Although the vines have been in dormancy over the last couple of months there have been a lot of things happening at the winery. The new barrel cellar construction has been in full swing with the finishing touches being finalised with the climate control being installed by the end of September. Phase 2 of the winery rebuild is about to commence with the removal of the existing barrel storage space to be transformed into further fermentation space.
In May, Jason participated in the Wine Australia China roadshow that spanned four cites: Hangzhou, Tianjin, Kunming and Shenzhen. It was a very successful trip with keen interest in all cities with the wines that we presented. A highlight for Jason was a quick side visit to Beijing to climb the Great Wall.
After pruning in the cold winter months, movement has also begun in the vineyard with the arrival of some warmer weather. Budburst has occurred now in all blocks, with the Viognier being the first vines to awaken from their winter sleep. Now is the critical time with a few frost episodes causing sleepless nights for Jason as the newly emerged buds and leaves are very susceptible to frost burn and necrosis. Fortunately, so far, we have come through without any damage “touch wood”.
Schubert Estate attended for the first time The Edinburgh Great Shiraz Challenge held in June. We were ecstatic with the results with the 2015 The Gander Reserve Shiraz awarded a top 10 result, with all of our wines finishing in the top 100.
Jason attended the James Halliday awards presentation dinner in Melbourne. We were happy with the results of our entries for the new release wines in the 2020 Halliday wine Companion. Further to this Schubert had three wines selected for the James Halliday Red Hot & Rated magazine with the 2016 Lone Goose Shiraz Viognier and 2016 Goose-yard Block Shiraz both being awarded 96 points. The 2015 The Gander Reserve Shiraz was awarded 97 points.
All of these wines will be available for purchase soon as a pre-release limited allocation.
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