We can really see spring is here now – lovely sunny days with little to no wind and glorious green pastures. The cows have almost finished calving and budburst is just starting in the vineyard.
Rain would be very welcome and we are hoping for some later this week. Its been dry for the farming community across NSW, with many crops at a critical stage if they don’t get rain. We notice some of the pasture species have already gone to head due to the dry conditions. Fortunately we can irrigate and have been doing so to get moisture into the profile ahead of vineyard growth.
The forecast is for continuing dry conditions, so lets see what spring brings along and hope for a good spring (well the rest of it anyway).
The vineyard has been pruned and the material pruned off has been mulched up for return to the soil.
The early varieties – chardonnay, pinot noir and a little bit of fiano for research, have budburst already and so all is ready for the big spring and another cycle of production.
So what does this season have in store for us?
OUR NEW VARIETIES ARE READY FOR RELEASE – ON 4 AND 5 NOVEMBER.
Arneis Ready for Harvest in Piedmont
Arneis (pronounced Arh-Nayze) is a variety from the Piedmont Region of northern Italy. Its name means “little rascal” in local dialect, and it almost went out of production at one point. However interest in its area of origin has been buidling up and Arneis from Roero and Langhe are quickly gaining a name. So too is the interest in Arneis in Australia. There are not many producers and the variety overall is gaining popularity very quickly, especially in top restaurants.
The 2017 vintage is our first for Arneis and we are thrilled with the variety in our environment. The fruit was in top condition and the resulting wine shows great varietal characters, with a depth of mouthfeel and including a hint of nuts and pears.
Marsanne originates from the northern Rhone area of France – in the St Joseph, Hermitage, Tain l’Hermitage and St Peray regions.
In Australia the benchmark producer is Chateau Tahblik and the variety is increasing rapidly in interest.
We are fascinated in the complexity that comes with this white variety – a complex and lengthy mouthfeel and a lovely softness that Marsanne exhibits. In the northern Rhone there are various approaches to production of the top Marsanne and we hope we have captured the best for our grapes. You’ll have to visit us, try it and discuss the variety with us to find out the detail.
2015 Christabel Sparkling recently released
Yes, the new sparkling Christabel is here and available. Actually, it has taken off in popularity in a few places in Sydney. It has lovely fruit characters and a great balance of acid and fruit sweetness.
Capital Collab Event – Saturday 7 October
Come to the New Acton precinct courtyard for a celebration of the collaboration between Canberra and Wellington NZ.
Enjoy food and wine from both capitals.
See Eventbrite for bookings – (capital-co-lab-wine-tasting).
Event times: 12 pm to 5 pm
Hills of Hall Wine Festival – 4 and 5 November 2017
Visit us and the local Hills of Hall wineries for our wine festival in the Hills of Hall in early November 2017.
We will have a great jazz band playing both days and Jacko’s special pizzas – easy and relaxing food while listening to the band – and of course trying our wines.
Food and music 12pm to 3pm both days.
Bookings are advisable
Release of Our First Vintage of Arneis and Marsanne
The Festival weekend also marks the release of our first vintage of both the Arneis and the Marsanne. We are so excited to release these to wine lovers.
SPECIAL DEALS ON LAST FEW CASES
Come and get your case of 2012 Cab Merlot or 2013 Rose before they run out!
As a special deal, we offer half price on case lots at cellar door, or by email/phone orders.
We will still deliver anywhere in Canberra for free.
PLATTERS AVAILABLE EVERY WEEKEND
Cheese platters are available at cellar door. They include some lovely South Coast cheeses and our Pinot chutney. Enjoy one while you are tasting our range of wines.
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We have retired some lovely French barriques and turned them into furniture and kitchen items of real character. The free standing wine racks have proven very popular as have the various sized barrel head tables. Platters made from staves and even lazy susans made from beautiful barrel heads are a feature. These are great ideas for presents.