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2017 Vintage Report

2017 Vintage Report

Our budburst started timely if not a little late. Spring was fairly cool/ mild giving us an even slow fruit development. Soil water was relatively abundant compliments of the winter rains. So far so good! Then in comes the hottest summer on record. This gave Greg Drayton and his team in the vineyard a very busy time in so far as to having to keep water up to the vines very regularly so as to minimise the heat stress on the vines. The most obvious benefit of this hot weather was the extremely low incidence of diseases in the vineyards.Overall,...

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Introducing Tempranillo

Introducing Tempranillo

We have a new arrival in our Hunter Valley range in the form of Tempranillo. This red grape variety is originally from Spain and Portugal, where it is used to make red wines, from light to full bodied and as a blending variety for fortified wines, mainly in Portugal. Our decision to convert part of our vineyard to Tempranillo has come about to give you and our fellow wine drinkers another option in our varietal portfolio. Through ourresearch we believe this variety has a good a affinity to Hunter Valley as it ripens earlier on than most other red varieties....

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Winemaker Report

Winemaker Report

It is spring again! Pruning was completed during winter and the vines have put out their timely buds and the shoots are growing. Having had good spring rain thus far, now is the time for Greg Drayton’s team to work their magic, monitoring and maintaining the vineyards and vines. It is also time to prepare for the upcoming vintage with scheduled maintenance of tractors, trailers, bins, and alike.In the winery, we are busying ourselves with barrel work, analysis, bulking, bottlings and nurturing the wines. Like the vineyard team, we are also undertaking routine maintenance of plant, equipment and machinery.As we...

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2016 Upcoming Events

Come and visit us at… 4th June Hunter Valley Wine Festival, Crowne Plaza Lovedale 11th June Newcastle Winter Heat, Honeysuckle Newcastle 5th, 6th and 7th August Sydney Good Food & Wine, Sydney Showground 13th & 14th August Aroma Coffee & Chocolate Festival, Maitland 26th, 27th and 28th August Newcastle Food & Wine, Newcastle Entertainment Centre 16th, 17th and 18th September Better Homes & Gardens Live, Sydney Showground 30th October Wahroonga Food & Wine, Wahroonga Park 5th and 6th November Bitter 'n' Twisted Beer Festival, Maitland Gaol 13th November Brisbane Water Oyster Festival, Ettalong Beach

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2016 Vintage Report

2016 Vintage Report

It all started a bit rocky, with three bouts of hail! This was followed by the wettest January on record, and one of the driest February, which gave Greg Drayton and his team in the vineyard a very challenging growing/picking season. Once again our vineyard team managed to rise to the challenge producing and picking a crop that was the envy of many other growers in the Hunter Valley. Our picking started with Chardonnay, producing a delicate wine with stone fruit and fresh acidity. Some of it is now ageing in barrels and tank. Semillon again proved to be great,...

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