Shiraz vines after a machine harvest. Just so you can see the difference. The machine harvester knocks the berries off the stalks so this is what you're left with at pruning time. #owningawinery #Shiraz #machineharvest
A sea of great looking green at the end of December - so the middle of summer. Shiraz grape in the front and you can see the change to Cabernet Sauvignon about half way up the photo. These vines were about 20 years old at this time, they had no irrigation and were on sandy soils so the flavours were wonderfully intense. #owningawinery
Our winery was off a main road and we had to have a way to stop people in their tracks and turn in - so we made up a huge steel tube wine glass and bottle at the front gate - so maybe I got the wine bottle shape not quite 100% but it sure worked a treat #owningawinery
Pinot Noir bunches very early in the season, taken around the end of October, they're all still clean and full and simply looking great - spring was an awesome time to be in the vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon vines at the end of Summer 2006, still netted and ready for harvest in the coming weeks. This photo taken late in the day when the heat has passed and it's easier to walk the vineyard. #owningawinery #cleanvineyard #cabernetsauvignon
When you're small and money is tight, you get very creative during vintage time. Here's the crusher-destemmer held up by the forklift and plugged into the 3 phase generator. You do what you have to do to get the vintage done.
No winery is complete without the winery dog and here's ours. She grew up among the vines and visitors and everyone loved her. Tiny little 2 year old Verdelho vines in the background and a tractor with many thousands of hours on the clock next to them. #owningawinery #Verdelho #Labrador