Having previously worked in the Eden valley region in South Australia, Andrew found a natural affinity with the Beaurepaire Ridge Vineyard (BRV). Sneaking up around 600m above the sea, BRV plays host to some stylish Cabernet Sauv, Shiraz, Pinot, Petite Verdot, Chardy, Semillon and Verdelho… of which we’re keen to get our mitts on.
Introducing Richard Bateman. Captain of the vineyard at BRV with many years experience here and at the climatically similar region of Orange. (No, its not “orange” the fruit, they just named an area like the fruit. But im pretty sure there’s more grapes in Orange than there are oranges. It’s all a little pear shaped.)
Richie has become a real friend and his generosity here is an integral part of the Web’s Charlotte project. Allowing us to hand pick fruit from around the end posts in his vineyard that harvesters cant reach. These grapes would normally be left and go to waste. So through this relationship we get top-notch fruit for our blend, the vineyard looks tidy and we all get to enjoy the vino!
Each day after harvesting at Moothi Estate we truck the fruit to “Mudgee Wines” to get our crush on. Mudgee Wines is located about 5 km North of Mudgee. This site is where the majority of our wine making and storage processes will occur.
A gigantic thanks goes out to Luciano Lombardini of Mudgee Wines. Without his help and facilities, this project wouldn’t exist. Thanks Luc!
Each small batch has unique characteristics and needs to be added to the previous crush. Some are thrown in as whole bunches, others are crushed in their own buckets before adding to the mix. Some of the later picked bunches had started to dry a little and upon crushing were reminding me of nanna’s raisiny fruit cake. With gentle handling, these characteristics should be present in the final product. This is but a small part of what will come together for our blend.
Next stop, Beaurepaire Ridge, to continue our Cabernet collection and be on the lookout for some Petite Verdot.
Welcome to Moothi Estate vineyard. 6km South-East of Mudgee, NSW, Australia. This gravelly block rests above granite and ironstone and has north, east and western aspects that roll down to the Lawson Creek.
It’s the second week of April and 4-5 days into the new moon. We’ve just started hand picking some brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon to go towards our Cab/Petit Verdot blend. This particular harvest will continue for another week before we start the ferment. That’s Chino resting in the back, short for cappuccino. He’s well seasoned to vineyard life after travelling most of the way around Australia from the Barossa Valley up around the west coast of W.A. down to the chill of Tasmania and the journey continues…
Pt 2. The Mudgee Crush ->