Great win at wine show for ‘retirees’
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.