Pyrenees Unearthed is a festival in the Pyrenees Wine Region, Victoria, Australia.
Showcasing our region’s brilliant wines, stunning art, and the best of country horse racing.
As part of the festival, we provided an intimate cellar door experience of chocolate and wine pairing. The chocolates were all boutique Australian made chocolates from single-source plantation cocoa.
Look out for Pyrenees Unearthed, late April 2017.
Photo by Rhonda Baum – visual artist
Small yield, after an extremely difficult summer season. However excellent berry flavour. Harvest was on Saturday 12th March. Thank-you to the enthusiastic picking team, here enjoying a well earned drink at the end of the harvest.
Today the wine is being pressed to separate the liquid wine from the grape skins and pips. Ben is in the wine vat shoveling the must out into the press. Andrew is ready to operate the press.
Filling the press
Next the wine is stored in maturation vessels (like barrels) for the next few months, to allow favours to develop.
Avoca River Wine Festival today. Wine enthusiasts were able to browse through the great wineries of the Pyrenees. Fantastic event.
4.5 tonnes picked over two days. Excellent flavour in the berries. Can’t wait to taste the wine. Loud and crazy picking crew, singing and laughing their way through the vine rows.
But you will have to wait a little longer. These little babies wont be ready for drinking for another 8 – 10 weeks.
As we get closer to harvest we are looking for the flavour development in the flesh, the skins, and the seeds. Berry Sensory Analysis looks at the important qualities of tannin, acidity, and sugar content.
If you would like to be involved with this year’s harvest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. That way we can keep you updated as we are expecting to pick the fruit very soon.
Pruning at Wimmera Hills Winery finished on Saturday, it is always a huge relief when pruning is finished. There was a team of 8 pruners, here is Magnus and Benjamin showing off their pruning style.