The Australian winery, headquartered in Denman, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, was founded by Robert Ian Oatley in 1969. The name "Rosemount" was already given by a former winery owner named Carl Brecht, but of whose vineyards there was nothing left. The business was built from scratch, the first wines were only marketed in 1975. Today, the vineyards cover a total of 2,500 hectares of vineyards in the two states of New South Wales and South Australia in seven areas. these are Adelaide Hills
. Hunter Valley
. Langhorne Creek
. McLaren Vale
, The wines produced there are absolute export hits Australia
, Rosemount emerged as a direct competitor Penfolds
until finally both came into the possession of the same owner (see below). A joint venture with Mondavi has been producing wines with a focus on Syrah / Shiraz in California and Australia since 2003.
The winemaker Philip Shaw, who worked from 1982 and then was appointed Southcorp as General Winemaker in 1986, left his mark. The broad product range includes the Diamond Label, Diamond Cellars, Hills of Gold, Rosemount Road, Ryecroft and Show Reserve lines. Wines from the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz and Traminer are produced as varietals and cuvées. The premium line includes four wines. These are Roxburgh Chardonnay
from the Hunter Valley created in 1983, Mountain Blue
from the Mudgee Hills (Shiraz and CS) and Giants Creek
(Chardonnay) from South Australia. The red wine Balmoral Syrah
created in 1991 is unusually labeled for Australia with the French name. The extremely long-lived wine is made from 50 to 100-year-old vines in McLaren Vale and matures in new American oak for two years.
In 1996, daughter Rosalind Otley married Canadian Keith Lambert, a top manager at the beverage company Foster's
, Lambert now became boss at Rosemount, invested AUD 100 million and doubled production to three million boxes in 2000. The wine giant South Corp
made an offer of AUD 1.5 billion, half of which the Oatley family received as a 13% stake in Southcorp. This merger soon looked like a reverse takeover when Keith Lambert became head of Southcorp Wines and, after the company sold off the rest of its non-wine holdings, Southcorp itself. The high level of investment and a poor exchange rate for the Australian dollar led to massive problems. The 2003 profit was 97% lower than last year and Lambert, whose father-in-law Robert Ian Oatley remained on the board, was forced to resign. Finally, in March 2005, Southcorp, and with it Rosemount Estate, became Multi Foster's
accepted. In May 2011, he stored all wine activities in his own company, which is listed on the stock exchange Treasury Wine Estates
, which now also includes Rosemount.