About The Pack
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.
This mixed pack featuring his latest releases is the easiest way to explore this exciting young producer.
2018 Simao & Co. Sauvignon Blanc
This is a lively Sauvignon Blanc that comes at you head on.
Simon Killeen takes every precaution to keep his much-loved "Savvy-Boo" as bright and as clean as possible. Pressed early and gently, the wine is crystal clear as it runs to the tank. A small portion goes to barrel before being blended back into the wine for some added mid-palate flesh and succulence.
It's chilled and kept on lock-down until it's gently fined before going to bottle. The desired end result is Sauvignon Blanc which is fresh and crisp with a little more to it than meets the eye.
Simon nails the style, it's excellent drinking.Read more about 2018 Simao & Co. Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Simão & Co. Ugni Blanc
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.Read more about 2017 Simão & Co. Ugni Blanc
2017 Simao & Co. Nebbiolo Rosé
The Simão & Co. Rosé comes from Nebbiolo grown in the Alpine Valleys.
It's the pefrect variety for Simon Killeen to make Rosé from, with Neb he gets the prettiness and rosy perfume the variety is famous for as well as a little more grip and texture on the palate.
Delicious with a wide array of foods, packaged to perfection, it's not hard to see why this has been such a popular wine for Simon this year.
Cracking Rosé, get at it while the weather's warm.Read more about 2017 Simao & Co. Nebbiolo Rosé
2017 Simao & Co. Tempranillo
This Tempranillo from the Alpine Valleys is sensational. Fruit grown by Mark Walpool, hand picked and crafted by Simon's hand, this is a modern, vivacious version of this classic Spanish variety.
Oak plays only a minor role, the sublime, juicy fruit are the wine's heart and soul.
It's quite simply a gorgeous thing to drink.Read more about 2017 Simao & Co. Tempranillo
2015 Simão & Co. Nebbiolo
The Simão & Co. exploration of the North East in Victoria continues here with this very smart modern rendition of Nebbiolo.
The fruit is grown on an old flat river bed on the floor of the Alpine Valleys. The sandy, stony soils work well for this variety. The coolness of the region ideal for these late ripening varieties in a warmer vintage like 2015.
There was only a little over one 500L barrel produced by Simon in 2015. There's a juicy fruit ripeness alongside classic Nebbiolo floral lift and moreish tannins all in cahoots here. It's Australian Nebbiolo made to be consumed young or put down for a few years to mellow.
Top value here for those who want Nebbiolo they can drink right away.Read more about 2015 Simão & Co. Nebbiolo
2017 Simao & Co. Shiraz
The Glenrowan/Rutherglen regions are famous for two things; killer fortifieds and big, muscly reds.
Simon Killeen is on a mission, to take the wines of North East Victoria to the rest of the world, and what better way than with a modern example of old vine Shiraz from this historic region. This 100 year old dry grown block is in the Glenrowan GI. It is not the classic monstrous style of Shiraz often found in the area, this has a bit more class and style.
He used 30% whole bunches in the final blend of this wine, which gives it an edge, the bunches bringing a sense of wildness to the nose and making the palate deep and fresh all at once.
A rocking Shiraz. Get some.Read more about 2017 Simao & Co. Shiraz