2017 Vintage Diary

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Pretty much just waiting on the muscadelle to ripen.  It could be a long wait ... In the meantime we are hoping for 10 tonnes of Malbec which  we will pick tomorrow. 

The cold mornings have made our normally tough winemaker Brendan dig out his trusty jumper.  By the look of it he should keep it in the closet.  A slow week fruit wise at Cofields.  The only fruit was 5 tonnes of Cabernet and 3 tonnes of viognier.  The cool change mean...

It's all hands on deck today at the winery.  Even Lauren our cellar door co-ordinator is helping crush our Quartz Vein Durif by operating the receival bin.  Thanks Lauren - don't get too dirty though!!

"Getting ready to crush the Quartz Vein Shiraz on Monday.  After a busy weekend of sales, it is good to get back into the throes of #v17 with 8 tonnes of Shiraz."

"Big day today!
This is winemaker Brendan testing the sugar on our Netherby Shiraz.
14.3 beaume and we are hoping for 40 tonnes when we finish picking it tomorrow morning. Busy times, but things are progressing well."

It never ceases to amaze me how red the grapes look that make the Pinot Grigio white wine.  3 tonnes this morning at 12.6 beaume - sweetness and a nice acid crunch.

Things are progressing nicely.  We are about 25% through now.  Here is cellarman Tom, checking on some of the barrel ferments of the Chardonnay.

Today we picked our first parcel of Rutherglen Durif!!  7 tonnes in total, although some will be made into fortified.  W...

Attached is a photo of our winemaker Brendan aerating the first of our Shiraz ferments.  Seven tonnes of vibrant Rutherglen goodness, that will eventually make its way to our Sparkling Shiraz.  Another picking for this will come on Friday.  Happy winemaker so far......

"We have got the hand pickers at the ready and we are picking a few tonnes Chardonnay tomorrow for our provincial parcel range as well as our first reds for the year - Pinot noir.  Flavours are looking spot on. So far so good!"

"20 tonnes so far of sparkling Chardonnay base wine destined for our footsteps NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir. The flavours are looking good, with a little more acidity than usual so far, which is nice."

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And so it begins!

February 13, 2017