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Rain, Rain, Rain

Since the beginning of May we have had 613 mm, or 23 inches, of rain, which has saturated our clay soil and is draining only slowly down the slope. Today, 2 October is the first day of warm sunshine, but it will take many more to bring the vineyard back for a good budburst this year. This dramatic photo was taken 1,000 km away in the Barossa, where the result of rain has been much more dramatic! We must keep our fingers crossed!


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.

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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 result


Vertical Tasting of Moody’s Shiraz

v12In 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 bottles

2015 Shiraz

This new vintage of Moody’s Shiraz is now on sale at the cellar door. Come and try it!

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Wines of the West at Katoomba

We took Moody’s Shiraz 2015 and Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and 2015 to the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba for their annual Wines of the West show of wines from Mudgee, Orange and Cowra. There were many visitors on the Saturday, but on Sunday there was a thick fog, deterring drivers from coming up the mountain from Sydney.


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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.

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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!

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Spring has sprung!

Blossom’s out, wood ducks bringing their babies to the dam!

A good time to come to the cellar door!


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