This week we have started picking the Shiraz at Balgownie Estate in Bendigo. The first vineyards picked have been fruit grown for the Black Label Shiraz.
Today picking has started in the old vine vineyards with fruit that is destined for The Estate Shiraz. The first vineyards to be picked were the Railway Block and the Centre Block. The consistent sunshine and warm temperatures in Bendigo has resulted in berries being picked in fantastic condition, beautifully ripe and full of flavour.
The fruit has been transported to the winery and crushed and is currently beginning its fermentation in open fermenters. The wine making staff are very excited about the quality of the Shiraz fruit and are confident of producing an outstanding wine.
Shiraz Grapes being tipped into the crusher to begin their journey into wine