It’s been another standout year for Scotchmans Hill in this years Halliday Wine Companion.
This year we celebrate our highest ever number of wines rated 94 points or above with 15 of our Estate wines taking the top honours.
Retaining our status as a Top 100 Winery in Australia we also continue to hold our status as a 5 Red Star Winery as awarded by Australia’s top wine critic James Halliday.
In addition to this, we also have 19 wines rated 90 points or above, an impressive testament to the skill and dedication of our Winemakers Robin Brockett, Marcus Holt and Peter Armstrong.
Adding to our accolades, a further 15 wines made by Scotchmans Hill for our friends in the region also rated 90 points or above in this year's Companion.
In total, this brings the number of wines with points 90 or above to 34 wines.
To be recognised as a standout winery by James Halliday is an exceptional achievement and cements our place as one of the consistently highest achieving wineries in Australia.
These award-winning results are a considerable accomplishment for our Winery and Vineyard teams. A recognition of the hours spent refining their craft through the summer heat and winter sleet as well as long days and nights during vintage.
An unrelenting dedication to making wines that stand out has led Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett to focus on breakaway winemaking methodologies, such as wild-fermented wines, non-intrusive winemaking and following a philosophy that exceptional winemaking starts in the vineyard.
As Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett always says “Good wine can be made in the winery, but great wine is made in the vineyard.”
Inspired by this year’s results, we are already looking to the future. The newly released 2018 Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay and 2018 Swan Bay Rosé are looking especially promising.
If you’re looking to buy a wine from this year's Wine Companion, we have a recommendation from Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett. The 94 point 2018 Scotchmans Hill Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is intense and lively with tropical fruits, gooseberry with savoury notes on the mid-palate. Tangy acidity rounds out the wine and gives a mouth watering finish.
It’s the final month of the Summer series at Scotchmans Hill and we’re playing it out in style. If you haven’t been able to make it down to our beautiful Vineyard and Cellar Door, don’t worry there is still time left to groove with the grapes.
To kick us off for February will be the local trio Sway. Playing the classics and a few forgotten gems, putting an unique spin on old school classics.
In the following weeks will be a few returning stars, Deadly Duo will be back with their flowing harmonies and fine mixture of covers and original music. Also returning will be crowd favourites Sebastian Smart and Kat on the 10th with their fine acoustic groove.
Playing our final February show will be the lovely Laurie Phyland coming armed with a ukulele and silky-smooth vocals. The perfect pairing for a day out with wine, food and friends.
Our special Summer Series menus will also be running every Sunday of the month with a set two Course or three Course option.
The Summer Series will run every Sunday in February. For any enquiries or to book your favourite table, contact email@example.com
We’re going to Mardi Gras!
Scotchmans Hill will be the exclusive wine and sparkling partner of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
We’re extremely proud to be partnering with Mardi Gras.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Terese Casu, said “Scotchmans Hill Winery is an exciting addition to our line-up of partners and supporters for this year’s Mardi Gras Festival – we’re proud to be profiling exceptional Australian wines to our international audience. Their effervescent Swan Bay range is sure to be a hit with our thousands of festival fans and we look forward to welcoming them to the Mardi Gras family in 2019.”
We’ll be serving our range of Swan Bay wines at venues throughout the festival. The Swan Bay range was created to reflect the Colours of the Bellarine, a perfect fit with the rainbow symbol iconised by Mardi Gras and the LGBTQI community.
The Swan Bay range includes a Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Pinot Grigio and recently award-winning Pinot Noir Rose. The new Swan Bay Prosecco will also be launched at Mardi Gras, as well as our very first Prosecco!
We’re offering a special Mardi Gras wine pack. Click here to see how you can get a FREE bottle of our Swan Bay Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling!
To celebrate, we’ve also joined forces with local production company Moo Motion and Triple M disk jockeys Tom Bainbridge and Olly Morris. The video was created to celebrate the joy of the partnership and reflect the excitement of Mardi Gras itself. Shot in the greater Geelong area, the video captures our mounting excitement about Mardi Gras, including Tom and Olly popping bottles of sparkling from a luxurious chaise atop a bus!
SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the non-for-profit member-based organisation that produces the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and Festival as well as a number of other events throughout the year. SGLMG exists primarily to develop the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the benefit of Sydney’s LGBTQI community, the enjoyment of a wider audience and as a global beacon of diversity, acceptance and LGBTQI rights.
The Summer Series at Scotchmans Hill is launching Sunday 2nd December. The Summer Series showcases some of the region’s best musical talent for visitors to enjoy free live music amongst the wine, vines and sunshine.
The first date of the series will showcase local artist, and Scotchmans Hill vineyard hand, Alex Vaux-Miller and the 2010 Armitage Pinot Noir back vintage from the Cellar Door vault.
Alex, who headlined our Toast to the Coast entertainment, comes armed with a guitar, stomp box, tambourine and a mic. Turning to music in high school trying as a means to impress a girl, he found his love for music and it hasn't wavered since. Alex will bring fun and enjoyable tunes to wherever the courtyard. “Having worked at Scotchmans Hill for almost three years, it feels prefect to be playing at the cellar door,” he said.
Planted in 1998, our Armitage vineyard is a unique and exciting plantation. The vineyard takes from our rich volcanic soil and modern vinicultural methods to make a wine that is bold and stimulating to the taste.
“Our Armitage vineyard is special in that it is comprised of a mixture of three unique clones. From the first clone there are lifted, fragrant and elegant notes. The next is dark and rich with an excellent tannin. The last leads to great structure. When all the pieces come together it makes for a truly beautiful wine.” – Chief winemaker Robin Brockett
The Summer Series will run throughout weekend dates in December. For any enquiries or to book your favourite table, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Great news for our friends who have still yet to get their wine sorted for the Christmas and summer break.
We’ll be throwing open the doors to our amazing Barrel Hall over Saturday and Sunday on the 17th and 18th of November.
This is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on great wines from our local award-winning winery.
Proud to show off, our team at Scotchmans Hill love to talk about the wines and the booming local Bellarine wine area.
We have a great team of friendly staff here at Scotchmans Hill. They’re always up for a chat about the wine and are happy to walk through how the wine is made with anybody who wants to know.
So, if you’re curious ask away! Otherwise everything on sale will be available for tasting so don’t worry - you can try before you buy.
Over the weekend we'll be holding a special Barrel Hall Sale competition. Enter our raffle and go into the running to win a $100 cellar door voucher.
The sale runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm both days. Signage will clearly lead the way and with the winery clearly visible from the gate, you can’t miss it.
For those looking to buy food or the regular range by the bottle, our beautiful Cellar Door will be open for service at standard prices.
Scotchmans Hill is located at 190 Scotchmans Road, Drysdale on the peak of Mount Bellarine, at the heart of the scenic Bellarine Peninsula wine region.
In the lead up to Father's Day, we have taken a minute to ask our Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett the keys to good success in both the winery and the home.
Q: What has being a father taught you that has improved your winemaking?
Robin: Patience and nurturing. Making great wine doesn’t happen overnight and you have to keep working at it. Just like parenting you have your ups and downs but ultimately you end up with something great, like my children.
Q: If your children were wines what wines would they be?
Robin: I have three girls and one boy. My oldest Stephanie is a zingy Riesling. She’s quick as a whip. Chantelle would be a bold Shiraz. She’s intrepid and confident. Katherine is a sunny, happy Chardonnay, always looking on the bright side and doesn’t let anything get her down. Lastly, Liam is a complex Pinot Noir. He has a lot of depth and always has the ability to surprise you!
Q: Is there a winemaking legacy that you wish to leave your children and grandchildren?
Robin: I want to prove to them that when you work hard and have passion in what you do that you can always succeed. Always strive for the best, don’t compromise and reach your goals.
Q: How does wine play into your family life?
Robin: It’s always been a central part of our lives. From the long hours I’ve spent at work to enjoying great glasses of wine with the family - we’re always happy to share a glass. Not too much though haha.
Q: Proudest moment as a winemaker?
Robin: Seeing people that I have worked with go on and succeed. There are a lot of great winemakers, winery and vineyard workers that have come through Scotchmans Hill and have left all the better for it.
Q: Proudest moment as a father?
Robin: Seeing all four of my children go on and succeed in life. Nothing else compares.
Q: What is the best part of Father’s Day?
Robin: Having a great lunch with the family and having a good laugh.
Q: What is the worst?
Robin: No one cooks me breakfast in bed any more.
Q: What is the most important lesson that you have taught your children?
Robin: Never give up and keep a positive frame of mind. If you want something you need to work hard for it.
What is the most important lesson that your children have taught you?
Being patient to develop something that is the best that it can be. There is always tomorrow and mistakes are to learn from, they’re not the end of the world.
Q: What is the best present that you have received for Father’s Day?
Robin: Getting a Bunnings’ voucher. Like all my friends who have received Bunnings’ vouchers on Father’s Day, I can spend hours there and not get bored. And you’ve got to get your snag in bread as well of course.
Q: What did your father teach you that has helped you as a father yourself?
Robin: Find time to spend with your kids and enjoy their company. I love wine and winemaking, it’s what I live for. But nothing beats having the time to enjoy with family.
Scotchmans Hill is throwing open its doors to wine lovers everywhere on the 7-8th of July next month. Come down and enjoy the warm and cosy yet buzzing atmosphere of our barrel hall in full swing.
Senior Winemaker Marcus Holt will be hosting our masterclasses this year. Marcus is a fun and easy to understand teacher with a vast knowledge of all things winemaking.
We had a great reception at last year’s masterclass and this year is selling out quickly so if you’re interested in learning about wine then we suggest that you book your tickets now.
Go to the following link to find where you can purchase masterclass tickets now. http://www.scotchmans.com.au/Events
Entertainment will be provided by local musicians Alex Vaux Miller on Saturday and Will Clift on Sunday starting from 1pm.
These young lads specialise in engaging live music that gets the mood going but doesn’t overpower the tone of the day.
Food will be provided once again this year by local Bellarine legends Piknik Cafe who will be providing delicious warm bites to eat.
On the menu is beef bourguignon with baby chat potatoes and butter, Penny’s pork and fennel sausage with slaw, and roasted pumpkin and chickpea curry with basmati rice, tzatziki and pappadam.
So, plan out your trip now because you won’t want to miss out on this great weekend to taste our delicious wines.
Winter is closing in and the days are getting shorter and colder. As a result, our Cellar Door Kitchen will be transferring over to winter hours.
The kitchen will now open 5 days a week from 11:30am to 4:00pm Wednesday to Sunday.
The full range of our menu remains available, so you can still expect all our yummy bites available for purchase.
Our cellar door remains operational 7 days a week from 10:30am to 4:30pm so to all our friends and fellow wine lovers don’t worry we will always have a cosy seat open by the fire.
Our wonderful kitchen and food will return to full operating hours later in the year when the weather brightens up and begins to behave its self again.
Our ever popular bi-annual Barrel Hall wine sale returns this weekend from 10am until 5pm.
Located inside our big, beautiful barrel hall, the sale will feature fantastic case specials on bin ends, export overruns and a few cleanskins; due to popular demand, our 'Mystery Dozens' will be on offer, too.
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and an award-winning back vintage Shiraz will be among the wine varieties available for sale, with free wine tastings available both days.
Chief winemaker Robin Brockett said the wine sale was a great opportunity for wine lovers to visit the winery, explore the Barrel Hall and stock up on their favourite drops in the lead-up to the cooler weather.
“The prospect of winter doesn’t seem so bad if you picture yourself in your favourite chair by the fire with a warming glass of wine,” he said.
“If you haven't had the opportunity to see all the barrels of wine up on the racks aging for bottling in our Barrel
Hall, this is an experience in itself. The beautiful smell upon entering the cellar is breathtaking.”
After purchasing all your favourite wines, why not make a day of it and head up to the charming Cellar Door for some amazing fare. Boasting fresh, locally sourced produce, the kitchen offers light lunches, tasting platters and desserts which pair beautifully with our award-winning wines.
Settle in and enjoy an afternoon appreciating the picturesque sights on the property; golden days, fields full of glistening red, orange and yellow leaves and crisp, fresh air.
The Barrel Hall Wine Sale runs Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 10am-5pm.
190 Scotchmans Road, Drysdale, Victoria.
The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday the 17th of May 2018 at the GMHBA Stadium in the Captains Rooms.
Geelong is home to some of the most creative, innovative and thriving small businesses and we house a great number of dedicated local heroes who support Geelong and it’s tight-knit and loyal community. It's time to bring it all together and give reward and recognition where due, this time focusing on the little guys that are shaping our culture and community.
For more information, or to puchase tickets, head to: https://www.gsbawards.com.au/tickets
Best of luck to all finalists!