Member Since 01/09/2017
A Wonder of Australia
Wow what a place. I visited the Chateau with owner John Geber the fist year after his family purchased the property. It was full of dust and promise. What a great job they have done over the years. The Chateau is now one of the Wonders of Australia. You have to go to see it for yourself and the wines - some of Australia and the world's best. I must go back soon.
A labour of love
Approximately 40 years ago my brother and sister-in law Peter and Helen Fimmel purchased this estate and named it after the original family dairy farm in Wokalup. It was their aim to grow and produce great Cabernet Merlot. They built a small winery making their own mud and straw bricks and set about raising their two girls at Hainault. Peter and Helen worked tirelessly to plant, pick prune, bottle and label without any outside help. They sold up many years ago and retired to their home in the hills. They were true pioneers of the region. They taught me a great deal about matching the right food to the right wine and much about courage.
Elfin Hill has been strongly recommended by Jessica McLeish of McLeish Estate Wines so get along to their cellar door for some award-winning wines and then put your feet up at Elfin Hill - which is close by. Oh what a weekend!
Range and quality.
A few years ago I called in to visit Poachers Pantry on our way to Canberra. What a joy! The range of smoked goods alone was worth the visit. Susan was manning the show and we were delighted to purchase both wine and foods to take on our trip. The range and the quality are both outstanding so - take the time and make the visit.
You'll see trophies and medals galore when you visit this exceptional winery. Possibly best known for Semillon, make sure that you ask for some of the back vintages when you are visiting the cellar door. At the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show 2017 the Semillon 2009 won not only a trophy for its class but was also named White Wine of Show. It's a beautiful property to visit so make sure you take time for lunch before moving on to the next cellar door.
Five stars without a doubt. Stanton & Killeen's fortified wines are highly regarded and have received numerous trophies and medals in a range of shows. The Chris Killeen Memorial Trophy has also been won by their own company at the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show on a number of occasions. Their Classic Rutherglen Muscat is outstanding.
Always a favourite
Once again Howard Park's wine is invited to take part in one of Huon Hooke's master classes being held in Sydney in February. This time it's Margaret River - 12 of the best. The wine showing along with 11 other star wines is the Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc 2016. Other wines are from Xanadu, Brash, Cape Mentelle, Cullen, Flametree, Leeuwin Estate, Moss Wood, Umamu and Vasse Felix.
Congratulations for your win of a Double Gold Medal in the 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge. Selected by Huon Hooke for this 13 year old challenge - a great achievement yet again. MDB Chardonnay 2015
Rose all Day.
Thank you Harcourt Valley Wines for donating two fabulous sets of bottles as prizes to our face book friends and followers. Go to our page at https://www.facebook.com/cellardoors.co/ and find the details to win the 2017 Heathcote Rose and the 2015 Mt Camel Range Shiraz.
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Sweet for the sweet
The one thing out of many that I remember as a highlight when I visited Terry at Orange Mountain Wines was their dessert wines. The Orange region does well with many varieties so pop in to Orange Mountain and book a tutored tasting - you'll get a whole range. Ask for a taste of their dessert wine and you won't be disappointed!
Next time in Canberra
I am recommending this as the place to my friends to stay in Canberra - good prices and highly recommended to me.
Wine, food and golf
Louise and Gary are the hosts with the most! Hire a buggy, have a game and get to the bar. If you are there Sunday morning then book in for the next High Tea!
If you want an exciting tasting in one of the newest Canberra Region cellar doors - this is highly recommended. Go! My favourite is the riesling.
We are coming down .
We are coming down at Christmas time and looking forward to visiting you. We are particularly interested in trying the viognier as we have sampled it in several places in Canberra. We don't need accommodation but we will make a booking for your Bistro.
Thank you Kate, look forward to seeing you at our Cellar Door. Cheers Steve Oates