Vine2Wine – Magic Merlot Miracle

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:38+10:00 July 21st, 2013|Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

Last week we brought you the update on Cloud9 Cabernet Franc. This week we will look at Merlot! The Hourcat Centre story is a modern Magical Merlot Miracle! It is less than two years ago that we were lucky enough to be able to purchase the Hourcat Centre block comprising a 1/10th hectare block of

#WineTips 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:39+10:00 July 18th, 2013|Wine Tips|

    Cabernet Sauvignon - one of the world's best known red wine grapes Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most famous, popular and extensively planted red wine varietal grapes, sometimes known as the “King of Red Wine Grapes”. Genetically descended from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc vines, Cabernet Sauvignon spread from the

WineTips #20 – Biodynamic

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:39+10:00 July 6th, 2013|Wine Tips|

WineTips #20 - Biodynamic The philosophy of biodynamic farming was developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 1920s.  Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. The Biodynamic approach  also embraces the interrelationship between lunar and

A Bordeaux Glass: well more than half full!

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:39+10:00 June 29th, 2013|Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

Cloud9 revisits his the CabFranc vineyard Hourcat Sud. You have heard us talk several times previously about the need for a vision and the critical role it plays in any organisation and its future. When well communicated, deployed and maintained it is the beacon which draws an organisation forward towards the successful

#WineTips17 – Decanting

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:39+10:00 June 27th, 2013|Wine Tips|

Decanting need not be complex and doesn't require a cut glass decanter! Decanting is often regarded as a snob process for making wine look fancy. It’s not! It is a very effective way of separating wine from accumulated sediments and allowing a little air to mix with and improve a wine that has

#WineTips16 – Hand Picking

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:40+10:00 June 20th, 2013|Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Wine Tips|

Hand picking B1ockOne CabFranc grapes in Cardan Bordeaux One of the success keys to producing great wine is to start with the best fruit possible. That makes sense! In a typical vineyard due to microclimatic variations, different flower set times and dissimilar grape and bunch health, not all the fruit is evenly ripe nor healthy

Bags bulging for Bordeaux!

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:40+10:00 June 16th, 2013|Cabernet Franc|

View from the Hourcat Sud vineyard towards the 12th Century Cardan church It’s an amazing time to get back to Cardan, as we approach the longest day of the year. Long warm days, short nights and masses of time to make things happen! In short, we can’t wait to be back in Bordeaux.

#WineTips15 – Organic

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:40+10:00 June 13th, 2013|Cabernet Franc, Learning, Sustainability, Wine Tips|

Organic viticulture and wine making Organic viticulture and wine making is the combined process of making wine from organically farmed grapes, which excludes any use of synthetic chemical treatments (pesticides, herbicides or fungicides) nor fertilisers. Organic vignerons and winemakers use organic methods because of the better quality fruit and wine it produces as