Vintage is here!

vintage

Like the rest of South Australia, vintage didn’t exactly creep up on us…. it came on with a big rush. The increase in sugars over the last two weeks was extraordinary, and everything will be picked this week – in some cases more than three weeks earlier than forecast. We thank everyone who has helped us bring it all together this week. We only have space to mention a few: Don Filmer and Frank at Filmer transport, Tertius van der Westhuizen at Laffort, the staff of WIC Winemaking and of course, the growers and wineries….

Monday morning 16 February: Jodie and Anthony Scholz at Ebenezer – if picking grapes is ever fun, this was it. And look at the colour of those grapes!!

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Tuesday 17 February: A wonderfully cool morning at Lyndoch, and a lovely sunrise – we’d picked half of it by then!

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And at the same time the fruit at Kaesler was being picked.

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Thanks to Filmer transport (who couldn’t be busier than this week, and who could have probably done without us hassling them over half-tonne lots and picking bins!) the fruit arrived still cool, in time to be crushed that afternoon.

And inoculated

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And by Wednesday morning, half of the AWRI 60th Anniversary Commemorative Barossa Shiraz was fermenting – and smelling and looking wonderful!

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