Friday, April 16th sees the launch of the inaugural Miss Bronte Cabernet Sauvignon week, which begins on Bronte’s 18th Birthday… TODAY.

An award winner from inception (the same goes for the namesake), our 2018 Miss Bronte Cabernet Sauvignon is our third release and holds two silver medals and two bronze medals to its name from international wine competitions in San Francisco, London, Melbourne and New Zealand. In fact, it collected its most recent silver this week at the 2021 London Wine Competition which we're pretty thrilled about.

While the great Barossa region is known for Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon is the grape behind some of the world’s most noble wines - and we couldn’t agree more. Cabernet Sauvignon can be traced back to 17th Century France and is a product of an accidental romance between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. DNA testing in ‘96 confirmed this romance that viticulturists had long suspected. And what a happy accident!

This red grape is known for its thick skin and the vine’s resilience to the elements. It delivers healthy levels of tannins creating great structure allowing for excellent longevity. It also responds incredibly well to time in oak, helping to bring out beautiful flavours of pepper, tobacco, cassis and dark fruits such as cherries, along with a hint of vanilla from the oak itself. The result is a full-bodied wine, fantastic for accompanying food.

This wonderful variety arrived in Australia in 1832 with James Busby (regarded as the father of the Australian wine industry), and despite early hiccups, hit its stride in 1970. Naturally, this is quite sometime before Bronte Michelle came along, some 30 years later.

Today as our little Bronte turns 18 and commences her journey into adulthood and the world of wine, we take a moment to reflect on the beautiful young woman she is growing into.

Named after her father Darren’s love of Bronte Beach in Sydney, Bronte has had us all in awe of her positive attitude towards everything she does in life. And while many of our other wines take the first name / middle name format, Bronte had always been our little ‘Miss’. Not in a sassy way, but in a gorgeous little lady kind of way.

Our oldest granddaughter is driven, focused and energetic, relishes attention to detail, hates being late and does not suffer fools. She is kind-hearted, loyal, fun, has a great sense of humour, loves to travel and has a genuine appreciation for life and all she can squeeze out of it! She’s extremely hard-working, balancing a demanding school load with an overflowing schedule of extra-curricular passions…. all with grace and always with a smile on her face.

Physical activity and endurance have always been intrinsic within Bronte. Since age 3 she has been a passionate and exceptional dancer. 3! She competed in yet another dance eisteddfod yesterday and is a qualified dance teacher, allowing her to teach her passion as well.

A keen runner since primary school, Bronte competed at the national level throughout school and still runs every day. People say she makes running look effortless, like she is gliding on air. Throw in years of surf lifesaving and swim squad and what results is a determined, reliable and resilient young woman. An amazing human.

Bronte is currently studying Clinical Exercise Physiology at university and is in training for her first marathon.

You continue to impress and amaze us Bronte. We are immensely proud of you. Keep aiming for the stars girl and we know you’ll reach them.

We’ll be enjoying a Miss Bronte Cabernet tonight in your honour Bont… and this time you can have a glass too!