Our vineyard staff are busily prepping for a much-anticipated season with the standout varieties emerging as the vines progress.
The vines in the Orange Region are looking impressive with full moisture profiles and should not need much top-up irrigation if the season continues well according to Tamburlaine Organic Wines Operations and Grower Liaison Manager in Cudal, Clayton Kiely.
Clayton has been in the vineyard industry for 26 years. He started out at the grass roots level pruning and worked his way up to vineyard management. He is currently managing the fruit intake at Tamburlaine’s winery in Cudal and supporting the vineyard managers throughout the region.
“No year is ever the same,” Clayton explained. Generally, around September/October you will begin to see a standout variety emerge.
“Different varieties suit different seasons and this year it looks like Chardonnay is doing exceptionally well in the whites and Merlot in the reds in our vineyards in the Orange region.”
Malbec has also been tipped as a standout for the Orange Region grapes. For the Tamburlaine Hunter Valley vineyards, it seems Semillon in the whites and Shiraz in reds are emerging as the standout varieties.
Long hours have been put in on the tractors slashing and applying protective fungicide along with natural fertiliser on the vines over the past few months. There has also been under-vine mechanical weeding carried out due to the good rainfall received.
Tamburlaine Organic Wines Operations and Grower Liaison Manager in Cudal, Clayton Kiely, pictured in one of the standout varieties for the next promising vintage at their Borenore Vineyard near Orange – Merlot.
The Chardonnay vines are looking to be a standout white variety for the coming vintage in the Borenore vineyards near Orange after the best start in three long seasons.
Vineyard staff have been busy putting in long hours on the tractors slashing and applying protective fungicide along with natural fertiliser on the vines at the Borenore Tamburlaine Organic Wines Vineyard.
Tamburlaine Organic Wines Operations and Grower Liaison Manager in Cudal, Clayton Kiely, inspecting a Chardonnay vine which is a standout variety for the upcoming vintage.