This season we have decided to keep a photographic record of three vines, one from each of the varieties we grow, throughout the growing year from young shoots through to harvest. WEEK 1 – EARLY SPRING. We are approximately four weeks after bud burst. The season has started off with relatively cool temperatures and rainfall … Continue reading Three vines, one year….
A whole growing season has passed since our last post in August 2016!! Whilst the blog has been quiet, activity in the vineyard has not, so we thought we would give an overview of the season from pruning last winter through to autumn 2017. PRUNING is one of the biggest and important tasks in the … Continue reading The Growing Year to Vintage 2017.
Here’s a variety of shots taken over what has been a winter that has been mostly wet, very wet! As you get all sorts of weather in between, from the sometimes sunny days which serve as the sucker punch to the days of howling wind & driving rain. The rain is welcome though as it … Continue reading Scenes from Curly Flat -winter 2016
As the new year begins, the path leading to our 2015 harvest has now entered its eighth month. Each vintage starts from the commencement of pruning, as this is where the template for the harvest is (literally) laid down. Since the completion of pruning, budburst began on the 11th of September, which is later than … Continue reading A new year begins…
For the 2011 vintage we we’re given a special opportunity to acquire barrels all sourced from one 400 year old French oak tree from the forests of Northern France. Sadly, the tree had to be felled for structural reasons after some particularly bad weather, so at least it was being put to good use. Needless to … Continue reading 2011 ‘The Curly’ Pinot Noir – Chene De Beaux Monts Barrels
Relative to the tumultuous growing season for the 2014 vintage, we were ultimately very pleased with both our received quantity and even more so with its quality. This year’s growing season ran seemingly ran through the full gamut of weather outside of snow! Our yield of 76 tonnes meant we were down by around 15% … Continue reading Curly Flat 2014 Vintage Report
As there are so many great cellar doors to visit these days, to make it a little easier, each month James Halliday suggests one of his top 5 star rated wineries from each state that he thinks is really worth making the effort to visit, and of course taste! Link to JH website: http://www.winecompanion.com.au/wineries/wineries-of-the-month We’re happy to … Continue reading Curly Flat in James Halliday’s ‘Wineries of the Month’
Although 1st of September marks the start of spring (in Australia), this date is a simplification as true spring starts with the arrival of the spring equinox on the 23rd of September. This is when the plane of the Earth’s poles are the same distance from the Sun. The amount of daylight is roughly equal to … Continue reading Budburst! Vintage 2014 is underway…