Summer Outlook

Summer Outlook

Welcome to summer! We’ve started the first day of the season here in the Barossa with a refreshing rain and a lovely cool, breezy day which is a nice respite from the recent 40+ days and record-breaking November heat. But it looks like there’s plenty more warm weather...
Welcome Rain

Welcome Rain

We’re gearing up for vintage here in the Barossa. Shiraz has just gone through veraison (when the grapes soften and change colour from green to purple) which indicates we’re only a few weeks away from picking. Now’s the stage that we start to spend a lot of time in...
Grower Power!

Grower Power!

Vintage 2019 is a wrap, and what a fast and furious vintage it’s been. For the first time I’ve known in all my too-many-to-mention vintages, all my fruit was picked, crushed and fermented within the month of March. Although it was a late-ish start, when it happened,...
It’s Vintage 2019!

It’s Vintage 2019!

With the first grapes of 2019 about to be crushed there’s electricity in the air here in the Barossa. A daunting, thrilling anticipation of the juggernaut about to descend upon us. It’s vintage! That crazy-busy, exhausting and magical time of year that winemakers look...
Harvesting Kurtz Road Block Shiraz

Harvesting Kurtz Road Block Shiraz

A picture-perfect evening for harvesting Kurtz Vineyard Road Block Shiraz – specially selected for Dolan & Dunn Shiraz Grenache 2018. What a glorious autumn evening to be out and about. The light is golden and the grapes are perfectly ripe. A great excuse...
First Crush

First Crush

First 2018 grapes crushed this morning – dry grown Shiraz from Light Pass in the Barossa Valley. The fruit had beautiful blackberry flavours with a touch of spice, and if the colour in the crusher is anything to go by, we’re in for a really good vintage....