Sons & Brothers is a James Halliday four and a half star rated winery. We, Christopher and Kathryn Bourke, only produce one wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, bottle-aged, light to medium bodied, soft and elegant, intensely flavoured, dry red. It is grown, made, bottled, bottle-aged, packaged and despatched by us at Sons & Brothers Vineyard in the sub-region of Millthorpe, which is located on the higher eastern plateau portion of the Orange Wine Region. The southern Burgundy-like, cool Millthorpe climate produces a cool continental expression of Cabernet which is more reminiscent of a traditional age-worthy, Burgundian Pinot Noir or Gamay than a present day red Bordeaux. Sons & Brothers is very good drinking on release and just keeps getting better with age. It is only released after years of bottle aging in our purpose built, temperature stable, cellar. It is at its best when decanted and consumed together with a meal. Our wine is a Cabernet for Pinot lovers.

Recent Vintages

Sons & Brothers 2005

This vintage just got better and better with bottle age, James Halliday gave it a score of 94 and described it as follows, “remarkable hue and depth, the flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum are very well balanced by fine tannins and the memory of oak, given its age and quality, an exceptional bargain”. It has now sold out but those who kept some up their sleeve are still finding it great drinking even after 13 years.

Sons & Brothers 2006

This vintage did not happen, a hail storm destroyed the crop in mid-summer.

Sons & Brothers 2007

The vines yielded very poorly in this unusually hot, dry season, little wine was made, the quality was excellent, James Halliday gave it a score of 93, it was listed in the top 100 wines of NSW in 2010. It has now sold out.

Sons & Brothers 2008

This wine was released as the “Cabernet of Millthorpe” to reflect our move away from the Cabernet plus Shiraz of the past, forwards to just Cabernet Sauvignon. The colour is ruby red, the aroma fabulous, a complex perfume of berries and florals and the flavour very intense, a cornucopia of cherries, berries, plums, blackcurrant, pepper, spices and cedarwood. This is an elegant wine of great intensity and length, the palate weight is a real surprise just light to medium but what beautiful silky texture, and the finish, delightfully warm, soft and ripe. This wine is very reminiscent of a red Burgundy of old fashioned richness, making it a unique expression of Cabernet. It is drinking very well now and will continue to gain complexity with time. This bottle-aged beauty was great value for money, but it has now sold out. James Halliday gave it a score of 92.

Sons & Brothers 2009 (Our current release)

Like all of our wines, this one has been left to sleep in our purpose-built cellar until it was ready for release. It went to bottle at 14 months and then slept on for another 8 years. It is drinking very well now. Typical of our wine style, it is a light to medium bodied Cabernet that is full of flavour yet very elegant. It has a very long and velvety palate with complex aromas and flavours of violets, fruits, oak, cassis, and classic Haut-Medoc cedar wood and cigar box. Aspects of this wine may remind you of an older more traditionally made Pauillac from the Haut-Medoc (Bordeaux) or possibly even a more traditionally made, hence richer and ageworthy, Burgundian Pinot Noir or Gamay. The push for bigger and bigger earlier drinking Cabernets in both Australia and present day Bordeaux has made our ageworthy cool climate style of Cabernet a rarity in the current market place. It is a very food friendly wine, so let it breathe and then drink it with a good meal: roast lamb, pork or venison would be perfect. The Halliday rating is 92 points.

Wine Orders

The retail price for our wine is $35.00 per bottle. Therefore a six pack is $210.00, and a dozen $420.00. We will send freight free to any location on mainland eastern Australia and at a less than actual cost rate of $35 per six pack to other Australian locations. A very generous offer for such a unique wine.

Wine orders may be placed via phone, email, or post (order form). Payments can be made by credit card (Visa or Master), cheque or cash.

Cellar Door

Our cellar door is located in Orange at Ferment (The Orange Wine Centre), 87 Hill Street Orange. Ferment is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 11 am and 8 pm and our wine is on pour all the time. Come in and meet the wine maker (Chris Bourke) most Saturdays.

You can also find our wine at the following retail outlets: IGA supermarket in Peisley Street, Orange; The Rugby Hotel Bottle Shop at 133 Lords Place, Orange; The Royal Hotel Bottle Shop at 232 Lords Place, Orange; Charred Kitchen & Bar, 1–5 New Street, Orange; and The Oriana Woodward Street Orange. Alternatively we can supply you direct by phone, email or mail order.

It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.