The second is in fact a Rose made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Durif. Our last Roses have been primarily Cabernet but I’m very pleased we added some especially picked Durif to the blend which changes the profile considerably. It’s a beautiful Summer wine and will most likely be all gone by the end of Autumn. Now for the third wine. It’s our 2017 Pinot Noir and this is a serious Pinot that is all about the dark cherry flavor. No fluffy strawberry and green tannins. It will hold its own in any company and you should have some.
Also you should, while you can, get some Fiano which won the J.C.Brown Trophy at the Rutherglen show for the best Australian dry white wine made from grapes grown in the North East of Victoria. I have waited thirty years to win this Trophy and a big thanks must go to Nick for helping Feathertop and I achieve it.
In October we relaunched our restaurant as “Stone and Barrel @ Feathertop”, to reference the winery’s rustic character and I guess my handy masonry work that I have tinkered away at over the last 30 years. Our superb chefs Simon Buckley and Sous Chef Robert Clarkson have created a new look menu which can be enjoyed as a sharing style feast amongst friends which is a fantastic way to sit back, relax and enjoy the food, views and of course good Feathertop Wine! If you are planning a visit over the summer holidays, be sure to get online to book or give us a call as tables always book out.
Our team has done a fantastic job of launching some exciting new events at Feathertop. We have had two photography exhibitions in our Vaults (it makes a stunning gallery space), one by my daughter Mieke Boynton showcasing her first 10 years as a landscape photographer, and another exhibition by local photographer Jean-Pierre who exhibited his Racing For Yellow Tour de France photography. Both excellent exhibitions and we look forward to seeing more of these in future.
On February 16 we will be hosting our biggest ever live event at Feathertop – Kate Miller-Heidke. I’m not too familiar with her music but my team tell me she is an incredible talent and tickets have been selling very quickly. Jump on to our website to book as with 450 tickets available it will sell out!
In summary I’d like to say that if you’re visiting Feathertop, you will notice how beautiful the vineyard is and that we have completed our replant after phylloxera hit our vines about twelve years ago. It has been a massive job and thanks to Evan, Smitty and Mike we have finally ended the replant. Fifty thousand holes were dug by shovel and the vines carefully put in, the soil placed around their very tender roots and water applied by our drip irrigation system. They are watered regularly for the first year, less regularly the second and perhaps once or twice depending on rain in the third year, the year we get our first crop. I believe they become a hardier plant without irrigation and can handle stresses like drought much better because they have developed a much larger root system in their search for natural water.
Until then, we look forward to seeing you over the summer.
All the best, and thank you for your support this year.