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 new year break doesn't last long for us in the vineyard. The vines are growing quickly as we try to keep up with putting up the training wires. We've started to see the first signs of veraison (grapes turning people - above). Within the next 3 or 4 weeks we will...read more
A late budburst, then a flying start. After the winter months, the pruned and dormant vines look for all intents dead. Brown, hard and dry it’s difficult to imagine the explosion of growth that occurs once the buds break through. Budburst was almost a month later than...read more
Rent-A-Row is entering the final stage of winemaking: bottling & labelling. It’s exciting to be tasting the completed wines and see all the label designs.read more
Rack Off Racking off is transferring the wine from one vessel to another, leaving the sediment behind. Sediment is made up of lees (dead yeast cells) and any remaining seeds or skins that snuck through the pressing process, known at the Republic as ‘sludge’. It is a...read more
During harvest, we hosted vintage car club Boys Toys. It proved a great day out, with lunch, wine and beer enjoyed amongst our vineyard and the rustic backdrop of our Sunshine Harvesters & Bill’s Shed.read more