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The story behind our Storyteller label
Our new release 2013 Storyteller Durif is a special wine - not only because of all the awards it has won, but because of the story behind the label.
Our Storyteller label is in honour of our multi-generational family pet, Cocky. Cocky was a Major Mitchell Cockatoo who was born in 1940, and died in 2013.
Over the course of his 73 years, he knew 4 generations of our family, and had a lot of stories to tell about what happened in the backyard!
Like all cockatoos, Cocky was boisterous and cheeky, and also very intelligent. My great-grandparents were obviously well spoken, as Cocky did not swear (the closest he got was if he was really hungry / impatient, his "Cocky wanna nut" would progress to "I wanna nut" and then occasionally to what sounded like "I wanna narkin nut!").
2016 Rutherglen Wine Show trophies
We have won the trophies for:
- "Best Rutherglen Red wine up to 3 years old"
- "Best North East Victorian Red wine up to 3 years old", and
- "Best Oak matured North East Victorian wine" (red or white, any age)
at the 2016 Rutherglen Wine Show with our 2013 Verrier Durif Shiraz.
This is the third time in five years we have won the two "up to 3 years old" trophies (won in 2012 with our 2010 Verrier Durif Shiraz and 2013 with our 2010 Cellar block Durif).
40 years of making Sparkling wine: 1971 - 2011
Howard started in the wine industry fresh out of high school, as a trainee winemaker for a family winery in Griffith in 1964. He then got a job as winemaker with Seppelt at their Griffith winery, and was transferred to their Great Western winery in 1971. It was here that his long history with sparkling wines commenced.
That first year (1971) was a steep learning curve, with Howard being responsible for growing up the yeast cultures for ‘tirage’ bottling of sparkling wines (secondary fermentation in the bottles). This is a pivotal part of the production of traditional method sparkling wines, as it is important the yeast is strong and healthy to successfully carry out the fermentation inside each individual bottle. And it was the start of an obsession.
2011 Rutherglen Wine Show Results
Anderson excels in table wines at 2011 Rutherglen Wine Show! We have won a massive 5 Gold medals for table wines at one of Australia's major National wine shows.
The Anderson Verrier Range
Verrier is an old family name which has been passed down the generations on Howard Anderson’s (founder of Anderson Winery) mother’s side of the family.