Although a little early this year we have seen some near perfect conditions which have allowed the fruit on the vines to delevop and ripen producing some "exceptional fruit". February is the begining of vintage and we have already picked a variety of our whites.
Troy Schoof our talented and hard working viticulturalist and his team have begun working around the clock to get the fruit picked and to the winery in the cool of the night and early morning. He is happy with the results thus far and Greg our winemaker is now frantically running wild around the winery processing the fruit ready for the winemaking process.
Pictured here is Troy picking the Riesling. By the end of March it'll be all finished for another year!
Come Fly With Me
It appears that the sky really is the limit when it comes to Churchview Estate fine wines. It is with great pleasure and a certain amount of pride that we can announce that Australia's national airline QANTAS will be serving both The Bartondale and St Johns In their first class lounge and flights throughout their network. We thank the hard work of our distributor Sam Biddle in New South Wales for securing the deal.
This is a great achievement for the entire team here at Churchview Estate and really is testament to the quality of our wines made here in the heart or the Margaret River wine region.
Chocks away!! We'll see you on board very soon!
2012 Bartondale Chardonnay
Decanter has released its latest magazine focussing on Chardonnay. Our 2012 Bartondale has been awarded a “Recommended” status, which is a great result.
"Lively, fresh and creamny with lots of aromatic charm. Crisp acidity, wonderful struxture and well integrated oak with a clean finish"
Tyson Stelzer remarked how the new wave of “young producers” are leading the way with Chardonnay – commenting “wine by consistent, longstanding performers did not rank as high as one might have expected”. This saw our Bartondale out perform names likes Howard Park, Brookland Valley, Voyager Estate, Devils Lair, Flametree, Xanadu to name a few. We are not only mixing with the best in the region, we are beating them.
Denys St Pierre
We are proud to announce the arrival of our new Cellar Door Manager Denys St Pierre. Denys has extensive experience in wines from around the world and is in charge of the wine experience at cellar door. Denys also manages our exclusive wine club and is keen to tell you the benefits of this wine club.
We welcome Denys to the team!
The Art of Cabernet
The magic of our wonderful Churchview Cabernet Sauvignon is a constant process. Over the last 2 weeks, our vineyard team have been hand removing individual leaves from the more vigorous vines. This increases the sunlight into the canopy and encourages the flavour and physiological ripeness of the berry. This picture almost captures how many leaves they remove - you can see through the canopy!
If you can see in nice and close - the bunches appear much smaller this year than the great 2012 vintage - this generally means intense flavours.
Bring on the middle of March I say - I love picking Cabernet.
The lead up to vintage is an amazing time. The viticulturalist is preparing the vines, and the winery takes some time to fine tune the layout. Recently we had this huge crane in Winery 3 - moving those huge tanks around. This picture shows how tight the fit was - he had only 10cm on either side, and did not hit a thing.
Winery 3 is the long term storage / maturaton area for our reds - Silverleaf and some components of the Estate Range.
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