Wonga Estate Wines
Welcome to Wonga Estate - Greg and Jady Roberts operate a micro-boutique winery and label from their property Strath Hill, Strathbogie in the Southern Highlands in Victoria.
Hand crafted MicroWinery
We have a simple philosophy of producing premium cool climate pinot noir and chardonnay from low yielding estate grown vines.
Wonga Estate combines modern technology and old world winemaking traditions. The wines are handcrafted from whole bunches, foot treading, open ferments, basket pressed, minimally filtered and matured in French oak barriques for a minimum of twelve months.
The terroir is one that provides rich fruit, texture, minerality, good structure and natural acidity. The fruit is in balance when full physiological ripeness is reached and with natural acid retention. Therefore there is no requirement for any acid additions.
Recently only wild yeasts have been used and with high quality French oak selection, no tannin additions are necessary or used.
The fruit is low yielding and handpicked at optimum ripeness, between 13 and 14 beaume.
In 2002 the range expanded with Shiraz grown in the Colbinabbin area of Heathcote.
The cambrian earth for which the area is famous has become the most prized of soil profiles, existing in a long double band starting south of Heathcote and extending some 35 km to the north of Colbinabbin.
It is these 500 million-year-old volcanic soils that are the source of such exceptional Shiraz. 2002 was a surprising year in that crops throughout the Heathcote region were well down to as little as 25 per cent in some vineyards. Thus producing intense full-bodied styles.
The fruit is from low yielding dry grown old vines planted in its rare Cambrian earth, it is this Cambrian earth that, like the terra rossa of the Coonawarra, confers the area’s unique ability to produce extraordinary Shiraz.
The wine is fermented with its indigenous yeasts; barrel fermented and matured in new and one year old French barriques for 24 months.
Our first release was 2002 Heathcote Shiraz. Total production was 120 dozen. Due to popular demand Wonga Estate now has increased its production to approximately 400 dozen per vintage.
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
5 Stars – 2002 Heathcote Shiraz
“Brilliant colour, intense but supple black fruits and touches of spice, fine ripe tannins, very stylish indeed, innovative packaging.”
5 Stars – 2005 Heathcote Shiraz
“Deep crimson-purple, classic Heathcote in the big style, abounding with black fruits in a soft, rounded palate, can be enjoyed now or in 20 years.”
5 Stars – 2002 Yarra Valley Chardonnay
“Light yellow-green intense, focused and long; citrus and melon fruit the driver, barrel ferment oak.”
5 Stars – 2005 Yarra Valley Chardonnay
“Fine, elegant and intense, nectarine and citrus fruit has soaked up the 12 months in French oak, admirable Yarra Valley length.”
5 Stars – 2008 Yarra Valley Chardonnay
Tightly wound, washed pebble and citrus bouquet, lemon zest on entry, with fine acidity and a very long grilled nut conclusion, inspired by Chablis?”
World’s GREATEST Shiraz Challenge
428 wines tasted – 247 recommended
“We may have scared off a few people with this grandiose title, thereby losing a few that may have entered our usual Shiraz tasting. However, we still managed over 400 wines, which is nothing to sneeze at. What is exciting about this tasting is the caliber of the entrants who did put their reputations on the line, and in particular our icon category which displays many of the world’s greatest Shiraz wines in a head-to-head blind competition.”
Review – Wonga Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2004 – 4 ½ Stars
“A very youthful nose that has an intense mix of spicy berry fruits and sweet oak with lovely spirit lift. A very ripe and tannic palate brimming over with sweet berry fruit richness.”
Cowra Wine Show
Silver Medal - Wonga Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2005
Winestate Magazine – New Releases – 615 Tasted
Best in Shiraz Blend Category
Wonga Estate 2006 The Fugue
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Wonga Estate wines at Strath Hill, Southern Highlands
292 Brookleigh Road Strathbogie, Victoria 3666
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