2017 Vintage Diary

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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!!

"Vintage continues at Jones and there is just masses and masses of work to do…. all in good time though! The Rutherglen Brown Muscat and some of our Marsanne grapes are still to be picked. We are waiting for them to develop more flavour! In the winery the white wines a...

Inside these 6 boxes are the "pfamous" Pfeiffer Gamay grapes which have been

hand picked today from the original Gamay vines which were planted on our

Sunday Creek vineyard in 1974. These grapes will be gently crushed in these

bags in these boxes using our much loved foot...

"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."

"We handpicked our Shiraz and half of our Saperavi this week.

Saperavi is a new variety we have in our vineyard and it is an ancient Georgian red grape. It is fermenting right now and smells awesome – like exotic spices and dark forest fruits and black cherries.

The Shir...

"Shiraz off the Valhalla home block today. Small berries, low yields & intense flavours. Lovely to see some Rutherglen Shiraz, second pick of the season. This pick has lovely aromatics and keeps its natural acidity. We will pick again as the sugars rise, the flavours w...

"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’s plunging time, this has to be done at least four times a day and sometimes at night!  Our little winery is bursting at the seams with the fabulous fruit of this year’s harvest. We have picked our fabulous 40 year old block of Shiraz and the Durif has been in for...

B-Block Shiraz located outside the Terrace Restaurant windows was picked this morning by Paul, Stuart and Murray. The fruit size is small and perfectly formed and the flavors are extremely good. This week the boys have picked, STL Cab Franc, ASE Marsanne and ASE Shiraz...

“Another great week with two different clones of Shiraz coming in, and our second pick of Tinta Roriz. Vintage is progressing really well but a lot more slowly than last year. We won’t be surprised if we don’t pick the Topaque until May so hopefully the weather will re...

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