08/02/2005 - 21:00

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08/02/2005 - 21:00


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Killerby Vineyards’ 2003 sauvignon blanc has been rated ‘one of the best of 2004’ in the latest Winestate Annual magazine.

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Killerby Vineyards’ 2003 sauvignon blanc has been rated ‘one of the best of 2004’ in the latest Winestate Annual magazine.

According to proprietor Ben Killerby, the SB is one of six featured in this year’s ‘best-of’ wine feature and is the only Western Australian variety to be selected.

And it was picked among some 10,000 wines from around the country.

“It was lovely news,” he says. Killerby has had previous best-of ratings for its 1999 cabernet sauvignon and 1999 shiraz.

“The Killerby Sauvignon Blanc is different to most other sauvignon blanc,” Mr Killerby says. 

“Most others are unwooded, they are not aged in oak barrels. Ours is fermented in new French oak barrels and a part of it is aged in oak for five months. It is then aged for a year prior to release.”

The good news comes as the Killerbys prepare for the 2005 vintage, which at this stage looks at producing less fruit but great flavour, according to Mr Killerby.

“Our yield estimates are a little bit down so it won’t be a big year but the ripeness and concentration looks very good.”

The Globe Wine Bar and Restaurant began its annual Meet the Maker series last week, which continues throughout 2005.

The events take place on the first Friday of every month and are an informal gathering of after-work wine enthusiasts who are afforded the opportunity to meet, greet, and chat to some top winemakers.

While the winemakers are yet to be confirmed for the next two months the wineries are locked in. March 4 will feature Brookland Valley and April 1 showcases Houghton.

Meet the Maker takes place between 5.30pm and 6.30 pm. And you can’t miss The Globe now its exterior has been painted a great plum colour so it stands out a bit more from its home in The Parmelia Hilton.

The Great Southern Food and Wine Festival kicks off on Thursday March 3 and wraps up on the evening of March 7, which is, conveniently, a public holiday. The program includes a razzle dazzle wine dinner featuring Must Winebar proprietor Russell Blaikie and oyster king Jerry Fraser.

There will also be tutored wine tastings from Harewood Estate’s James Kellie and West Cape Howe’s Gavin Berry.

But it’s not all about vino. There are plenty of foodie activities, including a Balinese cooking master class with Bali’s Casa Luna Cooking School chef Janet Deneefe.

There are also long table lunches to be held simultaneously around the region. For further details visit The Great Southern Marketing Association’s website at www.greatsoutherntastewa.com

To help Western Australian wine lovers appreciate the art of wine making the team at Millbrook Winery is putting on a ‘winemaker for a day’ event. There are two opportunities to get a stint at wine making, Saturday February 26 or March 12.

The morning starts with participants picking ripe fruit, tasting it for sugar ripeness and then smelling and seeing the wine ferment in the winery.

But not wanting to work the first timers too hard, the folk at Millbrook are putting on a three-course lunch to conclude the festivity.

Cost is $65.


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