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Those who know of South Gippsland as a wine region probably lean towards Pinot noir as the variety of note. And with very good reason. The soils and climates of this region are perfectly geared to ripening this beautiful berry to produce a silky, earthy and enigmatic wine. Our local hills should be heaving in the stuff.

But what about Cabernet?

Cabernet Sauvignon is generally grown in warm, dry climates where the inky tannic grapes can ripen fully to produce big bold wines. Oops. Our climate is cool and wet. But then big bold wines leave us cold, too.

Turns out, if our first four vintages are anything to go by, Cabernet Sauvignon planted in good red soil in a cool wet region can actually produce a bloody good drink… about half of the time.

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  • Vintage 2019

    May 10, 2019

    Vintage 2019 was tracking along nicely. Probably the best yet for our short tenure on The Wine Farm. But just as we were sharpening our snips in preparation for picking, three days of 35–40°C stopped us in our tracks and got us all hot under the collar.

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  • Let’s talk about the weather

    April 20, 2019

    ‘Cool climate’ is a term that gets used a lot in the wine world but not always appropriately. It’s the weather during ripening that really counts, and the closer to picking the more of an impact it has on the ultimate style of your wine.

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  • One door closes

    February 12, 2019

    This morning the last of the nets went over the vines marking the end of the back-breaking vineyard work till harvest starts in about three weeks; the cellar door is now closed until Easter; and the kids’ activities have started up again for the year (including our oldest starting school!). It truly does feel like new beginnings.

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  • In the thick of it

    November 18, 2018

    Until now we’ve tackled weeds in the vineyard by slashing under the vines. But when your back hurts just looking at the vineyard at the beginning of the growing season, and then your tractor starts making the same groaning noises as you, it’s time to re-assess the situation.

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  • A kiss on both cheeks

    October 18, 2018

    The Wine Farm Pinot gris 2017 – dry, textured and full of flavour it’s a nod to the Italians, a kiss on both cheeks with the French but 100% The Wine Farm.

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