Bird is the word

In keeping birds away from our ripening fruit in the vineyard we haven’t used any protective netting for several years.  Instead we employ a multi-faceted campaign, spearheaded by our bird deterrence system.  This works by first creating a perimeter around the vineyard created by a network of four radar towers, which both transmits and receives signals to … Continue reading Bird is the word

Testing, Testing…

As our 2012 harvest approaches we began sampling this week to see where were at with sugar levels and the all important relating balance of natural grape acids.  Within our 33 acres under vine, we have 21 separate areas of the vineyard expressed through a combination of our 7 vineyard blocks, 3 varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Grigio), … Continue reading Testing, Testing…

Curly Flat and Williams Crossing…how do we decide?

Last week we reviewed each and every barrel (as we do every year) from the 2011 vintage to determine the split between our two labels.  Before we explain our barrel classification process, first a little about the two labels. Curly Flat and Williams Crossing have always represented exceptional value in terms of purity in both … Continue reading Curly Flat and Williams Crossing…how do we decide?

Fruit has set and now veraison begins…

With the new year well under way, the vineyard at Curly Flat is on track with fruit set completed as of mid December.  As of late January, Veraison (where green hard berries begin taking on it’s varietal colour and start accumulating sugars) has begun around 2 to 3 weeks early as have been all the stages from budburst on wards.  Whilst the growing … Continue reading Fruit has set and now veraison begins…

Fruit set, so far so good…

As we’ve mentioned fruit set is an important time in any vineyard as it determines the maximum potential crop there’ll be for the coming vintage.  We are happy to report that we are currently at around 60% completion of fruit set, where the flowers have successfully pollinated and developed their seeds along with the protective covering we all … Continue reading Fruit set, so far so good…