De Beaurepaire Wines:
Domaine de Beaurepaire is located just outside the historic township of Rylstone, about 50 km southeast of the equally historical town of Mudgee. Rylstone is part of the Mudgee "G.I.C" (or appellation area), although it is 200m higher in elevation than Mudgee and with a significantly cooler climatic profile. The longer ripening periods, sandy-loam soils on limestone and later h... Read more
Domaine de Beaurepaire is located just outside the historic township of Rylstone, about 50 km southeast of the equally historical town of Mudgee. Rylstone is part of the Mudgee "G.I.C" (or appellation area), although it is 200m higher in elevation than Mudgee and with a significantly cooler climatic profile. The longer ripening periods, sandy-loam soils on limestone and later harvesting of grapes produce classic cool-climate, French-style characteristics that are found in De Beaurepaire wines and are similar to wines from Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Champagne districts of France. The name de Beaurepaire, besides being the surname of the vignerons also translates from old French as "from a beautiful hideaway" . Domaine de Beaurepaire is certainly a beautiful hideaway, nestled in the hills upstream from Mudgee. The vineyard consists of 53 hectares of vines and was established in 1998. It is located on "Woodlawn", one of the original properties west of the Blue Mountains. The rocky terrain and presence of limestone produces soil well suited to production of quality grapes. The property is bounded on two sides by the Cudgegong River, which provides irrigation for the vineyard when required - and a habitat for fish, water birds and platypuses. The nearby Capertee Valley is one of the great products of the glacier period, with stunning rock faces as a backdrop to any picture and in fact is the widest canyon in the world. Situated at 650 metres above sea level with a unique microclimate in the Rylstone hills, the vineyard is distinctly cool climate with temperatures similar to Tasmania, the South Island in New Zealand and Burgundy in France (Winter temperatures as low as -12 have been recorded). The slopes are gentle, the nights cool, the days warm and the soils rocky with plenty of limestone producing wonderful drainage which reduces the grape sizes and intensifies the flavour. Vintage is up to three months later than the Hunter Valley and a month later than Mudgee. A truly cool climate wine region in the heart of one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. De Beaurepaire Wines selects the best 5% of its grapes for it's own labels and sells the rest to award winning wineries in the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Orange. Awards won by other wineries using De Beaurepaire Wine Grapes include Best NSW Red, Best Australian Sparkling and Best Cool Climate Wine in Australia. The varieties grown for De Beaurepaire Wines' own label are: Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdelho and Pinot Gris. De Beaurepaire Wines have won the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Trophy for Australia, Medals at the Decanter Global Wine Awards in London and are continually listed amongst the Top 100 Wines in Australia by wine critics like Huon Hooke. Read less
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