Wine passionados bottling Sturt Creek Estate’s ’09 cab

Sturt Creek Estate 2009 Adelaide Plains Cabernet Sauvignon

One balmy evening at Hamilton Secondary College in the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park I joined fellow wine enthusiasts to bottle the 2009 Sturt Creek Estate Adelaide Plains basket pressed cabernet sauvignon. I was there to assist the current winemaking class – twice a year tutor Strat Koultras runs an adult’s winemaking course on the school grounds, complete with its own vineyards, and small-scale winemaking and bottling equipment.

I did this very course back in 2007 and love keeping involved with people who share my passion for all things wine. Not only does Strat teach people how to make good wine, he shares his own passion in a relaxed and friendly, yet very informative way. My ex-tutor is now a friend not only to me but to many of his ex-students. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to be involved in a small-scale winemaking endeavour and learn more about every stage of the process, from grape growing and picking, through all stages of making and testing the wine, to bottling.

Strat Koultras, winemaking tutor

The bottling team (L to R) - Gareth, Suzette, Glenn, Nicki, Glenn, Michael, Vito

Between the eight of us we got an efficient production line going and bottled a 300 litre barrel of cabernet sauvignon, waking it from its 12 month maturation in American oak.

Of course we had to give it a try after our ‘hard’ work – as pictured, it was a beautifully dark purple and the nose was rich and generous with berry fruits, cherries, plums and a light spice. The palate was full bodied with dark berry fruit sweetness, grippy tannins and a long, dry finish. I am going to cellar my bottles (my ‘pay’ for bottling!) even though great drinking now, I reckon a few years will see it just right.

Also sitting in barrels all around us was the 2010 chardonnay about to go through malolactic and the 2009 shiraz. I am right there when the next bottling is booked!

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About tigchandler

English-born, lived several years in Wellington, NZ, then in Adelaide, South Australia, and recently moved back to New Zealand. With an economics background, I have worked in researching wine consumption patterns, marketing, economics and social media at the University of Adelaide. I also worked a vintage and in wineries in McLaren Vale so have seen both the research/analytical side of the industry and the practical/hands-on side. I have retail experience and many ongoing industry links all around Australia and overseas. This blog reflects my ongoing passion for everything related to the wine industry.
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2 Responses to Wine passionados bottling Sturt Creek Estate’s ’09 cab

  1. Lovely sharp post. Never thought that it was this easy. Extolment to you!

  2. Pingback: Winemaking, viticulture and wine appreciation courses for adults in Adelaide | Tigchandler's Blog

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