Family Operated small Vineyard with Fine Red Wine
In their courting days in 1985 Mark Gilmore and Christine Stevens planted the initial Gilmore Vineyard. This occurred after many late night discussions over some outstanding wine with Graeme Leith and Sue McKinnon at Passing Clouds.
The Gilmores owned a block north of the Creek and Graeme advised the deep alluvial soils and cool climate were well suited to growing red wine grapes. The well drained mix of soil had been prepared for planting by hard working gold prospectors from all corners of the globe searching for the illusive nuggets.
The vineyard site had more recently been cultivated by wild swings. It was home to the Kingower Golf Classic in the late 70s a truly rural affair played over 4 very tough holes. After the bonding experience of establishing a vineyard over a very wet, windy and cold winter, Mark and Christine subsequently married.
Over the next 25 years with the help of their daughters Kerryn and Jessica, plus family and friends, they grew their unirrigated Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the fruit going to Passing Clouds. The Kingower Vineyard South of the creek was established in the 1980’s with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot planted by Bill and Margaret Humphries. Mark and Christine purchased the Kingower Vineyard from Dodger and Maxine Burns in 2012.
Winemaking expert Cam Leith now makes the handpicked fruit from the two vineyards on either side of the creek into this “Both Banks” red wine. It shows characteristic strong fruit flavours, typically produced by the old vines growing in the rich Red Clay and alluvial gravel creek bank soils here at Kingower. Strong berry fruit characteristics and often a hint of mint is visible as the grapes grow protected by the surrounding Eucalypts.
We try to grow the best fruit we can and look after it to ensure quality wine. We involve our family and friends in the process whenever we can.
Every year we name our wine after the most striking event of the year. As a result we have wines called; Carbon Tax, Performance Enhancing, Shirtfront, Captains call, Love is love, Leaders Spill and How Good is Wine.
Our Tasting facility is now established with indoor and outdoor areas. Just drop us a line via text, email or Facebook to taste or purchase some of our wine.
OUR CURRENT RELEASE: 2018 Merlot Cabernet (The Leaders Spill) Is drinking very well at the moment. Fruit from Both Banks of the creek were combined into this outstanding Red Wine. The vines were happy during this vintage characterised by gentle weather patterns.
Tasting Notes: Brick red in colour with a brilliant appearance Raspberry and fragrant bouquet. Full bodied lovely mouth feel and balanced smooth tannins. Character of berry fruits on the palette during a long finish. 20 years cellar potential PRICING: $22 per bottle $220 per case.
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