The Case Family
1911 – Frank Potts ll (Bleasdale) purchased land which is now the home block at Kimbolton and planted to vines
1935- Vineyard was willed to Charles Dudley Potts (son of Frank 11)
1944 – 1946 Dudley was killed in WWll and vineyard was left to his widow
1947 – Henry and Thelma Case (Thelma daughter of Frank Potts ll) purchased vineyard from Thelma’s sister-in-law
1966 – Len and Judy Case took over the running of the vineyard from his parents
The original vineyard (known as Kimbolton) on the alluvial floodplain was five hectares when purchased in 1911. Today the Kimbolton vineyard has grown to 19.7ha, comprising of Cabernet 6.7ha, Shiraz 9.0ha, Montepulciano 4.0ha Currently the oldest vines were replanted in 1966, which is our House Block Shiraz. . The Montrose property was acquired in 2001 and was originally 14.8ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties. The vineyard has grown to 37.2ha and Chardonnay and Carignan are now among the plantings. Today the 56.9 hectares of vineyard is run by Len and Judy’s children Brad and Nicole.
Kimbolton is a medieval town in Cambridgeshire England, from where Judy’s ancestors emigrated. Family tradition has seen the homestead and property bear the Kimbolton name, which has been passed down through the generations. The nameplate can be seen today on the front of Len and Judy’s house in Langhorne Creek. We are extremely proud of our heritage and are very family focused, and our business has been based around this. So when it came time to design our wine label, we looked at our family history. As the focal point of the town is the former Kimbolton Castle now used as the school, we decided to use the school’s prominent purple colour as the colour of our name. Any of you lucky enough to score one of our earlier vintages (2000-01) might even recognise the castle.
Our premium range is dedicated to the Riflemen in our family who have made us extremely proud of their achievements, representing both our state and country (Australia). Between them they have won several Kings/Queens aggregates and a prized world championship. Len Case’s involvement in the historic Langhorne Creek Rifle Club (operating from 1924 – 1984) – is of significant importance to him, particularly since his father, also a vigneron, was amongst the founding members and held the position of Club Captain. Reward yourself and grab a box to enjoy over the next decade or two, just like the Riflemen in our family did when they tasted success.