Archive for October, 2012

AUTUMN /VINTAGE

We are about to bottle this year’s Rose and Chardonnay, I don’t know where the months have gone.We had a diminished harvest due to excessive rain, but were able to get some great quality fruit none the less. Hand picking makes all the difference as you can be very selective of the grapes you want.This year we were joined by Edel and Rachael, Irish wwoofers(illing workers on organic farms),who enjoyed the first hand experience of wine making!, being more used to consuming Guiness and Wiskey! The reds will need another 12 month’s maturation ,so they’ll be out this time next year, there is a 2010 Shiraz in the bottling line to be sorted soon.

April is always a frantic time of year with out of house activities.Canowindra is host to the 100 Mile Dinner annually(4th one this year)where 300 guests are seated in Canowindra’s main street and enjoy  meals created by talented local chefs and local wines from Canowindra,Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee and Cowra,This is always accompanied by a great band so guests and volunteer staff can dance the night away!!It’s a great night, where local pubs and guest houses join in the merryment hosting dinners on their balconies overlooking the main event .On top of that we also host the National Ballooning Championships which includes a spectacular evening with a balloon glow,where we cater for a hungry and thirsty  7,000 visitors this year.

WINTER

Pruning, pruning and more pruning ,with 35000 vines to look after ,we need 3 months solid effort in the vineyard, to set the vines up for next season.We again were lucky to have some great wwoofers ,Horge(chile),Nico(France), Mat(Sweden) and Jasper(Sweeden) join us .

In the winery wines are checked analysed etc .We have basically sold out of our wines ,so have not had cellar door open for a while.

We have also commenced a massive renovation of the original pise house  on the farm.There are 3 rooms remaining built from mud and wattle about 1890, and various additions from over the century.This will be available for Farm Stays next year ,having 3 very large bedrooms sleeping 9 comfortably ,lounge room, dining room ,kitchen and 2 bathrooms.It has beautiful views over the farm and further to the Lachlan Valley and Kangaroobie Ranges in the distance.

SPRING

Spring came late this year,about 3 weeks late!! Bud burst normally occurs very early September but didn’t start until 24th Sept in the early varieties.This was just as well ,as we did have a spate of frosts through early October .More wwoofers have joined us Susie, Karen and Nico from Germany and Alex from France.They have been kept busy in the vineyard chipping ,dropping wires etc,they have also developed skills with the paint brush up at the house renovation site.

We enjoyed participating in the local Spring Twilight market, on a balmy spring evening with great wine, food and music.We served Trunky Creek(local free range pig farm and butcher) Spanish sausages and as I have not much wine to sell mad good use of cleanskins I have to make sangria,which was a great combination!!

In the winery ,we are busily getting ready for bottling and looking forward to opening the Cellar door, when I have some wine to sell.I do have cleanskin dry red if anyone is interested and also a lot of empty wine barrels for $60 if you can pick them up.I’ll be having a launch of the new wines early December,so stay posted.

AROUND THE FARM

Our dorper (shed their wool) sheep are expanding in numbers ,and they are proving to be great in the vineyard over winter ,fertilising and keeping the weeds at bay.We have embarked on an improvement plan using sustainable farming practices to nurture the soils and environment.

The angus cattle are enjoying a lush spring ,so are growing well.

The 10kw solar panel array is doing a great job producing much more power than we use so is paying for itself.