Good wine starts in the vineyard
Wow! Last years poor harvest has left a lot of people eager to make wine in 2021. It looks like being a good year, but as of 23rd Feb all new order will be provisional until I can be confident that I have enough grapes. I should know in the next couple of weeks. Harvest is likely to start early March.
We have kept our prices the same as for 2020.
Heathcote Shiraz Grapes'You can't make wine that's better than the grapes you use'
Our Shiraz grapes are low yield, freshly hand-picked and free of disease.
Do you know what a ripe bunch of shiraz grapes looks like? Although wine is the most imbibed beverage in the world (after tea), most have never experienced the flavour of a full bodied Heathcote shiraz, made using traditional open vats and minimal intervention from the winemaker.
It is our goal to open the road to this rich experience. The Shiraz Republic ‘s own wine is full bodied, low intervention wine because it’s simply better tasting and much more diverse in its range of subtle flavours than the over finessed, over watered wine you will find in most large scale commercial wines. And enjoying it is as easy as opening the bottle.
We are committed to supporting wine lovers to make their own wine, to be as involved in the process as they wish. We supply premium Shiraz grapes to home winemakers and small wineries. Our grapes are low yield, freshly hand-picked and are available for delivery or vineyard pick-up. You are also welcome to visit the Shiraz Republic, with some friends and family and pick your grapes yourself.
Read more of this message From The President or scroll down for more info on Heathcote Shiraz Grapes.
PRICING: Hand-picked by us and packed in waxed cardboard boxes $2.30 per kilo inc boxes.
Delivery to Melbourne Metropolitan area is 10% extra . Unless there are exceptional circumstances deliveries of 100kg or less (six boxes) will be delivered to an agreed meeting point.
Our policy is to pick one day and deliver the next.
Interstate Deliveries. We can deliver interstate to depots in Sydney and Brisbane. Delivery cost is 20% of the cost of your grape order.
Save 10 % by picking your own! You can of course pick the grapes yourself and take them home fresh from the vineyard.
If you haven’t already tried this it can be a fun day for the family and friends, but try to bring enough people to pick your grapes in about 2 hours. (Most people can pick about 50kg in 1 hour.)
Special orders. If you want your grapes:
- on a specific day,
- at a specific Baume’,
- from a specific clone
then you will need to collect your grapes from the vineyard.
Collection of grapes can be arranged for any day of the week.
Shiraz Grapes, hand picked into bulk bins -discount of 10%, not including transport.
You must supply your own bulk bins, provided they comply with Phyloxera controls (Heathcote is a Phyloxera-free zone).
The Milk Run
We make scheduled runs into Melbourne and suburbs. We pick one day and deliver the next. Delivery date to be notified one week prior.
Basically we make up a truck load of orders and work out a logical route and off we go. Delivery may be on any day of the week; weekdays 6-10pm and weekends 9am-8pm and your delivery time depends on where you are in the delivery run. Orders less than 100 kg and/or remote delivery locations may be required to meet the truck at a pre-arranged location.
Please advise with your order if you are unavailable on any of these days.
No one likes to be the last delivery and sometimes you want your grapes just on time and just for you.
We offer express and/or direct delivery of grapes to your door. The cost based on time and kilometres, please email us for a quote.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Displays of wine snobbery may be seen as signs of superiority and frowned upon accordingly. We in the Shiraz Republic treat each other as equals, no matter the quantity of grapes that you purchase or the scale of your wine making.
Here is a summary of the Shiraz Republic’s Social Etiquette policy.
1. Make yourself known (”G’day how ya goin’?)
2. You tell me what you want. (Provided it’s Shiraz)
a. How much (kilograms/tonnes)
c. When (roughly, the weather and the vines make the rules)
d. Any special requests (Baume’, clone)
e. Your contact details
3. We agree.
4. We keep our word
5. You keep yours
6. We test the grapes each week. (and inform you via this website)
7. We tell you when they will be delivered. (We know most people want them on the weekend and we try to accommodate, but we try to give you a week’s notice.)
8. All hell breaks loose as we get the crew together to pick, pack and transport
9. Our intrepid driver delivers to you. (Make sure someone is around to help him unload)
10. You pay on delivery or organise a bank transfer ahead of delivery (Cash preferred, but cheques OK)
11. You make good wine (don’t be afraid to get it tested. The wine supplies shop is your friend!)
12. Keep in touch (Register with The Shiraz Republic, follow us on twitter, facebook etc.)