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melanie chester


Mt Alexander, Bendigo

2018 Ancestral Sparkling Rosé 
2016 Fairbank Viognier
2018 Fairbank Field Blend
2017 Fairbank Field Blend (Magnum available)
2018 Fairbank Rosé (Magnum available)
2018 Fairbank Sangiovese (Magnum available)
2017 Fairbank Syrah
2017 Fairbank Cabernet

2013 Estate Viognier
2016 Estate Fiano
2015 Estate Fiano
2013 Estate Rosé
2016 Estate Syrah


Established in 1998 Sutton Grange Winery was born from a lunch with local wine hero Stuart Anderson who acclaimed the site as perfect for vine growing. Almost two decades on Sutton Grange Winery has cemented its position as one of Australia’s finest wine producers. A winery which is known for its stand alone rosé, acclaimed for its outstanding Syrah, and hailed for its experimentation in different varietals.

The Sutton Grange creed has always been to act and make decisions based on “the best interest of the farm”. Winemaking is no different. Melanie Chester (Chief Winemaker) leads the team to create wines that are the best expression of the Sutton Grange farm, pushing the boundaries of the property. They market under two brands, Fairbank and Estate. Fairbank, the name of the property in the 1800s, contains a portfolio of wines with freshness, brightness, and vibrancy. The Estate reflect outstanding Central Victorian wines including a collection of lesser known varietals that allow its portfolio to create wines that reflect its motto to “Stand Alone”.

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Merricks, Mornington

2016 AVANI The Earth Syrah
2012 AVANI The Earth Syrah

2018 AMRIT Chardonnay “Tucks Road”
2018 AMRIT Chardonnay (classic)
2018 AMRIT Pinot Gris (classic)
2018 AMRIT Pinot Gris on Skins 
2018 AMRIT Sauvignon Blanc
2018 AMRIT Gewurztraminer 
2017 AMRIT Pinot Noir


"Avani is an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘the earth’.

Planted in 1987 on gentle north facing slopes in Red Hill South on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, our 4 hectare non-irrigated and low cropped vineyard is focussed on producing only cool-climate shiraz (syrah).

We employ biodynamic practices which enable us to focus on soil health, the protection of indigenous microbes and creating an environment of ecological self-sufficiency. Our winemaking approach is one of minimal interference; using wild yeast fermentation with no fining, filtration or pumping, creating a wine unique to our vineyard."

Shashi and her husband Devendra have been involved in the hospitality industry (owning and operating restaurants) on the Mornington Peninsula for the last 30 years. It was during this time that Shashi’s interest in wine was first sparked culminated with the purchase of an established vineyard in 1998.

Shashi having a grounding in Chemistry (having completed her Masters in Chemistry from MDU University in 1981) further completed a double degree in Viticulture & Oenology from Charles Stuart University.

In 2000, Shashi and Devendra collaborated with Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip Wines to make wines under the Wildcroft banner. However, it was in 2004 that Shashi began her wine-making apprenticeship working part time at the Bass Phillip winery (and full time during vintage). Over the next 8 years Shashi garnered significant winemaking experience as her role in the winery increased. This was an extremely busy period for Shashi as whilst working part time at Bass Phillip, she was also managing the viticulture at her own property.

The 2009 vintage was Shashi’s breakout year. It was the first vintage Shashi completed by herself under Phillip’s watchful eye at the Leongatha winery. It was in January 2012 that Shashi finally established her own winey at Red Hill South, with the 2012 vintage being the inaugural vintage on the property.

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