Both the wine labels and the letter from Hugh Jones to me giving the background to his and wife Michelle's venture share a battered, old-fashioned typeface. The letter was as interesting for what it didn't say as for what it did, although there was a connection in an improbable way because my mother Muriel's house name was Missy, also Michelle's nickname. The snapshot approach of the website's ‘About Us' explains that in 2010, with the wine industry on its knees and a drought in full swing in Heathcote, Hugh saw a dusty paddock running down to a dry Lake Cooper with a ‘for sale' sign up. The decision was obvious: buy, and promise that then very young twins, son Tex and daughter Mallee, wouldn't be too neglected. The ace in the hole was the irrigation water available to the property.