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Ulithorne Wines sold

Rose Kentish

Rose Kentish (Photo: Ulithorne Wines)

Multi-award winning McLaren Vale winemaker Rose Kentish has sold Ulithorne.

Ulithorne (tastings) is a virtual winery with a vineyard in McLaren Vale and a cellar door in Middleton: Rose Kentish makes wine in other people’s wineries. She’s been doing so in McLaren Vale for 19 years and in recent years, France as well.

She was the 2008 McLaren Vale Bushing Queen, the inaugural winner of the Australian Women in Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year last year, and was been a finalist in Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s Winemaker of the Year Award in 2014.

While Ulithorne is best known for its rich, warm McLaren Vale wines including Paternus and the flagship shiraz Frux Frugis, its most interesting wines have been French: a Provençal rosé, and a vermentino and a blended red from Corsica. Rose took her young family to France every vintage to make these wines. Happily, the French connection will continue, she says.

“I have exciting plans for the future. I will continue to make wines with the same families in France – and expand into new regions. In time, I have intentions to begin a new, exciting McLaren Vale wine brand. Also, I have started mentoring some young Australian female winemakers, brewers and distillers. I am really excited to share the results of all of this work in future months.”

Rose did not make wine in France in 2015 but has just come home from the 2016 vintage and is enthusiastic about the upcoming wines, including the 2014s which are yet to arrive in Australia.

She says leaving Ulithorne was bitter-sweet, but it was also possible that it would enable her to open up her world and ‘see things differently’.

“(Change) can allow you to become who you are meant to be – the greatest reward of all”.

“I am very proud of the Ulithorne legacy, created and nurtured over the last 19 years. I have put every ounce of my passion and ability into the Ulithorne wines up to and including the 2016 Australian and 2014 French vintages. I wish the new caretakers of that legacy the best of luck.”

It’s that passion and talent that has built Kentish a fine reputation. I will follow developments with great interest.

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