In your own words - comments received from Summit Cru Members
I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding Merlot in your latest Summit Cru wine pack.
This is our second quarterly pack and all wines so far have been very good, but the merlot in particular is superb.
Well done! Keep up the great work.
We actually decided to join the Summit Cru (and buy other wines direct from wineries we like) to help do our bit for winemakers in the recession. We're not flush with cash, but buying lots of cheapies from Dan Murphy's doesn't help winemakers very much, I feel.
Your packs are good value and quality, and they help you directly.
Holder ACT 2611
24th March 2009
I thought you might like to hear this. I'm in a small wine club; basically an excuse for a bunch of blokes to get together and try out a few wines (we're all experts of course).
Once a month one of us hosts a blind tasting of six wines. Last night was my turn and I featured three of your wines in the six.
The blend drew some very favourable comments. The 2006 Shiraz was voted wine of the night - however those championing the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon were almost prepared to resort to violence.
I think you will find some interest in the Summit Cru membership from the Warrnambool area.
Thanks for helping me become a legend in my lunchtime (well it was really evening, but I guess you know what I mean).
Really enjoying your offerings,
Ross and Daina Gray
11th June 2009
Hi Kel & team!
Dropping in on you guys en route to Hotham last year was a great decision by us. Subscribing to "Summit Cru" was an even better one!
And we have to compliment you on the Pinot Gris in the last shipment. I'm more of a red wine fan, but your Pinot Gris was one of the best wines I have ever tasted. Fantastic!
Thanks so much for introducing us to this wonderful wine.
17th March 2010
Hi Kel & team,
A funny tale and a pat on the back to you.
Geoffrey and I go away each year with 6 couples for the weekend (used to be with kids but they are all gone).
Part of the frivolity is a wine tasting - each couple brings a bottle of Australian red - each bottle is unseen by everyone, wrapped in foil, numbered and then we all taste and score each bottle out of 10, (like Dancing with the Stars).
As in any group, there are a few wine 'experts' but most are like us and just enjoy a nice wine.
This year we took a bottle of Feathertop Shiraz 2008 (from our newly joined Summit Cru case) and we won!
Just thought you might like to know the competition:
- Redmonds 2005 Coonawarra Shiraz
- Voyager Estate Shiraz 2007
- Rochford Basket Press Shiraz 2004
- Torbreck Barossa Valley 2004 The Factor
- Saltram Mamre Brook 2005
- Bests Great Western Shiraz Bin No 0 2005
Thanks for the help,
Looking forward to March
23rd February 2010
Dear Kel, Janelle and Team,
You might recognise our name as members of your Wine Club, which we've been for quite a few years for the very good reason we always enjoy whatever you send us, but especially when you include something like the bottle of 2001 Reserve Shiraz Blend.
We belong to a wine tasting group, under the umbrella of U3A Batemans Bay, named Merlot Mob. This has been going for 10 years plus and over that time we have often shared your wines with the gang.
However, without too much warning, we suddenly had to take over the hosting of our March monthly meeting, which occurred last night.
So, we played 'Pick the Difference' between the Pinots.....Grigio and Gris, masking the bottles and sharing as much info as we could. Everyone liked both wines and did 'Pick the Difference' though the Grigio was the favourite.
Prior to the evening, we had wondered when and with whom we might share the 2001 Shiraz Blend; last night came up trumps, since over the years we have also become good friends.....and they loved it.
Thank you for including such a treat for wine-lovers.
We took the opportunity to advertise for you and hope that something comes of it, for they were really impressed at such value as the Shiraz for $12.50.
We follow our tastings with a meal and with that we served a Durif and Cabernet Sauvignon, which were also enjoyed.
It was a very good Feathertop evening, which we thought you might like to know about.
Just another little add-on for your interest. we received a 'thank you' email from one of the Mob, who is really a committed 'heavy red drinker' but always brings an open mind to the tastings. She wrote 'I personally enjoyed the Durif, the only one I have sampled that was more than acceptable.'
Margaret and Hugh McClintock