Archive for August, 2011

Salami making

Salami making

A few local wine makers and foodie friends got together on the weekend to try their hand at Salami making.Thanks to our expert Italian friend Tony and Graham we managed to put together 3 different styles .Tasting will be held in a month or so ,and then hopefully some cheese making too.

Graham Kerr our host , local winemaker and balloonist , has entered some of his salamis in the small goods smackdown so we all have our fingers crossed for his success .

Wine Industry Smallgoods Smackdown

Born from a love of all things dead animal, the Wine Industry Smallgoods Smackdown is a smallgoods challenge for winemakers who play with meat. The competition – to decide who has the best tasting smallgoods. Wine bon vivants Mike Bennie and Dave Brookes are co-founders and co-Chair of Judges for this most prestigious of competitions. All winemakers who cure, cook, dehydrate, spice, pummel, puree, hang or smoke are eligible to enter their meat goods. Follow the Wine Industry Smallgoods Smackdown on Twitter at #WISS. Get in touch via twitter @mikerism101 and @vino_freakism for more details, or leave a comment on this site… FLASH – Judgement day is 02SEP11 to be held at Artisans of the Barossa cellar door – all entries to be submitted the week before!

You have to say for a small country town ,there is a lot going on here!!

Sat 22nd October canowindra@home Twilight Market, to be held in Memorial Park 4:30 to 7:30 pm. The best of the region’s food, wine and music for the family and friends.

Monday 16th April 2012, 4th 100 Mile Dinner in Canowindra’s main street 6pm.Food ,Wine and Music for the Central Ranges( Canowindra, Orange ,Mudgee, Bathurst ,Cowra) preparde by some of he regions geatest chefs and winemakers.

Winter is all but over.We have had our share of cold weather, but not quite what we would like in the rainfall department,we are hard to please!!

The Vineyard and Olive Grove ,70 ha now have full Biodynamic certification so feeling quite a sense of achievement. The rest of the farm,330 ha, should follow next year.

The wines are slowly maturing , they’ll spend another 12 months in oak. We have 2 blends , a cab sav/cab franc/petit verdot and a grenache/mourvedre , so looking forward see how they come up.

The olive oil is resting to drop solids to the bottom of the tanks, ready for bottling in the spring.

Olive Harvest the hard way

olive harvest for pickling the hard way

Olive harvest the easy way

Olive harvest the easy way for oil

Antoine and Niels pruning

Best of all PRUNING is over!.We have had the help of several backpackers/woofers that really got things done.They were great once they were in the vineyard ,getting them out of bed before midday was a bit of a challenge!

The boys van blew up!!

We have also pulled out 3ha of chardonnay, don’t worry we still have 4ha left, so the chardonnay will continue.We are exploring what to replace it with .

As part of the whole farm plan we have bought some Dorper sheep, they are a sheep bred for meat and shed their wool ,so no need to shear and also not as likely to get fly strike etc, so for organic farmers they have an advantage.They have been in the vineyard for winter eating the weeds and fertilising, dual purpose.They have also been lambing so there are cute lambs in abundance as they have a lot of twins and triplets!!We be sending the sheep around the farm following the cattle as they’ll eat species of vegetation the cattle won’t, so that helps with balance in the pasture.

the array of solar panels

happy mum with triplets

Another important addition to the farm has been a 10kw solar array, consisting of 168 ground mounted solar panels,producing more power than we will ever use .

August has seen the release of 2 NEW WINES, a Sauvignon Blanc 2011, made from grapes sourced in the Orange area , this is a fresh clean wine with a hint of gooseberry,great drinking in the warmer months ahead. Also a Cabernet Merlot blended red wine, which has a rich broad palate and long finish with sweet berry flavours. The Cervantes, methode champenoise, pinot noir has developed beautifully,drinking better at every tasting! Stocks are getting down on that .

The girls are all getting on with their varied lives.Nadja, my winemaking daughter is having a great experience in California, working at Mary Edwards Winery in the Russian River area.She doesn’t seem to have any plans to come home in the near future but when she does she’ll have gained a wealth of experience .Isabella is working in Canberra using her Anthropology degree with the government.Veronica is in her 3rd year of an athletics scholorship in Los Angeles at University, she is enjoying being able to see Nadja occasionally, and Gabrielle has really found her niche in the Fine Arts -Ceramics department at ANU in Canberra.