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Whats been happening at
Golden Grove Estate;

Ray Costanzo
 
2 April 2020 | Ray Costanzo

Regenerating the Semillon

Golden Grove Estate's Semillon vines are over 30 years old and in the last couple of years they were badly affected by drought.

Recently they have been cut back and allowed to re-shoot. After some good rain the shoots are growing well and are now being re-trained back to the trellis.

There will be plenty of great vintages left in these vines!

Time Posted: 02/04/2020 at 3:26 PM
Ray Costanzo
 
26 March 2020 | Ray Costanzo

Blending Trials of a Couple of 2020 Wines

The final tweaking of a couple of 2020 wines. I like to create an initial blend of my wines before making some final adjustments. Today I’m looking at adjusting the amount of barrel fermented wine in “The Skins Vermentino” to get the palate just right. Also, on the bench today is the “Rosé Brosé” – playing with the colour intensity and hue.

Time Posted: 26/03/2020 at 11:02 AM
Ray Costanzo
 
5 March 2020 | Ray Costanzo

The Skins Vermentino

After 10 days on skins, the ferment is finished and pressed through my grandfathers old basket press! It will now sit on lees for a couple of months to add even more texture before bottling. 

Time Posted: 05/03/2020 at 12:15 PM
Ray Costanzo
 
21 February 2020 | Ray Costanzo

Vintage 2020

With virtually no rainfall in 2019 (or 2018) our vineyard ran out of water almost a year ago. Trucking water to just keep the precious vines alive – we didn’t expect to have much of a vintage in 2020. However, to add insult to injury, when the rain did begin to fall it brought hail with it to finish off what crop we did have… But we will still be making wine this year!

Many of the Australian premium winegrowing regions have been affected by drought, fire or smoke so we were extremely lucky to source some beautiful Vermentino grapes from the exceptional Chalmers vineyard in Mildura.

With this fruit we plan to continue making our popular dry, partial barrel fermented Vermentino, but there also may be a return of "The Skins". A full skin fermentation version as was in 2017. 

Time Posted: 21/02/2020 at 12:04 PM