Well 2012 is done and dusted and we are nearly halfway through January 2013 already.  Although a lot of Australia has been sweltering under extreme heat conditions we have had a lovely warm and dry summer, so far, with only a few extreme days.  It is at this time of year that we really appreciate the beautiful region that we live in.  As the mercury starts to climb we pack an esky with icy cold cider and vino and head down to Port Willunga to cool off in the Gulf St Vincent.

In the cellar it’s all hands on deck getting ready for vintage.  We have a few wines still to bottle – 2012 Tempranillo goes down the line later this week and our two Chardys at the end of the month.  Riley is back from vintage in Mosel and is busy washing and sousing oak. Liam is finishing off all the cellarwork whilst Phil and Damo are carrying out all the pre-vintage maintenance.  Our international vintage workers arrive this week as well – Aurore is flying in from France and Ryan is hopping across the ditch from NZ.

Rachel and Ian, as always, have done a brilliant job of looking after the vines and they are all set for another great vintage. Our beloved, Gorge Block Chardonnay is on track for harvesting around the 1st Feb and then it’s game on.  Harvest should progress fairly quickly this year as crop levels are moderate and the weather is nigh on perfect for ripening. Touch wood though as it is in the hands of the vintage gods and anything can and will happen in the next few months.

“When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.”  Alexis Lichine