For many, the summer holidays are a time of slowing down and recharging, but for us, it’s when we start the hustle and haul of making wine. The vineyard team are in full swing and won’t slow down until April or May when the last of the grapes are harvested. The winemaking team - still working on our 2017 wines - are also prepping the barrels, tanks and equipment in time for vintage, which usually starts around Australia Day for us when we pick the Chardonnay, and a short time later, Muscat (for Moscato and Sparkling).
We’re open 364 days a year so the cellar door and admin team work around the clock to make sure our customers get the best service. It’s also when we are getting ready for key festivals like Tastes of Rutherglen. Last year was the first year the format changed to offer more choice and flexibility to customers and it was a huge success for the region.
This year will be no different so save the date for 10th-11th of March. S&K will feature local acoustic duo Southbound, guided masterclasses with our winemaker and food by La Maison, one of the best restaurants in the Albury/Wodonga area. Succulent calamari, and a Spanish-inspired beef burger with duck-fat potatoes will shine with our carefully matched wines, along with ‘secret recipe’ baklava and Persian pavlova- a match made in heaven with our Classic Muscat, winner of four trophies this year.
Our fortified wines have always been held in high regard, and popularity has been growing with the addition of our Barrel Club allowing customers to start their own blends at home. We’ve just started offering special custom gift bottles to members; you can read more about it below. Last Friday we sent an email to our Barrel Club members releasing super-premium, single-vintage bulk fortifieds. Didn't get this email? Let Joe know so we can you you don't miss out next time.
We wish you all safe and happy holidays from Natasha Killeen and the S&K team.
Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay 2013
A traditional sparkling white reminiscent of the French style, it has aromas of mushroom and fresh bread. It’s a full-bodied sparkling with a rich mouthfeel from extended lees contact. Toast, strawberry and crisp green apple fill the palate from extended lees contact finishing with a persistent bead and a touch of fruit sweetness from the strawberry.Buy Online
Vintage Fortified 2015
Lush flavours of rhubarb, mulberry, chocolate, and liquorice with medium-grained drying tannins. It’s fresh and approachable now, and will develop well into its third decade.Buy Online
Sparkling Tempranillo 2016
Deep red in colour with a lively bead. Aromas of savoury herbs and cherry cola follow onto a medium-bodied palate with and dark fruits and fine-grained tannins.Buy Online
Sparkling Muscat Blanc NV
Aromas of rose petal, apricot, lychee and peach lead on this light-bodied, off-dry sparkling. Slight musk on the palate with refreshing acidity finishes crisp with a touch of residual sweetness.Buy Online
Sparkling Shiraz NV
Crimson red in colour with lifted spice and coconut aromas. The palate is full of fresh cherries, plum and mulberry with a soft, velvety finish.Buy Online
News & Events
WE’RE SELLING EMPTY BOTTLES!
Normally wineries hope to sell full bottles of wine, but we’re trying something different and selling empty bottles. No, it’s not bottled air from beautiful Rutherglen, it’s a special package for our Bulk & Barrel members. If you have a barrel with your own blend at home, our new package ensures that you can draw off your special blend to gift to your close friends and family. Boxes of 6 ($30) or 12 ($60) include 375ml bottles, gold caps and cap seals, custom black labels based on our Rare Muscat & Topaque design and a gold marker pen to write your message on the label. Find full details on our website or call us to order.
BOXING DAY TO NEW YEARS DAY AT CELLAR DOOR
If you're in the North East for the festive season, stop by for a gourmet hamper created by the High Country Food Co (more information to come). We will also be offering a free Retrospective Vintage Fortified Tasting in cellar door which is a great way to see which is your favourite style of port.
TASTES OF RUTHERGLEN
Save the date for March 10th-11th 2018.
A roaming feast showcasing the best wine and food of the North East region. This year we’ve teamed up with the talented Wassim from La Maison. On both days we’re plating up:
- Char-Grilled Calamari, with garlic & white bean smash, roasted cherry tomato, smoky chipotle aioli and a chorizo crumb matched with our 2016 Rosé. $25
- Spanish-Inspired Beef Burger. Pulled brisket in a brioche bun with red bean & chorizo braise, manchego cheese, mole sauce, corn relish & fresh coriander with a side of duck-fat potato matched with our 2016 Prince Reserva $25
- Persian Pavlova adorned with white chocolate glaze, shaved halva, pistachios, rose petals and pomegranate seeds matched with our NV Rutherglen Muscat. $18
- Layered golden pastry baklava with Middle Eastern syrup and nuts, (no wine match). $4
Local acoustic duo, Southbound, will be playing your favourite songs, and join us for a free Portuguese Varieties Masterclass at 11am and 2pm (bookings essential). Visit tastesofrutherglen.com.au for tickets.
Quinta Quarterly PDF
Download our Summer Quinta Quarterly with our price list and order form. If you are Quinta Club member, please contact us by Friday the 8th of December to make any changes to your pack. All orders made at the same time of the Quinta Pack will be posted freight free.