The thing I love most about the wine industry is also the thing that keeps me up at night - the unpredictability and the uncertainty. We are beholden to the weather gods and thinking about rain, hail or shine is probably where we lose most of our sleep! Take, for example, this summer. We endured weeks and weeks of stifling heat and no rain, which seemed as if it would never end. With vintage only weeks away, the team started talking back-up plans in low, concerned tones.
Yet we held our breath and before we knew it, our prayers were answered. The last few weeks have been absolutely wonderful. We’ve welcomed warm days and cool nights ensuring consistent flavour development, and a smattering of rain to take the edge off the dryness. If things stay this way, we could be looking at a cracker vintage, if only on the small side (low yields). We’ve already started picking our whites with the reds not too far away.
It’s this variability that keeps things interesting. Every day we make decisions based on what is in front of us. Hopefully you agree that the joy of trying wine from small wineries is that you can taste the vintage variation. We will be bottling our 2018 reds in March with many to be released mid-year. We’ve never been more proud of our wines.
We’ll be showcasing these wines throughout the year, with many exciting events coming soon including our Muse dinner in Canberra (9/03), Tastes of Rutherglen (9-10/03), The Tweed Ride (04/05), Festa de Portugal (11/05), member dinners in some capital cities in July (TBC), Rutherglen In The City in Canberra (18/08) and Melbourne (5-4/10) and much more to come. See below for more information.
If you’re in Rutherglen soon, we’d love to give you a tour of the winery during vintage. It only happens once a year and is a lot of fun!
Cheers, Natasha Killeen.
quinta club packs
The Prince Reserva 2015
A very special museum release of this complex and savoury Portuguese blend made in honour of Chris Killeen, ‘The Prince of Port’. A blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Touriga Nacional, it displays bright cherry, brambles, dark spice, liquorice and very fine tannins.Buy Online
Ruby red in colour with sweet aromas of strawberries and red cherry. The bright fruit on the nose follows through on the palate with notes of strawberry, cranberry and raspberry and is complemented by soft tannins.Buy Online
Sparkling Shiraz NV
Crimson red in colour with lifted spice and coconut aromas. The palate is full of fresh cherries, plum and mulberry with a soft, velvety finish.Buy Online
- PORTUGUESE VARIETAL SIX PACK: A selection of our wines made from Portuguese varieties.
- SHIRAZ MIXED DOZEN PACK: This is a good value mixed dozen with two of our most popular reds. The Moodemere Shiraz is from our 1968 ‘Moodemere’ vineyard and the Shiraz Durif is a 60/40 blend.
- EASTER LUNCH SIX PACK: A selection of our wines to enjoy over a long lunch this coming Easter.
FEAST HIGH COUNTRY TWEED RIDE
May 4th, Rutherglen
Calling all chaps, dandies and bon vivants to join a weekend of cycling revelry and divine food! Don your best vintage fashion for a full day of indulgence (with lunch at S&K) over a leisurely 20 km whilst enjoying the autumn sunshine on two wheels.
FESTIVAL MUSE WINE DINNER
March 9th, 6.30pm, Muse - Food, Wine & Books in Kingston, ACT
Join Wendy Killeen and Nick Bulleid MW (Hatherleigh, Laggan NSW) for a delicious six course Festival Muse wine dinner where they’ll reveal how work, winemaking, family and friendship work for them.
FESTA DE PORTUGAL At S&K
May 11th, 4.00pm, Rutherglen
Think live Latin guitar to set the mood, mouth-watering share plates prepared in full view over an open flame by Milkin Kitchen, bright colours as far as the eye can see and delicious S&K Portuguese varietal wine. Join us at the winery for a celebration of all things S&K and Portugal!
TASTES OF RUTHERGLEN
March 9th & 10th, Rutherglen
Tastes of Rutherglen is a progressive feast showcasing the region’s best produce & wine. Relax on our lawns with live music, delicious wines and sumptuous food from La Maison Café. Join our Portuguese Varietal Masterclasses 11am & 2pm held over both days of the event weekend – call us to secure your spot!