Our beautiful Black Muscat vines were planted on Golden Grove Estate by Mario and Nita Costanzo in 1947. Originally established for table grape production with the left over fruit being turned to wine. Very few of these grand old vines remain on the property and are now exclusively used to make our solero blend liqueur muscat, named "Marnita Muscat" as a tribute to my Grandparents.
The flavour that is obtained from these vines is truly exceptional.
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!
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.
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.