& Stellar Wine Selections from Around the World
Old Bridge Cellars is proud to present women from around the world whose skill and perspective are changing not only the labels they create, but also elevating their market categories. Cheers to women in wine!
Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines
Wilyabrup & Margaret River, Western Australia
Vanya Cullen is one of the world’s premier organic and biodynamic vintners by many measures. Her rigorous experimentation in the vineyard and in the winery does not overshadow her drive for greater complexity in her wines: her 2020 vintage of Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon reached 98 pts from James Suckling. Cullen Wines has achieved carbon-positive certification, and Vanya won both Winemaker of the Year (2020) and Viticulturist of the Year (2022) from Halliday Wine Companion.
GET THIS: Cullen Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2020 >> “Fresh, violet-like aromas with blue and red-berry tones, too. This is so pure and vibrant. The palate has very elegant shape and fluid, fine tannins that deliver red-berry, plum and blueberry flavors.” -JamesSuckling.com
Kate Goodman, Penley.
Coonawarra, South Australia
When fourth-generation winemakers Ang and Bec Tolley took over the family winery, Penley Estate, they overhauled the brand and rethought their winemaking approach. Key to this was hiring Kate Goodman, who brought a fresh vision to the classic region of Coonawarra. According to critic Max Allen, there is “a compelling sense of revival, an energy and vibrancy to the wines …. taking Penley to another level.” Penley’s Phoenix Cabernet is making news – with an SRP of $21, this wine delivers 90+ points and now in a lighter, more environmentally future-friendly bottle.
GET THIS: Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 >>> “Elegant, showing appealing, firm earthy notes to the star anise, green cardamom and cigar box spiciness, with a touch of Dutch cocoa powder. Reveals spiced plum, cassis and kirsch flavors that are plump and velvety, with a long finish.” – 93 pts, Wine Spectator
Sandra de Pury, Yeringberg
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Sandra is the fourth generation to manage Yeringberg, and brings to her winemaking and management endeavors a determination to preserve the family estate. Using her wide range of international experience, including chefing, hotel management and an MBA , her mastery of Yeringberg’s range is evident in both critical acclaim and sold-out vintages. Now, with her brother who manages the estate, Yeringberg boasts 98-point scores on their namesake Cabernet blend, as well as plantings, solar, and sheep management to maintain sustainability.
GET THIS: Yeringberg Marsanne Roussanne 2016 >>> “Rich gold in color, this wine smells like it had a romp in an orchard of nectarines and white peaches and then was sprinkled with salted cashews and ground white pepper. This could cellar for several years, but it seems pointless to do so when it’s showing so deliciously now.” – Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast
Emily McNally, Jasper Hill
In 2020, Emily Laughton McNally, with her husband Nick, assumed the helm of iconic Jasper Hill, the family farm and winery known for its low-intervention traditions. Working by her father’s side since 2001, her own label, Occam’s Razor Shiraz achieved remarkable acclaim in 2018 with a Wine Spectator “Top 100” wine nod. She now lives on Georgia’s Paddock vineyard, and the farm continues on with organic and biodynamic practices, and creating benchmark estate-grown wines.
GET THIS: 2019 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz >>> “A stunning mix of concentrated blueberry preserves, salted black licorice, blackberry and huckleberry flavors. There’s polish and refinement present, followed by an epic finish. Drink now through 2035.” -MaryAnn Worobiec
Lolly Krajewski, Clos Cantenac and Chateau Seraphine
Charlotte “Lolly” Krajewski has her degree in viticulture and oenology, and her experience in winemaking spans the globe. In 2017, she began responsibilities at Chateau Séraphine in Pomerol, and Clos Cantenac in St. Emilion. After the first vintage, she was termed “A rising star in Pomerol” by Jane Anson of Decanter magazine. She innovated a sell-out rosé “L’Exuberance” from Clos Cantenac, and is now the Technical Director and Chief Winemaker at both properties. Acknowledged as producing “pure, vibrant wines” with sustainable practices that reflect their terroir, we look forward to more from Lolly’s influence on Bordeaux.
GET THIS: 2019 L’Exuberance Rosé >>> “A forward and expressive nose of orange blossom, lanolin and red cherries… The palate offers upfront red cherries mixed with mandarin and grapefruit, a bitter orange peel and undercurrent lending tension with appealing persistency on the finish. This is worth seeking out.” -Vinous
Simone Horgan-Furlong, Leeuwin Estate
Margaret River, Western Australia
Leeuwin Estate evolved into its current vineyard estate in the 1970s, under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Robert Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor. The Estate was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter magazine awarded their highest recommendation to the 1980 Art Series Chardonnay. Now under the direction of daughter Simone Horgan-Furlong and two generations of the founding family, the Estate is recognized as one of Australia’s leading wine producers and wine tourism pioneers. Featured three times in the prestigious category of “International Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits magazine, Leeuwin Estate wines consistently rank alongside the world’s finest.
GET THIS: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon >>> 98 pts – The Vintage Journal: “Deep crimson. Classical blackcurrant cedar aromas with lifted espresso, roasted chestnut notes. Inky deep and beautifully concentrated wine with dense blackcurrant, dark plum, dark chocolate flavours, fine grainy/ chocolaty tannins and perfectly integrated cedar oak. A superb grainy firm finish and mineral length. A great Leeuwin Estate Cabernet.”
Christi Coors Ficeli, Goosecross
Napa Valley, California
Christi Coors Ficeli owns and operates Goosecross in Napa Valley with her husband Dave, having purchased the winery in 2012. Known for their high-quality wines, her entrepreneurial spirit is bringing the wines to markets well beyond the Yountville estate. Christi brings decades of experience in marketing and sales in the beverage industry, as well as a passion for the art and science of making wines from Napa Valley’s world renowned terroir.
GET THIS: 2021 Goosecross Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend >>> Leading with Napa Valley Cabernet, this is a gorgeous selection of varietals coveted by Napa Valley insiders.
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