As this is written, we are in the midst of harvest having completed all the whites (Gouais, Riesling, Roussanne etc) and a couple of the red varieties including Shiraz and Tempranillo. We are waiting for the Durif, Muscat and Muscadelle to ripen. It has been pretty dry with only a couple of storms to create any concern. We are very happy with the quality of the grapes with the aromatics and flavours of each variety being very good.
While many of the local farmers will be searching for rain shortly to commence sowing, here at Chambers we are torn between the desire for rain, and not wanting the rain, being both farmers and vignerons. Tommaso and Stephen are our two helpers for the 2018 vintage and are visiting from Italy and America. They have come to experience different winemaking techniques especially interested in our fortified varieties.
They have settled into the routine of work and during their time off, have been busily checking out other wine regions, including King Valley and Glenrowan. Read More