winemaker will tell you, there’s an art and science in making the perfect drop.
Even the experts get it wrong sometimes.
Yet, when about 40 students in the Yarra Valley this year produced their first reserve title cabernet sauvignon, horticultural teacher and farm and vineyard manager Tim Thompson was not in the least bit surprised.
“Without question working with students increases the degree of difficulty and there’s potential for it to be ruined at every stage,” Tim confesses.
“So it’s a credit to the capacity of students that we have created our first reserve wine.
“Despite all the obstacles they are a success and manage themselves beautifully because they love the idea that they’re trusted to produce a commercial-quality product.”