Vintage 2012: A healthy harvest means happy winegrowers…

Posted by Kerri on June 2 2012 in: Churinga Vineyard: Peglidis Vineyard: Specials & New Release Wines: Vintage 2012: Wine Education

Welcome to eKT
I’m in love again folks...and pinching myself since I’m so happy with my grapes from this year’s harvest. After the challenging vintage across much of South-Eastern Australia in 2011, it’s such a delight to see the vines in great health and to taste wines with such vibrancy. Our season has certainly created wines that are full of fruit intensity and balanced with a solid structural backbone; I really believe they will cellar well.

Speaking of cellars...after selling out of all of my 2011 riesling releases (thanks everyone for your support) it’s comforting to know that my wines have safely finished primary fermentation. As the season changes and we head in to the next phase of winemaking, which means preparing new riesling babies for bottling, I’m reminded of just how much has been achieved. Since the grapevines were so healthy this season I’ve purchased some more fruit and have enjoyed the biggest vintage for KT: a whopping 47 tonnes.!!! So you’d really be helping me out if you could all drink a little more this year...

At the moment in the winery I’m busy topping my 2012 red barrels as they tick through malolactic fermentation and starting to rack riesling off yeast lees. I’ve also been tweaking the 2010 5452 blend and after a number of taste trials, this release will be blended from shiraz (35%) grenache (31%) tempranillo (20%) and mataro (14%), showing all of the typical 5452 spice and celebrating the 2010 fruit concentration.
Along with that, I’m also heading out and showing off my new 2010 Churinga Vineyard shiraz and cabernet sauvignon wines that have been recently released. 2010 reds are crackers!

Some of the great (and welcome!) feedback from my customers....thanks to all...

“The Melva....hmmmm - quite a revelation. I read of it in one of the newspapers and saw that it was available at Five Way. A delicious wine, and well worth the detour. Not that I'm an enemy of the bone dry lemon and lime juice bracing kind of style, but the pulpy texture of the Melva, and the different flavours (not much in the way of citrus, at least to my palate) made for a very engrossing drink. I loved it, and I'm looking forward greatly to the next vintage. All the best John Gunson Albury Victoria

“Hi Kerri,
It was lovely chatting to you on the phone earlier today. As discussed, we had your lovely 2011 Churinga Riesling wine at the Source Restaurant in Tasmania. We liked it so much.” Lisa Dawson Sydney NSW

“You will be pleased to know that I took four of my regular business lunch colleagues to lunch on Friday at Four in Hand, Paddington. I arrived early and ordered a bottle of the 2011 Churinga Watervale Riesling. I thought it was particularly good. However, I wasn't sure if it was just my natural bias towards your wines. So, when my guests arrived I quietly poured them a glass and waited for their reaction. The conversation suddenly stopped when one of them said "what's this wine, it's got great complexity, layers of flavour and a wonderfully refreshing finish". The conversation was then diverted to a round table discussion on the wine. I of course took the opportunity to give them a briefing on KT Wines and on how you have become one of my favourite winemakers. The overall verdict at the table was high praise.” Ron Phillips Sydney NSW

Evening Kerri, trust you are well.
Good for your business to see a very positive report on your baby Melva from James Halliday in the Australian on Saturday. Congratulations. Also enjoyable to drink your Tinta with a home-made pizza on Saturday night- very drinkable and smooth, but still solid.Thank you for that.All the best with the fermenting and yeasting and plunging and the hard work.
Wes Pickering Adelaide SA

For those of you who might fancy a glass of red as the nights are getting colder, I’m offering my mailing list customers a special six pack that includes all of my current red releases... they’re not quite hot off the press.. but they might just keep you warm...
Stay well everyone...
Cheers, KT xx