"Resilience" - Exclusive Wine Offer

‘My scars are a mark of my resilience’ - John Weeks

In September 2016, burn survivor John Weeks, had a series of photos taken to highlight his scars. The series titled "Resilience" were shot in a vineyard shortly after pruning to signify the resilience of the vine from dormancy after pruning (and scarring) through to bearing of fruit during spring.

‘A scar does not form on the dying but on those that survive’.

John, who suffered severe burns to over 80% of his body in May 2014, continues to show courage and resilience in the face of adversity and now dedicates much of his time to raising awareness about the impact of severe burn injury in the community.

With 30 years' experience in the wine industry, John has teamed up with Poonawatta Estate 1880 Vineyards and is excited to announce that Poonawatta Wines will be releasing a "museum wine" - Poonawatta The 1880 Shiraz 2007, with all proceeds supporting the work of the Julian Burton Burns Trust.

Exclusive Wine Offer
300 bottle special release of the highly acclaimed museum collection - Poonawatta Estate The 1880 Shiraz 2007.


$100 per bottle with all proceeds supporting the work of the Julian Burton Burns Trust.


Orders can be placed directly with Poonawatta on info@poonawatta.com or 0448 031 880.

Poonawatta Estate is one of the last remaining vineyards of its era, and one of the oldest in Australia. Established in 1880, only 912 vines from the original vineyard remain as a living relic of Australia’s pioneering winemaking heritage.

This is a small, unique and special vineyard of weathered vines producing premium fruit with an exceptional heritage, where each vintage is a reflection of the season, underpinned by a foundation of quality and character formed over 136 years.

“Poonawatta The 1880 Shiraz 2007- Great colour; a wine of exceptional complexity both in flavour and structure, with a raft of spicy/savoury notes coursing through the fine black fruits. To 2027. 96 points. ” James Halliday, Australia’s Halliday Wine Companion (2010 Edition)

For more information on 2007 Poonawatta 1880 The Shiraz please click here.

The 'Resilience' series of photos were shot by photographer Andrew Holt. The entire series can be viewed by clicking here.



In an emergency call 000
Remove any clothing and jewellery from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes - this will stop the burning process and also help ease the pain.
Cover the burn with a clean lint free cloth or if it is a large area, cover loosely with cling wrap to lessen the chance of infection.
Seek medical advice if the burn is larger than a 20 cent piece or on the face, hands, feet or groin area.