Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their creativity and their relationship.
Join winemakers Wendy Killeen (Stanton & Killeen, Rutherglen VIC) and Nick Bulleid (Hatherleigh, Laggan NSW) for a tasty six course Festival Muse wine dinner where they’ll reveal how work, winemaking, family and friendship work for them.
We’ll begin the evening with a soft, bubbly sparkling shiraz and canapés in the bookshop, before moving into the restaurant for dinner. Dinner ends with a flight of classic, Rutherglen staple Topaque, a barrel aged Muscadelle with flavours of candied fruits, honey and toffee.
Stanton & Killeen Wines has a long history in Rutherglen as one of the first wineries of the region, and a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. Seven generations have poured their enthusiasm, dreams and hard work into Stanton & Killeen and every wine speaks to a part of their story which begins in 1864.
The Stanton family, originally from Suffolk in England, worked hard to establish a vineyard despite suffering a multitude of setbacks including phylloxera, drought and the Depression. Norman Killeen married Jack Stanton’s daughter, Joan and in 1954 gave birth to 6th generation winemaker Chris Killeen. In 1968 the business name was changed to ‘Stanton and Killeen Wines’ and thus started a new phase in the history of the winery.
Hatherleigh was planted by Nick Bulleid between 1996 and 1999 on an east facing slope of red cracking clay overlooking the village of Laggan, near Crookwell, in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. The cool, continental-climate vineyard grows only Pinot Noir grapes and experiences mild summers and several snowfalls in winter.
Prologue - S&K NV Sparkling Shiraz
Chapter 1 - S&K 2018 Alvarinho
Chapter 2 - 2013 Hatherleigh Pinot Noir
Chapter 3 - 2008 Hatherleigh Pinot Noir *
Chapter 4 - S&K 2017 Shiraz Durif *
Chapter 5 - S&K 2017 Reserve Durif
Epilogue - S&K Rutherglen Topaque / Classic Topaque / Grand Topaque
* Please note: wines and/or vintages may be subject to change
Tickets: $120pp (includes all food and wine)
Due to restaurant layout some diners may be seated at a communal table. If you are booking separately and wish to be seated with friends, please contact us before the event as we may not be able to accommodate requests to be seated together on the night.
Menu coming soon - Gluten free and vegetarian options will be provided as standard. Please contact us directly if you have any specific dietary requirements. While we are able to cater to most contemporary diets and intolerances, please note that nuts, dairy and gluten are used in the kitchen. As such trace amounts may be present in all dishes.
Wendy Killeen is the Chief Executive of Stanton & Killeen, returning to the family business in 2011 bringing with her boundless energy and enthusiasm. Her favourite time of year is autumn, after vintage when the vines are changing colour and the air is crisp and clear. Leading a fast paced life, managing the 200 tonne crush wine business and overseeing the family’s agriculture pursuit, keeps her fit and lively. A favourite pastime is entertaining friends and, she says, the door is always open for new friends.
Nick Bulleid is an independent wine industry consultant and was the third Master of Wine in Australia passing the examination in 1992. In addition to chairing a number of domestic wine awards across Australia including five years as chair of the Canberra Regional Wine Show, Nick writes for the WBM - Australia’s Wine Business Magazine, ‘Spirit of Australia’ (the Qantas inflight magazine), and for Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine.
He is a director and shareholder of Brokenwood Wines and has shared winemaking duties for five vintages, and for 13 years he was a Visiting Professor at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) teaching wine evaluation in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences.
Nick divides his time between Canberra and Rutherglen travelling to the chilly Southern Tablelands of New South Wales where he manages his own Hatherleigh vineyard trying to coax Pinot Noir grapes to ripeness.