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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 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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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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