Growing Notes

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.

Beautiful Ripe Fruit – Low Baume’s

Beautiful Ripe Fruit – Low Baume’s

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’.

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Ready for Harvest

Ready for Harvest

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...

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Red and Ripening

Red and Ripening

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...

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