Something good from the west … Witchmount Shiraz

We hear many things from the western suburbs. The high crime rate, the latest included the racists attacks on Indian students in Footscray, notoriously mobile-phone recorded and uploaded to U-tube (which incidentally, has been removed). The Mcmansions, large houses in places such as Caroline Springs, and then there’s the crowded trains for the daily communte to and fro the city. But out of all these, something special, has been achieved by a small little vineyard in the western suburbs, sufficient enough to win the highest accolades in the wine industry.

If you don’t already own a bottle of the 2004 Witchmount Shiraz, well, its too late now. It has recently won the Syrah du Monde wine competition held annually in France. If you do have a bottle, you might want to keep it for another 6 years til maturity. At $26 a bottle, its really quite a bargain.

So, if you are ever in the area, Witchmount is along the Melton Highway. It is surrounded by an English pub called the Gamekeepers Inn and a Windmill restaurant (of course, featuring a huge windmill!).

Syrah du Monde Press release
The Age “…world’s best shiraz

4 Comments so far

  1. adrock2xander (mel_john) on May 29th, 2008 @ 12:47 am

    Yeah the Witchmount Vineyards are not 30 minutes from where I live. I saw the estate just over a month ago when I checked out the Windmills as a potential spot for my wedding receptions.

    I’ve personally tried the Witchmount chardonnays and cab savs. They’re pretty good. I’ve never actually tried the shiraz. Well I just don’t take shiraz in general as they’re too dry for me.

  2. adrock2xander (mel_john) on May 29th, 2008 @ 12:48 am

    Oh and squirt, nice reference to the whole west-is-shit thing. As a journalist, it sickens me when the media repeatedly gangbangs the Western suburb while waxing lyrical on the ‘leafy’ East. I could go on, but I’d stop.

  3. squirt (mel_corinna) on May 29th, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

    I know I know, adrock. Its a vicious cycle of stereotype, isn’t it? I live in the Western suburbs and loves it here. For one thing, it sure doesn’t smell as bad as in the city (pollution wise).

    Personally, I much prefer to be next door to a known criminal, at least I know who and what he/she does, instead of being in the eastern suburbs where you are more likely to encounter white collar criminals where one can get con for a lot more. (Another stereotype again!)

    One thing for sure, I wouldn’t mind living next door to a Mafiaso type Godfather! Might never get robbed!

  4. adrock2xander (mel_john) on May 30th, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    Wadya know, The Age has another stereotypical article written with every intention to show how poor the Western suburbs are.

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