Winemakers Lunch - Spring 2019

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Winemakers Lunch - Spring 2019

A visit to Red Hill Estate can be anything that you want it to be, which is something that my team work hard to make happen every day. You might be here to taste our newest release Pinot, to try Max’s famous Tuscan Porchetta or just to take in the view - it doesn’t matter your reason for visiting, we’re just glad that you’re here.

If you think about it - the way that most people enjoy wine is socially, and the same can be said for food. In the Cellar Door we try to think of it as fun and accessibility first - facts second, which is why we love hosting events like our Spring Winemakers Lunch.

On Sunday 8th September you’ll be able to enjoy a five course degustation menu at the Peninsula’s original winery restaurant and take in “the best view of any vineyard in the world” (Ian Sutton, Former CEO, Australian Winemakers Federation) while you learn about our vineyards, our winemaking and of course our wines!

A complimentary tasting of our current vintage wines will be available from 11am, with canapes and our classic Prosecco will be served on the lawn from 12 noon. Max will then roll out a 5 course degustation menu, which I’ve paired with a selection of both current and museum Red Hill Estate wines. We make the wine to drink, so I’m happy to break out some 2010 vintages (maybe earlier) to share amongst friends.

As always tickets are limited, so you’ll need to book via the website to guarantee your seats. Bring yourself, bring a bus of friends, however you want to enjoy your day. I’ll be there while you learn about our vineyards, our winemaking and of course our wines…with a story to share along the way.

Don’t forget that members of our KTMP Wine Club can utilise their 20% members discount when purchasing tickets

FF

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Winter in the Vineyard

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Winter in the Vineyard

Here at Red Hill Estate we’ve got “the best view of any vineyard in the world” according to Ian Sutton, the former CEO of the Australian Winemakers Federation. There is absolutely nothing like the view over our vineyard during spring, summer, or even as the autumn leaves turn…but what about the winter months? The lush green canopies and bursting bunches of berries have given way to what look to be barren vines.

 

But you see its not just the winemakers busy at work right now. Coming in to June we’re seeing the last leaves falling in the vineyard as they manufacture and store their last carbohydrates for the winter rest period. While it may look like the vine is barren as it lies dormant over winter, it’s actually already preparing for the next season. Pruning will commence in the coming weeks with Mark, Shane & the team ensuring that every vine receiving individual treatment to ensure a consistent crop for next season.

Careful pruning needs to take place during the winter months to ensure the right amount of buds remain on the vine. This is imperative so that when spring arrives, there aren’t too many shoots producing a larger canopy of leaves or more fruit than is desired by the winemakers. Too much fruit on a vine could result in the nutrients being spread over too many bunches – giving us a poor fruit quality, or a poor yield, or both. Likewise, if the vines are hard at work producing leaves for a fuller canopy, it may mean that an insufficient level of nutrients are making their way to the grapes on that same vine (a large sprawling canopy may provide too much shade, meaning the berries won’t ripen). Which means less wine for both you and me!

So, while it may seem like vintage is the most vital time in a vineyard the vine management, pruning and the impact of the weather in the winter months makes for a successful harvest in the summer...and a ripper of a Red Hill Estate wine in your glass.

FF

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Meet Frank Fabrizio, Owner at Red Hill Estate

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Meet Frank Fabrizio, Owner at Red Hill Estate

What is the best thing about being involved in the wine industry?

The variety of each day – I could be meeting with distributors, hosting visitors to the Cellar Door or pressing berries at the winery. Not to mention the people that you meet and the wines that you get to enjoy. 

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