Sarah Crowe from Bimbadgen Winery
Spring is here in the Hunter Valley and all of the grape vines are leaping out of the ground! The Chardonnay is always first to have budburst followed by Semillon and then Shiraz on our vineyards at Bimbadgen.
The growing season for the 2013 harvest is looking awesome, although it’s only a forecast, I am very excited. Since the end of the 2012 harvest we have had good rain occurring at the right time to set the vines up well.
Some exciting things are happening in the vineyard at present. We have completed a re-trellising project on our 40 year old Shiraz vines at our Palmers Lane Vineyard. When they were planted, it was common practice to trellis them low to the ground, the idea being that they needed radiant heat from the ground to ripen. This meant back-breaking work and we have since discovered it to be untrue. They should be right for the next 40 years!
The second big project we are undertaking in the vineyard is to plant the Spanish variety Tempranillo. It produces full bodied reds and has proven a successful red wine alternative in the Hunter Valley. I look forward to producing the first wine off it in 2014.
Spring has arrived, the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer - it’s time to start enjoying white wines again. Our 2011 Estate Chardonnay is drinking remarkably well and just received its second Gold medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2012. In the winery we are blending the 2012 Estate Chardonnay and preparing it for bottling. It is looking like a great succession to the 2011 and has been made in the same style, honouring the fruit characteristics and complimenting them with French oak barrel nuttiness. A great wine match to salmon cooked any way; I like it on the BBQ with quinoa vegetable salad.
If you enjoy something a bit fruitier and floral, we have just introduced a 2012 Regions Gewurztraminer. Full of rose petal and musky Turkish delight, this wine matches perfectly with Asian foods with a hint of chilli spice.
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