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More from The Wine Bible 2011:

4.5 glass rating:  Touchstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Strong purple-crimson; a well-made wine, the medium bodied palate with very good varietal fruit expression courtesy of blackcurrant and redcurrant flavours that are focused and persistent. Rating:91

4.5 glass rating: Touchstone Shiraz 2008. Strong crimson-purple; a quite vibrant and juicy shiraz, with blackberry, plum & spice on a well-balanced, medium bodied palate, has good length. Rating 90

We also received 4 glass ratings for our Vintner’s Reserve Shiraz 2008 (not yet released), Cabernet 2007 (sold out) and Genevieve’s favourite – the Petit Verdot 2008.

We’re so thrilled at our results and congratulations to the other high scoring Granite Belt wineries – especially Boireann and Summit Estate.


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Four stars and climbing, baby!

James Halliday, the god of wine writing, the creator of the Wine Companion, has granted us a fabulous four stars in the 2011 Companion! Our excitement knows no bounds! Now… how many places can we display that 4 star badge we received….

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Kieran our vineyard manager is an absolute gem and lights the fire in the cellar door every morning. It takes a while for it to warm the room, but for guests the sight of smoke wisping from the chimney is a welcoming sight, and they all seem to gravitate towards it to defrost upon arrival. We have a safety screen, not for children, but for the adults who want to park their bottoms on it!

The vines are asleep, waiting for their haircuts in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Kieran is waiting for the rest of our red wines to complete ‘malo’ (malolactic fermentation) – the Merlot is finished and looking great. Our 2010 Verdelho is showing great promise, and will be ready for bottling shortly. There was some crazy weather around last vintage, but in our little pocket here at Mt Stirling, we managed to escape the worst of it. (A few leaves lost to frost, that’s all) So 2010 is looking like a wonderful year.

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