Winter – Pruning Season 2020

Winter is our pruning season

Autumn in the Vineyard
Autumn view of the vineyard

As the autumn months come to a close the vines transition from all their glorious amber colours to looking quite bleak as all the leaves fall to the ground. The next change for our vines comes with pruning season. From late June through to August is the time we give our vines a big haircut, setting them up ready to burst in Spring and start working on the next vintage of grapes.With tw o vineyards now comprising of almost 22 acres of vines it takes a little longer than it did a few years ago. The majority of our vines are spur pruned, but the Nebbiolo is always cane pruned. Our younger vines, those that we’ve just grafted in such as the Fiano, Montepulciano and Barbera are also cane pruned, as in these first few years of growth it is all about establishing good structure.

Why do we prune ?

Grapevines are perennials. They shoot away in Spring, grow and develop over the Summer, are harvested in the late Summer, then die back over autumn and winter, to begin the cycle again the following Spring. We prune the vines because if we didn’t we’d have naturally bushy trees, with a mess of leaves and branches. Pruning and training our vines, helps us keep them organised and focused on growing grapes.

As the saying goes, ‘Great wines are made in the vineyard‘.

Spur Pruning

Muscat - before pruning
Muscat Vine – before Pruning
Muscat Vine after pruning
Muscat Vine – Spur pruned

You’ll mostly look out at our vines in winter if you visit and see that they’ve been spur pruned., but what does this mean? The before and after photos of our Muscat vine  illustrate this or you. In simple terms we cut off all the current years fruiting canes back down to ‘two bud spurs’, keeping the original cordon and trunk structure in place. We count the number of spurs on each side of the vine, and this way we are able to control the amount of fruit each vine produces. Typically each, spur will grow two fruiting canes and each fruiting cane will produce up two bunches of grapes. Our many varieties produce different bunch weights. From there we do the math – number of vines x number of bunches x average bunch weight = estimate tonnage of fruit per grape variety.

Cane Pruning

Nebbiolo Vine - cane pruned
Nebbiolo -Cane Pruned

On the other hand our Nebbiolo is a little different. These vines get a big haircut each year, and are cane pruned. The cordons get removed each year and we reduce it back to two of the best fruiting canes to lay down for the next vintage. The canes are cut to a specific length determined by how many buds we believe the vine can cope with. Generally we work on 8-10 buds per cane, which equates to approx 16 to 24 bunches of fruit per vine. But as we focus on quality over quantity, approx 30% of this fruit is dropped just prior to veraison.

 

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Top 10 Wednesday Wine Facts

Jasper Wednesday Wine Fact

Top 10 Wine Facts as ranked by Jasper

For more than a year our trusty cellar door concierge Jasper has been sharing his knowledge of all things wine with his “Jasper’s Wednesday Wine Fact” on Facebook. Sometimes they are quirky pieces of information, and other times quite factual. We’ve reviewed the rankings and as determined by engagement from our Facebook followers,  here are the Top 10 Wednesday Wine Facts that you all enjoyed.

 

Here we go…

  1. The colour of wine is determined by how much contact the grape juice has with the grape skins.  This also impacts the amount of tannins in a finished wine. Rose for instance is mostly crafted by controlled and limited contact with the skins of red grape varieties.
  2.  Wine grapes are of the vitis vinifera family, and there are apparently over 10,000 different types.
  3. A  750ml bottle of wine contains the juice of approximately 600 to 800 grapes.
  4. There are 11 different bottle sizes. Wow! From the 187ml ‘Piccolo’ up to the ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ which holds the equivalent of 20 standard bottles. (A standard bottle being 750ml) Check out Wine Folly for all the detail.
  5. Not everyone likes wine. Some are even afraid of it. The condition is known as “Oenophobia“.
  6. There is a right way and wrong way to hold a wine glass. Wine glasses should be held by the stem, so that way the hand does not raise the temperature of the wine. The stem exists for a reason!
  7. The dark green wine bottle was an English invention. Sir Kenelm Digby (1603 to 1665) was responsible. Prior to this wine was kept in goat skin bags.
  8. The oldest wine cellar is located on the Titanic. When divers went down to the wreckage they surprisingly found most of the bottles intact.
  9. Grape varieties do not determine how sweet a wine is. Winemakers do. It all depends on whether they ferment all the sugar and convert it to alcohol. In the case of Moscato, they don’t, leaving what is known as residual sugar, giving it sweetness.
  10. How does a traditional sparkling wine get its bubbles? The wine is still when it’s bottled, but then yeast and sugar are added to the mix which create the carbon dioxide (the sparkle) as they interact over the next 12-15 months.

Jasper resting on the sandJasper - Vineyard 28 own 'concierge'Jasper during vintageOld Dog - Jasper sleeping

 

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Celebrate – Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Arneis

SBS and Arneis

With all the happenings in the world we are focusing on the little things to celebrate. After a great 2020 vintage that was completed just as the Covid-19 crisis became fully understood, and a reality, we are pleased to release the first of our 2020 vintage wines – the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and the 2020 Arneis.

Available now at the cellar door and online.

December saw some of our hottest days ever, our warmest nights and driest times since 2008.  The season started considerably earlier than usual with our harvest starting in the last week of January, up to 3 weeks earlier than normal. Many of our white varieties were harvested in quick succession throughout February, without any drop in quality, making for a busy time for us. A slight cooling off in March and some sporadic rain events slowed down reds to ripen on a more usual schedule.

We encourage you to celebrate with us and enjoy our new wine releases. Pop over to the website to buy wine.

2020 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

This follows on from previous vintages. It is passionfruit on the nose, with dry citrus and lime on the palate.

The Semillon adds length and texture. Drinking beautifully.

$20.00 per bottle

2020 Arneis

A soft and aromatic vintage, with a rich textured palate of nashi pears to hints of citrus, with a crisp finish.

Drinking young and fresh or will cellar for 2-3 years.

$28.00 per bottle

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Open Online for Business

22nd March 2020

These coming months are going to be some of the most challenging and strange times for many of us. The Corona Virus is impacting us all, and in particular small businesses like our own.

As of Monday 22nd March 2020, our cellar door is closed to visitors.

You can still order wine online or by giving us a call on the phone or by email. We will happily freight wine, whether it be 1 bottle or a case of 12.

As business people and winemakers, we, Mark and Pippa, appreciate the support we receive from our customers who enjoy our wines, and we look forward to this continuing.

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Autumn New Wine Releases

Just as the weather begins to cool and we head into the Autumn months, we are ready to share our new wine releases – the latest vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo.

Cabernet & Nebbiolo - new wine releases

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is our usual fruit driven style. Lots of great berry fruit on the palate, luscious with a dry finish. $25.00 per bottle

The 2018 Nebbiolo is quite special this year. A slight change in winemaking practise, with 30% of the fruit undergoing wild ferment has added great depth to this wine. It was recently awarded 4 stars in the Winestate Italian/Spanish Tasting, of which the results can be seen in the March/April edition of the magazine.

As per the notes in the Winestate Magazine – “A bright nose of tar and rose petals with a well focussed longer vibrant palate of dried herbs, oak spices ad rose petals.”

$28.00 per bottle

We are looking forward to sharing these new wine releases at our Cellar Door, via our grazing and tasting experience, and also out and about as the opportunity arises.

We are planning to take them along to the Toast to the Coast Event being held at the Mindarie Marina on Saturday 4th April 2020.

The wines can also be ordered online via our website.

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Vintage Leap 2020

Winemaker Mark with visitors on a vineyard walk.

This is going to be a great opportunity to celebrate the 2020 Leap year, with our Vintage Leap Experience.

Saturday 29th February 2020

Come for a walk in the Vineyard with our winemaker, Mark. Sample the grapes and gain an understanding of how we decide when to pick and why. Learn what the words “baume” and “brix” mean. Taste the flavours of the grape before they become wine.

Mark will then take you into the winery where it should all be happening. A peek into the world of a winemaker amidst the season we refer to as “vintage” or in Italian – “la vendemmia

By this time we will have some wines in tank and at different stages of the wine-making process. Get to have a sneak peek and early taste of 2020 vintage wines. Mark might even tempt you with some barrel tastings of the 2019 reds.

This will be a small group experience. (Limited to 8 persons per session)

When: Saturday 29 February 2020 between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Cost – $25.00 per person (for Non Cellar Club Members)

Bookings are essential.

After your Vintage Leap Experience you are then welcome to taste wines at the Cellar Door and restock on some favourites. You are also invited to order a grazing plate or bring your own picnic to enjoy with a bottle of your favourite wine.

Note: Cellar Club Members please check your emails as there will be a promotional code provided for you to book with to obtain a discount.

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10th Light Horse Bridle Trail – Opening

Horses on the 10th Lighthorse Bridle Trail

On August 3 and 4, members of the 10th Light Horse Bunbury troop led the 10th Light Horse Bridle Trail’s official re-opening ride. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the 10th Light Horse Regiment’s return to Western Australia in 1919 – five years after World War One began.

The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the only Australian Imperial Force – Light Horse Regiment to be recruited from WA in WWI. The regiment also patrolled the South-West coast during WWII. In honour of the regiment and its efforts, the original trail was first opened on October 15, 1989.

The Trail …

The newly reopened trail stretches over 56 kilometres from Binningup in the south to Island Point, Mandurah. Vineyard 28 is approximately half way along this trail.

10th Light Horse Bridle Trail Map

On Saturday the 3rd August, Vineyard 28 was pleased to welcome all the riders and support crews. Many camped overnight on our neighbour’s farm, so that they could complete the trail ride the following day. It was great to see riders and horses arrive. We even had the army here, along with a great display of military vintage vehicles. The day finished with a traditional Aussie BBQ of sausages in bread, washed down with a few wines.

Congratulations must go to the organisers, the Friends of the 10th Light Horse, and especially to Daniel McDonald for all his efforts and how well he kept us informed and involved.

Now that the trail is open, horse riders from around WA will be able to take advantage of the trail. There are a few places along the trail suitable for parking a float and going out for a ride to explore. Vineyard 28 is one such place where you can park the float securely, with prior notice, enjoy a ride, and then return for some wine tasting and a BYO picnic lunch. Another great location is the Old Coast Road Brewery, where you can tether your horse in the shade and partake of a meal and locally made brew.

A few photos from the event ..


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New Wine Releases

It might be the middle of winter here at Vineyard 28 but we’ve got some of our exceptional 2019 grapes transformed into wine, into bottle and ready for you to enjoy. Available at the cellar door now and online. We’ll also be bringing them to the Perth Good Food and Wine Show in August.

2019 SBS - Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon

A fresh and vibrant, new release of our easy drinking blend of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Dolcetto Freddo Label

Our gorgeous cherry pie, sweet chilled Dolcetto Freddo, which is a great accompaniment to a warming winter curry or even a Thai Beef Salad.

2019 Dolcetto

The one everyone has been waiting for, the 2019 dry Dolcetto. Rich dark cherries, mouth filling dusty tannins, a great winter warmer to enjoy now or over the next few years.

The wines are available to order online now. Free freight within Western Australia and $15.00 per case for our interstate friends.

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Easter Quilt Exhibition …

2019 Easter Quilt Exhibition

Sat 20th to Mon 22nd April

Cellar Door – 10am to 5pm over the Easter Weekend

Quilt Exhibition

There will be lots happening over the Easter Weekend here at the Vineyard 28 with our annual Quilt Exhibition on at the Cellar Door.

Come along to catch up on all the latest works by owner, Pippa Nielsen, who has been making quilts for just on 20 years. There will also be new quilts on display and for sale from many other local Quilt Artisans from Harvey, Australind and surrounds. We’ll also have a Christmas table full of crafts just so you can plan ahead this year.

You can always check out our current quilt selection on our website

We are also looking forward to featuring hand painted miniatures by local Myalup Artist Graeme McPherson.

Myalup Easter Fair

Myalup Hall, Myalup – 10am to 3pm

The Myalup Easter Fair will take place on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 from 10-3pm. It will be a day of Good Old Fashioned Family Fun & community fundraiser for the Myalup area. Visitors can shop at the fabulous quality market stalls, have a listen to the bluegrass band, try their luck in side show alley, eat delicious food from local food trucks & enter their pets into the Pet Parade!! Be sure not to miss the amazing art display including the Youth Art Exhibition & Competition. Local artists will be contributing & judging on the day. Vineyard 28 will be their offering wine tastings and sales we would LOVE to have you come along and be a part of the fun!!

SEE YOU ON EASTER SUNDAY!!

More info is available at the Myalup Easter Fair Facebook Page.

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New Wine Releases Available

2018 Moscato Rosa and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Here at Vineyard 28 we are very pleased to announce our new wine releases – available at the cellar door now and online.

New Release Wine - Moscato Rosa

2018 Moscato Rosa – our scrumptious refreshing sweeter style. With a lovely blush hue, and yummy apricot flavours on the palate, this is a wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif with fresh fruit and cheeses or maybe splash it over a few peaches, leave to soak and enjoy with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

$20.00 per bottle $216.00 per dozen

Awarded the Laser Electrical – Best Sweet Table Wine Award at the 2018 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show

New Release - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – a staple of our range. Consistently full of rich berry and jammy fruit flavours. Ruby red as always, finishing dry with lovely soft tannins. Drinking nicely now, but will also benefit from some ageing.


$22.00 per bottle $240.00 per dozen

Pop over to our BUY WINE page to order your selection now.

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