Author Archives: Darius Cheesman

Pruning at Dromana June 2018

With 20 students undertaking the Heartbreak Grape course at Dromana Estate we had plenty of hands to undertake the pruning of our 400 vines. We Cane prune our vines. A laborious method that takes twice as long as the alternate … Continue reading

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Am I as good as a Wine Judge? (Not Yet).

In Late May 2018 I was thrilled to be able to be a steward at the 18th International Cool Climate Wine Show held on the Mornington Peninsula. The Judges tasted a range of Cool climate wines over 2 days and … Continue reading

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Vintage 2018 Heartbreak Grape at Dromana Estate

On Saturday 10th March 2018 we commenced picking our Pinot noir at Dromana Estate. The nets had been removed a few days earlier as the rest of the vineyard was picked on Thursday. Fortunately there was little bird damage to … Continue reading

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Vintage Approaches

Coordinating Vintages across 2 regions is going to be interesting and hectic. Two vineyards for the Heartbreak Grape course are due to be harvested. On Saturday we will harvest Dromana. Testing today showed grapes at 12 Baumé. with a week … Continue reading

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Bunch Thining and final tasting

As Vintage approaches we are back in the vineyard. Our first task is to remove bunches to ensure remaining bunches will ripen to their best. “Pinot Noir is a variety which appears most susceptible to overcropping: high yields per vine … Continue reading

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Bottling Winbirra 2017

Australia Day 2017 and we drove from Melbourne, up Red Hill to Bellingham Estate where we make and bottle wines from two vineyards. Winbirra is only a 10 minute drive from Bellingham on Point Leo Road, Red Hill South. After … Continue reading

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Leaf Plucking and Bunch Thinning. Also tasting of New Zealand Pinot Noir

  On Sunday 7th January our time in the vineyard was spent leaf plucking. This involves removing some leaf that is shading the bunches. This allows more exposure of the grapes to sunlight and allows better airflow within the canopy to reduce … Continue reading

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