Sam And The Goose Have Arrived!

Easter is almost here, with Mansfield and the High Country gearing up for one of the biggest weekends of the year. We’ve had lots of rain to freshen things up a bit (and make the grape pickers in the vineyards very wet), so hopefully we will get some fine weather.

An early arrival for the festivities are two new wine labels for the shop, one that is probably known to some people, another most likely not.

Wine by Sam is from the Strathbogies and is the label for winemakers Sam Plunkett (fornerly of Plunkett-Fowles) and Arran Murphy. I have chosen ‘The Victorian’ 2013 Shiraz. This is a young, vibrant wine with superb colour, aromatic nose, and full bodied on the palate and drinks very well now, or can be cellared for a few years.

Brave Goose Vineyard is a small, picturesque, family-run winery in Whiteheads Creek between Trawool and Seymour. The day I visited, three genrations of the Stocker family were in the pressing room, hand-pressing their Gammay grapes: Mum and Dad, their daughter Nina who is the winemaker, along with her husband and their young children. It was a lovely sight.

Their 2013 Viognier and 2008 Shiraz is now in the shop. The former is a crisper, more citrus style with hints of lime in a clean, crisp palate, while the Shiraz is drinking beautifully, with the bottle age giving it a mellow and elegant flavour with medium body.

Easter will see us at the Mansfield Bush Market on Saturday from 9 to 3pm with tastings and bottle sales on select wines. The shop will be open with alternative tastings and is also open Sunday and Monday but closed Good Friday.

Then it’s a couple of days to regroup before the Anzac long weekend and the Upper Goulburn Wine Association vintage celebrations ‘Day on High’ with the best of local wine and food in the median strip, and the annual Long Lunch at the showgrounds on Sunday, which is already sold out.

Head to the High Country for 2 weekends of great wine, food, and fun. Cheers!