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									                            THE JUICE

                                                                                    August 2008
We have plenty of news from Beelgara Estate. On the corporate front Peter Toohey has
taken a non – executive role, returning to a Board role as Managing Director.
Beelgara’s Board of Directors has appointed Joanna Chronis, previously our Chief Financial
Officer as our new Chief Executive. Joanna Chronis commented “I’m very excited about
the future of Beelgara. The hard work that we have put in over the last few years to
strengthen the business fundamentals creates a sound foundation for growth. We will be
taking a fresh approach to wine, investing in brands that offer consumers affordable, high
quality products which are relevant to their lifestyle. We have the scale to be relevant but
are small enough to be nimble and flexible in our approach.”
We are pleased to announce six new distribution partnerships both in Australia and in the
global markets. HBJ Wines will represent us in the United Kingdom. Pinnacle Impex Pty
Ltd in Russia, Fortin – Importations Epicurienne in Quebec Canada, Churchill Cellars in
Ontario Canada, Modern Fluids in Scandinavia and Cuttings Wines in Queensland Australia.
We are proud to be represented by these new partners who have all experienced great
success in their home markets.
Ian Bird joins us as a sales & marketing specialist in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Ian
has a comprehensive and successful background in the Australian wine industry and will
add great value to our brand offering in the UK.
We have also undertaken a brand development program. We have commissioned Parallax
Design, an award winning Australian designer to strengthen our brand offer. We look
forward to sharing those insights with you in the short term.
We had a very good 2008 vintage steered by our Chief Winemaker Rod Hooper and
his winemaking team. In this edition of our newsletter, look out for a report from Sean
Hampel, winemaker and grower liaison officer regarding vintage 2008. An exciting range
of white wines across all product ranges are ready for release ex winery in August 2008
and wine notes are included in Juice for those wines.
2008 Winemakers Selection Rose has been awarded a gold medal
and 2008 Winemakers Selection Pinot Grigio a top silver medal at
the recent Cowra NSW wine show – which reflects the quality of
wines in our cellar this year. We look forward to advising you of
more medals in the near future.
Best wishes,
Sue Henderson
General Manager Sales & Marketing

                        THE BEELGARA NAME
 Beelgara is situated in Beelbangera, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 550 km south
 west of Sydney. The name ‘Beelbangera’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Native Companion’. The
 township of Beelbangera lies within the boundaries of the Wiradjuri tribe, which extends north to
 Dubbo, south of Wagga Wagga, west to Mossgiel, and east to Bathurst. The Beelgara winery name is
 based on a shortening of the word ‘Beelbangera’.

       Beelgara Winery: Farm 576 Rossetto Rd Beelbangera NSW 2680 Australia
           Sales Office: 2/448 Pacific Highway Artarmon NSW 2064 Australia
                      ph: 61 2 9017 6400
                                                        VINTAGE 2008

Every vintage is challenging, however Vintage 2008 seemed to be moreso, due to the
extreme changes in weather. Despite challenging conditions, the fruit quality has been
very good. Beelgara’s total crush for 2008 was 11,654 Tonnes, an increase of 8,690
Tonnes from Vintage 2007.
Chief Winemaker Rod Hooper was very pleased with the outcomes of Vintage 2008
across both white and red varieties. “The white varieties are impressive showing good
varietal characteristics... We were able to obtain full ripeness in the reds avoiding green
tannins and leafy characters. Shiraz once again has been the outstanding variety” he said.
Overall, the white varieties’ flavour profiles developed faster than the baumè levels
allowing the winemakers to craft wines with fresher varietal characteristics and lower
alcohols. The red varieties on the other hand ripened extremely quickly, creating wines
with nice ripe fruit characters and vibrant colours.
For a year that looked good for Botrytis infection the Semillon block nominated for the
dessert wine took its time in becoming affected. The heat on the back end of vintage
slowed this process. A few showers through April helped to increase the levels of
Botrytis infection. The fruit was hand picked on 13th May and harvesting of the Botrytis
Semillon concluded the 2008 Vintage.

White Varieties
Beelgara’s winemaking team is delighted with the quality of the 2008 whites. Fresh, attractive
and the varietal characters have been highlighted. The alcohol content of the white wine
produced this year is lower than previous years due to the earlier harvesting.
Chardonnay stood out from the perspective of our Chief Winemaker Rod Hooper.
“The Chardonnays were a highlight of the 2008 Vintage. The wines crafted this year are
elegant and well balanced with lower alcohol levels. Very different to the Chardonnays of
previous years that have been overly broad and very alcoholic” he said.
Sauvignon Blanc also looked very good, exhibiting passionfruit and gooseberry aromas,
typical of cooler climate Sauvignon Blancs. The palate shows excellent fruit weight and
length with passionfruit and tropical flavours.
The sparkling wine produced during the 2008 vintage has also been a success. The wine
shows nice green apple aromas and flavours characteristic of sparkling wine.

Red Varieties
A warm March ensured the fast ripening of the red varieties. There was no concern with
regards to baumè targets not being reached. The cellar staff at Beelgara are to be praised
for their hard work to ensure tank space was available for incoming fruit.
“Shiraz once again was the outstanding red variety produced. The Shiraz showed amazing
berry fruit characters and richness with vibrant colour”, Rod Hooper said.
“Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also look good. The ripeness of this fruit is at its
optimum and any green tannin or leafy characters are not apparent”, he said.

  Winemaker and Grower Liaison Officer
  Sean Hampel had set his mind on a wine making career
  early in life and joined Beelgara straight out of school. With
  a number of vintages under his belt and six years on, Sean
  has finished a degree in Viticulture and Wine Making from
  University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury campus, and
  returned to Beelgara to build on his knowledge and his career.
  Sean believes that wine, like life, is to be enjoyed and not over analysed. Sean’s wine
  making goal is simple: “to produce wines that make people happy and that can be
  enjoyed everyday.”

2008 The Vines Semillon Sauvignon Blanc *NEW PRODUCT*
Attractive aromas of fresh lantana and passionfruit with a soft round palate of grassy and
tropical flavours and a fresh zesty finish.

2008 Estate Range Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Lifted lantana and tropical fruit aromas with a soft rounded palate displaying heraceous
and tropical flavours, well balanced with a clean acidity on the finish A well balanced wine
with good fruit weight and palate length.

2008 Rascals Prayer Sauvignon Blanc (Riverina/Adelaide Hills)
Lifted passionfruit and gooseberry aromas with a soft stylish palate structure displaying ripe
passionfruit and tropical flavours. Excellent fruit weight and length and a clean acid finish.

2008 Rascals Prayer Verdelho
Clean, fresh tropical fruit aromas with a well weighted palate of soft mouth filling fruit salad
fruit flavours and balanced clean acidity on the finish.

2008 Winemakers Selection Pinot Grigio
A delicate, stylish Pinot Grigio with tropical fruit and nashi pear aromas and flavours with
a clean crisp crunchy finish with a citrus/lime edge

2007 Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay
Attractive French oak aromas of vanillin and spice combine well with the peaches and
cream fruit and yeast complexity in this wine. An elegant Chardonnay style with soft silky
texture in the mouth with great length and fine acid structure.

2006 Regional Reserve Clare Valley Shiraz
Ripe, intense aromas of berry fruits balance with spicy characters of cloves and cinnamon
with a subtle touch of mint. The palate is elegant and complex, with rich plum, spice and
blackberry fruit characters, finishing with refined spicy oak and supple tannins.

2006 Regional Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of ripe cassis and plum fruit with integrated vanillin and coconut oak.The palate is
soft with mouthfilling flavours of rich and complex berry fruit and a hint of herbaceousness.
A stylish wine with seamless texture, great length and fine chalky tannins on the finish.

               RECENT REVIEWS & AWARDS

                                                                           W RA
                                                                  MEDAL            Winemakers
                                                                      CLASS 2
                                                                      IN E S H O W    Selection
                                                                              2008 Pinot Grigio
                                                                             W RA
                                                                           2008          Winemakers
                                                                      MEDAL                Selection
                                                                        CLASS 9

                                                                           E SHO
                                                                                     W    2008 Rosè

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