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Posted: March 30, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne Week 8 down of 2009 vintage at Barossa Valley Estate , and probably only a couple more weeks of picking to see it out to the end. The light at the end of the tunnel is actually not a freight train, but the rapidly approaching date at which the crusher will be closed down, stripped bare, scrubbed with a toothbrush, and put into dust covers for another year! And what do we have to report on, from this magic part of the world we call the Barossa Valley? Easy—wait until you see the picture of our fermented wines.
Posted: March 26, 2009 By Ken Forrester
Posted by Ken Forrester Well, we finally got all those fires here in South Africa under control after almost a month of chasing and water-bombing. Our firemen really did a great job against the elements, particularly the winds.
Posted: March 23, 2009 By Alvaro Espinoza
Posted by Álvaro Espinoza Hello friends, I am just starting to participate in the blogs about the 2009 Southern Hemisphere harvest. Sorry for the lateness of the first report, but since I'm a consulting winemaker who works in different regions in Chile, it's a very busy time for me, with a lot of travel.
Posted: March 23, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne Last week I mentioned the peak of vintage at Barossa Valley Estate. Well, this past week was a carbon copy. Bucket loads of lovely ripe grapes, pouring in from the vineyards, all very much picked at their peak.
Posted: March 20, 2009 By Santiago Achával
Posted by Santiago Achával That’s the only way to put it: What a week! When I last wrote, Finca Mirador was just bubbling. Finca Bella Vista was almost dry, but still wasn’t telling us how far it would go.
Posted: March 19, 2009 By James Molesworth
Posted: March 13, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne If vintage is a parabola (or a bell curve for the non-math geeks among us), then this week sees us sitting right on the top of the curve. What I am trying to convey is that we have really hit our straps this week at Barossa Valley Estate , and it's probably the busiest period of vintage for us, from now and for another two weeks.
Posted: March 11, 2009 By Santiago Achával
Posted by Santiago Achával No harvest is ever a repetition. At Achával-Ferrer we have to respond to what Mother Nature gives us. One of the things that we noticed back in December (just after fruit set) was that the stems of our Finca Bella Vista Malbec were unusually red.
Posted: March 5, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne Welcome again to another installment of "Life in the Barossa Valley," as seen through the now much blearier eyes of Stuey Bourne and the crew at Barossa Valley Estate. Where do I start? Probably with an update on Chardonnay ferments: Those Chardonnay ferments I referred to a couple of weeks ago are now at a very beautiful stage.
Posted: March 2, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne Vintage 2009 continues at Barossa Valley Estate , and what a week it has been. The weather was very kind to us this past week, and the red grapes continue to arrive at the winery as we pick the blocks that are ripe and patiently wait for those that will be harvested in the next few weeks.
Posted: February 19, 2009 By Steve Smith
Posted by Steve Smith The 2009 harvest hasn't started well for us in New Zealand: After showing great resolve and skill, our cricket team was thwarted by a random thunderstorm over Australia in this year's Chapell-Hadlee Cup.
Posted: February 19, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne Hello again to everyone from Stuey Bourne and the crew from Barossa Valley Estate. Week three of vintage is going very well and this week sees a couple of big milestones achieved.
Posted: February 18, 2009 By Santiago Achával
Posted by Santiago Achával At this time of the year, the vineyards are almost taking care of themselves. We’ve done all we can. We’ve thinned the shoots, removed the laterals and plucked the leaves from the fruit zone.
Posted: February 17, 2009 By Ken Forrester
Posted by Ken Forrester With the Super 14 Rugby series underway, my home team, the Stormers (Western Cape), took a knock in the second half from the Sharks (Kwa Zulu Natal), but Australia had a poor start, with their Reds taking a severe beating from the Bulls (Northern Province).
Posted: February 13, 2009 By Ken Forrester
Posted by Ken Forrester First of all, I would like to wish all those Southern Hemisphere wineries around the (lower half!) of the globe the best of harvests ever! Good luck to you all, may this be a great vintage for you.
Posted: February 11, 2009 By Ken Forrester
Posted by Ken Forrester Welcome, from warm, windy Stellenbosch, where just a few producers have started their 2009 harvest. Typically, the early fruit would include Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage, and any time now, the first Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay will be coming in.
Posted: February 11, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne Greetings again from Stuey B and the crew at Barossa Valley Estate, now firmly entrenched in Vintage 2009, Barossa Valley style! Firstly, on a sad note, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are currently going out to all of the people affected by the bushfires , currently still burning in the state of Victoria, just a day’s drive away from us here in South Australia.
Posted: February 9, 2009 By Stuart Bourne
Posted by Stuart Bourne G’day again from Barossa Valley Estate , Stuey Bourne here for an update on harvest in the Barossa Valley. Last week saw the first crush of the year come in—Chardonnay for table wine.
Posted: February 2, 2009 By James Laube
Weather is never far from our minds, whether it dictates how we dress or, in the case of our present drought in California, what the lack of water may mean for vintage 2009. Only the economic slump trumps weather this year.
Posted: December 31, 2008 By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer Now that the 2008 Tuscany harvest has come to an end and the wines are tucked away in the barrels, it is time to develop an initial conclusion. I must say that I am really happy about this vintage.
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