Gap­sted Wines show­case

North East Tourist News - - Calendar Of Events - By Kylie Wil­son

LO­CATED in the pic­turesque rolling hills near Myrtle­ford, Gap­sted Wines is a lo­cal name that is go­ing from strength to strength.

Wine en­thu­si­asts and crit­ics alike are talk­ing about their Lim­ited Re­lease range of wines.

Pro­duced in small quan­ti­ties from fruit grown in metic­u­lously man­aged vine­yards, the re­sult is wines de­signed to chal­lenge the mind and taste­buds.

The flag­ship va­ri­eties of this range are Petit Manseng and Saper­avi.

Petit Manseng, a white wine va­ri­ety which orig­i­nated from the foothills of the Pyre­nees, is a va­ri­ety that un­til now has been vir­tu­ally un­known in Aus­tralia. It has unique fla­vors and an ap­proach­able palate which pairs well with a va­ri­ety of Asian fla­vors.

Saper­avi, a grape va­ri­ety which orig­i­nated from Rus­sia, is a red wine va­ri­ety with com­plex fla­vors of spearmint, star anise, and fleshy plum.

Other wines in the Lim­ited Re­lease range in­clude Fiano, Tem­pranillo, Bar­bera, and Caber­net Franc. Th­ese trend set­ting va­ri­eties as well as pre­mium tra­di­tional fa­vorites are avail­able for tast­ing ev­ery day at the cel­lar door.

Gap­sted Wines’ se­nior wine­maker, Michael Cope-Wil­liams, who has been with the win­ery since 1999, is the wine­maker re­spon­si­ble for this lim­ited re­lease range.

As well as work­ing in the Aus­tralian wine in­dus­try, he also has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing vin­tages in such iconic wine re­gions as Napa and Oregon in the USA, and Cham­pagne and Bur­gundy in France.

“Gap­sted is owned by a group of grape grow­ers who, like me, are fas­ci­nated by the grape va­ri­eties that step out­side the norm,” Mr Cope-Wil­liams said.

“Their viti­cul­tural pas­sion, cou­pled with the cli­matic con­di­tions of the re­gion, al­lows us to try new things, but also gives us the abil­ity to de­liver pre­mium cool cli­mate wines, and ex­cep­tional aro­matic white wines.”

The Lim­ited Re­lease range of wines are not the only at­trac­tions at the win­ery head­ing into the sum­mer months.

The win­ery will be clos­ing out 2013 with a va­ri­ety of live mu­si­cal acts be­tween De­cem­ber 28-Jan­uary 1, co­in­cid­ing with the well known clear­ance sale of­fer­ing bar­gains for wine lovers.

There will also be reg­u­lar live mu­sic through­out Jan­uary (Jan­uary 4, 11, 25 and 26) in­clud­ing bands such as Cutest Lit­tle Mon­ster, Brock Shirley, Sen­sa­tion and more.

Mean­while, on Satur­day, March 1, visi­tors can in­dulge their pas­sions for wine and the­atre when the Es­sen­tial The­atre Com­pany re­turns once again for Shakespeare in the Vines, per­form­ing one of the play­wright’s most beloved cre­ations, A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream. Book­ings are es­sen­tial at $45 per per­son (ham­per pack­ages also avail­able) and can be made by call­ing (03) 57511383.

Gap­sted Wines’ cel­lar door is sit­u­ated on the Great Alpine Road, Gap­sted and is open 10am-5pm daily.

Lunch is avail­able at the cel­lar door restau­rant from 12-3pm daily and book­ings are rec­om­mended.

The win­ery can be con­tacted on (03) 57511383 or you can find them on www. gap­st­ed­, Face­book or Twit­ter.

Gap­sted wine­maker Michael Cope-Wil­liams.

Gap­sted Wines pro­duces a wide va­ri­ety of wines from its vine­yard in the hills near Myrtle­ford.

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