At 4.00am this morning, in the cool of pre-dawn, vintage began with Viognier, Riesling and Shiraz perfect for picking (2 weeks early).
Photos below show:
1. Grapes are delivered from the vineyard to our winery.
2. Fork lift tips the contents of bin into crusher / de-stemer which separates the stems and leaf matter and crushes the grapes for our Silent Showman Shiraz Viognier.
3. The crushed grapes are pumped to the fermenting vat in the winery where yeast will be added.
4. Richard & George look satisfied with first day of vintage. (Not sure why they are smiling as they still have a couple of hours of clean up before they can call it a day!!)
Vintage continues tomorrow. More updates to follow.