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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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Vintage at Winbirra

The Winbirra vineyard is about halfway between Red Hill South and Point Leo. http://www.winbirra.com.au  Here we are fortunate to have to have 4 clones to work with, MV6, 114, G Clone and D Clone. 2017 vintage did not produce high volumes … Continue reading

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Pressing at Dromana March 2017

Today, 2 weeks after picking we were ready to press the grapes. Most of the sugars have been fermented so it is time to get the wine off the skins and into barrel. We managed to fill 2 barrels using … Continue reading

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