12 December 2017 | Kym Dachs
Well Christmas has snuck up way too quickly! It is warm and sunny and glorious Summer weather. We would like to know what happened to 2017, it has gone way too quickly.
So now it is time for us to catch everyone up with a quick news update. Settle in with a glass of Golden Grove Estate wine while you have a read and we catch up. Please read through to the end where there is a little surprise!
In the Vineyard
Sam, Jason and Barry are busy doing their thing to ensure a great 2018 vintage. The vines are being looked after very well with canopy thinning, spraying and all the technical things they do up there.
In the Winery and Cellar Door
All the 2016 Reds are now bottled and most of them are on the shelf. All varieties are now back in stock after the horror 2015 Vintage except the Mediterranean Red which will be around 2 weeks. Call in and taste the new vintages of our favourites!
Once again, we are a Red 5 Star winery from James Halliday! The latest 5 Star wines from Halliday are the 2010 Semillon, 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Vermentino, 2016 Joven Tempranillo.
Wonderful reviews from QWine (http://www.qwinereviews.com) on our wines are always appreciated. Receiving great feedback, allows Ray great direction on how he is growing as a winemaker.
Now for the secret we have been keeping – we have made a GSM! Sam has had a dream for a long time to make a Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Blend. Finally, he grafted 2 rows of Merlot to Grenache. He, as usual, used his trusty little white box to graft as he has since he was 17. That first picking of his labour of love came around and he was told it wasn’t any good. He was very disappointed. Unknow to him, it was fine and the difficult task of hiding it from him began. Right through the process from pressing to ageing and blending was kept secret. At our Wine Club Members’ Day, we unveiled his dream, The Little White Box 2016 GSM. To say he was overwhelmed is an understatement. Laurie Astill has done a wonderful sketch of Sam’s Little White Box that we have used on the label of the GSM.
Ray also decided to make a third style of Vermentino. Fermented on full skins for 10 days and plunged twice daily, has allowed maximum flavours to be extracted from the skins, enhancing the richness and length of the wine. It was then basket pressed and left to rest before bottling. The Skins 2017 Granite Belt Vermentino is truly a food wine and pleasure to drink. It too has some wonderful reviews in Salt Magazine and QWine
Then there is the new Rosé Brosé, 2017 Rosé. Another gorgeous label by Laurie Astill depicting “Harmonious Arm Wrestle” of the strong masculine Shiraz and the delicate floral notes of Sangiovese, graces the new vintage. A medium dry wine, a pleasure on the nose and in the mouth. Perfect drinking for Summer. Great for those lovely picnic lunches or light dinners.
If you aren’t already a member of our wine club, you should be! Why join? Great discounts, special offers, access to Member only wines and more!
You receive 4 six packs of wine (totalling 24 over the year) in February, May, August and November. These are heavily discounted and delivered Australia wide for free. You can choose from which of the 4 clubs to join, StrangeBird, Premium. Alternating or Light and Sweet. So, something for everyone!
It costs nothing to join! No sign-up fees! You then receive further benefits – 20% discount on all purchases except specials and member only wine (it is already discounted!), 10% off all our functions, access to our Members’ Only 2016Sangiovese. All we ask is that you stay with us for at least 4 deliveries.
After you have been active in Wine Club for 12 months, you become eligible for the best of all! Members’ Day is held in November or October each year. Members and their partners come and join us for winery tours, vineyard tours, an Italian style buffet lunch and a wine tasting of new, museum and current wines. This is a free “thank you for your loyalty” day. All we ask is that you catch the courtesy bus for a small fee. Safety first after all that wine.
Everyone we have come in is special to us. But, we treat members as friends and family.
Interested? Check the details on www.goldengroveestate.com.au/Wine-Club . If you have any other questions email Kym on email@example.com or give us a ring on 0746841291. Better still, if you are in the area, drop in and see us! You can download the forms, pick up the brochure or we can send it to you.
Out and About
We are gearing up for our Annual 2018 Sicilian Vintage Lunch to be held on the 17th of February. This will be our 18th year of celebrating the start of the vintage! Welcome in the harvest, stomp the grapes and a wonderful feast of Sicilian cuisine and music. $105pp includes bus. We are making numbers smaller this year to make everyone more comfortable. Our numbers are limited.
To book for any of this event, please ring 0746841291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please book your accommodation and let us know for pick up.
Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family. From us to you to help you celebrate please come in and pick up the following specials for Christmas.
Sauvignon Blanc 12 bottles $180 (That’s $15 each!)
Or 6 bottles for $122 ($17) normally $24 each
Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 12 bottles for $170 ($14.17 each)
Or 6 bottles for $96 ($16 each) normally $20 each
Wonderful wines to help while away these lovely Summer afternoons and evenings! Great to have with chicken and that wonderful Christmas seafood!
Thank you for your support in 2017, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018. May your lives be filled with happiness, health and joy! Enjoy your time with family, friends and loved ones and stay safe.
As always, remember to make your next dinner wine a Golden Grove Estate wine!
Christmas Cheers from the Costanzo Family and all the staff!