The new cellar door and barrel store has had a few setbacks. After having to redesign the slab engineering, and then resubmit plans for Council approval the concrete slab was poured in April. Unfortunately, we were caught up in a batch of substandard cement that made its way to market.
Adelaide Brighton Cement did the right thing and removed and replaced the slab. Thanks to Hallett Concrete fro helping out, and Ray from all Facets Concrete for doing an awesome job. The project is running about 10 months behind schedule, but we are getting close to completion.
Our first fruit for vintage 2017 has arrive. Willunga Syrah is getting a gentle crush and destem before going into a fermenter. Fruit quality is very good and our hand picked fruit was in pristine shape.
The piers for the new cellar door and barrel shed have been laid, and construction work has started. Shed construction is due to finish around mid march, then the slab will be poured in April. Following a curing time the niceties of cellar door will follow and French doors and windows installed.
The new release of The Malbec is now available. The Malbec 2015 has recently been bottled after a skip in vintage from 2013 to 2015. In 2014 the vineyard was heavily frosted and very little fruit was harvested :(
The new release of The Malbec 2015 treads a tightrope of dense fruit, taut structure and delicious oak support. Delicious :)
A new Spring Special is available! We were a little late changing over from our Winter to Spring Special, but it hasn't really been Spring until we finally received some sunshine.
1 x Coates The Sauvignon Blanc 2015
1 x Coates Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015
1 x Coates The Mourvedre 2015
1 x Coates The GSM 2015
1 x Coates The Iberian (McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek) 2013
1 x Coates Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2015
$140 per six pack including delivery in Australia.
Busy times in the winery with barrel topping and preliminary blending going on. A couple of experiments in the winery are looking good. Firstly, a small batch of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay this year was harvested for making a Blanc de Blanc style sparking in the future. Natural yeast fermentation in seasoned French oak with secondary fermentation in bottle to commence mid 2017. Expect a release date in late 2018. Secondly, a very small batch of The Nebbiolo was made in 2016. A long maceration time in fermented has been followed by basket pressing and ageing in second and third use French oak. Very promising and a release in 2018 is anticipated with a tiny 25 dozen made.