Shiraz normally produces 150 cases of wine. In this testing highland climate, with very variable seasons, each vintage has been distinctly different.
The 2003 and 2004 were made by Phil Stevenson of Ibis Wines, and Chris Derrez has made the later vintages. The first vintage was in 2003, but the cellar door has sold out of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. A small amount of these vintages are still available at Willow Vale Mill in Laggan, where Graham has collected my wines alongside vintages of (superior?) wines from France, the Hunter and Spain.
The current vintages of 2014 are available at the cellar door and are also on sale at IGA and d’Aquino’s in Orange.
In 2013 we made a Rosé from the Shiraz, and this is proving popular at the cellar door.
The half acre of Sauvignon Blanc gave a baby crop in 2009 and we made 40 litres, bottled in half bottles. In 2010 we picked the first commercial vintage, and another one in 2011. Unfortunately both these first vintage were rain affected and their yields were only half what they shoud have been. However, in 2012 there was a decent crop and Chris Derrez made a prize winning wine from it. The 2013 successor to it has sold out, and we are currently selling the 2014 vintage. It is also on the menu at Racine restaurant in Orange.