Healthy Vine Leaf Hourcat Sud May 2012

The tempo is rising; the level of marketing activity is increasing as we approach that “moment of truth” when our beautiful Cloud9 goes on sale….. we are excited, nervous and proud all at the same time.

The first few bottles are now with selected quality fine wine merchants in Melbourne and Geelong for tasting and we look forward to their feedback and the opportunity to supply. This week, we will also be sampling high quality restaurants and particularly those with a special emphasis on microcuvé wineries and smaller producers “with a difference”. All outlets and stockists will be posted on our web site as soon as they are ready to make Cloud9 available for sale.

Our on line shopping cart is nearing completion and will be ready for the first orders at the end of this week – we will advertise this again next week and post updates to Facebook and Twitter as soon as it is ready to go. And we do appreciate all the positive support and feedback from our supporters and future customers who have requested this facility.

At a wine tasting and appreciation dinner on Friday evening, two bottles of #Cloud9 were served and appraised. A couple of things emerge from this wonderful evening….firstly it really is a good idea to open up Cloud9 more than the 15 minutes before drinking recommended on the back label. I would now be so brave as to suggest 2 hours and decanting is very strongly recommended despite its youth! This really allows a much better expression of the wine’s amazing taste. Secondly what I am observing in the taste – building on the “5 Top Tasting Points” blog of two weeks ago – is that the cassis nose is giving way to a nice soft sweet red currant sensation and the all important length of the wine is getting better by the day. The peppery taste on the tongue is becoming longer and slightly stronger, making the wine a great partner for fine food dishes with a touch of chilli or spice. The feedback from round the table of Friday was very complimentary – thank you Geelong Club for that unique opportunity.

Our market wine related blog posts will start to go out under the sub brand of Grape Moments and be tagged in Twitter as #GrapeMoments. This will make it easier for interested people to find (and contribute) to our wine marketing discussions. Progress of our vineyard and winery in Cardan can still be found under the sub brand of From Vine to Wine or #Vine2Wine. We will bring you a further update next weekend and the relaunch of our YouTube channel.