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Our Story

The SPLENDOUR family was created by Brad Williamson and his wife Tara after an extraordinary journey through the world-renowned wineries of Italy and France. With the vision of taking premium quality Australian wines and showcasing them to the rest of the world to be enjoyed.

By bringing together a team of experienced wine connoisseurs, we have been able to establish a high standard quality control practice so that only premium wines are selected and labelled SPLENDOUR.

Unlike large commercial wineries which concentrate mainly on profits for their shareholders and high volumes of wine, SPLENDOUR focuses on smaller volumes of premium quality wines with their consumers in mind.

With such a diverse selection of wine regions across Australia, each state produces distinctive wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular Terroir such as: climatic differences, topography and soil types. We then distinguish which wines are of superior quality and can be accepted as SPLENDOUR. Wines not meeting our standard are passed over.

Our Story

The SPLENDOUR family was created by Brad Williamson and his wife Tara after an extraordinary journey through the world-renowned wineries of Italy and France. With the vision of taking premium quality Australian wines and showcasing them to the rest of the world to be enjoyed.

By bringing together a team of experienced wine connoisseurs, we have been able to establish a high standard quality control practice so that only premium wines are selected and labelled SPLENDOUR.

 

Unlike large commercial wineries which concentrate mainly on profits for their shareholders and high volumes of wine, SPLENDOUR focuses on smaller volumes of premium quality wines with their consumers in mind.

With such a diverse selection of wine regions across Australia, each state produces distinctive wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular Terroir such as: climatic differences, topography and soil types. We then distinguish which wines are of superior quality and can be accepted as SPLENDOUR. Wines not meeting our standard are passed over.

Early Australian winemakers faced many difficulties, particularly due to the unfamiliar Australian climate. However, they eventually achieved considerable success. At the 1873 Vienna Exhibition. The French judges, tasting blind, praised some wines from Victoria, but withdrew in protest when the provenance of the wine was revealed, on the grounds that wines of that quality must clearly be French.

OUR AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE

Australian wines continued to win high honours in French competitions. A Victorian Syrah (also called Shiraz) competing in the 1878 Paris Exhibition was likened to Château Margaux and “its taste completed its trinity of perfection.” One Australian wine won a gold medal “first class” at the 1882 Bordeaux International Exhibition and another won a gold medal “against the world” at the 1889 Paris International Exhibition.

Regions

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LANGHORNE CREEK

Langhorne Creek is one of the largest grape producing wine regions in South Australia. Grapes from its rich soils produce elegant reds with distinct mint characters.

The region’s strengths, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz, display mulberry and dark cherry fruit flavours. Malbec is also making a name for itself in Langhorne Creek, with its robust fruit, dark chocolate, liquorice and clove flavours.

VICTORIA

Viticulture has existed in Victoria since the 19th century and experienced a high point in the 1890s when the region produced more than half of all wine produced in Australia.

Victoria’s wine region is home to many diverse microclimates, which allows the cultivation of a wide range of grape varieties. Perhaps its greatest strength is its spicy and savoury red wines, though white varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grow well here too.

WRATTONBULLY

Located in South Australia, Wrattonbully is a temperate region that is especially well-suited to the production of high-quality red wines.

Slightly warmer than neighbouring Coonawarra yet cooler than the Padthaway wine region to the north, Wrattonbully’s vineyards are established at an elevation of 75-100 metres (246-328 feet). Gently hilly slopes facilitate cold air flow and lower relative humidity, minimising the risk of frost and disease.

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Our Vineyard

Our Vineyard

The winery is utterly contemporary, driven with sound business acumen and utilising first class technology. With this combination and crushing more then 30,000 tonnes per year, it’s no surprise that the winery is consistently among the top 20 performing Australian exporters and boasts a litany of awards to its name.

Our vineyards take up over 270 ha, with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon making up our biggest plantings.  The vineyard also includes, Chardonnay, Colombard, Crouchen, Gordo, Grenache, Malbec, Mataro, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Ruby Cabernet, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Tempranillo and Viognier.

Winemaking

Discover How SPLENDOUR is made

Different batches of wine can be mixed before bottling in order to achieve the desired taste. Our winemakers can correct perceived inadequacies by mixing wines from different grapes and batches that were produced under different conditions. These adjustments can be as simple as adjusting acid or tannin levels, to as complex as blending different varieties or vintages to achieve a consistent taste.

 

Fining agents are used during winemaking to remove tannins, reduce astringency and remove microscopic particles that could cloud the wines. Our winemakers decide on which fining agents are used and these may vary from product to product and even batch to batch (usually depending on the grapes of that particular vintage).

 

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