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After a seemingly endless winter, it finally feels likes spring.  We have had enough rainfall over the last few months to fill our dams and the soil.  Winter and spring rains are essential to provide the water we will need over the growing season.

Budburst is well and truly done with all varieties.  Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot are the last of our varieties to burst and by the time they do, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are already roaring along with shoot growth.  As you can see from the photos, we have the inflorescences in all varieties.

Alena Cabernet Sauvignon – C Block

Alena Chardonnay – A block

In 2020, we will have our first crop of Cabernet Franc.  The team are very excited about this and we have decided to make the wine together under the project name 2BFranc.  I have asked everyone to give me their ideas of how they want to make the wine and it seems crunchy and fresh, with minimal oak influence has won the day.  We may try some whole bunch, we may try some whole berry and we will release the wine within 12 months of picking. Everything else is tbc!


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