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February 2014

2014 Kiss shiraz picked on Valentines day

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Nice to have our 2014 Kiss shiraz in today, and the fruit looks awesome….!! Nice and ripe (@ about 14.3 beaume) and in perfect condition. This will definitely be a vintage to earmark for your cellar.

Sweetwater shiraz is nearly ready, I’ll probably take this in as well as the Motel Block sometime next week.

Watch this space….

Sydney Royal Wine show results announced today

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2013 Braemore Semillon has been awarded another gold medal at the 2014 Sydney Royal Wine show, judged last week. That’s six gold medals from 8 shows since it’s release early June last year. Damn I wish I had more of this wine…. (Apart from the 500 six packs I’ve held back for re-release in August 2019).

Our 2009 Braemore Semillon was also awarded a Gold medal, taking it’s tally to two Trophies and eight Gold medals.

In a very pleasing twist one of our awesome contract winemaking clients, McLeish Estate, have won four trophies with their 2007 Semillon, including Best single vineyard Wine of the Show and Best Small producer Wine of the Show.

Exactly the same two trophies we won last year with our 2007 Braemore Semillon…

Two years in a row, go figure…….

Thommo featured in new web series “Plonk”

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BRUCE Tyrrell, Andrew Thomas, David Lowe, Philip Shaw and Will Rikard-Bell all have major roles in making fine wine, but this week they are to the fore in a spot of play-acting.

They are among the wine producers who have joined leading actors Susie Porter, Steve Bisley, Zindzi Okenyo, Joshua Tyler, Dan Ilic and The Chaser’s Chris Taylor in a five-episode, web-based series called PLONK.

The show follows members of a trouble-plagued, ill-prepared production crew who make their way around NSW wine regions attempting to make a television series.

PLONK is the brainchild of Kurri Kurri High School and Newcastle University graduate Nathan Earl, who has teamed up with executive producer Glen Condie to present the series on and for later showing on free-to-air television.


All the 2014 vintage semillon is safe and sound in the house

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We’ve picked the last of the Braemore semillon this morning (again, starting hand picking at 3am….), and that brings to an end our semillon harvest for this year.

Normally The O.C. semillon would be the last picking, as we like to leave that vineyard to ripen for a bit longer , aiming to produce that more generous, contemporary style that is The OC. However, the lower crop level lead to some beautifully ripe fruit earlier than usual and we picked it on the 23rd Jan.

I stopped the fermentation on our Six Degrees semillon yesterday, and it looks amazing – beautiful balance between the residual sweetness and that lovely, limey acidity.

What an incredible vintage it’s been… Warm, dry and no real threat of any rain in sight. All the semillon’s look amazing, and fingers crossed the weather will hold out till we get some awesome shiraz in over the next few weeks…..