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TAS Country : March 8th 2012
rch 9, 2012 17 crops and is considering establishing a cellar door on the property. Pictures: BRUCE MONTGOMERY PICTURESQUE: Kelvedon's vineyards generate more revenue for Jack Cotton than his wool and sheep combined. Picture, above: KIM EISZELE throughout the property. The frost-free climate and long growing season here make it perfect for grapes, as other east coast vineyards have shown, with both Freycinet and Spring Vale wines favoured by Qantas for its passengers at the sharp end of the plane. ''Like any form of farming, you have to be careful what you do,'' Cotton says. ''You have to constantly monitor and manage the crop. ''Spraying and canopy management are the key.'' Today, his 9ha produce 17 tonnes of pinot noir, 7.5 tonnes of sauvignon blanc and three tonnes of chardonnay, which is now coming back into vogue. Some of the pinot noir has been used in the elite Constellation brands, Arras sparkling wine and Eileen Hardy chardonnay. He is producing more of his own Kelvedon label and, since he has no problem selling what he produces, he has not yet taken the step of establish- ing a cellar door on the property, but he is considering it. Kelvedon wine was the first that Julian Alcorso put through his Winemaking Tasmania winery at Cambridge and he stills makes the wine for that label. ''His pinot and chardonnay are very good, but that should come as no surprise,'' Alcorso says. ''Jack Cotton is right on top of what he is doing. They all are, up there. They are all doing it right because they understand the land; they understand the need to do things when they have to be done, not when it might suit you better.'' According to Alcorso, this is what sets the top Tasmanian grape growers apart. Jack Cotton is now one of them.
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