The new season is underway with the first new shoots appearing in the Smedley Lane Chardonnay block in our Yarra Valley vineyard. We expect the Melba block Pinot Noir to follow suit with this warmer weather in the next few days. With good soil moisture the vines are well set up for another excellent season.
It is not widely known that we often have budburst in the Yarra Valley before the Bendigo vineyard. The continental climate in Bendigo often brings very cold overnight temperatures at this time of year thus delaying budburst compared to the Yarra Valley. Our vineyard manager Steve Bullock, had the frost fans running over three nights last week to stop any possibility of damage to the nascent buds. First varieties to kick off in Bendigo will be the Chardonnay closely followed by the Sangiovese and both are due to shoot forth this coming week. The Merlot, and Shiraz will follow in another week or so with the Cabernet the last to burst into life.
We are currently very busy in the winery working on all the marvelous batches that the 2015 season has seen fit to bequeath us. All the ferments are through and we have but one pressing left of Cabernet Sauvignon from the First View Block.
We have held this batch on skins for over a month to allow the tannin structure to become softer and more complex. Pressing will occur in a week or so.
Tonnages are well up this year in both the Yarra Valley and Bendigo vineyards and quality across the board is very good to excellent. Once again the Vineyard team headed up by the loquacious Steve Bullock in Bendigo has produced high quality fruit which arrived at the Winery in beautiful condition. Steve is a quiet achiever and his second vintage with us has been a beauty.
The month of May in the winery sees the team of myself with David Lawson (assistant winemaker) and Ben McDonald (cellarhand) busily preparing the new unwooded wines for bottling in July. These batches include 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Gris.
Our red batches are currently undergoing malolactic fermentation also known as the secondary fermentation. During this process lactic acid bacteria convert the hard malic acid in the wine to lactic acid thus providing a softer and more approachable mouthfeel
The Yarra vineyards have given us some lovely Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with Estate quality batches now maturing in barrel. The 2015 Black Label Pinot Noir is showing early resemblance to our gold medal winning 2012 version. 2015 has also given us a cracking Pinot Gris.
Back in Bendigo and the 2015 Estate Shiraz and Cabernet batches are looking supple with elegant structure and fine expressive tannins. Our Bendigo Chardonnay is looking marvelous and there is a particularly good batch of Estate grown Merlot. Plenty to look forward to from Vintage 2015.
Tony Winspear (Winemaker)
The Easter long weekend is the perfect time to come in and do some tastings at both our Yarra Valley and Bendigo Cellar Doors. Easter opening hours at our Bendigo Cellar Door Good Friday: Closed Saturday: 11am- 5pm Sunday: 11am- 5pm Monday: 11am- 5pm Easter opening hours for our Yarra Valley Cellar Door Good Friday: 12pm- 5pm Saturday: 9:30am- 6pm Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm Monday: 9:30am - 5pm Hope to see you all soon.
The new 2015 vintage has begun with our first pick of Old Vine Chardonnay coming off today from the Bendigo vineyard. The fruit came off in excellent condition with excellent natural acidity.
Our sparkling base was picked last night and is currently being pressed.
Tomorrow will see the Hillside Chardonnay harvested and pressed out.
The first Shiraz pick may occur in the next week to 10 days if current ripening conditions prevail.
The 2012 Estate Chardonnay is really cleaning up at the wine shows with a Trophy at the Ballarat Wine Show 2014 for Best Regional Chardonnay.
Along with recieving Gold medals at; Boutique Wine Awards 2014, Rutherglen Wine Show 2014, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014 (Blue Gold), Concours de Vins Victoria 2013, Australian Small Winemakers Show 2013, Ballarat Wine Show 2014
Black Label Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013. Cellar for up to 5 Years.
Hand-picked; whole bunch pressed, barrel-fermented in French barriques (30% new), then matured for 10 months with lees stirring. A complex wine, with a generous palate of stone fruit and a touh of citrus. Gold medals Australian Small Winemakers show and Concours des Vins, Victoria '13 Screwcap
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