Rutherglen young guns release new range of wines to commemorate 150 years of winemaking

Fourth-generation siblings, Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown will be celebrating 150 years of All Saints Estate in May and to commemorate this milestone, the Brown family will be releasing a new range of Antique Label wines as well as celebrating with a few special events at the Wahgunyah winery in the week leading up to the sesquicentennial weekend, 3 - 4 May 2014.

Visitors to the winery on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May will be able to taste for the very first time the new Antique Label wines, as well as the family’s very special 100-year-old Museum Muscat and Museum Muscadelle ($1000 per bottle). In the week prior, an exhibition of historical photographs and All Saints Estate memorabilia will be launched in Cellar Door and will run for the month of May.

The Antique Label range is made up of the 2010 Old Vine Shiraz and 2013 Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre. The Old Vine Shiraz is hand-picked from old Shiraz vines planted in 1920, fermented in the original wax-lined vats and pressed in an 1883 wooden basket press, an ode to the early years of All Saints Estate. The Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre is a traditional blend from southern France, grape varieties that were important in the early years of All Saints Estate and are now destined to play an exciting role into the winery’s future.

Established in 1864, All Saints Estate is one of Australia’s first wineries. Original Scottish owners George Sutherland Smith and John Banks settled in the Wahgunyah area on the banks of the Murray River where they took up 100 acres and began growing vines. The All Saints Estate castle was soon built over the original buildings that housed the maturing wine and in 1873, All Saints Estate went on to win the first gold medal for Australian winemaking at the London International Exhibition.

Now under the custodianship of the fourth-generation Brown family, who has owned the winery since 1992, it continues to produce unique, high-quality wines from one of Australia’s oldest winemaking regions.

All Saints Estate’s spectacular vineyard setting is a true destination for wine and food lovers, with one-hat restaurant Terrace run by Head Chef Simon Arkless, its own Indigo Cheese Company and the historic All Saints Estate cellars, showcasing the best current vintage wines and luxurious and rare 100-year-old fortifieds.

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