Rutherglen
/Beechworth

Rutherglen enjoys temperatures comparable with some of the great fortified wine producing regions of southern France and Setubal in Portugal, together with general low humidity that leads to fruit shrivelling and super intense, sweet wines. Beechworth, on the other hand, is higher (most vineyards are 350 metres-plus) and cooler and heavily focused on top performers, chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.

James & Co. Wines

Star Cellar Door

0447 341 373
jamesandcowines.com.au

Ricky James divides his time between his cellar door on Rutherglen’s Main Street and the vines of Fighting Gully Road in Beechworth where he sources his fruit for James & Co.

It’s an unusual arrangement to be sure but the wines, which at this stage are all Beechworth-sourced, are excellent and explore a combination of classic grape varieties like shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and popular new alternatives such as pinot grigio and sangiovese.

Sangiovese is increasingly the star and James chooses to showcase its varied appeal as a sparkling rosé, a still rosé and a blending partner to shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. The Sparkling Sangiovese Rosé will open your eyes to the hitherto unknown ability of the grape as a sparkling. Sensational! The still Rosé is now James’ most popular wine, with production increasing each year. The cellar door, which also houses James’ wife’s photography business, offers ‘cheese your own adventure’ platters with the tasting. JENI PORT

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2017 James & Co. Sparkling Rosé, A$36

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