440 Jacks Road, Rutherglen, 3685, Australia

Rutherglen, Victoria
Andrew Drumm

Stanton & Killeen Wines

The history of Stanton & Killeen spans seven generations and began when Rutherglen was a fledging gold mining town in the 1870s. Today, mother-daughter team, Wendy and Natasha Killeen, are looking to the future by combining the best features of the old and new, continuing the tradition of making award-winning fortifieds and distinctive quality table wine.

Their small team is having fun with 14 varieties, including some rare and unusual Portuguese cultivars. Vineyard ecology and soil health are a priority for viticulturist Fred Morris ensuring outstanding fruit is produced from 33 hectares. Varieties include 97-year-old shiraz vines, durif, muscat and Portuguese varieties including tinto cão, tinta roriz, tinta barroca and touriga nacional. More recently planted to suit Rutherglen’s climate and soils are alvarinho, arinto, and souzão.

Winemaker Andrew Drumm continues to develop the decades-old modified solera, which produces some of Rutherglen’s most famous muscats, topaques and tawnys. These sit alongside exciting new table wines including The Prince Reserva, a complex blend of Portuguese red grapes.