Those who have attended our events will likely have sampled (or won) some Silverstream Wine at some point. We wanted to know more about Silverstream and why they chose to support the Foundation for the WA Museum.
Why did the team at Silverstream Wines choose to support the Foundation for the WA Museum?
Silverstream was introduced to the Foundation for the WA Museum by Philippa Packer – a long-time friend of the Ruse Family. We loved the idea of supporting the new build, that will deliver a new and exciting learning environment for generations to come as well as maintaining the incredible past history of Western Australia. We have joined Artefact Circle as well as supporting the Foundation for WA Museum and enjoy embracing the friendship and common interest in the history of WA through exhibitions and the Museum cohort.
What are you most looking forward to about the new Museum opening?
Taking our grandchildren through. We can’t wait for the door to open! The idea of having a ‘state of the art’ museum in Perth is very exciting. The concept of bringing stories of the development of WA into different galleries, with supporting documents/ clothing/ videos and interactive shows, will make this a much loved venue for all West Australians, Australians and visitors from around the world.
What are the uniquely Western Australian elements of Silverstream Wines?
Silverstream produces single vineyard wines. Our wine is made from our grapes only – expressing the true terroir of Denmark and it’s cool climate varieties. Terroir, originally a French term, comes from the word terre “land”. Terroir denotes the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place bestowed upon particular produce. At its core is the assumption that the land from which the grapes are grown imparts a unique quality that is specific to that region, in this case its Denmark.
Do you do anything different to other wineries?
Silverstream has been biologically farming for 9 years. Our aim is to develop the microbiology of the soil to strengthen the plant so it can stand on its own roots without artificial support from herbicides and pesticides. We believe this enhances the quality, sustainability and aligns with the true ’terroir’ of the Denmark region. We look to discover what naturally exists in the soil and improve it. A good wine starts with good soil. Our wines are an honest expression of this.
Do you have staff that have Western Australian history in their families?
Tony Ruse, the vineyard owner believes there may be a family connection with James Ruse, the first successful convict farmer on the First Fleet who farmed on Rose Hill in Paramatta but how the Ruses got to WA is unknown!