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.
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
In June, our Citizen Winemakers visited to taste and maintain their 2017 Shiraz wine. After racking, Brian gave citizens a workshop on pruning vines.read more
Fantastic weather, food and a party atmosphere highlighted our Heathcote On Show. Huge fire pits, craft beer and outdoor pool table were all talking points.read more
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