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Friday, March 25, 2011

Red Wine Pressings

arg- watery, okay, not as great as I expected.
Not being continuous with the order of where the blogs go!
And as I am a little slack, not going to move it here, so to the story click here

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Raining again, but but so much in my backyard this week

We are so lucky this year!

Rainfall in the backyard is more than the previous years up to this time of the year. [BTW, added a new Page for weather graphs to keep updated monthly.

In comparison to the nearest local Bureau of Meteorology office [Metstat], we are about the same. Unless the showers are local only! I measured much more than the Metstat did one day.



Those in the know
on the radio
let me know...

The SOI and the La Nina of the Pacific Ocean effects maybe the reason, as well as a pool in the Indian Ocean.  These oceans are much warmer at the same time, causing a bit of a problem in the Land of Droughts and Flooding Rains.

There have been floods through out the country, from here in Victoria, NSW, QLD, NT and Western Oz that have people saying, "never been like that before"

Well that is being a bit silly! If the original owners had a good record, I am sure it would show that high rainfall events would occur on a regular basis... Like more than once every two hundred years or so anyway.

If you look at the above graph, it looks like a peak occurring now (data massaging- Moving Average, black line-  click to enlarge) and the next dry period, in my backyard, should be starting any moment... Not like there's going to be an announcement- but there is my little bit of advice, it may be the end of the rainy season. Before winter! But, being your average (Ex)Geologist, I like to speculate, but give no definitive answers... until the facts are In.

But when the satellite image was flashed up this morning, I was very surprised at the cloud racing SE across Bass Strait, it did not appear to be "normal". That rainfall pattern the last few days spread enormous falls along the SE coast, up to 300mm in a day! We got 18 and 8.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Red Wine Vintage 2011




There was not much to pick this year- I do not know why. About 50% of the bunches were no good, and it was almost individual berry selection! Some had dried up or were mouldy or rotten, painful.
The Pinot Noir was so promising too, so it went in with the Shiraz, and I ended up with about eight liters- should make nearly 6 bottles!
Plan to make port this year, use some of the distilled ex-wine from last year, just have to watch that density carefully, and leave some sweetness!

If the crop was going to be excellent, did plan to get in some pickers, and have a barbie. Ah well.

Red Wine Vintage 2011




There was not much to pick this year- I do not know why. About 50% of the bunches were no good, and it was almost individual berry selection! Some had dried up or were mouldy or rotten, painful.
The Pinot Noir was so promising too, so it went in with the Shiraz, and I ended up with about eight liters- should make nearly 6 bottles!
Plan to make port this year, use some of the distilled ex-wine from last year, just have to watch that density carefully, and leave some sweetness!

If the crop was going to be excellent, did plan to get in some pickers, and have a barbie. Ah well.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Portable Vineyard 2010/2011 season part 2 Bench Test

Continuing the wrap up of the 2010 Vintage.
bench testing

The Portable Vineyard Shiraz vines produced about five litres of wine.

On the last treatment, a bit of sulphur, it tasted a little wooly? I put some egg related finings through it, rested it for a week.

Today, there was a Bench Test, Portable Vineyard Shiraz against 2010 Longford Shiraz....


Well, the PVS lost out big time, so it was definitely Save The PV Shiraz moment!



 The bench test meant blending the not so great PVS into the LS by a fraction, or distillation would be the end game.

After half an an hour, utilising the Shot Measurer to make sure I did it correctly, I managed  to make a decision.
One part PVS to five parts LS. Or 3 bottles plus 15 or so. So out with a few bottles of LS and the corks, and all into the bin again for a rebottling session. Just had enough corks too.


And then the labelling.

Hoping done the right thing, I am thinking that any red wines made from now on will be either fermented together If Ripe at the same time, or blended soon after fermentation, so that the small amounts are less likely to be off for any other reason than not being aged in a bulk situation.

In any case, there was a vast difference betwwen the two, and blended, the wine has a little more complexity on the nose and palate.

For The Ghurk, will be a noice simple wine to share

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Longford Shiraz 2010


Longford Shiraz


This year was allowed to grab 50kg off the Stephenson-Lyn and Harry. Picked it myself, and charged 1.70$ for the privilege, crushed and SMSd by midday 5 April. Commercial yeast added 6 April, and was rocking evening of the 7th. Added DAP and a few acids and a good handful of oak sawdust and shavings.
Harry Hof gave me a few kilos of his best shiraz, so that was crushed and added on 7th too.
Got 16 brix, or 1010sg, not adding sugar.
What a vigorous fermentation! Still going Saturday

Ended up with 35 litres or nearly 3-1/2 dozen potentially

Racked off 29 July, tasted good, added some PMS. Moved inside to start a Malic Lactic fermentation.

5th March 2011

After some pre-bottling treatment and bottle washing and sanitising, it was Longford Shiraz bottling time on my little brothers birthday, 5 March, 2011.

Ended up with 45 bottles, and some top up for the 2011 backyard shiraz after it was racked and egg white treated. There is a little tartness/bitterness but the PMS will fix that I think.

Along with the backyard Shiraz, will have some noice choices for the Easter camp in the country

Friday, March 4, 2011

Imagination, lost?

Imagination.

When I was a little kid, I would sometimes nod off to my own stories, under the doona.

Some vivid memories would be being the owner of a fancy rock collection, (Fancy that) where the black light would be making all sorts of rocks glow in their cabinets, and people would flock to such a great display.
From Wikipedia- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Fluorescent_minerals_hg.jpg

Or for some odd reason suddenly growing taller, and giving my school age tormentors their own stick back, or coming first for once or starring in the footy game.

Even some dreams remain- like actually going out with Wendy Johnston in third grade. She was the cutest girl I knew back then.

Those sorts of stories simmered down as I got to adult hood, until.

In the nineties, I was making more money and felt very satisfied with things. The little family was growing, buying a house was on the horizon. I don't recall any major tiffs with my wife.

Yet, on the rig in the middle of no-where in  particular, I started to wonder what I would do if I won the lotto. Well, that really got the old imagination going for the first time in a long time.

New fancy stuff for Tarn and the kids, cars, houses, sailboards. Donations to some charities- as not all are exactly charitable- more business like rather.

And how would I invest it after the thrill settled down?

Shares! Funds. How much interest does a major win generate, and would I really have to spend half my life away from the family anymore?

Ah, dreams. That last expectation has blown out double at the moment.

Just thinking of what to do with a lotto win back then was was my lullaby for a while out there.

After I lost Tarn, that lullaby was not in use.

Before that event, I had run a budgeting program on our household expenses for a year after we bought our little pot of  gold at the end of the smudgey rainbow, and I could tell "She What Must Be Obeyed" what we needed to live on, say thirty thou a year for house, food, car, utilities, newspapers (I got that anal), and that If I Could Keep The Oil Job, the house would be ours in less than ten years with all the extra shift work I was getting! After ten years we could live anywhere we liked! Or even get a holiday house at Sandy Point! However, I was not required in the Oil Patch a few years after that...

Later on I was working on a property, driving a tractor around for a day a few times a month, and the day dreams of first division lotto wins occupied my otherwise bored mind. A Lambo? New roof- and extensions?

The lullaby / story effect was lost again, I could fall asleep as soon as the head was plunked on the pillow.

From Wikipedia, again, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/35/VeyronUS001.JPG/800px-VeyronUS001.JPG
Then Top Gear came on and the Bugatti Veyron reared it's head and there I went again with the lotto dream, some for a car and some for interest to live off. Of course, to help get back to sleep I would spend an inordinate amount of time calculating interest, insurance, a new garage...

And now, just like reading a new text book that you know the answers to anyway, as soon as I think of winning a major prize in lozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....


Imagination, lost?

Imagination.

When I was a little kid, I would sometimes nod off to my own stories, under the doona.

Some vivid memories would be being the owner of a fancy rock collection, (Fancy that) where the black light would be making all sorts of rocks glow in their cabinets, and people would flock to such a great display.
From Wikipedia- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Fluorescent_minerals_hg.jpg

Or for some odd reason suddenly growing taller, and giving my school age tormentors their own stick back, or coming first for once or starring in the footy game.

Even some dreams remain- like actually going out with Wendy Johnston in third grade. She was the cutest girl I knew back then.

Those sorts of stories simmered down as I got to adult hood, until.

In the nineties, I was making more money and felt very satisfied with things. The little family was growing, buying a house was on the horizon. I don't recall any major tiffs with my wife.

Yet, on the rig in the middle of no-where in  particular, I started to wonder what I would do if I won the lotto. Well, that really got the old imagination going for the first time in a long time.

New fancy stuff for Tarn and the kids, cars, houses, sailboards. Donations to some charities- as not all are exactly charitable- more business like rather.

And how would I invest it after the thrill settled down?

Shares! Funds. How much interest does a major win generate, and would I really have to spend half my life away from the family anymore?

Ah, dreams. That last expectation has blown out double at the moment.

Just thinking of what to do with a lotto win back then was was my lullaby for a while out there.

After I lost Tarn, that lullaby was not in use.

Before that event, I had run a budgeting program on our household expenses for a year after we bought our little pot of  gold at the end of the smudgey rainbow, and I could tell "She What Must Be Obeyed" what we needed to live on, say thirty thou a year for house, food, car, utilities, newspapers (I got that anal), and that If I Could Keep The Oil Job, the house would be ours in less than ten years with all the extra shift work I was getting! After ten years we could live anywhere we liked! Or even get a holiday house at Sandy Point! However, I was not required in the Oil Patch a few years after that...

Later on I was working on a property, driving a tractor around for a day a few times a month, and the day dreams of first division lotto wins occupied my otherwise bored mind. A Lambo? New roof- and extensions?

The lullaby / story effect was lost again, I could fall asleep as soon as the head was plunked on the pillow.
From Wikipedia, again, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/35/VeyronUS001.JPG/800px-VeyronUS001.JPG

Then Top Gear came on and the Bugatti Veyron reared it's head and there I went again with the lotto dream, some for a car and some for interest to live off. Of course, to help get back to sleep I would spend an inordinate amount of time calculating interest, insurance, a new garage...

And now, just like reading a new text book that you know the answers to anyway, as soon as I think of winning a major prize in lozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....