Agnew Wines Exclusive Trade Event 10th October 2018 The Squire’s Landing, Sydney
Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018 Time: 2pm – 7pm Location: The Squire’s Landing, ‘Rocks Corner’ Room. Northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay Way, The Rocks 2000
Please join us in celebrating Poole’s Rock’s 30th Anniversary, as well as the release of new wines and vintages across Agnew Wines’ family of award-winning brands, at Sydney’s newest harbour-side venue The Squire’s Landing, Wednesday 10th October.
Agnew Wines’ Chief Winemaker Jeff Byrne and Cockfighter’s Ghost Winemaker Xanthe Hatcher will be hosting an afternoon for Trade including tastings of new, current and special releases across our family of brands – Audrey Wilkinson, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Poole’s Rock.
Enjoy canapés by Executive Chef Deniz Coskun expertly matched to our portfolio of wines, whilst taking in the stunning views across iconic Sydney Harbour – a fitting iconic location to celebrate Agnew Wines’ portfolio of award-winning iconic wines.
RSVP essential. Space is extremely limited, so RSVP today to avoid missing out on a fabulous opportunity to experience our family of brands.
Agnew Wines is a family-owned and operated wine company with three distinct brands: Poole’s Rock, Audrey Wilkinson and Cockfighter’s Ghost.
In 2011 the Agnew family who already owned the historic Hunter Valley Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and had been established in the wine industry since 2004, acquired the neighbouring Cockfighter’s Ghost and Poole’s Rock brands.
Today, the Agnew Wines Group produces award-winning wines across the three labels, in our state of the art 3,000 tonne capacity on-site Hunter Valley winery.
Jeff Byrne is the Chief Winemaker for Agnew Wines and oversees the Audrey Wilkinson, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Poole’s Rock labels. Jeff, a native Canadian, developed his winemaking prowess under the expert tutelage of the late Len Evans (OBE AO). Jeff was awarded the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association Rising Star in 2011, and promoted to Agnew Wines’ Chief Winemaker in 2012. This year Jeff celebrates 10 years with Agnew Wines, and in this time Jeff and his team have won 29 Trophies and 144 Gold medals, and counting!
Poole’s Rock was established in 1988 by the late David Clarke OAM, and upon his passing, the brands, vineyards and winery in Pokolbin (heart of Hunter Valley wine country, NSW) were acquired by the Agnew Family.
This year, Poole’s Rock celebrates 30 years of crafting premium, iconic wines. Poole’s Rock is a premium label with a ‘best of region’ philosophy, sourcing the best grapes from highly regarded wine regions around Australia. Poole’s Rock’s Chardonnay was the premiere wine in the Poole’s Rock portfolio with its first vintage in 1988 and has been its flagship ever since.
The impressive collection of trophies and medals that adorn the Poole’s Rock labels are testament to the purity of the winemaking of this premium Australian brand.
Behind every great wine is an even greater story.
The Cockfighter’s Ghost brand is inspired by its namesake Cockfighter’s Ghost – the Legend states that in 1835, as explorers attempted to cross a flooded creek, their strongest horse – Cockfighter – drowned bravely trying to get his rider across the raging waters.
The Legend of Cockfighter’s Ghost was born.
Cockfighter’s Ghost is led by Winemaker Xanthe Hatcher, who commenced her winemaking career in the Hunter Valley in 2009, and in 2012 was selected as Finalist for The Wine Society’s Young Winemaker Award in 2012. In 2016 her talents were recognised by her peers, being honoured with the Hunter Valley Wine Industry’s Alasdair Sutherland Scholarship. Xanthe was appointed Winemaker for the Cockfighter’s Ghost brand in 2017, charged with putting her own stamp on the label including the release of the new Single Vineyard range.
The Single Vineyard range embraces a single vineyard philosophy and marks the label’s evolution in its regional shift to being entirely South Australian, showcasing single vineyards from the prestigious McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills regions. The new Single Vineyard range of wines is centred around the Agnew Family’s 20ha Blewitt Springs Vineyard in McLaren Vale, named 'The Chairman’s Vineyard' in memory of Agnew Wines founder, Brian Agnew.
Audrey Wilkinson was acquired by the Agnew Family in 2004, and has one of the longest and richest histories of winemaking in the Hunter Valley region. The Audrey Wilkinson vineyard was first planted by the Wilkinson family in 1866, who were true pioneers of the Australian winemaking industry, with Audrey assuming the daunting role of running the family vineyard at just 15 years old, going on to produce some of the finest wines in Australia.
Today, Audrey Wilkinson is a 40ha vineyard and well-known for its Hunter Valley Cellar Door with its breathtaking views across the Brokenback Mountain ranges. Audrey Wilkinson continues to uphold this impressive legacy, recently celebrating 150 years of winemaking excellence and producing amongst the region’s best quality and most awarded wines.
The Audrey Wilkinson brand features three distinctive ranges including Audrey Series, Winemakers Selection and it's pinnacle Reserve.