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Hesketh Scissor Hands Riesling, Beautiful Stranger Grüner Veltliner & Thirsty Dog Cabernet Sauvignon

Hesketh Scissor Hands Riesling, Beautiful Stranger Grüner Veltliner & Thirsty Dog Cabernet Sauvignon [©Hesketh Wine Co]

Mandala Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Meadowbank Winery in the Coal Valley wine region of Southern Tasmania
The Ether Building at Moorilla Estate, Hobart, Tasmania includes The Source Restaurant.
Frogmore Creek Wines, Coal River Valley, Tasmania, produces award-winning cool climate wines

All subscribers of The Age who subscribe to (it's free) before 28th February 2009 will automatically be in the draw to win one of seven superb half-dozen wine packs. [See entry instructions at the bottom of this page.]

If you'd like to sip on six fine wines from the southern states, simply become a VisitVineyards Subscriber and you'll automatically go in the draw to win wines provided by Mandala or Darling Park in Victoria, Hesketh in South Australia or Frogmore Creek, Meadowbank Estate, Puddleduck or Moorilla in Tasmania.

The Coal River Valley in Tasmania's South produces some of Tasmania's most outstanding wines and three of these wineries are responsible for many of them. Frogmore Creek Wines produces wines under the Frogmore Creek and 42 Degrees South labels and were big winners at the 2009 Tasmanian Wine Show.  The half dozen wines provided by Frogmore creek comprises trophy winner Frogmore Creek 2006 Chardonnay, 2006 Riesling and gold medal winner 2008 FGR Riesling and from their 42 Degrees South range, the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Unwooded Chardonnay and 2007 Pinot Noir.

Puddleduck is a small, family-owned vineyard and, like many smaller wineries, the wines are all traditionally made by hand-harvesting and cane pruning with the aim to make seriously good wine, ie quality rather than quantity. If you're sipping your way through this wine region, it's well worth stopping at Puddleduck for their unique reverse BYO experience - bring your own picnic and they'll provide the wines while you watch the ducks puddling in the dam. Puddleduck wines included in this half dozen are their 2008 Riesling, 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 Chardonnay, 2008 Rose, 2007 Pinot Noir and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Just down the road is Meadowbank Estate, surrounded by a sea of vines all producing exceptional cool climate wines and providing the centrepiece of the view from the restaurant across the Coal Valley.  Whilst the drought persisted in 2008 bringing some heartache to agriculture, it meant ideal conditions during critical times for the grapes and resulted in high quality and high yields. Meadowbank's winemaker, Gerald Ellis, had high hopes for the 2008 vintage which have come to fruition (pardon the pun!). These six wines certainly reflect Meadowbanks usual high quality with two bottles each of the 2005 Pinot Noir, 2005 Riesling and 2008 Pinot Gris.

Moorilla is stunningly sited on the banks of the Derwent River. Its rich wine history continues and it's now one of the most progressive wine and food producers in the state. Whilst the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has been attracting most of the attention recently, the winemakers at Moorilla continue to produce superb wines including the recently released Praxis range. This series of wines are blended purposely to produce wines that are easy drinking and accessible to all wine drinkers. The winemaker, Conor van der Reest, comments that whilst the Praxis wines are great for matching with food, they’re just as good for simply drinking and enjoying. The full Praxis range is included in this half dozen: chardonnay, pinot noir, rose and riesling.

From Tasmania we head to Victoria and two of the most established wine regions - Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Darling Park is located on the fabulous Mornington Peninsula where their philosophy is to produce wines that encourage conversation with an appreciation of the art that is on, and in, every bottle. With six Darling Park bottles with their very individual labels, there's bound to be many a discussion on the artwork as well as the contents - and we know it will all be favourable!

Mandala means circle and when you start tasting these six fine wines, you’ll have joined an enlightened circle yourself. Coming from the heart of the Yarra Valley, Mandala Wines are the result not only of superb and much sought after fruit from twenty year old vines, but they represent the family’s sharing of experiences and their quest to achieve balance.

South Australia is our next stop with our final half dozen wines from The Hesketh Wine Company, based in Adelaide's Mount Lofty Ranges. Unlike other wine producers, Hesketh only produces wines from the most celebrated grape varieties, from only the most acclaimed regions for producing those varieties, wherever they may be, anywhere in the world. Included in this half dozen are wines from Austria and New Zealand as well as Australia.

With seven half dozen wines to be won, subscribe now for your chance to be sipping some of the best from the southern states.

To subscribe and enter (it's free) go to, and follow the steps, starting in the box on the lower LHS. Select 'free Age subscriber package' (option 8) in Step 2. Don't forget to include your Age subscriber number to make sure you're in the draw to win.

And if you want to enter the draw to win the fabulous $3000 holiday in Southern Tasmania (your odds are good!), become a full Member and select either The Age single (A$39) or double (A$69) package.

Good luck!

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