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Vine2Wine – Cabernet Franc Harvest Day 2017

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:01+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

Most Saturday mornings in our village are quiet. They start quiet, they continue quiet and they finish in pretty much the same way. But jet lag wasn’t going to let me sleep in much either. It’s harvest day 2017. I don’t need an alarm. The clouds disappear; the fruit is beautiful. Let the Paradise

Bordeaux Vintage 2017 – explaining Heterogeneous

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:03+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Cabernet Franc, Learning, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

Paradise Rescued talented organic vigneronne will be tested to the max with 'heterogeneous' Bordeaux Vintage 2017. Bordeaux Vintage 2017 is very challenging. This season Mother Nature is absolutely in control and has delivered some pretty nasty weather shocks along the way so far. Which may explain why the media and blog pages from

#Vine2Wine – Paradise Rescued sidesteps Bordeaux frost disaster

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:05+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

Last week's big Bordeaux frost thankfully sidestepped the Paradise Rescued Bordeaux vineyards. No matter which way you look at it, this week’s Bordeaux frost disaster has been a tragedy. Putting pay to many people’s dreams before they really got started and inflicting deeper financial pain on many. And somehow – don’t ask me for

Vine2Wine: Bordeaux vintage 2016 – Time to “lift the lid”

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:06+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

In a famous and celebrated top wine region such as Bordeaux, almost every change in the weather, property sale or first insect arrival of the year is reported with zeal. Many leading wine sales companies and media have their “on the ground” newshound sharing news, rumours and perceptions about almost everything. But then there was

#Vine2Wine – Good wine is made in the vineyard!

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:07+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Learning, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

Producing good fruit precedes making good wine I was reading a blog article recently where the author had interviewed a number of seasoned winemakers about what they predicted was coming next in the Australian wine production business. As I read the article, a common theme was emerging. A theme that had me worried

#Vine2Wine: Bordeaux Vintage 2016 – our early view

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:09+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

It may just be me but it seems that the Bordeaux wine media has been remarkably quiet on the prospective Bordeaux Vintage 2016 vintage. Maybe this is just a calmer reaction following a generally successful and much publicised 2015 vintage, which followed several less good overall vintages. Or perhaps after such a good hot summer, a

Vine2Wine – Bordeaux Paradise mid season Review

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:11+00:00 July 17th, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

“How’s it going in Paradise?” is one of the most asked questions that I receive. As always, thank you, we love the question and there is no better way to answer than to write a mid-season Vine2Wine vineyard review. So here goes….. Taste Test - Paradise Rescued B1ockOne Cabernet Franc 2014. Superb! 2015

Grape Moments – Incredible Bordeaux Wine

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

Paradise Rescued B1ockOne Bordeaux Cabernet Franc 2010 Until now, we hadn’t really produced sufficient vintages to justify carrying out a proper “vertical” tasting of our Bordeaux wines – that is a tasting from one year to another of the same wine, brand or vineyard. As we come of age – 2015 was our

#WineTips32 – Noble Rot

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:18+00:00 February 13th, 2016|#WineTips, Bordeaux Wine, Vine2Wine|

Noble rot (Botyritis cinerea as it is known technically) or ‘Pourriture Noble’ (in French) is a special set of fungal conditions experienced by white wine grapes when they become infected by grey rot fungus as the grapes approach their maturity. When picked, pressed and the juice fermented, the resultant so-called “botyrised” wines have a distinctive

Vine2Wine – Our verdict on Bordeaux vintage 2015

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:18+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

From what I can see and hear, there are some pretty big smiles around the Bordeaux vineyards at present as winemakers and wineries start to appreciate their successes from the 2015 season. For many Bordeaux wine businesses, this has been their first big success since 2010, with each intervening season having presented its own series