Woodstock

South Australia | McLaren Vale

James' Review

The Collett family is among the best known in McLaren Vale, the late Doug Collett AM for his World War II exploits flying Spitfires and Hurricanes with the RAF and RAAF, returning to study oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College, and rapidly promoted to take charge of SA's largest winery, Berri Co-operative. In 1973 he purchased the Woodstock estate, built a winery, and in '74 he crushed its first vintage. Son Scott Collett, once noted for his fearless exploits in cars and on motorcycles, became winemaker in '82, and has won numerous accolades; equally importantly, he purchased an adjoining shiraz vineyard planted circa 1900 (now the source of The Stocks Shiraz) and a bushvine grenache vineyard planted in '30. In '99, he joined forces with Ben Glaetzer, passing responsibility for winemaking to Ben, but retaining responsibility for the estate vineyards. Exports to most major markets.

About

Established as a vineyard in 1905 by English settlers from Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Woodstock Estate was purchased in the early seventies by the Collett family.

Founder Doug Collett A.M. discovered his love of wine during World War II, whilst flying a Spitfire plane over the vineyards of Europe. On his return, he became involved in the burgeoning Australian wine industry and in 1985 awarded an AM for his services to the wine industry. It was these experiences that led him to open his own winery at Woodstock Estate in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Following in his father's footsteps, middle son Scott completed studies in oneology, and gained winemaking experience in other regions in Australia, Europe and the USA before returning to the family business. Doug and son Scott together released their first vintage in 1983, and after multiple awards and accolades, have since gained a reputation as serious player in the Australian wine industry.

Award-winning winemaker Scott Collett shares the credence of many top winemakers in the world that their best wines are indeed made in the vineyard. Together with Ben Glaetzer, 2004 Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year, the formidable pair create wines that capture the essence of the rich vineyard resources of Woodstock Estate.

The present day generations of the both the Collett and Glaetzer families have built upon their long winemaking lineages to produce terroir driven wines of compelling quality and consistency.

The Woodstock portfolio includes a range of fresh, aromatic whites, opulent, finely-structured reds and an eclectic selection of after-dinner wines.

Details

Rating
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer
Established 1905
Dozens 22 000
Vineyards (area) 18.44 ha
Opening Hours 7 days 10-5
Address 215 Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat, SA 5171
Telephone (08) 8383 0156
Website www.woodstockwine.com.au

REGIONAL FEATURE: MCLAREN VALE