Tradition meets innovation for our next Cellar Door Experience at Muse! Two of Australia's coolest cool-climate winemakers will be pouring a selection of their wines in bookshop accompanied by a range of Australian cheese at this very special event. At this informal wine tasting there is a start time and an end time but otherwise feel free to rock up when it suits you!
Winemaking at Mayford Tends Towards Tradition
High above the Ovens River, overlooking the sleepy township of Porepunkah, the family-owned Mayford Vineyard lies tucked away from view. Nestled in a hidden valley, with unsurpassed views of Mount Buffalo, the shaley hillside plantings give rise to low yielding vines and wines of intensity and finesse.
For winemaker-vigneron couple, Eleana Anderson and Bryan Nicholson, the small range of Mayford Wines is the culmination of many years of toil together, which accounts for a large number of lost weekends and fishing opportunities. Their preference is to let the naturally occurring yeasts dictate the timing and expression of the fermentation process. Eleana and Bryan try not to interfere unnecessarily with the wines, preferring them to be a natural expression of their unique site and region.
The Billy Button Philosophy
Jo Marsh is not a box ticker. Nor does she do things by halves. She embraces every task with great expectation and seeks out the path less travelled. So when you drink a Billy Button Wine, expect it to be unlike the others, possibly an alternative variety that’s balanced, complex and delicious. Jo is a Young Gun of Wine finalist for 2016.
Unlike the serious fat cats in this somewhat traditional industry, Jo has super fun making her wines and doesn’t like to create a barrier to entry – her wines make her laugh and smile, and her primary aspiration is to make drinkers of Billy Button Wines laugh and smile with her. They’re wines that impress the socks off serious enthusiasts and everyday drinkers alike.
In the winemaking rulebook, the standard path involves following a prescription of guidelines that result in perfectly acceptable drops. In the Billy Button rulebook, well, there is no rulebook. Jo believes in doing what’s best for the wine, polishing and perfecting, highlighting the fruit and sculpting the palate so the wine flows through the mouth with texture and interest. Jo has a technical approach, but also relies strongly on her gut instinct.
Tickets: $30 (includes tasting and food)