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Vintage 2021 Dream Team πŸ‡
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Thanks @milli16 @paulmartung @radkent @jacko_spence & Tom RB
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From Will & Kimmy xx
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Last fruit for Vintage 21 πŸ‡
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#V21 has been a long one with a significant (and nerve wracking) rain delay in the middle
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The winery team are a little weary & despite having a few more weeks of plunging & pressing of reds to go are in good spirits & have made vintage ...such a pleasure. They are the A team!
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There is nothing better than having our final fruit to arrive being perfectly ripe Pinot Noir. Sourcing fruit from some of the highest & latest ripening vineyards in the #orangewineregion means we can maximise the cool climate flavour, texture & complexity the fruit naturally brings. It's now our job to make a wine deserving of its quality (the fun part) 🍷
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Easter Monday Shiraz.
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Picking the Shiraz vineyard we've been managing for the last few years this morning. It's been a big haul working through Easter but seeing fruit quality this good with perfect ripeness given the dump of rain we had a couple of weeks back is good for the ...soul.
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Happy Easter πŸ‡πŸ°
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Vineyard in the mist this morning
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It might not look as picturesque as grapes in a vineyard but we're pretty excited about this new machine.
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This is our new (to us) bottling line. Thought we'd give it it's pilot run on a rainy vintage day. It helps us close our production loop. We can now make our wines ...& bottle them under the same roof - when & how we want.
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It's these little one percenters we'll keep working at to push exceptional quality in our wines.
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The little vineyard that could gave us some flavour-filled little bunches of Riesling today
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Rain forecast. All our normal pickers busy on other vineyards. So..... call in the friends & fam! Thanks so much to all the loved ones who responded with less than 24hrs notice to start at 7am ...on a Sunday. We ❀ you all.
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3 generations of Rikard-Bells picking today which is very special for us.
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* 3yo ate more πŸ‡ than picked but πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
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V21 RIKARD Chardonnay coming off today. Blue sky day. Fruit looking πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
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We picked Pinot Noir for sparkling base this morning at 1100m on the slopes of Mt Canobolas.
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This is the vineyard we are in the process of resurrecting. It's mostly a Riesling vineyard but has a little bit of Pinot too. We weren't expecting to get any fruit from it this year ...but have been pleasantly surprised with some lovely little bunches of Pinot that are going straight into tank for carbonic maceration. They will give some lovely aromatics to our Pinot Noir sparkling RosΓ© (in 5 years)
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15 degrees, birds singing in the dawn light, lovely fruit. Happy winemaker 😊
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Pinot at dawn
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RIKARD Pinot Noir for sparkling base coming off this morning. Yippeee!
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Perfect weather, low cropped vineyard, pristine fruit carefully handpicked.
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Sometimes everything just aligns & you know that you can turn it into a pretty special wine.