2012 Vintage coming along…


With weather starting to warm up and on top of some good rainfall we’ve had a growth spurt over the last few days.  As our minds turn to the weather and coupled with fact that our crystal ball is perennially in repair, we are left to wonder about this seasons weather. Our friends at the Bureau of Meteorology are currently forecasting for the October-December period to have an 80% chance of above average median maximum temperature (70% for the minimum) and only 40% chance of exceeding median rainfall. How this will pan out is anyone’s guess but at this stage is seems it’s going to be warm/hot with less rainfall.  But like the weather we’ll have to take it one day at a time.

2010 Chardonnay in bottle!

As you can see the 2010 Chardonnay is bottled and now begins it’s next phase of life whilst awaiting its release in 2012.  Why wait some might say, but as the journey of each chardonnay has taken 2 years from bud to bottle, our model has always been to let our Curly Flat wines reintegrate for the best part of a year post bottling. This is so that while youthful, the wine is showing it’s true face upon release.   Also the 2010 vintage will be the first time our Chardonnay will be available in 375ml bottles as well as our usual 750ml & 1.5Lt magnum options.

But that’ll be next year, so in the mean time enjoy our 2009 Curly Flat Chardonnay…

2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay almost in bottle…

Come next Tuesday, we’ll be bottling the 2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay.  Before we bottle, we currently filter the Chardonnay using Cross Flow Filtration technology.  The reasons we choose this filter type are two-fold.  Firstly, it is non-oxidative as the vertical columns which contain the filtering medium are enclosed and air tight, so no air can exist internally in the filter.  This significantly reduces the risk of oxidation and therefore maintains the integrity of the wine. Some filtration methods can be quite oxidative as the filtering medium can be exposed to the air. Also conventional filtering can tend to be wasteful as wine is left behind in the filtering medium. This leads to the second reason we use Cross Flow. It’s very efficient as the enclosed filter membrane                                                         self cleans as it goes which keeps wine losses to an absolute minimum.

Vintage 2012 is under way…

With one of earliest bud bursts on record, vintage 2012 is under way.  Our volcanic soils are fully charged with both this and last seasons rainfall, so the hallmarks of a healthy canopy are certainly presenting themselves.  But obviously being farmers and to a point at the mercy of nature, we are a long way from the finish line…