Trophy Bling…

September 20, 2017

Currently in it’s 29th year the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show is firmly established as one of Australia’s benchmark, regional wine shows for small producers. With both Hunter Valley wines and this show having such significant reputations we are always excited to enter our wines and have them judged by our peers.  It’s great to have unbiased feedback on our wines.

The results of this show were announced last week and we are thrilled to tell you, after an intensive week of judging, lead by Chief Judge, Keith Tulloch, Stomp received the following trophy and medals:

Trophy & Gold Medal
stomp! 2017 Verdelho

Silver Medal
Pssst ‘n’ Broke 2016 Verdelho
stomp! 2016 Fiano

Having a favourite wine is a little like having a favourite child… but, I must admit stomp! Verdelho has always been one of my favourites.  It’s always a winner in my books!

 

Ready, set… grab your Moscato!

September 14, 2017

With great excitement we finally announce the release of our Moscato.

Joining our stomp! range it  retails at $25/bottle or $21 to members.

Made from Muscat grapes this playful Moscato will easily make friends in all circles. With its gentle cascade of bubbles, it’s fun, festive and full of sweet flavour – Turkish delight, musk sticks and fairy floss.

This gorgeous pink bubbly is versatility itself – standing capably as an aperitif at your next dinner party, cheekily starting your party, making your  brunch unforgettable or complimenting your favorite sneaky confections.

Intended to be consumed young, fresh and vibrant our Moscato needs to be served well chilled. It’s so easy going it doesn’t need food. Just grab your partner by the hand, shake off your shoes, walk through the fresh, soft grass whilst the sun gently caresses your skin, sit and sip. Springtime perfection right there! But it’s also downright delicious when paired with apple desserts, fresh berries, meringues and cakes. Or try it with spicy Asian fare, cheese, antipasto or charcuterie.

Spring in a bottle!

September 6, 2017

Nothing says spring better than a fresh, zesty, ice-cold (go on break the rules), white wine.  So how excited are we to introduce two new release wines – stomp! Limited release 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and stomp! 2017 Verdelho. Both here just in time for our glorious Spring weather.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is a limited release with only 200 cases made. This fine example of cool climate, high altitude fruit from Orange has produced a wine with enticing aromas of passionfruit, pineapple, guava and hints of grapefruit. The palate is tasty, lively, long and dry. It compliments soft cheeses, seafood, Greek or Mexican cuisine. Best consumed now or with short term cellaring.

Our 2017 Verdelho has aromas of honeydew melon and passionfruit, with a refreshing, zesty palate displaying ripe tropical fruits and citrus characters. It is very enjoyable on its own, but shines when paired with Asian inspired flavours.

So who’s ready for Spring? Have we got your mouth watering, sunglasses on and a day basking in the sunshine planned?

NB: Our Sauvignon Blanc is still to go onto the website. In the meantime email me for orders. It’s that easy!

Change is Afoot…

August 22, 2017

Change is afoot – we’re moving to Lovedale in 2018.

For nearly seven years we’ve had a wonderful relationship with Tinonee Vineyard. It has provided a fantastic base for our humble cellar door. We’ve had so much fun on this magnificent property. We’ve loved every minute of welcoming everyone to share our gorgeous wines and striking views of Yellowrock.

However, as the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”, and with the change of hands of this property, our tenure is coming to a close. This weekend will be the last weekend we are operating our cellar from this location. Make sure you come and see us and say your goodbyes to our teeny cellar.

But the goodbyes are only temporary. It’s onwards and upwards from here… and like ducks on the dam, our feet are paddling madly under the surface – so much to do! Hopefully we won’t keep you waiting too long to announce our new cellar location and opening date. We can tell you it’s in Lovedale and we can’t wait to open our doors. There may even be accommodation you can stay in. Now that would be handy for the new, exciting events we’re planning!

We know you’ll enjoy visiting us at this convenient location. We just need you to be patient whilst we’re organising the final details, but we’ll share its top secret location as soon as we’re able.

In the meantime, you never know where you’ll find us. We’ll be popping up in various locations – gives us the opportunity to come and see you, check new spaces and introduce you to some of our wine friends.

Events/places you’ll definitely find us include:

Sydney Wine Festival – 14 & 15 October, Rosehill Racecourse

Vino Paradiso – 18 & 19 November, The Rocks, Sydney

Private Tastings – 891 Milbrodale Road, Broke

For other events and where to find us make sure you you follow us on Facebook or Instagram and check our website before you visit.

If in doubt you know you can contact me directly for your wines.

Here’s cheers to our exciting new journey. Make sure you follow us… it’s going to be a fun ride as we continue to….

live it… love it… stomp!

 

A Little Bit of Italy in Broke

May 24, 2017

What a wonderful weekend at this year’s Little Bit of Italy in Broke. The weather was perfect, the food scrumptious and the company was superb!

Our thanks to Mamma’s Kitchen and the Local Coffeeman for keeping us fuelled; to all our scarecrow entrants and judges; to our muso, Mark Henderson and to everyone who came and kept us company. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Until we do it all again in 2018…ciao bella!

Stomp 2017 – can’t wait till next year’s…

March 19, 2017

What a wonderful day.

The rain held off whilst we

tested,

tasted the berries and their ferments,

squished,

drank,

ate,

stomped,

created, and had lots of fun.

Our apprentices graduated with flying colours and can’t wait to come back and help out again next year and live it… love it… stomp!

Don’t miss out on your apprenticeship!

February 21, 2017

Vintage is a tricky time of year – so much excitement; stress and sheer exhaustion from the physical nature of winemaking. But as winemakers it’s our time, our gig!

And this year we thought it about time we shared our gig with you. Hence you’re invited to our Stomp 2017. Join us to learn what your favourite winemaking team is doing.

Join us at Stomp 2017, March 4, 12noon and we’ll take a wander through the vineyard as we discuss how we decide when to harvest. We’ll let you get hands on and visually inspect, test and taste some fruit. Yep, you get to hand squish some grapes and use a refractometer and hydrometer to measure sugar content and tell us if the fruit is ready. Don’t worry we’ll provide a bit of tuition along the way as we discuss the parameters we need to craft the wines you love.

Whilst we’re in the vineyard we’ll discuss how we pick and what’s happening in the winery right now. You’ll be the first to taste some of Vintage 2017’s ferments.

Vintage being our busiest time of year, we are always checking in on our mates. Does the truck driver need a coffee re-fill, does the winemaker need lunch, is the cellar hand okay in the press? It’s all hands on deck as we share the work load and look after one another.

So, in true vintage style, we’ll ensure you’re well fed and watered as we share Matt Dillow’s amazing feast with some of our latest wines. We’d love to hear your feedback on our new releases – Stomp! Limited Release 2016 Fiano and Stomp! 2015 Shiraz and, of course, some of our old favourites, too.

To work off your lunch (we will be cracking the whip!) you may wish to practice the art of pigeage or grape stomping – ‘cause we all know there’s something about getting dirty that attracts us all! You haven’t truly experienced vintage until you get completely sticky. Dirty, sticky and tired your apprenticeship is complete!

Now all we need to do is stock your car with some fantastic wine specials and a little gift from us and you can find your way home to relax.

Oh yer, one more thing, when you get home… wash your clothes. Vintage is also about never ending sticky clothes to wash…

Places must be booked by this Friday 24th February
Phone Meredith 0409 774 280
Cost $70 members (plus four guests allowed at this special price), $78 non members

Sneak Peak at Stomp 2017

February 2, 2017

Grab your friends and join us…

We’re exciting to announce we have Matt Dillow, of the Verandah Restaurant, preparing lunch for us at out Stomp 2017, Saturday 4 March.

Bearing in mind he needs to satisfy you – our newest trainees – he’s preparing a bountiful banquet. After all, we can’t let you go hungry when there’s some serious stompin’ to do.

Vintage is all about team work – sharing both the hard work and the rewards. With this in mind, Matt will be preparing the following plattered feast for us all to share:

Entree – Introducing our new Limited Release 2016 Fiano served with Italian Antipasti of

Pork, duck, pistachio and orange terrine
caramelised onion frittata
pesto bocconcini
olive tapenade
serrano ham
besan battered eggplant with saffron aioli
hummus
grilled zucchini
beetroot relish

Main – Introducing our new 2015 Shiraz, and your choice of our recently released 2015 Merlot, 2015 Verdelho, 2015 Chardonnay and 2016 Rose. Served with

Marinated slow baked salmon fillet with watercress and fennel salad
Mustard rubbed charred rib eye fillet with desiree potato, bacon and confit garlic
Rocket and parmesan salad.

Dessert & Coffee – with our old favourites Tawny or Frizzante

You can’t get through vintage without heaps of lollies and coffee, so in true vintage style we’ll finish our feast with a lolly and coffee bar and petit fours of chocolate whisky & almond fudge.

How can you resist?
BOOK NOW – call Meredith 0409 774 280.

See you on Saturday 4th March – we can’t wait to have your helping hand.

Stomp 2017 – March 4th

January 13, 2017

When are grapes ready for harvest?
Is mechanical or hand harvest best?
What do freshly crushed juices and ferments taste like?
How do grapes feel squished between your toes?

We always need extra hands at Vintage, so we thought we’d offer a select group apprenticeships to answer all these questions and more.

Join Michael & I on Saturday 4 March from 12noon to 3.30pm.

Your apprenticeship will begin in the Vineyard where you’ll be taught how to measure grape ripeness, how to harvest & we’ll train your taste buds by sampling our 2017 juices & ferments.

After the hard work, in true winemaker style, we’ll relax with an alfresco lunch prepared by The Verandah Restaurant, live tunes by Mark Henderson & a glass (or two) of wine, including our yet to be released, Limited Release 2016 Fiano and 2015 Shiraz.

Of course, no apprenticeship would be complete without some training in the art of pigeage or foot stomping. So, after lunch, we’ll provide ripe, juicy, red grapes for you to practice.

Dress – enclosed flat shoes (you’ll be in the vineyard), casual clothing (nothing too good, it could/will get dirty, particularly if you intend to practice your foot stomping), hat & sunscreen.

Cost – $78pp or $70pp for Members (& up to four guests) – payable upon booking. Numbers are strictly limited & are expected to fill quickly.

BOOK NOW – call Meredith 0409 774 280.
RSVP – Tuesday 21 February.

For a range of local accommodation – brokefordwich.com.au (it’s a great excuse to escape for the weekend). Our two bedroom Winemaker’s Cottage is also available.

When the city gal moves…

December 6, 2016

When the city gal follows her ‘winemaker wanna be’ to the country, what does she do? Adapt… But for me, there was little adapting needed. I love my work and the views and the wildlife in my part of the world make my heart sing.  I awake every day grateful for my part in my gobsmacking, gorgeous surrounds and the animals therein.

But every once in a while, the nature I love, and protect where I can, seems to get the better of me. This week it did just that.  Now I’m not one to be scared of too many animals, but some I’m happy to see at a distance. Some are not so welcome in ‘my space’.

When I noticed bees had set up camp in the wall cavity of my outdoor laundry this week I was somewhat concerned.  Renovating the laundry is not high on my list of things to do right now, nor is hiring expensive humane bee removalists. Adding these concerns, to an already tough week, saw me increasingly less able to let go of my worries. Even more concerning was the email I received from the Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers, suggesting that as I lived in Broke, I would probably not be able to get anyone to travel to remove my bees, and perhaps I should get an exterminator! Are you serious? Have these people not heard of the crisis our bee populations are in? They’re the bee lovers for goodness sake! What the?

Regardless of my woes, life keeps going and washing needed to be done. So, one day, quietly entering my laundry, careful not to disturb any bees making their way out the wrong side of their new home, I heard a noise under some shelving, and it wasn’t buzzing. My new pup came charging in, barking madly, and I instantly recalled an ABC interview I’d heard on the radio the day before. It was discussing what a bad snake season this is!  So, I quickly called my crazy pup and we bid a hasty retreat.

Later that evening, when she escaped from the house, she raced to the laundry and resumed her incessant barking. Upon cautious approach I found her nose to nose with a beautiful, healthy, fat blue tongue. Instant relief!

Next day I resumed my well-worn track to the laundry, only to have my pup charge up behind me, and bark ferociously at a flower pot. This time, it was the animal I feared the day before – a baby brown snake. One of God’s creatures I’m less enamoured with and wish they’d keep their distance. Problem was, without my glasses, I couldn’t tell if it was just the skin, or still had a live snake stuffed inside.

Now don’t try this at home, but Michael’s response (remember he is a winemaker!) was to… peg a rock at it!  When it didn’t move, he assumed it was a skin and I wasn’t getting any closer to check.  Problem solved… except when I came back from hanging the washing it was no longer there!

Just when my week was becoming a little too overwhelming, I received the world’s best phone call.  A neighbour who’d heard on the grapevine that I was having a tough week wanted to come and visit. So later that afternoon, my two new besties, Scott and Felicity, came to the rescue in their shiny, white SUV (modern day version of the white stallion). Out they popped, donned their bee suits, and with one vacuum cleaner and one bee box our problem was solved. Not one single bee was harmed and now our newly identified Italian bees are happily working away in their hive in the village of Broke.

Did you know we started making wines in the laundry of our Sydney home? Commencing honey production was never meant to begin the same way! But who knows, may bee our Italian bees may be able to provide Italian honey for next year’s Little Bit of Italy in Broke?  All from the comfort of their new home – not my laundry!

So, with a little country hospitality, or in this case, ‘help in time of need’, my problem was solved and my week looks a whole lot brighter!

Now I need to forget all the animals for a while and turn my hand to organising our Grape Stomp coming up in March!  Believe it not, sometimes I do have to work…

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