He came, he saw, he tested...Harvest Time.09:48:00
Its harvest time again here at the farm and yesterday things were in full swing with a 6am start.
We had our winemaker Rob Ellis visit last Thursday to inspect the grapes and he decided that the sugar levels were spot on and so The Riesling and the Sauvignon Blanc were ready to come off.
Our little plot of 8 rows of Sauvignon Blanc returned a huge harvest, at least 2 tonne more than last year and the Riesling was looking and tasting very good too. In fact, we are even leaving a couple of rows of the Riesling to ripen and sweeten up a little more for our Dessert Riesling. These rows were netted shortly after the harvest and they will be picked with the Reds in a few weeks. The cockatoos are having a field day out in the vineyard.
I went for a drive over to the vineyard with my dad and Ollie to have a look just after 8am and it was pretty much all done. The tractors were humming along with bins full to the brim of juicy grapes and everything seemed to be running as smooth as silk.
Just before we came back to the house, Ollie and I went for a stroll down the first row of the Sauvignon Blanc to pick some Red Globe grapes that we have growing amongst the vines and as you can see below the machine doesn't get all the grapes off which leaves plenty of food for the cockies and the bees and a pretty picture.
They love it!
In other good wine news around here, the Shiraz is coming along a real treat which is fantastic after all the work over the last three years to get the grafts growing and producing. We even have some Sparkling Shiraz in the pipeline for 2019. Now that really is exciting!!!!
We have some rain and storms scheduled for this afternoon which I hope is just enough to wet the ground and not spoil the rest of the grapes. We need another good stretch of warm, sunny days yet to ripen the reds to perfection.
I hope everything is humming along just fine at your place too.
Just out of curiosity what is your favourite wine variety to enjoy? Do tell.
Thanks for visiting today.