2017 Vintage Diary

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"Today we were lucky enough to pick our Moscato and Sauvignon blanc. Both varieties look very special with stunning acid and lovely delicate flavours showing through. Last night was a lovely cool evening and as we pick during the early hours of the morning, the vineyar...

February 27, 2017

"Finally picking started up this morning – just a short day starting off with the shiraz from our Knights vineyard picked today – starting off slowly with a 7 tonne brought in today and picking to continue for the week on shiraz…"

"I have attached a photo of the Riesling hand picked last week.  Newly grafted vines have produced their first crop and the fruit is beautiful!"

"Our red harvest started today with Tempranillo – and it’s looking really good. We may be starting on some of our Shiraz later this week, I just need to test it again tomorrow to decide."

"Started picking this morning – just the 2017 Riesling at this stage. Approx. 7 tons at 11.8 baume and crushing is under way as I write.

It has generally been a slow start to Vintage compared to the last few years, however there was a time that we wouldn’t consider pick...

"After a later and a slower start, vintage is now starting to heat up in the Rutherglen Estates vineyards, with perfect ripening conditions. Weather has meant that the vines have been able to maintain acid whilst producing some rich and intense flavours. All going to p...

“At this stage the whites have delicate flavours with intense natural acidity, which combines to produce wines with longevity. The colour in the skins of our reds is developing nicely as the cooler weather helps establish intensity in the colour pigment.”

"Photo of today's pick. Riesling from Lake Moodemere Estates. Yesterday we started ourselves with Palomino at a baume of 9.9. Fruit was is very good condition. Next Pick Muscat for Moscato on Friday"

“Our first pick took place today for Pinot Grigio and Viognier (for our award winning VRM- Viognier Roussanne Marsanne). Cooler years always produce the best wines, and our later start date to this year's vintage is reflective of a cooler season."

"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!"

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