The history of Stanton & Killeen spans seven generations and began when Rutherglen was a fledging gold mining town in the 1870s. Today, mother daughter team, Wendy and Natasha Killeen, is looking to the future by combining the best features of the old and new, continuing the tradition of making award-winning fortifieds and focusing on producing distinctive quality table wine.
Their small team is having fun with 16 varieties, including some rare and unusual Portuguese cultivars. Vineyard ecology and soil health is a priority for viticulturist Fred Morris to ensure outstanding fruit is produced from 33 hectares, including 90-year-old shiraz vines, durif, muscat and their beloved Portuguese varieties tinto cão, tinta roriz and touriga nacional. More recently planted to suit Rutherglen’s climate and soils are alvarinho, arinto, and souzão
Winemaker Andrew Drumm continues to develop the modified solera system, decades old, which produces some of Rutherglen’s most famous muscats, topaques and tawnies. These sit alongside exciting new table wines including The Prince Reserva, a complex blend of Portuguese red grapes, and traditional Rutherglen favourites, Shiraz and Durif, which display a generous palate.
Winemaker: Andrew Drumm