Tony Ruse showing Granddaughter Lily the Viognier harvest.
Perhaps a 2019 Lily Rosé in the making...
We hope you are keeping well (and warm) and welcome to our 2019 Vintage Spiel - along with some exciting updates.
Thursday, April 18 marked our final day of picking - the last of the Merlot grapes were snipped from the vines as grey skies closed in and we were hit with a serious storm including a blanketing of hail on Good Friday. Vineyard owner Tony Ruse, and vineyard manager Cord Brunnings along with our trustworthy team of passionate pickers managed the labour intensive picking program which started in February with the Chardonnay for our Blanc de Blanc, and ended in mid April with the Merlot & Cabernet Franc for our popular Bordeaux blend.
Fortunately, all the varieties were handpicked and we were thankful for entrusting this mode of harvest as the bird damage was prolific in areas. Handpicking allowed us to carefully select the best fruit. Even with netting covering all of our vines, the result of a poor season for Marri blossom meant the birds were out in force. The much lower yield comes with the upside of higher quality. In difficult vintages like this one, the biological, non-interference, minimalist processes have enhanced the natural plant mechanisms to prevail with some exceptional quality in trying conditions. It was a great year to observe where we were strong and where we need to alter our vineyard management with both pruning techniques and additional fertiliser inputs.
Now the fruit is in the capable hands of winemaker Mike Garland, and we are excited for the next phase of this unique process to see the 2019 wines be true to vintage and come to life!
Tony during the final days of picking the Cabernet Franc.
Passionate Picker, Mal during the tedious Riesling pick.
Passionate Picker, Geoff with our 2019 Chardonnay grapes.
Our First Cellar Door Event
We have paired up with the Great Southern's leading furniture and styling business, Hire In Style for our Mother's Day event on the 12th of May at our cellar door!
As the name suggests, we will be serving our newly released 2016 Pinot (and other wines) with Albany-based 'Paella 2 U' all whilst listening to Simone Keane's lovely acoustic music. We have plenty of indoor seating in preparation for wet weather, however if the sun is out - BYO picnic rug.
Until next time,
The Silverstream Family.