Great win at wine show for ‘re­tirees’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

RE­TIRE­MENT can be sweet and this is es­pe­cially true for the own­ers of the Shan­non­vale Trop­i­cal Fruit Win­ery near Moss­man.

Own­ers Tony and Trudie Woodall, who “are now re­tired”, have been pro­duc­ing their fan­tas­tic wines com­mer­cially, from their own or­ganic or­chard, for the past eight years.

Their ded­i­ca­tion to pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent trop­i­cal fruit wines has paid off with a re­cent win at the Perth Wine Show Com­mer­cial Fruit Wine Sec­tion where they won Most Suc­cess­ful Ex­ibitor.

A former phys­io­ther­a­pist, Mr Woodall said he is the brawn of the out­fit and his wife Trudie, a former so­cial worker, is the wine­maker.

“We grow all of the fruit our­selves and it is or­gan­i­cally grown and on oc­ca­sion that we do have to buy fruit in, we make sure that it is cer­ti­fied or­ganic fruit,” Mr Woodall said.

As a bou­tique win­ery, Shan­non­vale only pro­duces 1000 to 1500 litres of wine a year but all of the work in­volved in mak­ing the wine, from grow­ing the fruit to pick­ing it and then mak­ing the wine, is all done by the cou­ple.

For the best flavours, the fruit is frozen af­ter it is picked, Mr Woodall said.

“Freez­ing the fruit helps to break down its cel­lu­lar struc­ture and this in turn de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional flavours to the wines,” Mr Woodall said.

“And if we get a cold spell this helps to in­crease the flavour of the fruits we grow too.

“This is the first sea­son we’ve had in three years since we have had a cooler cli­mate and it has just been su­perb for the proper ripen­ing of our fruit.”

They mainly pro­duce dry wines be­cause that is what most peo­ple like, Mr Woodall said.

Of the cou­ple’s 14 wines en­tered in the show, 11 of them won medals.

For dry wines, they won gold for their mango wine.

Sweet wines sec­tion, they won bronze for their mango wine.

For dry spice wines, they won bronze for their gin­ger wine and in the for­ti­fied wines they won gold for their pur­ple manos­teen wine.

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