Glenlofty Estate

Victoria | Pyrenees

Our Review

The vineyard was established by Southcorp after exhaustive soil and climate research to supply grapes for Seppelt and Penfolds wines. In Aug '10 Treasury Wine Estates sold the vineyard to Canadian-based Roger Richmond-Smith and winemaking moved to Blue Pyrenees Estate. Glenlofty Wines subsequently purchased the nearby 30ha Decameron Station, bringing the total vineyard holdings to over 130ha. In April ’19 Glenlofty Wines also purchased Blue Pyrenees Estate, making it the largest producer in the Pyrenees. Exports to the US, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand. -JAMES HALLIDAY

About

Established in 1993 by the Southcorp group to supply cool-climate fruit for its premium blends, red and white, the extensive red plantings include not only shiraz and cabernet sauvignon but also merlot and nebbiolo. Whites include roussanne, marsanne, viognier and chardonnay, with clear echoes of the northern Rhône, where Glenlofty’s Vinesmith Group parent has a small chateau close to Cornas, Condrieu and St Joseph.
Vinesmith acquired this large vineyard in 2010, and made its first single-vineyard wines in 2011. Its reds and whites have won sporadic show success ever since, both in Australia and overseas. A real difficulty has been the vineyard’s susceptibility to frost, now largely contained by the lavish use of helicopters to manage freezing airflow in frost events. New availability in the Vinesmith urban cellar door at 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Exports to China, US, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand.

Details

Rating
Winemaker Carmel Keenan, Scott Gerrard.
Established 1993
Dozens 25 000
Vineyards (area) 136 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours By appt
Address 123 Glenlofty-Warrenmang Road, Glenlofty, Vic 3469
Telephone (03) 5354 8228
Website www.glenloftywines.com.au