Welcome to the Shiraz Republic’s Growing Notes. Here we keep you up to date with news direct from The President, Brian and President-elect, Spencer. This includes updates on harvest throughout the year, especially as we approach vintage, Rent-A-Row activities, events and more.
We also have a small drone, which we use to take videos of our vineyard and winery. You can watch these below or scroll down to read our Growing Notes blog entries.
The Beginning Our Rent-A-Row experience started in 2013 with only a handful of Citizens learning how to make wine. It grew to 17 groups in 2016; then came articles in The Age, Weekly Times and Broadsheet in May 2016. Our Citizens grew to over 90 groups for the 2017...read more
In a difficult season, we have to ask ourselves why we make wine. For us and hopefully you as well, it is to work with the fruit, not against it and as such you will make a beautiful wine that tells the story of the season. One advantage of the bumper year is that we still have grapes available in this slow and crazy weather. The fruit is beautiful and ripe, just with a low Baume’.read more
We are ready to go. It's been slow but stready progress to harvest. Hopefully that means the ripening process will continue to be slow and we will get the whole crop off with some beautiful figures. The weather since mid-February has been fantastic. Warm days and cool...read more
"Are they ripe yet? How long before harvest?", asks Annie the wine dog. Not long now, Annie, but if you start eating them there'll be trouble. Our latest test of the sugar levels keeps us on track for a start to picking around the 9th March. We still have some grapes...read more
A week on and the grapes are ripening well. Last week it was Rows 5 & 6 that led the race 15.2 Brix (8.4 Baume') and they have moved on to 17 Brix (9.4 Baume'), We decided to test a couple of other rows that were not part of last week's testing and Rows 32-33...read more