From Steve Faulkner, Chief Viticulturist and Glen Hayley, Chief Winemaker
September welcomed the beginning of budburst leading to a dry and warm spring. October was 3 degrees above the average temperature and El Niño affected the amount of rain we received. Vine vigour was controlled due to the lack of rainfall with the canopy generous and open. Fruitfulness was up from the previous vintage and flowering and fruit set occurred unhindered.
Veraison commenced in early January. The period between January and mid March was warmer than historically usual and harvest began at the same time in February as recent vintages. Conditions remained very dry and warm throughout the harvest period, it was a compact vintage finishing in late March.
The viticultural team worked steadily throughout harvest and delivered healthy and energetic fruit, with ripeness and acidity well balanced. At this early stage the wines are already showing great aromatics and excellent structural tannins. We look forward to seeing how they develop in barrel.
The nets are off, and the vineyard team preparing for the next vintage spreading compost in the mid rows, deep ripping and cultivating the compost into the soil and planting a mixed cover crop. The ripping allows the compost to enter into the subsoil encouraging deeper roots and unlocking deeper minerals. The cover crop and compost forms food for the soils biology.
Winter Wine Weekend
In the Dining Room
Indulge in fine food and wine by the warmth of our grand open fireplace. Red Hill in Winter makes for a wonderful weekend escape. Unless noted otherwise:
Three course, $85 per person
Two course, $68 per person
Saturday 11 June
Lunch and dinner
Sunday 12 June
Monday 13 June
Three course, $95 per person
Two course, $75 per person
In the Cellar Door
Enjoy a ‘cheeky’ lunch with friends and family. Soak up the spectacular views and stay warm with our grand open fireplace.
Settle in and enjoy a bite, a small plate and a large plate, $38 per person.
Excludes groups of 10 or more.
The Cellar Door Kitchen will be open for lunch Saturday 11, Sunday 12 and Tuesday 14 June.
Winter Wine Weekend
An exciting showcase of local wineries and restaurants. This event is held Saturday 11 June, 11am – 4pm at the Red Hill Reserve and Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill.
Port Phillip Estate is delighted to be involved.