Tony's Latest from the Vineyard
Newsletters are fairly one-sided publications with the author providing all of the information. I thought it might be good idea for YOU to consider some critical questions.
1. How much difference can a viticulturist and a viticultural process make to the resulting fruit quality?
2. How much influence does the season have on any given vintage?
3. How much difference is there between conventional, biological, and biodynamic viticulture determines fruit outcome?
The 2018 vintage, we had an early break in the weather (February) with rain during warmer, humid conditions, it became evident that all the wonderful native legumes (clover & siredella), had great germination providing the best naturally occurring inter-row cover crop. It was great to see a vigorous, healthy sward growing in moist, soft soil.
The 2019 vintage started with the normal break in May '18 with cold soil, the evidence of our legumes was nowhere to be seen in the reds, however was very evident in both the Riesling and the Chardonnay. The dominance of kikuyu in the reds was troublesome and needed human intervention. We attempted to do a mid row deep rip applying soil activator (biodynamic preparation). The ripper was no match for the kikuyu and not withstanding every alternate row was deep ripped, it created a mess of sods inter-row, not ideal. We will be modifying our deep ripper with a single disc colter which should cut through the kikuyu to allow penetration of the soil activator. The last thing we want to do is extreme soil disturbance, which is a no-no for soil structure and micro biology. As opposed to the '18 vintage which required no intervention. This is seasonal variation. Which has a significant influence on soil health due to the naturally occurring release of nitrogen via the legumes.
Silverstream aerial view of the varieties by block
The chardonnay fruit for our table wine will now have all five clones available for blending by the winemaker. Combined with an early middle and late hand pick we are in great expectation of a single vineyard chardonnay that will match the best of the region.
Cabernet Franc Block
Greetings from our new Cellar Door!
You may have heard it through the grapevine, our new cellar door has recently opened at 241 Scotsdale road, just 2km out of town. So close, that we encourage visiting by foot or bike if you're staying in town. Surrounded by natural bushland, with elevated views, our new light-filled space is an idyllic setting to taste and learn about the wines and their origins from the vineyard. We have been graced with a wonderful cellar door team, Justine our manager, along with Sarah and Carmen - who are all from the region, and are very passionate to share their knowledge of the wines, the vineyard, and the best of Denmark during your stay.
If we have already had the pleasure of meeting you at our Cellar Door, please share your thoughts
Our new Wine Club
There is also a new way to enjoy our wines with our wine club. Silverstream enthusiasts can now enjoy 20% off with our wine club packs offering free delivery, VIP invitations and priority access to limited Silverstream cellar releases. There are four wine club options to choose in white, red or mixed versions. It runs in line with seasonal deliveries.
Rest assured, and follow the lead of Australia's most revered sommeliers. A selection of wine plucked from some of the finest establishments across the country.
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