Budburst occurs in the first week of September and the busy time in the vineyard begins. The sheep are droven out and put back in the paddocks before they eye off the tender shoots! Sheep are great lawn mowers keeping the midrow in check and they naturally fertilize the vines. The growing season takes off and by November the vines are flowering and in December the crop is set.
Lambs are weaned and off to market. The wool from the winter shearing is sold. The ewes have a quiet restful break… until the rams are let out with them in November.
By the end of spring the hay paddocks are cut down and baled for sheep feed as the pastures dry off over summer.
The wines are either sleeping in oak or being prepared for bottling then left to settle before their release.
Weeding, weeding and more weeding. More jobs for Tony, we can’t let the to-do list ease up!
March sees the end of grape harvest and the vines are tired ready for sleep. After harvest when opening rains come the midrow comes alive with natural vegetation. Under-vine mulching occurs as we continue with our sustainable viticulture practices. All gates are opened and the sheep are allowed back into the vineyard to graze.
Lambing commences in late April, and hopefully onto green grass.
The wines are put into oak barrels to slowly mature.. We read them stories and tuck them up tight.
Property and vineyard maintenance…. Yep back to the bloody list!! Hopefully some time off for a holiday with the kids.
The waiting period begins, monitoring for signs of water stress, and veraison (colour change in berries) begins in late January. Grape sampling for ripeness begins in February.
The rams have been let loose & soon the ewes are hopefully all pregnant!
February and sometimes into March it is all go with grape harvest and wines fermenting. A busy time.
Yep, you guessed it back to the To-do list in the spare moments, often a building restoration project!
Pruning commences, a cold finger numbing experience and any excuse on a rainy day like vineyard repairs or dropping foliage wires is a welcome break!
Our cross bred lambs are growing fast & lamb marking carried out over two months. At the end of winter it is Shearing time for the ewes.
This is about the same time as the olives are harvested and processed for olive oil. A new venture for Pindarie.
The wines are sleeping and slowly maturing in oak.
Cellar Door Maintenance, Building projects, Vineyard maintenance.. The tasks- to- do list keeps getting longer!