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….
October sees the continuation of spring, a new growing season and the first step towards Vintage 2019! As the vineyard is situated in the cool climate of The Macedon Ranges, frosts are a common event at this time of year. This year we have installed two new frost fans which are providing protection to all … Continue reading Ready, Steady, GROW!!
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…
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
This week has seen the first of our picking for Vintage 2014. It has started off small, firstly a parcel of Chardonnay picked on Tuesday and then yesterday the first of our Pinot Noir. It has been a difficult year for all growers, some more than others. After months of no real rainfall to speak … Continue reading Exciting times and an anxious wait….
We’ve had some good frosts this week at Curly Flat culminating in the hardest this morning where it got down to -5, poetically coinciding with the winter solstice. Here are some photos from around the vineyard this morning that highlight we’re one of the coolest viticultural regions in Australia. Continue reading Shortest day turns out to be the coldest! (so far)