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Golden Grove Estate News

Ray Costanzo
2 September 2020 | Ray Costanzo

Black Muscat Vines

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.

Time Posted: 02/09/2020 at 2:18 PM Permalink to Black Muscat Vines Permalink
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 Permalink to Regenerating the Semillon Permalink
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 Permalink to Blending Trials of a Couple of 2020 Wines Permalink
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 Permalink to The Skins Vermentino Permalink
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 Permalink to Vintage 2020 Permalink
Ray Costanzo
16 September 2016 | Ray Costanzo

Qld Wine Awards

The recent 2016 QLD Wine Awards were held in brisbane last week. Golden Grove Estate came away with 9 medals. Four Silver and 5 Bronze.

2016 Joven Tempranillo - Silver
2014 Chardonnay - Silver
2014 Durif - Silver
NV Muscat - Silver

16 Vermentino - Bronze
16 Sauv Blanc - Bronze
16 SSB - Bronze
16 Muscadean - Bronze
14 Mourvedre - Bronze

Time Posted: 16/09/2016 at 9:37 AM Permalink to Qld Wine Awards Permalink