– Jimi Hendrix from his 1967 album Axis: Bold As Love

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Wait until tomorrow

21 September, 2020

Hi all, 

Saturday 19th September 2020 was 50 years since Jimi Hendrix died having left his artistic mark for us to still marvel at today. His expression of society at that time has influenced countless musicians since, more layers of complexity of his impact then endure. The significance of his untimely premature death was brought to my attention by Ken Gormly, the bass player from The Cruel Sea.  

Ken described his love and admiration of the legendary rockstar and the sad moment he saw the newspaper headline ‘Jimi Hendrix dead, rockstar dies of overdose’ as a 10 year old.  

Music as an art form defined by Ken is ‘ethereal, ephemeral and experiential but you can’t see it or touch it, you can hear it but of itself it’s latent until it is felt moving through us….’.  Ken says that when playing music he hopes ‘to capture even for a second that elusive feeling of it passing through me, that’s the gift of it’.  ‘The music doesn’t belong to me, it’s not a feather in anyone’s cap……’

Listening to music I love (like Jimi Hendrix, Headland and The Cruel Sea) I get what Ken is saying, it is how I feel about wine. I don’t feel ownership or authority, it’s a privilege that is provided to me from the land, the season, the grower and the way things fall out.  I have a picture of the style of wine I want to drink, but there are the uncontrollable events that sculpt the final product.  I release myself to this mercy and use the accumulated wisdom and naïve freshness of new scenarios to create each unique wine, it is scary and fun. Music brings happiness and creative inspiration my world.  I hear a song and it takes me back to a moment in time, like smelling a wine can remind you of your childhood, your grandma’s garden or kitchen. Enjoy our latest playlist (1 hr 20 mins) of these clever musician's music HERE.

Photo's above courtesy of Stephen Jones

Spring has sprung at Bellwether – the garden is amazing, full of familiar aromas that remind me of past Springs and tell me that the world is still turning, the trees and plants and insects don’t see our anxiety of a global pandemic – they just get on with their job, and it brings me joy and comfort to see that.  With Spring comes more visitors and glamping bookings – so if you are planning a visit – BOOK AHEAD!  For more info click HERE

Great news to see Canberra can now visit Coonawarra (don’t all come at once!), with NSW next week. I’m delighted to see regional Victoria open to each other again.  So many good restaurants, wineries and friends doing what they love and one step closer to Melbourne re-opening and the border to Victoria!!  I feel like we might need to have a big party….. but maybe smaller catch ups in a thoughtfully spaced campground is more kosher.  We are well positioned for those re-unions and have already seen our SA friends come and stay booking personal dinners to take the time to reconnect. 

You can book the whole campground for $1200/night (min 2 night stay)

Spring selection

Put your own case together of these perfect wines for spring

using the code JIMI&KEN

to get 25%off, 

free delivery for 6+ bottles

Bellwether ANT series

2018 Heathcote Vermentino; is my gardening wine – it smells of rosemary and fennel flowers, a complex textural palate with a crisp saline finish.  

Screaming for an Asparagus with tamarind and lime salad

2016 Heathcote Vermentino

only a few cases left and evidence that this varietal does age, I think it is the skin phenolics, slightly toasty on the nose but still fresh and savoury

try with silverbeet (rainbow chard) with tomatoes and green olives.

$22.50  $30

Bellwether ANT series

2018 Tasmanian Riesling 

Delicate white florals, grapefruit pulp and texture, almost disprin like purity and tight acid finish

– try with Saffron Tagliatelle with ricotta and crispy shallots.

2017 Tasmanian Riesling 

Honey suckle nose, diesel euro like nose, textured with a long bracing core of acid

– indulge with a Coconut and turmeric omelette feast.

2018-$22.50 & 2017-$28.50  $30 & $38

Bellwether ANT series

2019 Rosato 

Hand picked and whole bunch pressed Nero d’Avola, Barbera with hand picked Pinot Grigio fermented on skins. Crisp, fresh, savoury and dry

– smash this with a sunset and Pasta with roasted butternut in warm yogurt sauce.

$22.50  $30

Bellwether ANT series

19 Wrattonbully Barbera 

lifted red fruits, really bright and fresh, almost rhubarb nose, crunchy, succulent and earthy palate

– try with the ultimate tray baked ragu.

$22.50  $30

Bellwether ANT series

2016 Wrattonbully Shiraz/Malbec 

Spicy perfumed nose of blueberry and ironstone with an round earthy palate

– Barley, tomato and watercress stew.

$22.50  $30

In October we are hosting our first event since March – an authentic Argentine Asado, where our friends Robbie Zeissig and Michael Blake slow cook local Malone lamb from Wrattonbully which we serve with our Wrattonbully Malbec and Coonawarra Cabernet with some local latin music.  

Book via the Tasting Australia website, we are proud to be one of the few regional events.

October is Coonawarra Cabernet month – a great time to visit, lots happening at all the wineries, come and visit, stay with us, we can give you all the local tips.

Sue x


We have many more wines on our website, and some super special dozen deals.  

Click on the photo below to see our full range available now.