Category Archives: Pinot Noir

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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Tasmanian Trip 2017

On Friday 28th July past and current students along with Peter Mitchell and myself flew out to Hobart, Tasmania for a long weekend of wines and food. Our first stop after the airport was Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed. Freshly … Continue reading

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Pruning Dromana 2017 and Tasting

Today we pruned our rows at the Dromana Estate Vineyard. We have 10 rows each with 40 vines. Where possible we cordon prune. That is we keep 2, 1 year old canes and tie these down along the fruiting wire. … Continue reading

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Pressing Winbirra Wine, approaching the end of vintage.

Today we pressed the wines from Winbirra vineyard. Vintage is reaching its end. Due to a small crop we managed to fill our new barrel but only one barrel with a small amount of pressing wine, perhaps 40lt held in … Continue reading

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Final Tasting

After our work in the vineyard we headed indoors for our final tasting. In this tasting the top wines from each session and some additional wines including 2 Burgundies were tasted. The score across the group has not yet been … Continue reading

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Vintage approaches

Today we removed green or damaged bunches. We also did bunch counts and bunch weights to determine the approximate size of the crop from our 400 vines. We estimate we will get over 1000kg, a g0od size crop, if all … Continue reading

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