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Wine Production

Each year about 75 - 100 Year 10 students have assisted Agriculture teachers with the Viticulture and Winemaking. Since 1994 the school has made a Chardonnay produced from grapes purchased from Marcus Schulz at Kalimna. The Chardonnay spends time at Southcorp in a cool room where winemaker and staff have monitored its progress. The Shiraz stays in the School's winery but samples are analysed in the Southcorp laboratories and winemaker Mr Steve Lienert provides valuable feedback.

Our premium Barossa Class Shiraz has been made from grapes purchased from Mr Kevin Braunack at Ebenezer. Each year this wine is placed in new hogsheads from Heinrich Cooperage. This wine gained a five star assessment from WINESTATE magazine in 1999. This wine gained a silver medal at the Barossa Wine Show in the same year and a points score of 94 out of 100 in the USA by Robert Parker Jnr.

The 1999 Barossa Class Shiraz gained a silver medal at both the Barossa and Hobart Wine Shows. The 2000 Barossa Scholar Chardonnay gained a Bronze medal at the Barossa Show. In 1998 we produced a "Ruby Tawny Port" with the assistance of Dean Kraehenbuhl. The "Barossa Class Port" was awarded three and a half stars by WINESTATE magazine in 1999 and four and a half stars rating in March 2000.

All profits from our wines are used for the Winery/Agriculture programs and the advancement of our facilities.

Barossa Class Shiraz – New Oak Ebenezer grapes
Barossa Scholar Shiraz – Oak from new to 3 year oak, School block and leased vineyard
Barossa Scholar Chardonnay – Kalimna Grapes
Barossa Class Ruby – School grown grapes
10 Year Tawny – School grown grapes

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Partnerships and Sponsorships

Since the beginning of our Nurihannam journey, we have been grateful to have the guidance and support of the following companies:

PENFOLDS – Red Wines
WOLF BLASS – White wines
SEPPELTSFIELD – Fortified Shiraz

Upgrading of our winemaking facilities has been made possible by the very kind support of:

CLEAR IMAGE (labels)
VINPAC INTERNATIONAL (bottling and packaging with assistance from ALCAN, VISY BOARD and ACI)
COOPERAGE AUSTRALIA 1912 (formally Heinrich Cooperage, who have donated Hogsheads and Barrels)