Through the cream-coloured gate and down a citrus tree-lined driveway is the quaint little red shed housing the cellar door and winery. The name comes from the cabbage trees that grow among the vines. “The trunks are nice and straight, so it’s easy to get the tractor ‘round them,” says owner David Bull.
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David and his wife Winifred abandoned high-stress corporate careers to plant their vines in 1998. David is the self-taught winemaker and Winifred is vineyard manager – chances are you’ll hear her singing to her dogs while she’s out on the tractor. Together they produce just four wines using an old basket press – pinot noir, chardonnay, semillon and merlot – from just 4000 vines.
The most popular wine here is the deliciously complex barrel-fermented semillon; the chardonnay is tangy and tropical and the merlot is ripe and plummy.
For the peckish, Winifred happily whips up cheese platters or a more substantial winemakers’ platter to graze on out in the garden courtyard while sipping wine.