Cool Climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Bended Knee Vineyard

Earlier Happenings...

Anyone with a small vineyard needs to be multi-skilled and able to juggle a number of tasks at one time. It also has its compensations. These pages track the many events in the life of the vineyard, here are some earlier weeks

21 March 2007

It’s vintage time, so that means juggling any number of things at one time and usually on much less sleep than normal. We are still approximately two weeks away from picking but we have all sorts of final details to organize - the pickers being the most important. This constitutes family, friends and anyone caught standing still for too long.


Vintage is incredibly early this year, here are the last few years dates as a comparison:

2007        1 April (estimated)

2006        17 April

2005        30 April

2004        9 May


So we are busy making sure we have all the yeast and other things we need for successful ferments, checking we have enough barrels and creating the last of the space we need in the winery.


In between times, we are busy sampling the grapes and analyzing their progress toward maturity. We are also consulting with Pat who has Bowen Hill Vineyard and provides us with some chardonnay, pinot noir and the magic Riesling. They are due to pick this weekend, so a late night in the winery Saturday after we get back from Cellar Door at Southgate!


That’s right, it is also Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. We kicked off with the World’s Longest Lunch in Ballarat last Friday 16th March. A lot of work to organize but well worth it and a really enjoyable and fun day. The details of the menu and wine list can be found at . Ballarat are also claiming the unofficial record - of a ten hour lunch! As the plates were being cleared, a number of people went for another “coffee” in Sturt St. We received a number of text messages hours later whilst in the middle of washing hundreds of plates, knives, forks and spoons. We had been invited to an impromptu meal of pasta at a friend’s place. When we arrived we found a dozen guests from the lunch who (in separate parties) had run into each other over coffee, joined tables together and carried on. The batteries ran out at 10PM. There is a challenge for next year!