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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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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 Vintage 2016

On Sunday 20th March we pressed the wines at Dromana into barrel and demi-john. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures. However today we pressed the wines from the Advanced course grown on the Winbirra Vineyard.  

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Vintage 2016

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Preperations for Vintage 2016

Today we prepared for the upcoming vintage which should be about 2 weeks away, depending on weather. We removed green or damaged bunches. Most importantly we undertook a bunch count and weighing in order to estimate our future crop. Bunch … Continue reading

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