It wouldn’t seem right without my intro whinge about the weather (this man is never satisfied!) It’s wet! And has been since the end of April. We will start the month of November with well over 1000mm of rain for the calendar year. And it’s not even a ‘La Nina’ event, just more climate chaos. Our ‘usual’ yearly rainfall is 880mm…and we still have 2 months to go!
Luckily the quality of the vintage is set by the weather from veraison (colour change of the berries around the end of January) to harvest (from the end of March). So let’s hope the weather stabilises by then.

At least the garden is lapping up this Spring weather! It looks very ‘English country garden-ish’ with an abundance of beautiful flowers hovering over shimmering shades of green. Check our website for Open Garden and wine tasting dates for this season (usually the second weekend of each month or as advertised). For those on social media, Rita has been posting lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook..after all, our garden IS our tasting area. We don’t have a cellar door ‘structure’.

We will be taking part in the Tasmanian White Wine Weekend, Princes Wharf 1, Castray Esplanade (Franklin Wharf), CBD, Hobart
Saturday 5 November 2016 and Sunday 6 November 2016
(follow the link for tickets through Event Finder)

We will be showing four of our wines-

2013 Pinot Gris, our ‘biggest’ and ripest to date
2014 Pinot Gris, a new release in our classic style
Mid straw in colour, this wine has both some fresh honey- dew melon aroma and baked quince depth. The palate is rich with poached white peach fruit and some rosewater and ginger aromatics. Full bodied but remarkably balanced in all its elements.
2013 Byzantine, an exotic blend that will demand some attention
2012 Chardonnay /Viognier, another new release..the ‘precursor’ to Byzantine
Mid straw in colour, the wine shows a sweet aroma of glace pineapple with a lemon blossom lift. The palate has a dense texture with white summer fruit and some limey acidity. The initial intense ‘attack’ is followed by a long dry finish.

So put those dates in your diary or on your calendar for a great day out in a superb location or come and visit our ever changing tasting area…our garden.
I have written another blog, ‘What’s in a name, do grape varieties matter anymore?’…s-matter-anymore/It’s a lengthy piece but hopefully a good read, so grab a glass of something tasty and settle back and let these ideas wash over you!


Shimmering green Spring foliage at Grey Sands

Shimmering green foliage at Grey Sands this Spring