Hill owner go­ing out on high note

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By DENISE S. CAHILL

FORMER politi­cian Mur­ray Mont­gomery is sell­ing the 22ha win­ery in Al­bany that has been in his fam­ily for 90 years, fol­low­ing a fourmedal haul at the 2015 Qan­tas Wine Awards.

Mont­gomery’s Hill won gold medals for its shi­raz and caber­net sauvi­gnon and bronze medals in the sauvi­gnon blanc and chardon­nay cat­e­gories.

Mr Mont­gomery cred­ited the suc­cess to his viti­cul­tur­ist Ray Wil­liams and wine mak­ers Dianne Miller and Rob Diletti.

The former Na­tion­als mem­ber for the South-West, who re­tired from pol­i­tics in 2001, and his wife Pam planted the vine­yards in 1996 and now have 10ha of vines.

“My grand­fa­ther ac­quired the prop­erty about 90 years ago and planted pota­toes,” Mr Mont­gomery said.

“My fa­ther planted an ap­ple or­chard and when he died he left this to my brother and I.”

Mr Mont­gomery said it was a hard de­ci­sion to sell the vine­yard and cel­lar door.

“But we talked it over with my brother and two daugh­ters and de­cided it was time to move on,” he said.

“It was hard but health rea­sons played a part too.”

Mont­gomery’s Hill is on the Kal­gan River and is a stop on Kal­gan Queen Cruises that are skip­pered by Jack Jones.

The boat cruises, started by Jack’s dad Jonathan 16 years ago, take peo­ple through the wa­ters of Oys­ter Har­bour and the an­cient Kal­gan River, stop­ping to throw fish to white-bel­lied sea ea­gles and res­i­dent pel­i­cans.

2015 Qan­tas Wine Awards win­ners will re­ceive their medals at the Award Din­ner at the Hy­att this Fri­day. For tick­ets, visit www.wineshowwa.com.au.

Win­ery owner Mur­ray Mont­gomery.

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