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INTRODUCING

Bul l er W i ne s WIN E M AK E RS S INC E 1 9 21

Head Office 44 – 60 Fenton St, Huntingdale, Vic 3166 (PO Box 1010, HUNTINGDALE, Vic 3166) Tel: +61 (0)3 9936 0200 Fax: +61 (0)3 9936 0299 rbuller@bullerwines.com.au www.bullerwines.com.au


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The Buller Story....................................................................... 1 The Buller Family ................................................................... 2 'Calliope' Vineyard Rutherglen................................................. 3 Beverford Vineyards ................................................................. 4 Langdon Vineyard .................................................................... 5 Rutherglen Winery Table Wines.............................................. 6 Beverford Range Of Table Wines ............................................ 7 Black Dog Creek Range........................................................... 8 Caspia Range of Table Wines................................................... 9 Classic Range of Table Wines................................................... 9 Bulk Fortifieds....................................................................... 10 Fine Old Fortifieds ................................................................. 11 Victoria Fortifieds ................................................................... 11 Recent Releases ..................................................................... 12 Calliope Fortifieds .................................................................. 13 Langdon Range ...................................................................... 14 Wine Show Results ................................................................ 15 Contact Details....................................................................... 16 toc


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B U LLER

STOR Y

The story of the Buller family’s involvement with the wine industry starts in the 1920s and the uncertain times following the end of the First World War. Reginald Langdon Buller had served with distinction in the Royal Australian Navy and returned to his pre-war public service job as a clerk (fourth class). It seems that Reg Buller was never cut out for a public service career. His diary records “Resumed the state appointment – the dislike of which had increased rather than lessened over my absence of nearly six years.” In 1921 Reg Buller spent six months working (for 8 shillings a day) at the Mildura Winery and with that experience behind him, started looking for a vineyard. The property he settled on, “against lots of well meaning advice”, was 170 acres at Rutherglen. He called the property ‘Calliope’ after the ship of that name which was the only survivor of the Great Hurricane at Samoa in 1889. A.B.(Banjo) Patterson’s Ballad of the Calliope tells the tale in stirring fashion. Reg’s vision of his new enterprise successfully sailing through the tempests of business and agricultural life proved prophetic. The first storm to beset Calliope came in the form of hail, which completely wiped out his second vintage. The Calliope enterprise managed to keep afloat however and even managed to sail through the Great Depression and by the end of the decade of the 1930s had started to prosper. Reg Buller put his ambitions on hold and rejoined the Navy for the duration of World War 2 but by 1951 he was looking for a new challenge. Leaving his son Richard (who had graduated in Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College) in charge at Calliope, Reg bought a second vineyard and built a new winery. The location of this new venture was at Beverford near Swan Hill, some 350 kilometres west of Rutherglen. Reg’s idea was to ‘drought-proof’ his business by taking advantage of irrigation, which was not available at Rutherglen. Reg Buller retired to Melbourne in 1966. Richard, now married to Val and with three sons, oversaw substantial growth of the business and its two wineries. Australia was discovering wine and its thirst seemed insatiable. Wine tastes were changing also – table wines were king and the wonderful fortified wines that the industry had relied on in the past were taking the back seat. Richard Buller, big in stature but essentially retiring by nature, became one of the leaders of the burgeoning wine industry. He was a judge at the Royal Melbourne Show for twenty years and saw the advent of wine tourism and the newly popular cellar door sales phenomenon. In 1974, Richard’s eldest son, also named Richard, who had been learning the business under his father’s tutelage, took up residence at Beverford eventually becoming winemaker manager. A year later Andrew, youngest of the family, completed his studies at Roseworthy and joined his father at Rutherglen. Richard senior died suddenly at Berri in South Australia while visiting his middle son Graham in 1997. Since that time the business has been run as a family company with Val, Richard junior and Andrew as the principals. Richard concentrates on the Beverford side of the operation while Andrew oversees Rutherglen. A fourth generation of Bullers has joined the company with Richard’s three children, Kate, Angela and another Richard fulfilling various roles in both the making and marketing of the company’s products. The possibility of a fifth generation is on the horizon with the arrival of Kate’s son. Young Rippon is now a regular at the Melbourne office. In 2008 the company’s head office moved to Melbourne which is its biggest domestic market. A sales team is based in Victoria and agency arrangements are in place for the other Australian states. Export markets are playing an increasing role in the continued progress of Buller Wines, the trading name of R.L.Buller & Son. The Buller Story continues. February 2011 hi


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B U LLER Left: Reginald Langdon Buller in ceremonial uniform 1914-18. Right: R.L.B. circa 1960. Below left: Dick, Richard & Andrew Buller in the vineyard 1989. Below right: Dick & Val Buller 1996.

Current winemakers: Andrew (left) & Richard (right). Below left: The fourth generation – Angela, Richard and Kate Buller. Below right: Kate Buller with young Rippon.

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‘ CALLIOPE’ V I NEYAR D RUTHER GLEN Rutherglen is situated in North Eastern Victoria approximately 5km. from the Murray River and 42km. by road from the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga. Wine grapes have been grown in the district since the 1850’s, initially in response to the demand from the goldfields. Bullers’ ‘Calliope’ vineyard can be found 4km. west of the township of Rutherglen, 1km. south of the Murray Valley Highway. The vineyard is 32ha, and includes old vines dating back to 1921. GRAPE VARIETIES GROWN – Shiraz, Mondeuse, Muscat, Tokay (Muscadelle), White Frontignac, Red Frontignac, Cinsaut, Grenache, Pedro, Chasselas. CLIMATE – Hot, continental, very sunny, moderately arid, not humid. Rainfall – average 583mm, just over half of which (56%) falls between April and September. Temperature range 10C – to 35C would be considered normal. Mean January Temperature (MJT) 22.7C (similar to the Barossa Valley). ELEVATION – 150m.

TOPOGRAPHY – Alluvial flats with gentle slopes.

SOILS – Hard red duplex overlaying yellow-grey clay. RG


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B E VER F OR D V INEYAR D S Beverford is a sleepy hamlet on the Murray Valley Highway in Northern Victoria and is part of the winegrowing region of Swan Hill. The district produces a wide range of fruits including citrus, stone fruits, dried fruit, table and wine grapes. The climate and soils of Beverford provide a favourable environment for growing wine grapes. Abundant sunshine and sufficient water ensure viable crops. The critical autumn ripening period is normally dry, allowing the grapes to come to the winery in good condition and free of disease. The company has 22 ha of vineyards and in addition purchases grapes from growers in the area. GRAPE VARIETIES GROWN — Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Crouchen, Pedro Ximenez. CLIMATE — Very dry/hot. Rainfall — Average 345mm occurring mainly during winter months. Temperature range — 10C - 40C. Mean January Temperature (MJT) 23.5C. ELEVATION — 70m.

TOPOGRAPHY — Alluvial flats giving way to undulating sandhills.

SOILS — range from grey alluvial loams to sandy loam over limestone (3 vineyard sites). BV


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RUTHERGLEN SHIRAZ

The family planted vineyard on the outskirts of Rutherglen produces fruit dark in colour and rich in flavour giving Richard Buller the perfect base to create this traditional style of Shiraz.

JAMES HALLIDAY: “Australia’s single most important red grape variety” ROBERT PARKER: “Australian Shiraz – More bang per buck … Shiraz thrives (in Australia) and produces its finest wines.” l/v


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Our original non-irrigated 'Calliope' vineyard at Rutherglen provides the material for Andrew Buller to produce traditional full bodied red wines under our flagship Calliope label. In addition, Andrew uses fruit from his elevated Indigo Valley vineyard, situated in the south eastern corner of the Rutherglen Winegrowing Region and other selected vineyards to produce wines marketed under the Limited Release and Valerie labels.

CALLIOPE SHIRAZ Produced only from the best vintages. Full bodied with excellent cellaring potential. CALLIOPE DURIF A North East Victorian regional specialty.

VALERIE A new range of super premium varietal wines named in honour of our matriarch and wine industry pioneer, Valerie Buller. RUTHERGLEN SHIRAZ Flavoursome and well balanced in the Rutherglen tradition. MERLOT CABERNET SAUVIGNON CABERNET FRANC A blend of three varieties making a fine claret style wine. CHARDONNAY A complex barrel fermented wine with characteristic Chardonnay varietal flavour. MARSANNE A Rhone white variety which has become a North East Victorian specialty. SAUVIGNON BLANC Cool climate fruit from the Indigo Valley vineyard. rg


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From our Beverford winery we produce a range of premium varietal red and white table wines. CHARDONNAY A complex, full flavoured wine with characteristic peach and melon flavours, a nice balance of oak tannins. SAUVIGNON BLANC This wine is a blend from two of Victoria’s premium winegrowing region, 63% Yarra Valley and 37% from the King Valley.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON This wine shows the typical berry fruit character of the Cabernet grape, supported by fine tannins and acid for balance and structure. SHIRAZ A rich and flavoursome premium varietal in the best tradition of Australian Shiraz. MERLOT Taking advantage of the naturally plummy fruit flavours of Merlot, this is a soft easy drinking style. DURIF Firm tannins underpinning delicious fruit flavours.

SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC A new addition to the range. This blend has a touch of sweetness on the palate. MOSCATO Moscato is one of the classic wines of Italy, and Northern Victoria with its Mediterranean climate is an ideal region to reproduce the style. The hallmarks of Moscato are sweetness with distinct grapey flavours coupled with low alcohol. MOSCATO ROSSO Made predominantly from Black Muscat grown in the Swan Hill Winegrowing Region, I have added a little Shiraz for colour. BEVERFORD GOLD This luscious dessert wine follows closely the awards winning 2006 vintage.

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The picturesque King Valley on the lower slopes of Victoria's Alps is recognised for producing wines of high quality and finesse. In terms of Australian winemaking history the King Valley is a relatively new region, although vines have been grown in the valley since early settlement. The elevation, climate and soils of the region contribute to the production of wines with a degree of elegance which is one of the characteristics of cool climate wines.

SHIRAZ Dense crimson, fragrances of cherry and some oak. Flavours of black cherries and blackberry have a savoury quality. CABERNET MERLOT Well structured with initial subtle plummy flavours supported by well integrated tannin.

SAUVIGNON BLANC A perfect ‘stand alone’ wine or partner for hors d’oeuvre, seafood and creamuy pasta dishes. CHARDONNAY Aromas of pineapple and tropical juices. On thepalate, Pineapple lychee temered by melon.

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CASPIA

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CASPIA is a Greek word with floral and wildlife connotations. The Caspia range of wines is a tribute to Mrs Val Buller's lifelong interest in her garden and native birds.

Current Range — Cabernet/Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz & Rosé.

CLASSIC TABLE WINES A new range from the sunny vineyards of the Swan Hill Winegrowing Region. These are easy drinking styles offering exceptional value for money.

Current Range — Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Riesling.

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BULK FORTIFIEDS 15 Litre Soft Pack TAWNY, TOKAY, RESERVE (RUBY) PORT, MUSCAT, MALMSEY.

The Buller family is proud of their reputation as one of Australia's most experienced fortified wine producers. Three generations of family winemakers have been supplying bulk fortifieds to the trade since the 1920s. Each wine is blended from younger material to produce the required style, for everyday enjoyment or further maturation in small barrels.


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Buller Wines are recognised as leaders in fortified wine production in Australia. The accumulated experience of three generations of winemakers results in outstanding quality at each price point. The Fine Old range of fortified wines have a fine record on the Australian and International wine show circuit.

FINE OLD MUSCAT An intensely sweet wine with a distinct raisiny flavour. A uniquely Australian style. FINE OLD TOKAY Another very rich style similar, but slightly different to Muscat. FINE OLD TAWNY Aged in old oak casks, this Tawny is in the best traditions of the Australian style.

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A range of four styles offering excellent value for money. The Victoria range of fortified wines is blended from younger base material made by Richard Buller at our Beverford winery. VICTORIA MUSCAT Muscat grapes from the Swan Hill Winegrowing Region produce a fruity style in the best Muscat tradition. VICTORIA TOKAY A Buller style going back many years which makes an interesting alternative to Muscat. VICTORIA TAWNY A young Tawny for everyday enjoyment. VICTORIA MALMSEY Sweetness and clean spirit are hallmarks of this wine.

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SINISTER MAN Sinister Man is a new range of two wines from the sunny vineyards of the Swan Hill Winegrowing Region. These are easy drinking styles offering exceptional value for money. Our family has been making wines for 89 years and our experience is your guarantee of quality. The Sinister Man concept started with a photograph taken at the winery by Angela Buller. Current Range — Chardonnay & Shiraz

THE PORTLY GENTLEMAN A new take on an old favourite. Fine Australian Tawny newly packaged with Angela Buller’s humourous label design. Australian Tawny is a style which can be traced back to the 1840s and the early days of white settlement in Australia. Australia's Mediterranean climate favoured cultivation of the vine and the early winemakers drew on the traditions of southern Europe when they made their wine. Fortified Australian Tawny has evolved from these beginnings. It is a style of its own, made using the time honoured methods that have changed little in nearly 200 years.

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The foresight of our founder, Reginald Langdon Buller and succeeding winemakers at Rutherglen, son Richard and grandson Andrew, has resulted in this fabulous range of old and rare wines. Wine from the outstanding vintages since the 1940s has been set aside for maturation in a special solera. From time to time a small quantity is bottled for release under this label. CALLIOPE RARE MUSCAT: the world famous Rutherglen classic. Parker 99 points* CALLIOPE RARE TOKAY: a cousin to Muscat and equally world renowned. Parker 98 points* The Calliope range (formerly called Museum range) has an enviable show record. Robert Parker, America’s most influential wine critic has consistently rated these wines as “extraordinary wine(s) of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.” cf


NE W R ELEASE L a ng do n R an ge S uper Pre miu m Win e s

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LANGDON is a Buller family name. In choosing this name for our new range of super premium wines, I pay tribute to my grandfather, Reginald Langdon Buller, founder of Buller Wines. Only the best grapes from the best years are used in the making of the new Langdon range. As grapes of sufficiently high quality are often only available in small batches, production will always be limited.

Trophy Winner 2009 Buller Langdon Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot Best Varietal Blended or Table Wine Red

2010 Victorian Wines Show

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RECENT WINE SHOW RESULTS 2010 HONG KONG INTL WINE & SPIRIT COMP. Silver Medal - 2009 Beverford Chardonnay Bronze Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tokay Bronze Medal - 2008 Beverford Cabernet Sauvignon Bronze Medal - 2010 Beverford Moscato Rosso 2010 AUSTRALIAN INLAND WINE SHOW Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tokay Bronze Medal - 2008 Beverford Shiraz Bronze Medal - 2010 Beverford Moscato 2010 RUTHERGLEN WINE SHOW Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - 2009 Black Dog Creek Sauvignon Blanc

2008 AUSTRALIAN INLAND WINE SHOW Swan Hill Region Trophy - 2006 Beverford Gold Bot. Sem. Silver Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon Silver Medal - 2008 Moscato Rosso Silver Medal - Fine Old Tawny Silver Medal - Fine Old Tokay Bronze Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - Victoria Muscat Bronze Medal - Victoria Tokay Bronze Medal - 2006 Beverford Cabernet 2008 ROYAL ADELAIDE WINE SHOW Silver Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon 2008 RUTHERGLEN WINE SHOW Silver Medal - Angela’s Blend Muscat

2010 VICTORIAN WINES SHOW Trophy - 2009 Langdon Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot Bronze Medal - 2009 Beverford Durif Bronze Medal - 2010 Beverford Moscato Bronze Medal - 2009 Beverford Sauvignon Blanc

2008 ROYAL QUEENSLAND WINE SHOW Gold Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tokay

2010 LONDON INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE Gold Medal - Fine Old Tokay Gold Medal - 2008 Black Dog Creek Shiraz Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - 2007 Beverford Shiraz Commended - 2006 Beverford Cabernet Sauvignon Commended - 2009 Beverford Moscato Rosso

2007 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW Gold Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon Bronze Medal - 2005 Beverford Shiraz Bronze Medal - 2005 Beverford Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tokay Bronze Medal - 2008 Black Dog Creek Shiraz Bronze Medal - 2007 Beverford Shiraz Commended - 2008 Black Dog Creek Cabernet Merlot Commended - 2009 Beverford Moscato Rosso Commended - Fine Old Tawny 2009 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Silver Medal - Fine Old Tawny Silver Medal - 2007 Beverford Shiraz Bronze Medal - 2007 Beverford Durif Bronze Medal - 2008 Black Dog Creek Cab Merlot Bronze Medal - 2008 Sinister Man Shiraz 2009 RUTHERGLEN WINE SHOW Durif of Rutherglen Trophy - 2007 Beverford Durif Bronze Medal - 2009 Beverford Moscato Bronze Medal - 2009 Beverford Sauvignon Blanc Bronze Medal - 2009 Beverford Chardonnay Bronze Medal - 2008 Beverford Merlot Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tokay 2009 AUSTRALIAN INLAND WINE SHOW Swan Hill Region Trophy - 2007 Beverford Durif Bronze Medal - 2009 Beverford Moscato Bronze Medal - 2007 Beverford Shiraz Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tokay Bronze Medal - Fine Old Malmsey 2009 ROYAL QUEENSLAND WINE SHOW Silver Medal - 2008 Beverford Merlot 2009 LONDON INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE Gold Medal - Angela’s Blend Rare Muscat Silver Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Bronze Medal - Fine Old Tawny Bronze Medal - 2008 Beverford Moscato Rosso Commended - 2008 Beverford Moscato 2009 DECANTER WINE AWARDS Silver Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon Silver Medal - Fine Old Muscat Silver Medal - Angela’s Blend Rare Muscat

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2008 ROYAL SYDNEY WINE SHOW Bronze Medal - 2007 Beverford Moscato

2007 ROYAL MELBOURNE WINE SHOW Gold Medal - 2006 Beverford Gold Botrytis Semillon Silver Medal - 2007 Beverford Moscato Silver Medal - Fine Old Tokay Silver Medal - Angela’s Blend Tokay Bronze Medal - 2006 Beverford Chardonnay Bronze Medal - 2005 Black Dog Creek Chardonnay 2007 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS International Trophy - Fine Old Muscat 2006 VICTORIAN FEDERATION SQUARE WINE AWARDS Gold Medal - Fine Old Muscat Gold Medal - Fine Old Tokay Gold Medal - Victoria Muscat 2006 AUSTRALIAN INLAND WINE SHOW Trophy - “Best Swan Hill Region” Angela’s Blend Muscat Trophy - “Jack Bail Memorial” Angela’s Blend Tokay Sliver Medal - Fine Old Muscat 2006 RUTHERGLEN WINE SHOW Gold Medal - 2006 Botrytis Semillon Silver Medal - Fine Old Tawny Silver Medal - 2006 Black Dog Creek Cabernet/Merlot 2006 CAIRNS WINE SHOW Gold Medal - 2005 Caspia Shiraz 2005 AUSTRALIAN INLAND WINE SHOW Trophy - “Best Swan Hill Region” Angela’s Blend Tokay Trophy - “Jack Bail Memorial” Angela’s Blend Tokay 2005 VICTORIAN FEDERATION SQUARE WINE AWARDS Trophy - “Wine of the Year” Fine Old Muscat 2004 AUSTRALIAN INLAND WINE SHOW Trophy - "Best Fortified Sweet White" Swan Hill Muscat Blend Trophy - "Best Swan Hill Region" Swan Hill Muscat Blend Trophy - "Jack Bail Memorial" Swan Hill Muscat Blend 2004 ROYAL QUEENSLAND WINE SHOW Gold Medal - Swan Hill Muscat Blend Gold Medal - Swan Hill Tokay Blend 2004 RUTHERGLEN WINE SHOW Gold Medal - Swan Hill Tokay Blend Silver Medal - 2003 Sails Durif 2004 ROYAL MELBOURNE WINE SHOW Silver Medal - 2003 Beverford Merlot 2000 SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION Trophy “Best Wine of Competition” - Museum Tokay Nov. 2010 sa


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B U L LER CONT ACT

WINES D ETAILS

Family Company R.L.Buller & Son Pty Ltd Trading as Buller Wines. WINEMAKER MANAGER RICHARD BULLER Mob. +61 (0)418 281 318, Tel. (Hong Kong) +852 6553 7923 Email: rbuller@bullerwines.com.au WINERY, VINEYARDS & CELLAR DOOR SALES BEVERFORD 1374 Murray Valley Highway, (PO Box 28) Beverford, 3590 Tel. +61 (0)3 5037 6305 Fax. +61 (0)3 5037 6803 Email: beverford@bullerwines.com.au GENERAL MANAGER, GARY BELL Mob. +61 (0)432 494 007 Email garyb@bullerwines.com.au EXPORT MANAGER JULIE HOWARD Mob. 61 (0)414 570 395 Email: julieh@bullerwines.com.au Further information from MARKETING SERVICES CONSULTANT, ROSS HALL Tel. 61 (0)3 5452 1825 Email: ross.h@lizzy.net.au

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