from which they are born. Like everybody else, these grapes and their homes need constant care and attentive nurturing. So, what does this ensure? Well, the absolute best quality fruits of course! Our low-yielding vines are capable of growing healthy grapes with luscious and fully concentrated flavours. As our winemaker says “I constantly endeavour to ensure that I capture the fruit characteristics of the vineyard, and of the variety that I’m making. I wish to encapsulate those characteristics, refine those characteristics, not overpower them with oak or other winemaking influences, but to let the fruit come forward”.