Monday 14 May 2007

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: You can’t buy it, but we liked this story

Earlier this year tiny Queensland maker Crane Wines in the South Burnett Region had 300kg of fruit left over from some exceptional shiraz vines, and knew mechanical crushing would ‘trash’ such a small amount.

So part-time cellar-hand Caitlin Sparks went back to winemaking’s roots and foot-pressed it in a large tub – stomping the equivalent of an 8km (5-mile) walk to produce 100 litres of wine that’s been labelled Five Mile Shiraz; it’ll be divided amongst Caitlin and the cellar team when deemed ready for drinking.

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