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.
President-Elect Spencer reviews our winemaking during the 2018 Vintage. We have expanded on our production of Chardonnay & Rosé after the success of our small batches in 2017 and took the opportunity to create some new varieties, Tempranillo & Grenache alongside our regular Shiraz production.read more
Secretary of State Janet reviews the 2018 Rent-A-Row harvest. 2018 saw us grow to 124 groups of winemakers, each visited to vineyard to pick their grapes, crush them into wine and press the resulting product into their own demijohn for maturation through to winter.read more
“Quantity was down, but the quality was up.”, It’s a cliche, but there is a lot of truth in it. The President reviews our 2018 Grape Harvest & recaps the story of the season.read more
We began harvest on Wednesday 21st Feb with a significant pick from the two areas of the vineyard that seemed to be the most advanced in ripening. The good news is- "It's ready", the not so good news is "It's early". So get ready, I am already running full tilt trying...read more
OK. Resume normal programming. The week of milder temperatures has slowed down the ripening process. Overall the grapes moved 1.0 Baume' on average. The lowest sample is sitting on 11,1 Be and the highest on 13.1 Be with the average from the 13 test rows being 12.3...read more