Finally we have had some warm weather up here or down here depending on where you live in Australia. Mind you the warm days have well and truly been outnumbered by cooler/colder ones, with intermittent snow falling on Feathertop and Mount Hotham and light frosts chilling down our vines to the minus one degree on numerous occasions. Luckily they can cope with light frosts – minus two is death.
When we have had the warmer days the vines have responded with a rush of growth and the vineyard looks an absolute treat. The record rainfall experienced early in spring saw only minor flooding and again no damage was visible. In between the wet days we have been busy planting the rest of the Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and a new block of Cabernet Sauvignon. So now when you look out across the vineyard from the lawn at the winery you don’t see a big hole of unplanted trellising where, sadly, the last of our
25 year old Shiraz vines where pulled out because of phylloxera. There will only be two patches left to plant next year, one at either end of the steep hill. At one end I’m putting in a very old clone of Malbec that is very hard to get at; and at the other end, in front of our house, goes the fifth clone of Sangiovese. It will be an amazing accomplishment to have the replant completed. Just over fifty acres in total.
Also in this issue:
- Kel expalins his close planting strategy for our vines
- We get excited to launch our new website www.feathertopwinery.com.au !
- His middle daughter Carla gets married at Feathertop Winery
- Caroline shares her Chocoalte and Beetroot Cake recipie that featured at the recent Spring Long Lunch
- We host a Summit Cru Wine Club event for 125 people in Melbourne