Cannibal Creek Winery – award winners
Boutique Gippsland Vineyard Cannibal Creek has taken out a staggering nine awards, at the annual French-Australian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Wine Show Le Concours des Vins de Victoria, held at Etihad Stadium late last year Cannibal Creek Chardonnay 2010 claimed a gold medal and was declared Best Open Class Chardonnay,
Best White Wine of the Show and Best Wine of the Show. Cannibal Creek Pinot Noir 2012 and 2013 also received gold
medals and three further medals were awarded for the Chardonnay 2009, Pinot Noir 2010 and Cabernet Merlot 2013.
Head judge of the show, member of the prestigious Grand Jury Européen and legendary Le Figaro wine writer Bernard
Burtschy was so impressed by tastings of Cannibal Creek that he took time out of his brief trip to visit the vineyard.
His appraisal; ‘to make wines of this quality you must have good taste!’ The accolades at this prestigious event are a
testament to the ongoing success of this small vineyard, described as ‘the quiet achiever’ of the Gippsland region by
Cannibal Creek Vineyard, located in Tynong North West Gippsland, is owned and operated by husband and wife team
Patrick and Kirsten Hardiker. In response to their wins at Le Concours des Vins de Victoria, Kirsten admitted to being
overwhelmed at receiving such high accolades at an extremely competitive major show. When asked what distinguishes
their wines, Pat explains “It’s all in the growing, understanding your soils and vines. Our job is to grow excellent grapes
and make great wines”.
Pat credits the vineyard’s terroir as the foundation of their success. ‘It starts with our granite soils; this influences the
approach to our viticulture, winemaking and the wines themselves. The granite soils are also responsible for the
elegant, mineral and flinty characters of our wines. We have recently had our soil biology and chemistry analysed to
help us understand this better. We are now applying biodynamic compost teas and a mixture of seaweed and fish
emulsion to restore the soils back to optimum health. This allows the transaction of nutrients between the soil and
the vine to work at its most efficient, culminating into the best quality grapes”. He adds, “Then of course it’s what
you do in the winery…”
Cannibal Creek’s rustic cellar door is the perfect place to sample their award winning wines and start out a tour of
Gippsland. Gippsland is becoming acknowledged as one of Australia’s important wine growing regions and boasts a
host of premium vineyards being recognised at a local and national level. Other Gippsland vineyards that picked up
medals at the Le Concours include Bass River, Glenmaggie, Lightfoot & Sons, Narkoojee and Nicholson River.
Pat and Kirsten have exciting things in store, with construction beginning soon on a beautiful architecturally designed
cellar door with a commercial kitchen producing fare to compliment the wines and showcase local produce. With
their untiring pursuit of quality and drive to do justice to their region, the future is looking bright for Cannibal Creek.