This week the staff have been hard at work picking in the vineyards in Bendigo. The consistent warm weather in the area has ripened the grapes beautifully and resulted in many of the vineyards being ready to pick this week
Shiraz from the Triangle Vineyard has been picked this week and is destined for our delicious Rosé. The balance between ripeness, acid and flavour is outstanding this year and Tony is confident of producing a beautiful wine that is sure to delight.
As well the Three Cows Vineyard was hand harvested yesterday, which is quite early for us to be picking Shiraz. The Three Cows Vineyards is a relatively new vineyard planted in 2012 and seems to consistently ripen early. The fruit was harvested at 13.5° Baumé with wonderful balance. Part of this fruit was destemmed and added to the fermentation tank as whole berries with the more usual crushed berries added on top. Having a proportion of whole berry fruit will encourage bright, lifted fruit flavours in the finished wine.
The remaining Chardonnay was hand-picked this morning from our Old Vine Chardonnay vineyard. This vineyard has been picked over three separate passes to ensure that the fruit is picked at its optimum ripeness. All the chardonnay is undergoing fermentation using a combination of wild and cultured yeast to increase the level of complexity in the wine.
Shiraz from The Three Cows Vineyard being destemmed before being added to the ferment as whole berries.