thousand candles 2011

First bottling. A wine that split the judges. It started as a nervous whisper; a wine with no obvious peer that some found difficult to reference. We liked it from the start, and we like it even more now. It would be a cliche to call it a swan, but it is delicious with goose.

“There is no new Australian wine as daring as this Thousand Candles blend, reinventing the way wine is made for the sake of capturing the expression of a unique place, even in the vintage from hell. The result is impossibly silky, captivatingly exotic and hauntingly ethereal.” Tyson Stelzer – QANTAS – April 2013

Wine Stories

Cooking on the farm

Cooking on the Farm – Brawn Brawn is frequently on the menu at thousand candles farm. Made traditionally (but not exclusively) from an ungracious cross section of a pigs head. Age old traditions and skills required once hidden are being re-discovered to turn unpopular and frequently discarded cuts of a beast into something spectacular. I Read more >

James Halliday on Thousand Candles (after tasting)

NEWS ARTICLES Publish Date: 03 Mar 2014 The wines of Thousand Candles (Killara Park Estate) by James Halliday for the Weekend Australian Magazine (extended version) I am frequently being asked ‘how do you do it’, meaning how can I write between two and three books a year, my column for this newspaper, contributions to magazines Read more >

James Halliday on Thousand Candles (before tasting)

BeforeTasting What is now called the Thousand Candles vineyard was originally known as Killara Estate, which had been planted in 1997. The Thousand Candles name comes from a 19th century account harking back to its indigenous occupiers. A ceremony granting free passage to the lands around the property was witnessed by a European who, referring Read more >