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Beautiful Sunday for winemakers

Tom Guthrie with the Grampians Estate Black Sunday Friends Shiraz releases.

A black day for a Great Western family has turned into a joyous celebration of the spirit of human kindness.
The Grampians Estate vineyard of winemakers Tom and Sarah Guthrie was burnt to the ground on Black Sunday of the 2006 Grampians bushfires, forcing the couple to reassess their options.
But the industry banded together and eight wineries were able to donate fruit to help the couple continue their work.
Three years later a wine from that donation, the 2006 Black Sunday Friends Sparkling Shiraz, has been rated among the nation’s best by Australia’s leading wine judge.
In the recently released 2010 James Halliday Wine Companion, the Shiraz was rated 95 points, joining three other well known producers in the top bracket of Australian sparkling reds.
In the companion Halliday says: “An echo of the great Seppelt sparkling shirazs of the 40s and 50s (with a leap of imagination perhaps), this wine has absolutely wonderful sweet shiraz fruit – not sugar sweetness – on the finish, and will develop and change for up to 20 years if well cellared.”
The couple took over Great Western’s former Garden Gully vineyard and cellar door in February this year.
The 2006 Black Sunday Friends Sparkling Shiraz is the third of three wines released from the wines made following the 2006 Grampians bushfires.
“We are delighted to have a wine ranked in such esteemed company,” Tom said.
“But it once again just highlights the compassion and generosity of spirit that exists among country people.”

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Posted on Aug 26 2009

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