As is quite often the case, we take in the last of our semillons and the first of our shiraz is knocking on the door….

Most importantly, that frustrating rain we’ve had over the last few weeks seems to have disappeared, and the forecast over the next few weeks looks clear and fine. Amazingly, the shiraz vineyards we deal with have come through totally unscathed, looking clean, healthy and getting some nice ripe flavours.

Sweetwater shiraz is the first to be picked, looking the ripest (pushing 14.0 Beaume) and most flavoursome at this stage, and I’d expect the Kiss (Pokolbin Estate) vineyard to follow soon there after.

Our new oak barrels are rolling into the winery just in time….