Special JH Newsletter
We got invited by James Halliday AM (from now on known as 'God') to submit our wines for rating and possible inclusion into the Halliday Wine Companion 2018 (otherwise known as 'The Bible' and an excellent wine reference book). The Bible is 776 pages of information about 9769 wines that were tasted for the 2018 edition. The wines are given ratings (if warranted) and collectively the ratings determine the "winery" rating. Our first ever entry into the book and we are delighted. Our rating… 4.5 STAR WINERY
Special JH Newsletter
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
Cane pruning (Guyot) is where the cordons/arms are cut off minus a single cane (or two) either side of the crown. These canes will have about 6 to 10 buds and will be trained along the fruiting wire, these buds will produce shoots that will be next season's production. Come the next winter, that cane will be removed and replaced by a new one year old cane and the cycle continues. This technique limits the lignified growth (wood that becomes 'woody') to just the trunk and seems to be a better technique for older vines (that incur wood/insect diseases), or those in cooler/wet climates (that incur winter damage), or where cordons are damaged and beyond repair (from machinery).
Spur pruning (Cordon) is more common in warmer climates growing regions like Australia and in "middle aged" vines. The Cordon is a horizontal extension of the truck and remains in a permanent position year after year, growing thicker and thicker each year. While the vine is in dormancy, we prune the canes from last years spurs to be next season's production. The spur positions (about a hand width apart) support one cane that is pruned short and in our vineyard to two buds. These two buds will grown into canes and each bud will bear two bunches of fruit. We also grow a 'reserve' cordon just below the crown in case we need to replace one of the main cordon arms.
Then of course there is the really technical reasons:
Why cane prune? Because spur pruning is too difficult. Why spur prune? Because cane pruning is too difficult.
August/September 2017 Newsletter
NEW RELEASE - 2015 Whimwood Estate Chardonnay
GOLD MEDAL - 2017 Timber Towns Wine Show
GOLD MEDAL - 2016 Blackwood Valley & WA Boutique Wine Show - Class 2
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards - Class 17
BRONZE MEDAL - 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show - Class 2
TROPHY - 2016 Best Blackwood Valley White Table Wine
GOLD MEDAL & TROPHY WINNER - 2016 Blackwood Valley & WA Boutique Wine Show:
Judges comments: "Super funk, great detail on palate, fresh, creamy. Good length".
A significant event on the Wine Show calendar as it is the only Wine Show in WA that caters specifically for the smaller producer (those that produce under 250 tonnes); allowing the wines to be judged by some of the country's leading wine critics. This years event saw 241 entries by 42 producers. The judging panel of Tony Davis (Snake & Herring), Ryan Aggiss (Aravina Estate) and Digby Leddin (Lamonts, Swan Valley) were very pleased with the quality of wines and awarded medals to 77% of entries.
SILVER MEDAL - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards:
Judges comments: "Elegant, power, rich style".
The medal and trophy winners of the 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards have been announced with local winery Whimwood Estate Wines receiving Silver Medal after judging was completed over a week in October at Melbourne Showgrounds.
Entering the awards for the first time this year, the owners said the win would help grow their business.
“As a first time entrant, we were thrilled to receive this award, which gives us the confidence that we are producing great wines,” said Vignerons and vineyard owners Steve Johnstone and Maree Tinker.
The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards is the most respected wine show in Australia, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for 131 years, and received over 3100 entries from over 500 exhibitors this year.
A panel of 35 industry experts assessed the thousands of entries over five days, overseen by Chief Winemaker, Yabby Lake Vineyard and previous Jimmy Watson Trophy winner Tom Carson.
The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards is the most respected wine show in Australia, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for over 130 years.
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