2017 Shiraz harvest
After a very strange summer – January very hot and dry, late February and March wet and cool – it took a long time to get the Shiraz to ripen.
We just made it the weekend before Easter and were able to pick a tonne and a half of good grapes,
Through a glass darkly
I was recently given a bottle of 2011 Pommard. Delicious!
Closed January to Easter 2017
I had to go to Sydney for heart surgery in late January, and had to close the cellar door until Easter. All good now, and 90 people came over the Easter weekend.
2016 Rosé on sale now!
I collected the 2016 “Paquita” Rosé from Chris Derrez at the weekend, just getting it into store before it started to rain (which it has now for 3 days solid). It has a beautiful colour and a good taste – neither too dry nor too sweet.
Why Paquita? Germaine “Paquita” Brocard was the daughter of my grandfather’s best friend Louis Julienne. When I was 12 I spent the first of many summer holidays with her family. Since then Germaine became like a second mother, and her sons like brothers. Germaine grew up in Provence, and she painted this view in the style of Cézanne, of the country round Aix. “Paquita” passed away at the age of 96 just two days after the Shiraz grapes were picked for this wine.
2007 the Winner in vertical tasting
They tasted from 2003 to 2009 and the clear winner was the 2007, which also was the year of drought with a harvest half the size of normal, and the dam totally dried up.
Vertical Tasting of Moody’s Shiraz
In 2006 I met a group of Ulysses bikers at the Old Mill in Laggan, where they tried my Shiraz. Since then they have been collecting it and two weeks ago they all came here and we had a vertical tasting.
2015 Shiraz – and paella
In the middle of a thunderstorm on Thursday we picked up 2 pallets of the 2015 Shiraz and unloaded it at the cellar door. Some boxes were a bit sodden with the rain, but the bottles were fine, and we celebrated its arrival with a paella cooked by son Andrew who has just returned from living in Madrid, with all the right spices. The wine is superb! And we are taking it to Wines of the West at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba this weekend.
Le Sauvignon Blanc 2015 est arrivé!
The new Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is now available, and tastes crisp, fruity and fresh.
You should come by and try it. Many already have, and taken it away with them!
A successful Wine Week event
Sue Betts came to help me serve the usual Moody plate of southern French tastes, and over 40 lovely people came to share it and join together and hang out. It was great!