Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Spring dinner at The Plough Inn

Monday 3rd October.
Come and join us for dinner at The Plough Inn Tarrawingee.   We will be featuring our current Oxenbury vineyard wines:
The Amphitheatre white, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier 2014 which (just reviewed by Halliday at 93 points),
The Amphitheatre red, Shiraz Grenache 2013 and  Black Slate Shiraz 2013.
Plus I will find something else of interest in the cellar.
Three excellent courses including wines, $65.
Bookings at The Plough Inn : 03 5725 1609.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Recent Jancis Robinson Reviews

 With many thanks to our friend and neighbour, fellow Nebbiolo grower Karen Coats at Virago vineyard, Jancis Robinson has had a splurge on Beechworth wine recently.

Two articles followed: one behind the paywall and one in the Financial Times which was open access.
Nebbiolo, just before picking.
"I was particularly impressed by the Beechworth Chardonnays." was followed by "What was more surprising was how good the Nebbiolos are."  

 OK, so I'm not insane.  I have thought those sentences were true for many years.   Now I have the World's premier wine reviewer to back me up.

She was very complimentary of Marc Scalzo's Piano Piano wines, (but I have said that before ) , Karen's Virago Nebbiolo, and Peter Graham's Domenica wines as well.


For those of you who are interested, our Nebbiolo is currently out of stock, so the best way to ensure you have an allocation at the next release is to drop us a note via email/text, or anything really.

Our Amphitheatre white 2014 is currently available and at the moment Karen is offering a mixed Beechworth dozen of wines included in this review.



Finally the primary sources: the full Beechworth Article is available to subscribers of JancisRobinson.com.  I urge you to subscribe, its only
UK pounds 6.99/month.

The other article in the FT and Open Access JR has less detail, but it's not hard to get the gist.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Vintage 2016

Views of vintage this year.

Our Amphitheatre vineyard backs onto a State owned parcel of bush around the old Everton Upper Train station (now part of the Rail Trail bicycle path).  The CFA took the chance of a suitable break in the weather in December to do a controlled burn.  Dramatic visually, but no problem for us and it makes everyone a lot safer.
Did you think there wouldn't be a photo of an Orb Weaving spider on the tractor this summer?  The picking crew has a very different reaction to me.  Ros absolutely shrieks when she sees one.  Mike, a young bloke who talks about his goal-kicking prowess is very worried about spiders and bees (but his mate Matt laughs and wants to throw them at him).                                                                                                                              And then for some reason the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival holds a public weekend of tasting in the middle of vintage. Here I am at Southbank with Ricky James of James & Co, a Beechworth Sangiovese specialist.  

And now we have just finished picking.  The Nebbiolo from our Twins vineyard is the last thing fermenting away in the cellar, but it smells better than ever before.  Each time I open the door an aroma of roses greets me.                                         With a few rows of new plantings coming online every year, we will have a little more Nebbiolo to try to meet demand with each successive year.  The best way to make sure you get a six pack is to email us as soon as you can.       

Thursday, 14 May 2015

New Releases dinner at the Plough Inn



Dinner at the Plough Inn 
 Start winter with wine.   On Monday 1st June 2015 we will be releasing a new batch of the 2014 white wines and 2013 red wines.
Dinner will be 3 courses of Andrew Rosquet's beautiful food to match 4 wines (or maybe 5?) for $65 per person.
We will have a couple of our Cow Hill wines and a few Oxenbury Vineyard wines as well.

The Plough Inn at Tarrawingee hosts the Hidden Gem Cellar door, where 9 small local vineyards (us included) have tastings and sales.

Call the Plough Inn to book: 5725 1609,

Monday 1 June, 7pm.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Cellar door open.

Taste our wines at the Hidden Gem Cellar door part of the Plough Inn at Tarrawingee, just down the road from us.   Andrew and Feona Roscouet have spent  a year putting a lot of love into this local country pub, and to go with their fine French restaurant have opened the Hidden Gem cellar door.
9 small family owned local vineyards are available for tasting (current releases where applicable) and for purchase at Cellar Door prices.  It's also possible to taste and purchase the wines to take in to dinner at the restaurant.



Other local wineries at the Hidden Gem include Piano Piano, Fighting Gully Rd and Giaconda.

For more info, drop into or call the Plough Inn.
2322 Wangaratta Beechworth Road, Tarrawingee VIC 3678, Australia
Phone:+61 3 5725 1609   theploughinn.com.au  Or on facebook

  

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Eriophora transmarina (?)

Hello little spider.  This orb weaving spider often jumps on the tractor when I am spraying or doing a similar job in the vineyard.  Well, I doubt it is the same one every day (there are often more than one a day).
There are 260 identified species of this family, so I am using the advise of Ed Nieuwenhuys.  None of this Genus is poisonous, thanks for asking.  They make a new web every night at human chest/head height (not on purpose) and hide during the day; so orchards, garden and vineyards are perfect habitat for them.

Do not open this link if you are arachnophobic.  http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/australian/Spidaus.html

They are not the only spider we find in the vineyard.  Look at the Christmas spider on Ed's website.