- Wild Duck Creek Duck Muck
For wine lovers David and Diana Anderson, the dream of growing vines and making wine began in 1972 with the purchase of their first block of land in Heathcote. Then in 1980 came the first plantings, which is now the much-adored Alans Cabernets vineyard. Named after David’s father who passed shortly after planting finished.David has built over 30 vineyards throughout Victoria and southern N.S.W, predominantly in the Yarra Valley and Macedon Ranges. He started winemaking as a hobby in his backyard shed in Hurstbridge, on the northern outskirts of Melbourne, often involving plenty of friends which is a practice still enjoyed today. Until the Alans Cabernets vineyard began bearing fruit, David sourced small parcels of fruit from vineyards close to their home to make his first wines.With dreams of raising a family in the country, Diana and David decided to follow their hearts and move to Heathcote in 1991. That being the first vintage commercially available of Wild Duck Creek Estate’s Alans Cabernets and Springflat Shiraz. Once living and settled in Heathcote, David set about laying the foundations of what is now the main hall of the winery, which held all 15 or so barrels, a few small tanks, a basket press and a crusher. The philosophy of minimal intervention winemaking with a focus on absolute fruit quality, and the judicious use of the very best oak, is what David says great wine is all about. “From day one Diana and I have been focused on creating the best fruit expressions from selected vineyards, and let the vines make the wine. To us, that is what wine is all about.” Since then, the business has grown slowly but steadily to what it is today. Their son, Liam, has also entered the mix, completing his Wine Science degree in 2007. Liam has also embarked on his own vineyard plantings 2kms from the winery on a site facing north east as the original Springflat vineyard does. His 10 years experience and observation has allowed him to take a key role in the management of the vineyards and winemaking.www.wildduckcreekestate.com
- Wild Duck Creek
"Exceptional" (Springflat) - Langton's Fine Wine Classification IV
Robert Parker 99 Points - Duck Muck Shiraz 1997
"Wild Duck Creek Estate is one of those cult wineries in Australia, based outside of Melbourne, that achieved much of its acclaim due to a mixture of excellent winemaking techniques (vinification is entirely effected through manual pressing), a winemaker with a keen sense of what good wine is (David knows and deeply loves his vines), and of course, that Robert Parker 99-pointer for their flagship "Duck Muck" in the '97 vintage." - Jamus Aug 21, 2002
"History would say that we have made wines built for the cellar, and the present is no different. At Wild Duck Creek Estate, we have a philosophy of continuing improvement in all facets of the winemaking process. From continuous human engagement in our vineyards, to critically looking at every aspect of our winemaking style, we are always striving for excellence... Our winemaking is minimalist, allowing our fruit to express itself fully. We hand plunge the skins four times per day, using some whole bunches in most ferments for complexity of aroma and texture. Some extended skin contact is used on some batches when required. Each batch is then basket-pressed into the best French and American oak hogsheads and barriques with the tightest grain. The wine rests in these barrels for up to three years depending on the batch and its final destination." - Wild Duck Creek
Gift Packaging for single 750mL bottles
Any bottle of wine from our range can become a gift with our wrapping options and cards...
Single Gift Box $4
Available in White, Gold or Silver.
Single Gift Box with Lid $6.50
Available in Gloss Black, Gloss Red or Recycled Matt.
Timber Box with Straw $15
The wooden presentation box with straw insulation and perspex lid is the ideal way to dress up that special bottle of wine.
Please note timber boxes are not permitted to be exported overseas due to custom quarantine laws. Also, certain champagne bottles and bottles of irregular shape may not be able to fit into the timber box. We will let you know prior to shipping if this happens and present you with other options.
Small Gift Card Attachment $1.50
Customise your wine delivery with a hand written card. Please keep message to 25 words or less.