It would be an understatement to say it been a crazy start to the year for Stargazer and me. I thought there would be plenty of time to get acquainted with my new surroundings in southern Tasmania, having packed up my house, my wine cellar and my dog and departing the Hunter for Hobart in late February. Alas, Mother Nature and climate change had other plans and I started picking Chardonnay a full three weeks earlier than in 2015 and my feet pretty much haven’t hit the ground since then.
I’m really happy with how vintage has gone and with decent yields this year, it’s a good start to my new life as a grape grower. It has been quite a trip getting my head around this whole viticulture caper and I suspect that I’ll have many roadblocks, learning curves and stuff ups along the way. I’m confident that I have a great piece of cool climate dirt in the Coal River Valley though and I’m excited about my first wines to come off the Palisander Vineyard: the Riesling looks exceptional and the Pinot pretty and vibrant.
Plans are already afoot for new plantings so that eventually I can be completely self sufficient. The first step is to map the vineyard and try and match the unplanted areas from the perspective of soil type and exposure with varieties – lots to do and exciting times!