Loading... Please wait...

My Account

Customer Login
Click LOGIN to Join our Mailing List

Future Releases

If you are interested in a future release, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will notify you just before its release. Because of the limited supply of our products, we allocate our supplies of new releases to regular customers first, to people who pre-register their interest in specific wines second, and then on a first-come first-served basis.

 

2019 Pinot Noirs - Release Date - 2021/22

With a fence to keep the kangaroos out of the vineyard, budburst for 2018/19 vintage started off on schedule around October 1st without incident. It was a much dryer than average winter, but of relatively normal temperature, but things warmed up quickly in mid October. Given the lack of rain and warm temperatures, we needed to start watering early. Flowering was typical in the 2nd-half of November, with temperatures warmish, but in the zone of normality. We received some much needed rain starting in mid-December, but the warmish weather turned to extreme in January with Maipenrai hitting 40C for the first time in its history on January 16th. January had 21 days at Maipenrai over 30C - by far the hottest month we have ever had! With water we kept the vineyard happy - and this type of heat made the berries small, and slowed the growing season down a bit so that veraison (when grapes turn colour) happened at a fairly typical time of Feb 2nd. The ripening period was much more civilised with respect to temperature -  warm compared to normal- but not hot. The wines have good colour, with some licorice and savoury notes, and have firmer than average tannins, suggesting they will be long-lived wines.

2020 Pinot Noirs - Not Made

The entirety of the Canberra District Fruit production was tainted by smoke from the summer bushfires. No Wine Made.

 

2021 Pinot Noir

The rain that ended the fire season of 2019/20 continued through winter with a full-on La Nina weather pattern keeping things cool and moist. Budburst started around the first of October as per normal, and the vines developed well given the abundance of moisture. Regular rains, moderate temperatures, with a warm November gave us flowering towards the end of November. But it was clear the torrid 2019/2020 season had left its mark, with low numbers of flowers on an otherwise beautiful canopy. The mild weather and rains continued for the entirety of the year, with Veraison achieved around February 10th. We were very diligent with our spray regime throughout the year, and had almost no disease, which was just as well, because as the grapes ripened, and just before we were planning to pick, a 3 day rain event dumped a 105mm of rain onto the vines. We held our nerve, and waited 2 weeks through perfect weather, and picked on April 5th. While we only picked 850kg of fruit, at least it was ripe and very very tasty. Wines are very light in colour, but have a substantial palate. The wines will be reflective of the cool vintage, but are certainly not light or frail.  only 2.5 barrels made.