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                                                                   Hands-on Days: We apologise for not putting on the annual
                                                                   Canopy Management & Crop Estimation Day that is usually
                NEWSLETTER MARCH 2008                              held in January. Bob experienced some unwellness (most
                                                                   unlike Bob!) over December and January so the day was not
Almost vintage time – already! We’ll talk about this years         held. However, we have planned quite a few that you will want
vintage a little later in this newsletter, but first, some other   to get into your diaries for the remainder of the year. Some are
news.                                                              not quite ‘Hands-on’, except for hands-on a glass of wine, as in
                                                                   the Vertical Tastings of
Calendar of Events. A new Calendar of Events is enclosed.          Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
This is the first time we have actually planned 12-months in       (May 24 and Aug 16
advance and it isn’t easy. But well worth the time and effort      respectively). The annual
because we have so many fun and yummy events planned.              Pruning Day is planned for
Have a browse and hang this on your refrigerator to refer to       Saturday, 19th July and an
throughout the year. Some of the highlights are:                   educational Hands-on Day
                                                                   regarding wine faults will
A Sparkling Month of June. We will be releasing our first          be held on Saturday, 20th
ever sparkling wine, a Sparkling Pinot Noir in June. To            September. Don’t forget the MyVine Picnic-with-your-Vine
celebrate its’ release and to demonstrate how well it goes with    Saturday in December. Mind you, whenever Bob has ready and
food, we’ve put together a month of special dishes that will be    willing helpers around the vineyard you can be sure that he’ll
served on Saturdays and Sundays. Have a look at these              find something for everyone to do to get their hands-on a
delicious game dishes, stop drooling and plan to come out to the   grapevine! So always come prepared for a little bit of paddock
winery to try the new sparkling wine                               work.
and these special dishes.
                                                                                                   Featured Foods: We have the
Who likes live music? Wine, music                                                                  best wood-fired pizzas around
& food – all natural partners. So                                                                  – we all know that!         But
come along on any Sunday in July                                                                   sometimes it’s nice to have a
when we have live music in the                                                                     little something else. So we’ve
NEW cellar door.                                                                                   introduced seasonal featured
                                                                                                   foods to have as starter or to
The NEW cellar door? Complete             Ced Le Meledo            share around the table. Right now it chicken satays with a
with a fireplace with a roaring fire (in                           peanut sauce. Winter time will naturally be homemade soup
winter of course). An extension to the veranda is underway to      (Ana and Barb keep coming up with your old time favourites as
provide us with more seating and a place to hold our new           well as some variations on them). Spring time will be Nacho
‘Fireside Chats’. The tables in the new fireside room will seat    time (Olé) and Summer will feature our garlic prawns again
2, 4 & 6 people. Large groups will continue to have access to      (back by popular demand!). Our Taster’s Platters are always
the heated marquee which is perfect for family and friends         popular and we are currently using Donnybrook Farmhouse
gatherings.                                                        Cheese on them – really nice selection of cheeses. (favourite so
                                                                   far? The Blue Brie!).
Fireside Chats? We are introducing a new concept here at the
winery called ‘Fireside Chats’. These will be a chat, a            Vignerons’ Table: a must
conversation, with a person of interest. They might be an          for your October calendar.
author, a poet, a chef or a balladeer. Sit back with a glass of    The venue is the very special
wine and hear their tales. The talks will be informal, fun and     Clarke Dining Room at
casual. We have 3 lined up and you                                 Rupertswood Mansion,
will want to hear all of them. Janet                               Sunbury. The food?
Lillie is a food stylist and will give us                          Prepared just for us. The
the secrets to those glossy food shots.                            wine? Gisborne Peak of
Andrew Dwyer has just released a                                   course, with a Muscat from
book called ‘Outback: stories and                                  Rutherglen. A dress-up
recipes from the camp fire’. Andrew                                night for everyone with food
operates 5-star tours to the outback and                           and wine to match the
presents gourmet dinners mainly using                              elegant setting and friendly
a camp oven and a wok. Carol Reffold is an award winning           company. Book early as
bush poet. She will have you laughing, crying and wanting          seats will be limited. Price
more. We will take bookings for these days so give us a call to    TBA.
save you a table.
New Releases: Oh Wow! The 2005 Chardonnay has been on                                             Gisborne Peak Winery
the counter for about a month, and it’s a real hit. Similar to the    New Release Wines                            Price        MyVine $
award-winning 2004 Chardonnay, but brighter and fresher. Still                                                      12-Bottle      12- bottle
                                                                      Minimum order of 6 or 12 bottles                Price          Price          Qty   $
a ‘kiss of French Oak’ to mellow it out. It’s a ‘must-try’ wine.
                                                                      2005 Top Block Pinot Noir                    $ 282.00        $ 211.50
The 2005 Pinot Noir Top Block and Foundation Blocks are just          2005 Chardonnay                              $ 300.00        $ 225.00
about to be released. We think they are our best ever (other than     2005 Foundation Block Pinot Noir             $ 318.00        $ 238.50
Reserve 2003), and there will not be the quantity of 2004, so
these will not last quite as long. Rosé 2007 is a gem in both         Dinner Party in a Box                                        $    99.95
flavour and colour. Rosé is one of our most popular wines here        (no MyVine discount available)
at the winery. Once you taste this you’ll know why. Order form
                                                                      Additional Wines:                            Regular $       MyVine $         Qty
at the end of this newsletter. We have a special offer of FREE
                                                                      2006 Duet Chard/Semillon                     $    15.00      $    11.25
FREIGHT for everyone ordering off this newsletter. Our                2006 Unwooded Chardonnay                     $    18.00      $    13.50
Adoptive Parents also get their 25% discount. If you’re not an        2007 Pinot Rose                              $    22.00      $    16.50
Adoptive Parent with a MyVine, you really should consider.            2005 Allegro Semillon (Semi Sweet)           $    20.00      $    15.00
Tick the YES box on the order form and we’ll send you info!           TOTAL OF AlL WINES                                                        $

The Day the Sky Fell in. 90ml in 30 minutes. We were                  Freight: ($10.00 per box)                    Total Freight                     $    FREE
flooded! After much work by
everyone, the place is better than                                    Sign me up for the Fireside Chats             $15 deposit
before, but you wouldn’t have                                         ($15 deposit pp)                  # of people     pp                                $
believed it from looking at the                                       Aug. 31:Janet Lillie, Food Stylist
                                                                      Sept 28:Andrew Dwyer, Outback
pictures. Unfortunately, there
                                                                      Oct 26: Carol Reffold, Bush Poet
was hail with the storm and we
lost about 25-30% of the fruit. It                                    GRAND TOTAL                                                               $
shredded the leaves too, which
may affect vintage.                                                   Send me information                          (circle)            Yes          No
                                                                      about adopting a vine
New Label. Same people, same good wine – just a new look.
It is a variation on the gum leaf theme, but a beautiful version.
                                                                      Change my mailing option to email:
It will be on all of the wines shortly.
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                                                                      Print Clearly Please
 Adopt-a-Vine: This program keeps getting bigger and bigger.
We’ve had many re-adoptions and yes, sadly, some orphaned             Send to:
vines. But the good news is that they are now be adopted by           Gisborne Peak Winery
new parents who will love them for 3-years. Our feedback is           69 Short Road, Gisborne South VIC 3437
that it is a great gift and our MyVine visitation proves to us that   or
people enjoy having a little piece of the vineyard to call their      FAX: (03) 5428-4816

own. Visit to see a gallery of photos and           or: email:

a downloadable application form. It makes a perfect gift.
                                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO PAY BY:                                      (Circle One)
Vintage & picking: We expect vintage to be about mid-April
                                                                      Cheque     Mastercard Amex                                   Visa
this year, depending. So all you Adoptive Parents, get those
                                                                      Card No:
boots ready for the ‘big-pick’. Watch the websites for exact
picking days. We won’t know the exact dates until about a                                 Expiry Date:
week or two prior to picking. There will be instructions posted       DELIVERY NAME AND ADDRESS:
                                                                      (I certify that I am over 18 years of age)
on the websites: and              Name (Please Print)                                                     Address

 Personalized labels. You don’t need to wait until Christmas to                                                                    Postcode
                                                                      Telephone (Business or AH)
order personalized labels. If you have an occasion coming up
                                                                      Special Delivery Instructions
that you would like to present wines with your name on the
label or a reason to be giving gifts, call Ana to discuss your
                                                                      Please allow up to two weeks for delivery
needs. These are available at anytime, with a special offer made
                                                                                        Gisborne Peak Winery
to our MyVine Parents in October/November.
                                                                               69 Short Road, Gisborne South VIC 3437

                             From: Bob & Barbara Nixon, Ana                        T. (03) 5428-2228 F. (03) 5428-4816
                             Grdic & the team here at Gisborne              
                             Peak Winery                                    

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