The first vintage of Lady A was made in secret as a present for winemaker Peter Althaus’ wife Ruth in 1996. Inspired by the famous oaked Sauvignon Blanc of Bordeaux, Lady A has earned a cult status reputation around the globe. It is a wine of astounding fruit purity, superb elegance and complexity woven with subtle nuances of oak and natural acid drive. Peter Althaus suggests Lady A will cellar for up to ten years. This wine is described by James Halliday as 'the finest Oaked Sauvignon Blanc' he ever tasted. Fermented and matured in 100% new French barriques, it is Estate bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
Coal River Valley
Domaine A is set in one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. Established in 1973, the historic Stoney Vineyard is the oldest in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley. Just half an hour's drive from the city of Hobart, the 11ha single vineyard Domaine is owned and operated by H. Peter and Ruth Althaus. It is the culmination of a long and exhaustive world-wide search for terroir ideally suited to cool-climate viticulture. Ancient soil and truly cool climate give rise to inspirational terroir founded on 200 million year old Jurassic Dolerite. Domaine A lies on a north facing slope that enjoys a temperate maritime climate and extended sunlight hours over a long, cool season. Domaine A experiences some of the longest sunshine hours in Australia, ensuring grapes ripen to develop the full spectrum of varietal character. The vineyard is close planted in the European tradition (1.9 x 0.9m,) with a density of 6000 vines per hectare. The sloping North-North Easterly aspect and foliage height of 1400mm enables vines to take full advantage of prolonged sunshine. Annual rainfall is often less than 500mm. Grapes ripen well into late April and early May, bringing flavours of great subtlety and intensity to the wines. Varieties grown include red grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir and the white grape Sauvignon Blanc. Peter Althaus personally selects the fruit for harvesting. During the cool days of autumn when the fruit is at the point of optimum ripeness and flavour it is hand-picked and crafted with minimal intervention. The wines are made without compromise in the spirit of the finest traditions of winemaking. Peter sold Domaine A in March 2018. His wines and legacy will live on for many many years to come.