There’s no instant gratification in the wine industry. If you want to make a new wine, you need to plan it, price it, prepare it, plant it, produce it, package it, promote it...the list goes on. Unless you can bypass the vine planting and buy fruit that is ready to harvest, this process can take many years. My father, Chris Killeen, planted several Portuguese varieties in the 1990s to further develop his passion for producing vintage ports. Since his passing, S&K has been using these fantastic varieties for red table wines as well as fortified production.
However, we realised we needed diversity in our white varieties to face the challenges of climate change and growing water scarcity. After seeing how well the Portuguese red varieties thrive in Rutherglen’s soils and climate, we started researching white cultivars in 2013. Alvarinho, Antão Vaz and Arinto caught our eye, especially as the latter two are grown in some of the warmest and driest parts of Portugal.
The photo above was taken in 2015, after the vineyard team meticulously planted each graft - look at the straight lines! So it was with great excitement, after so many years planning and then patiently waiting for them to grow, that we picked Alvarinho and Arinto for the first time this vintage. At this stage, we want to see how they go in the winery and potentially barrel age a portion of the Arinto, but if we think they’re ready for a 2018 release, club members will be the first to know.
We’ve warmly welcomed some fresh faces to S&K including Fred Morris, our new vineyard manager, Annie in cellar door, Rebecca in marketing & sales, Manuel (from Italy) and Martin (from France) as vintage casuals alongside Manning in the winery, whom you may have met in cellar door last year.
Cheers, Natasha Killeen.
A cooler than usual 2017 vintage gave us an opportunity to make a medium-bodied Chardonnay, with a small percentage fermented in premium French oak. Cellar up to 3 years.Buy Online
This dry and complex Rosé is representative of the deeply coloured and complex Portuguese grapes used to make this wine. Cellar up to 2 years.Buy Online
Medium-bodied, this wine has a delicious palate of plums, cherry and spice with smooth, velvety tannins. Cellar up to 5 years.Buy Online
THE 2018 VINTAGE SO FAR
After a brief heatwave in January, the weather in Rutherglen has settled into a lovely rhythm of warm days and cool nights - perfect for even fruit ripening and spectacular colour development. We’ve really only just begun but will likely pick most of our reds in March and fortified varieties in April.
Many of our 2017 reds are coming out of barrel and into bottle and we look forward to releasing them throughout the year. The aroma and flavour profiles are ‘spot on’ and will further develop complexity. A cooler year than usual, 2017 has given us a beautiful range of wines with three new releases ready for our Autumn packs.
EVENTS at S&K
EASTER: 30th March - 2nd April.
In the region over the Easter long weekend? We'll still be in full swing of vintage so pop by and we'll give you a tour. In cellar door, there will be a very special Vintage Fortified Retrospective Tasting. We only do this twice a year (Easter and Christmas) where we have four different vintages of our famous 'ports' open so you can taste, compare and see how they age over decades. We will be open all four of these public holidays from 10am to 5pm.
WINERY WALKABOUT: 9th & 10th June.
Dust off your favourite wig or Disney character costume as regional Victoria's biggest wine festival is fast approaching. We've planned a jam-packed line up of wine, food, music and entertainment at S&K so buy your tickets soon so you don't miss out. With a fun and friendly party vibe, the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout a great way to warm up this winter. Tickets and bus registrations are now on sale here.
Quinta Quarterly PDF
Download our Autumn Quinta Quarterly with our price list and order form. If you are Quinta Club member, please contact us by Tuesday the 27th of March to make any changes to your pack. All orders made at the same time of the Quinta Pack will be posted freight free.
For Members, please click here to view the Autumn packs. Please contact us if you wish to make any changes.