Jasper Hill & Simao Tasting 2018

Ron Laughton has worked tirelessly to maintain his dry grown vineyards in Heathcote and was one of Australia’s earliest proponents of organic viticulture and the wines on Jasper Hill reflect their vineyard sites faithfully. A pioneer of Heathcote, Ron has worked as a leading figure for the region since planting his vineyard over thirty years ago.

Simon Killeen has struck out on his own and established Simao and Co in 2014. He buys between seven and 10 tonnes of grapes a year from vineyards across Victoria’s North East to make sauvignon blanc, tempranillo, ugni blanc, shiraz and his “pride and joy”, vintage fortified wines. Simon’s wines work with select parcels from the Alpine regions of Victoria for his table wines and Rutherglen for the Vintage Fortified. A Young Gun of Wine finalist, Simon is breathing new lift into one of the countries most established and traditional regions: Rutherglen.

These are two leaders in their respective regions. One who defined the region he calls home, and one who is seeking to re-define the region he grew up in...