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Central and North Rural Weekly - - THE ROUND-UP -

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.”

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