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!
Add this to your calendar! We have locked in the dates for our next Barrel Hall Wine Sale - to be held Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May. The always popular sale will feature case specials on labelled & unlabeled stock across all your favourite varietals. Hope to see you there!
Fundraising in March - Chilwell Fair, St Joseph's Open Garden & Barwon Health Foundation's World's Longest Lunch
270 guests attended the Our Women Our Children Volunteers World's Longest Lunch event for the Barwon Health Foundation on Friday 16th March 2018. Over $58,000 was raised for the Kids Appeal!
For more information, head to: https://barwonhealthfoundation.org.au/
The Chilwell Fair is a highlight of the social calendar in Newtown, Geelong and the main annual fundraiser for Chilwell Primary School. There are over 350 students at this family orientated school which has a strong partnership with the community.
Previous Chilwell Fairs have raised funds for:
Synthetic resurfacing of the oval
Resowing of grass at front of school
New boundary fencing
Development of the ANZAC garden around the new statue
In 2018, the Chilwell Fair raised funds for:
Art Room – a permanent relocation and refurbishment.
TVs and installation to the new learning areas.
Air Conditioners (which are not provided in the building grant) – this will assist in creating a wonderful learning environment for the delivery of core curriculum, and a wide variety of extra curricular activities.
For more information head to: https://chilwellfair.com.au/
In 1979, one clever school mum came up with the idea of opening up the area’s most prestigious private homes to raise funds for St. Joseph’s Primary School.
The 39th annual Open Houses showcased five stunning homes and one incredible garden in Melbourne's Inner East -Astolat House.
All money raised will support the educational programmes at the small school.
For more information head to: http://www.openhouses.org.au/
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an annual state-wide celebration of Victoria's food and wine industry. It attracts more than 250,000 attendees to a diverse program of over 200 events.
The festival started in 1993 and is now recognised as Australia's pre-eminent food and wine festival.
This year we are attending the opening weekend celebrations at River Graze City Cellar from Friday the 16th of March until Sunday the 18th of March on the banks of the Yarra. We will have a stall there for the full weekend, pouring our highly acclaimed Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay, recently rated 97 points by Halliday, as well as our new release Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
For 3 days, you can experience the best of Victoria's wine regions without leaving the city. It's a perfect opportunity to relax with friends over a glass or you can buy bottles to stock up your home cellar. There will be live music and food from Mount Zero Olives & Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, with deli offerings and a seafood bar by Left Bank Melbourne.
Tasting glasses will be $15ea and can be purchased at the event.
Friday 16th March 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 17th March 12pm - 9pm
Sunday 18th March 12pm - 8pm
Settle in amongst the elegant surrounds of The Westin Melbourne's Lobby Lounge as you indulge in three tiers of sweet and savoury delights, incorporating the finest, seasonal Victorian fare.
Paired with 3 glasses of our Scotchmans Hill wine, including Jack & Jill Sparkling Cuvee Brut.
The High Tea is available each day of the festival from the 16th of March - 25th, 11.00am - 4.00pm. Reservations are essential. Call The Westin Melbourne on 03 96352222 or click here to book.
(All guests who attend this special MFWF event during the festival dates will go into the draw to win a VIP winery experience for two with return ferry transfers to Scotchmans Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula with Port Phillip Ferries, a private wine tasting in the new Cellar Door, a lunch platter & bottle of wine!)
The third event on the program we are attending is in collaboration with the Exchange Hotel – Port Melbourne.
On Sunday the 18th March they are running a Bayside End of Summer Beach Picnic.
Enjoy a picnic basket on the sands of Port Melbourne Beach under their pop-up pavilion, paired with our 2017 Swan Bay Cuveé Brut.
Each gourmet hamper for two includes:
• Coronation Chicken Salad
• Ham Hock and Horseradish Pies
• Salmon and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches
• Scotch Egg and Dijon Aioli
• Leek and Potato Quiche
• Pesto Potatoes
• Assorted Fruit Salad
• Battenberg Cake
Meet at the Exchange at the corner of Rouse St & Bay St. Everyone will collect their gourmet picnic baskets and will walk together to the beach, where the beach pavilion will be waiting.
The Exchange is an active part of the Port Melbourne community, and as part of their ongoing relationship with Port Melbourne Primary School, they will be donating a percentage of sales from the picnic to the school.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.
We are one of the wine sponsors for Barwon Health's World's Longest Lunch on Friday the 16th of March. It will be held at Steampacket Gardens and will host over 250 guests. Each year, the wonderful event sees exceptional chefs and wineries come together to showcase local wines and regional produce in support of the community. This year, the popular event on Geelong's social calendar, will support the Kids Appeal Geelong; raising funds for a new kids rehabilitation centre for children and young people with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy.
We are proud to be able to donate to this cause.
The event has sold out - it usually sells out within minutes, but all of the details can be found by clicking here.
Our final event for the Melbourne Food and Wine festivities will be at Queenscliff Brewhouse on Friday the 23rd March, at the Regional Producers Dinner. Three of our finest wines will be matched to a five course degustation dinner held from 7.00pm - 11.00pm.
Our chief winemaker, Robin Brockett, will be attending to give a run down of our Scotchmans Hill 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Late Harvest Riesling on the evening.
We are very excited to play a part in this.
We are particularly keen to try the dessert paired with our Late Harvest Riesling - it's teamed with figs from the chef's tree, house made honey ice-cream and Edmond's local honey. Yum!
To book, click here or phone (03) 5258 1717.
We hope to see you at one of the events!
-Laura Schreurs @ Scotchmans Hill.
It was an exciting week at the winery! Thursday saw the beginning of the 2018 harvest, or ‘vintage’ for Scotchmans Hill. The first of the grapes were picked for sparkling and it will be a busy few weeks from here on in to get the grapes off the vines at the optimum time. Generally the first grapes that are harvested are Chardonnay or Pinot Noir grapes used for making sparkling wine.
It is crucial to pick the grapes at the right time, deciding when the perfect timing is, is based on several variables; the most important process to test if the grapes are ready is measuring the level of sugar in the juice.
Our winemaker, Robin has so much experience he can do this just by tasting the grapes, but to make absolutely sure the timing is right, we use a device called a refractometer to find out the sugar levels.
All of the grapes on our vines are so close to being ready! Generally red wine grapes are harvested after the whites but we now have to closely monitor the weather as hot days, humidity and rain all play a part in influencing when the grapes will be picked. Here’s hoping the weather stays dry for perfect harvesting conditions.
We had a wonderful day out serving our Swan Bay and Scotchmans Hill wines at the annual Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. Held over 3 days, from Friday the 16th of February to Sunday the 18th of February 2018, this year the festival was based in a new location, at the Apollo Bay harbour on the Great Ocean Road.
We participated on the Saturday which was 'Harbour Day, ' where patrons could meet the local fishermen and taste seafood straight from the source. The event boasted a vibrant program of entertainment and fun including family-firendly food vendors, demonstrations, displays, hands-on workshops and casting competitions.
We enjoyed seafood Paella from La Bimba filled with Portarlington mussels, calamari, pipis and chorizo. We also indulged in lobster rolls from the 'fish & chip' stall. They were to die for!
There were live bands and the weather was spectacular - a perfect day out on the Great Ocean Road.
The 2018 Apollo Bay Seafood Festival coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Apollo Bay Fisherman's Co-Op. It remains one of only three remaining operational fishing co-operatives in Victoria!
Can't wait to do it all again next year!