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.

 

Grape Deliveries

Hi all, I know some of you are getting anxious about your grape delivery. I have not forgotten you. Scheduling has been difficult due to rain, a lack of pickers and my inability to secure a truck driver. I have scheduled, cancelled and rescheduled; and had to drive...

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Full Veraison

Full Veraison

Full veraison!! Well in some parts of the vineyard, and the rest is moving along nicely. Tested a couple of representative bunches from a couple of different clones and irrigation blocks today. (14 Feb 2022) One tested at 16.2 Brix (9.0 Baume) and the other at 18 Brix...

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Veraison 2022

The new year break doesn’t last long for us in the vineyard.  We are seeing the first signs of veraison (grapes ripening and turning purple). Within the next 3 or 4 weeks we will see the whole crop turn purple. The season is moving along. All signs are that we will be...

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Brewing with 2020 Fresh Hops

Brewing with 2020 Fresh Hops

Using 2020 Harvest Ella Hops for our first ever can release.    In our final brew before the effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns fully hit, we used freshly harvested Ella hops from Hop Products Australia for a special one of release. The beer, Fresh Hop Pils, is a...

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Oak & Wine

Oak & Wine

A discussion about the addition of oak to wine. The history of oak and barrels, modern methods of adding oak to wine and the difference between French and American oak.

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