2017 Simão & Co. Ugni Blanc

Glenrowan, VIC

Unique take on an obscure variety by a rising star of VIC wine.


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Categories: Simão & Co., Wines

About The Wine

Simon Killeen is the seventh in a long line of Australian winemakers.

While going through great, great, great grandfather's winemaking journal and came across references to 'white Hermitage' which we now know as Ugni Blanc. His ancestor made it as a straight varietal so Simon thought he'd do the same.

Ugni Blanc has a reputation for being somewhat neutral, a 'blending grape' for the most part. Simon believes that these kinds of grapes offer the winemaker great scope to try things and stamp his/her own thumbprint on them, which he has certainly done here. This is a sensory delight.

Grown by vines almost 100 years old in Glenrowan, made with extended time on skins and lees stirring, this is a very interesting wine and one that is becoming something of a Simão & Co. signature. The 'Ug' has something of a cult following over the last few vintages and sells out quicker every year.

About Simão & Co.

Simon Killeen is a seventh generation winemaker born and raised in the Rutherglen region. 

His father and grandfather crafted some of the country's most legendary fortified wines, now Simon is taking up the mantle under his own label, Simão & Co.

Simão (Portuguese for Simon) is a nod to his love of traditional Portuguese fortifieds and his time spent making wine in the Douro. 

Simon is deeply passionate about the wine and history of North-East Victoria. With a range that spreads from Beechworth to the King Valley and out to Glenrowan, he is making it his mission to spread the word on the unique wines from his home.

Young gun winemaker, Simon Killeen
Young gun winemaker, Simon Killeen
Rutherglen, VIC

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Simon Killeen has a deep love of wine history: from 98yo vines in Glenrowan and, 'based on great grandpa's old notes of 1924, I'm trying to make a wine as close to what he would have done'. This modern take is textural and grippy thanks to skin-contact, full mlf and lees stirring, yet fresh as it stays in tank 3 months. While the variety's natural acidity is paramount, flavours abound from honeycomb, preserved lemons, stone fruit and tangy pickled quince. It's also super dry, savoury, smoky, phenolic, flavoursome, complex, detailed and delicious." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

Additional Info

From The Producer

This wine is based on great grandpa's old notes of 1924, I'm trying to make a wine as close to what he would have done.

Blend : Ugni Blanc (100%)
ABV : 12.8%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2022
Bottle Size : 750ml

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