2017 Vintage Diary

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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...

Today was the day for LJ! 

We picked our 100+ year old Town Block Shiraz today and don't tell anyone, but Arthur thinks it is the best he has seen in our 18 years of caring for it - thats a big call, so lets hope the winemaker ensures it lives up to expectation! Indeed...

A lot has happened since my last update.

           

Tuesday: Muscat for Moscato @ 14.15 Baume, Shiraz from our 100 year old plus vines near the winery @ 13.5 baume

Wednesday: Gouais  from the cellar vineyard at 11.7 baume...

"Lights, camera, action…Vintage 2017 kicked off this morning for the Pfeiffer crew with the harvesting of our Frontignac!  With the late start it is likely vintage will continue well into May.  Did you know Rutherglen has one of the longest vintages in the world?!

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"So far Campbells have picked small amounts of Chardonnay, Riesling, Tempranillo and Semillon and we are really happy with the 2017 Vintage so far! Plenty more to come as we roll into Autumn! Photos taken 17th February in the early hours of the morning and the grapes a...

"One of the joys of harvest is listening to the chatter as the picking team travel along the row, moving from vine to vine - yesterday in the Roussanne it was all about boy stuff! This morning there is no chat but its all about boys toys. For the the first time ever at...

"Today we pressed the Tinta Roriz and were very happy with the balance of acid, pH and flavour, and achieved the vibrant cherry colour we were looking for. Juice testing indicates no picking for this week but from next Monday we will be very busy with harvesting a coup...

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......

"Harvest Day 1: We were hoping to pick Fiano and Roussanne… but the picking team ran out of energy, reportedly due to a shortage of smoko biscuits!

Fortunately this season isn't like last year, when one day could mean the difference between grapes & raisins. This year r...

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