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Budburst - November 2014

Budburst Wine & Food Festival - 15 & 16 November 2014

BuduburstBudburst celebrates the grape vine buds bursting - marking the beginning of a new wine vintage - we think it is worth celebrating.

We invite you to join the renowned winegrowers of the Macedon Ranges and be a part of the celebrations during the Budburst Wine and Food Festival.

Enjoy a weekend of fabulous wine, mouthwatering food and great music; with a backdrop of the spectacular Macedon Ranges - it is an event not to be missed.

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Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2014

The Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition dinner held on 3rd October, 2014 at The Royal George in Kyneton was attended by 100 guests. The Master of Ceremonies MC was John Ellis of Hanging Rock Winery.

The Laurie Williams Trophy for
Best Wine of the Exhibition
was awarded to Cope Williams NV Pinot Chardonnay
This Macedon was also awarded the Bendigo Bank Trophy for
“Best Sparkling Wine.”

The Macedon Ranges Freight Trophy for
“Best White variety or Blend other than Chardonnay”
was won by Hesket Estate 2014 Riesling.

The Kyneton Toyota Trophy for “Best Chardonnay” was won by Shadowfax - Midhill 2013 Chardonnay.

The Seguin Moreau Trophy for “Best Pinot Noir” was won by
Curly Flat’s Williams Crossing 2012 Pinot Noir.

For “Best Red Variety or Blend other than Pinot noir or Shiraz”,
the Longfellows Insurance Brokers Trophy was not awarded.
A Bronze medal was awarded to the
Rowanston on The Track Merlot 2012.

For the “Best Shiraz” the Vinvicta Products Trophy was not awarded. A Silver medal was awarded to the
Rowanston on The Track Barrel Select 2009 Shiraz

For “people’s Choice” The Banks Wine Store Trophy was won by Shadowfax-Midhill Chardonnay 2013

120 wine entries were judged this year, a similar number to last year.

Judges were:

  • Jeremy Dineen (Josef Chromy Wines, Tasmania)
  • Rob Geddes (Wine Writer and Author of: The Golden Book),
  • Lak Quach (Sommelier, current Dux of Len Evans Tutorial),
  • Chief Steward: Robert Ellis (Hanging Rock Winery)
  • Chief Associate Judge: Matt Harrop (Shadowfax Winery)
  • Event organiser: Rob Ellis of Hanging Rock Winery

Taste these wines at BUDBURST Wine & Food Festival on 15 & 16 November 2014

Awards dinner


Cloud 9 Farm cellar door officially opens to public

A new and unique cellar door, Cloud 9 Farm, will officially open on Saturday, September 6, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience artisan wine and cheese in a relaxed atmosphere.

The family-owned farm at Pipers Creek is situated beneath the picturesque Cobaw State Forest, with the tasting room offering spectacular views over the valleys of the Macedon Ranges.

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Curly Flat's Vintage Update

WineryAt Curly Flat we are ultimately very pleased with both the quantity and even more so with its quality.  This year’s growing season seemingly ran through the full gamut of weather outside of snow!

Our yield of 76 tonnes meant we were down by around 16% from our average tonnage of around 90 tonnes.  There are several reasons why our relatively limited crop reduction wasn’t as severe as the majority of producers (Victoria wide).  The following synopsis relates to our experience of the 2014 harvest and may of course differ to the experiences of other producers in our region. 

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Kyneton Ridge Estate - nominated finalist in prestigious Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards 2014

Twenty-four amazing and diverse businesses were nominated in this category this year and we were thrilled to be in such talented company but to emerge as one of three finalists is such an honour.

This wonderful news comes in the same year we receive the coveted 5 Star Rating for a Boutique Winery from Australia’s leading wine judge James Halliday.

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