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Vintage 2019

Sitting here by the wood burner on a chilly morning, watching the autumn rains through the kitchen window as they drench the vineyard, it’s hard to cast my mind back to the heatwave we had on the farm just two months ago.

Up until that point, 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. We get a handful of really hot days during summer in South Gippsland, but in the five years we’ve been on this farm, never so late in the season and never during such a critical period for growing cool climate grapes. Our hearts broke as we watched our near perfectly ripe fruit tough it out under the beating sun for three days straight, powerless to do anything to help it. Picking it during the heat wasn’t an option – if you’re pitching for high quality wine you never pick when the fruit is warm as the soft berries tend to split leading to spoilage and oxidation. We just had to bunker down inside playing board games with the kids and crossing our fingers till the heat passed.

But now that we’re a safe distance from the event, the grapes have all been processed and the wines safely tucked away for winter, we can look back over the season and take stock.

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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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  • The Wine Farmer’s Wife

    September 22, 2018

    When we first bought this property and all its beautifully manicured flowerbeds we knew we wouldn’t have time to stop and smell the roses… so we pulled them all out. Then politely dismissed the gardener.

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