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Grampians Estate Wine Company Grampians Estate News Issue 5 Spring/Summer 2007 Friends Shiraz Release set for Royal Mail Hotel on February 23rd, 2008 A special night celebrating friendship and superb food and wine is assured. The highlight of the night WINE SHOW SUCCESS at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld will no doubt be the release of the Friends Shiraz Collec- 2005 Streeton Reserve tion: The Shiraz, the Reserve Shiraz and the Spar- Shiraz wins 2 trophies kling Shiraz. The 2005 Streeton Reserve Shiraz has achieved February 2008 will mark two years since the some outstanding results at recent wine shows. Grampians bushfires inflicted such devastation This wine is now available. across public and private property. Amongst the Unlike the Jimmy Watson carnage was the Grampians Estate vineyard, some • Trophy - Best Regional Shiraz - Trophy, this one stays in 90% of which was burnt or roasted. 2007 Ballarat Wine Show Victoria. Fellow wine industry people from Victoria and • Trophy - Best Shiraz - beyond made contact to offer grapes or wine to 2007 Murrumbateman Wine Show Late News!! ensure Grampians Estate had a 2006 vintage after all. This dinner will officially release the wines and • Gold Medal - The 2005 Rutherford at the same time celebrate their generosity. 2007 Victorian Wine Show Sparkling just won its The wineries involved are all small to medium sized • Gold Medal - first Trophy—Best Spar- businesses producing premium wine: Dalwhinnie, Shay’s Flat, Cobaw Ridge, Brokenwood, Boggy 2007 Rutherglen Wine Show kling at Australian Small Creek, Garden Gully, Dakis Vineyards, and Henty • Gold Medal - Wine Makers Show Estate. 2007 Aust Small Winemakers Show At this point in time, only the shiraz has been bot- Inside this issue: tled and the wine is superb. Rich colour, some Winestate Magazine reviewed the wine in pepper and spice, with vibrant blackberry fruit. It its Sep/Oct edition awarding it 5 stars: has been shown in 4 wine shows for 1 gold and 3 “A full-bodied intense and youthful style with Friends Shiraz Release 1 silver medals. great peppery fruit and sweet rich oak. Lovely warm, rich aromas and long, lingering intense New winery at Grampians 2 Estate flavours from a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins.” Meet Charee Lowe 2 The 2005 Streeton is now also available in magnums (1500 ml) Sarah’s Snippets 2 The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld has cemented its reputation as one of the jewels in country James Halliday awards 2004 restaurant and accommodation destinations. That Current wine list 3 will be further enhanced with the arrival of head Streeton Reserve Shiraz 96 pts chef Dan Hunter, who spent time as Head Chef Halliday’s latest book has at one of Spain’s most innovative restaurants, given the Streeton 96 Events 4 Mugaritz, in San Sebastian, which is currently points, just one less than ranked seventh in the world by Restaurant the 02 Grange and 02 magazine. He will be designing and presenting the Hill of Grace. Sales of Friends Dinner, matching local produce and fine the wine increased Garden Gully News 4 food to a range of Grampians Estate wines. almost instantly, unfortu- nately it has now sold Rooms available for Friday and Saturday night, why out. Friends dinner details 4 not make a weekend of it. There’s plenty to do; the He also gave the 04 Mt Abrupt and/or Piccaninny walks, Hamilton Art Sparkling Shiraz 93 Gallery, bike riding or just relax by the pool. points. PAGE 2 G R A MP I A NS E S T A T E NE WS ISSUE 5 Winery News at Grampians Estate Meet the team member.. Charee New Consultant EMS - Environmental Lowe Management System Charee recently joined the Grampians Grampians Estate is delighted to announce the appointment of Hamish Grampians Estate has signed up to an EMS Estate team as the new Marketing Seabrook as its Consultant Wine- (Environmental Management System), as Co-ordinator. Currently working one maker. He will supervise the winemaking announced in the last newsletter. This day a week and incorporating a variety of operations, with the aim of improving and provides a mechanism for farmers to tasks: organising the “Friends Dinner, building on Grampians Estate’s reputation improve environmental responsibility on a website maintenance, Western Victoria for premium wines. wholesale sales, helping out at wine events variety of levels. and much much more, though she does Hamish, a fifth generation winemaker, has One such example is the planting of object to sheep marking and working on worked around the world, but recently buckwheat in a few of the mid-rows in the farm. was winemaker at Bests (2000 to 2005) the vineyard, with the aim of replacing and Brown Brothers (2005 to 2007). chemical control of pests such as Light Charee has recently relocated to the Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) with a region “tree change” after living and work- Hamish judges at many wine shows and biological control. Several local vineyards ing in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley for now lives in South Australia. are trialling this new concept: the many years. She has a strong background flowering buckwheat produces nectar in wine/tourism and events, and is 2007 Harvest from which the native bees attack, passionate about shiraz and wooded The first vintage in the new Grampians kill and use/harbour the pests (LBAM) to chardonnay’s. Estate winery is progressing well. The produce their young. This natural process “I’m excited about my role with Grampians shiraz is in barrel completing malo and the will hopefully eliminate some three costly Estate particularly working with Tom and chardonnay and pinot have been blended and environmentally damaging spray Sarah and sharing their infectious enthusiasm. and are going through the methode events. Grampians Estate is a progressive but tradi- champanoise treatment at Blue Pyrenees tional winery with exciting growth and expan- Wine Distribution Estate at Avoca. sion planned for next couple of years and with A distributor has been appointed for the the introduction of myself and Hamish, to- The Vineyard Melbourne market and GE is currently gether we hope to achieve the goals set, but The vineyard is slowly returning to life. seeking one in Brisbane. also compliment the hard work both Tom and We anticipate that 20% of the 8 acre Sarah have already cemented within the Sydney distributer David Sayce of industry.” vineyard will have a reasonable crop this Boutique Wine Estates is doing a great year, mostly chardonnay, but some shiraz. job, getting our wine into a number of Hope to see you at the Friends Dinner!! Last year all the dead burnt vines were establishments, headed by none other replanted and a reasonable proportion of than Neil Perry’s Rockpool at The Rocks. the fire effected vines trained back to the Other locations: wire on new trunks. Town Hall Bottle Shop Balmain, Mosman Unfortunately over summer, the drought Cellars, Rose Bay Nth Cellars, Summer brought a mini locust plaque (amongst Hill Wine Shop, Beach Rd Restaurant other things) and 700 young vines were Palm Beach, Elizabeth Bay Cellars, Avalon devoured and killed. Those 700 vines Fine Wine, Ultimo Wine Centre, Glebe have just been replanted for the second Liquor, 60 Darling St Cellars, Balmain time. East, Annandale Cellars, Lager Bars Manly Speaking of Pollyanna Tom’s Jokes…. Sarah’s Snippets and Ford, they One day, a man came home and was greeted completed their first by his wife dressed in a very sexy nightie. "Tie A listener from Geelong on ABC radio be- season of netball and me up," she purred, "and you can do anything fore the Grand Final; “I was born on Grand football for the you want." Final day 1963, the day of Geelong’s last M o yst o n- W i l la ur a So he tied her up and went golfing. premiership victory. Pumas in the ir respective Under 12 And from some Crows supporters… teams. As Polly Farmer was Q. Two Port Power supporters jump off a cliff. BOG (Best on Polly won a “Most Who wins? ground) it was sug- Determined” award and Ford a “metal” to put A. Society. gested to my round his neck! mother that I be Q. If you are driving and you see a Port Power called Pollyanna after On the farm we have planted 4000 trees, some supporter on a bike, why of which replace those which died in last year’s should you try not to hit him? Polly Farmer. drought. Amongst other things, we are A. It might be your bike. My mother members of the Environmental Farmers Q. Why are three Port Power supporters declined…” how- Network, a group trying to promote more going over a cliff in Lexus a ever the idea was sustainable farming practice environmentally. shame? taken up 34 years Visit today: A. Because a Lexus has four seats. later… environmentalfarmersnetwork.net.au ISSUE 5 G R A MP I A NS E S T A T E NE WS PAGE 3 2003 Mafeking Shiraz (1 trophy, 1 2005 Streeton Reserve Shiraz Wines gold, 94 pts James Halliday) (2 Trophies, 5 gold medals) A really good example of cool climate, spicy New Release peppery shiraz, this wine is all about elegance With the Spring Racing season upon us and cool climate style as opposed to big rich This is the last Streeton vintage and Xmas just around the corner, its time blockbusters from over the border. before the fire and its as good to stock up your cellar. as any of its predecessors. 2005 Rutherford Sparkling Rich and powerful, yet with elegance and style, its an Shiraz (I Trophy, 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze excellent example of the best medals, 4.5 star Winestate) of Grampians cool-climate shiraz. The wine is made exclusively from the ‘Streeton Block’, the original shiraz block planted in 1989. Awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at the 2004 Ballarat Show by Ian McKenzie, long time RRP $65 Wine Club $55 Senior Winemaker at Seppelts. James Halliday: “Medium-bodied, it has very good The Streeton is now avail- balance and integration of ripe—not overripe—red able in magnums (1500 ml and black fruits, fine tannins and oak.”. bottles) for the first time. RRP $30 Wine Club $25 The 2005 Streeton comes in a display box, and is ideal as a gift. 2004 Mafeking Shiraz The hugely successful 2004 vintage has The bottle is finished in (1 silver, 2 bronze) run out, but not before collecting its third a black wax seal. trophy – Best Red Sparkling – at the 2007 A big vintage, predominantly made from the younger 10 Price $ 150 each Royal Queensland Show earlier this year. year old vines. The new 2005 vintage has just won its The wine is quite rich and first Trophy, for “Best Sparkling Wine” at spicy. Screw cap so drink now the Aust Small Winemakers Show, and or keep for years. won a Gold medal at the Victorian Wine Sheepyard Flat Reserve Port Show. It has been awarded 4.5 stars in RRP $24. Wine club $20 The port is excellent, the label is Winestate’s current Nov/Dec edition and different. The label brings a unique “Top in Category”. sense of humour to the world of wine. 100% Estate grown, this wine is flavour- some, full, and mouth-filling. It has a lovely “Drink while viewing sunsets, it dark red colour, rich blackberry fruit makes for brighter colours.” characters and balanced sweetness. 2004 Mafeking Gold Chardonnay “Guaranteed to generate your (2 Bronze Medals) own global warming and have you RRP $30 Wine club $28 flat out in the sheep yards or A really popular wine, fresh, well equivalent” balanced, peach, melon flavours, 2004 Streeton Reserve lighlty oaked. “It has been lovingly fermented in the shearing Shiraz (96 pts James Halliday, 1 silver) shed, was checked daily by all the sheep RRP $22 Wine Club $18. dogs…” James Halliday 2008 Wine Companion: A wine that’s fun (and very drinkable), it makes A typically complex wine in both texture and for a great Xmas present. (for some). flavour, blackberry with touches of licorice and chocolate; excellent silky tannins and RRP $14 Club Price $13 oak, likewise length. To 2024. Unfortu- nately this wine has just SOLD OUT. Wine Barrels for sale 2005 Mafeking Unwooded Chardonnay (2 bronze) Stamped Grampi- Continues to sell well, a very ans Estate, there easy drinking fruit driven wine. are 18 varnished barrels for sale. RRP $16 Wine Club $15 $100 delivered (Melbourne). GRAMPIANS ESTATE WINE COMPANY FRIENDS SHIRAZ DINNER Tom and Sarah Guthrie To celebrate the launch of the 366 Mafeking Road Willaura 3379 Friends Shiraz Collection Phone: 03 5354 6245 Fax: 03 5354 6257 please join Tom and Sarah Guthrie Email: firstname.lastname@example.org in celebrating the new vintage of wines that was created with the help Web: www.grampiansestate.com.au of local and regional wineries after the devastating fires that affected Cellar door: Garden Gully the Grampians region in 2006. 1477 Western Hwy, Great Western. This will be the first public release of the collection Saturday 23rd February, 2008 Parker Street, (Glenelg Highway) Dunkeld 7.00pm $95 per person Inc. meal and all beverages Accommodation packages available RSVP: Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld Ph: 5577 2241 winning wines being eligible for the annual EVENTS awards and entitling that winery to partici- Garden Gully News pate in the August Showcase, the biggest of Great excitement for the Garden Gully team Grampians Estate continues to the year. at the Western Victorian Wine participate in a wide variety of Challenge held in Ararat recently when the promotional events. Some 1400 people tasted wines from 45 2006 Garden Gully Shiraz won the Consumers wineries at the 2 day tasting event at Fed In June Sara Black was the star at the Square, at which consumers get to vote on Trophy for Best Wine of the Show Melbourne Good Food & Wine their favourite wines. And the winner of the Show and also helped out at the People’s Choice Award for Best Red Wine Federation Square Wine Show- was... the 2004 Rutherford Sparkling case Series Annual Awards. Shiraz. Looking ahead Tom will be taking Grampians Estate to Brisbane for the Good Food and Wine Show from 9 - 11 November and the team will have a stand at the very popular Werribee Harvest Picnic on the lawns Now in its third year, the Challenge in front of the Mansion on Sunday 25th empowers every day consumers, the punters November, 2007. who go out there and buy the wine, to pick the trophy winners after the official wine judges have narrowed the field to gold medal Fed Square hosts these wine events for wines. the public on the first Wednesday and Sarah and Tom at The ‘Consumers’ are local Thursday of each month, featuring dif- Sheepvention in wine enthusiast whilst the ferent regions around Victoria. judges this year included Western Victoria have their turn early August Sally Gudgeon (wine each year. writer at “The Age”), Peter Taylor from They also run a wine judging Fosters Group, and competition, silver and gold medal Huon Hooke (pictured) Sydney Morning Herald.
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