Vineyard

Pearls in the Vineyard

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Pruning is a slow and arduous process. It presents the challenge of selecting the best two canes from the tangle offered by the vine. These canes must be wrapped securely to the wire, in order to stabilise the plant. This ensures that the vine safely bears to maturity, the increasing canopy and developing fruit. Sometimes the weather is benign, the sun shines, the breeze is gentle and curious robins keep us entertained with their antics on the wire. But other times, it is freezing and damp. The wind blasts and fingers are bitterly cold. We look forward to September.

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Vintage 2017

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Vineyard

What a difference a year  makes. The 2016 vintage was  done, dusted and in the  winery by the 17th of  February.

All  the fruit which survived  the  rigorous fruit thinning  program we carried out to  preserve the remaining crop  from the heat and relentless  drought was picked in one day,  Chardonnay & Shiraz both ready at the same time.

There was a widely held belief amongst vintners that you would need to move to Tasmania with its cooler climate if you wanted to remain in the industry.

This year, after plentiful winter rains, the She-Oak Hill vines are taking their time edging  slowly towards the ripeness and sugar levels we are asking of them. Warm, sunny days, clear skies and cool nights are encouraging the fruit to take its time to achieve full flavour and we are sitting around, planning morning teas, yelling at birds and writing posts! while we wait for the much anticipated action to begin.

Buckets, snips, tractor, bins and a winery full of new oak barrels all wait patiently for a start date. It only needs those damned birds to stay away from the fruit.

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Heathcote on Show -long weekend in June

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events, Vineyard

We invite you to join us at the unique little Cellar Door in the garden of the stylish gift, homewares and fashion store, Rutherford & Maine, in the High St in Heathcote.

We will be at this lovely venue over the long weekend in June for the exciting Heathcote on Show event. Come by to sample our recent releases and revisit your favourite vintages. Wines will also be available by the glass, bottle or boxes and orders can be made for delivery to your home or office. Check out the link to this event and plan your day trip or stay in the region. There is a wonderful prize to be won and every 6 pack of wines you purchase at the participating Cellar Doors enters you in the running to win. We look forward to seeing you at :

Rutherford & Maine     91 High St Heathcote

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th – 10am til 4.30pm

 

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Barrel Tasting of 2015 vintage

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Releases, Vineyard

One of the most pleasurable tasks of a vigneron is tasting the batches of wine from the barrels. Each year under the guidance of our fabulous wine maker, Mark Hunter, we go through this process to decide whether or not to make a Reserve wine.

The batches may be different blocks of the vineyard, old vines or young vines. They may have had different oak treatments – new oak barrels or previously used oak or they may have experienced different wine making techniques – length of time on the skins, whole bunches added uncrushed etc. The fruit may have been picked at varying points of ripeness.

We don’t always make a Reserve Wine but the fruit from the 2015 Vintage was exceptional so the decision was to produce 50 cases.  The ’15 vintage will be bottled in July this year. Look out for it. I was too busy tasting and making notes to capture the serious part of the business when, of course, we are not adulterating the wine flavours and aromas with food but this photo captures the more relaxed assessment of the 2014 vintage which we are about to release.

 

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