2015 Shearing the Vines - Event Wrap Up
Date Posted:31 March 2015
It was one vintage day that was a first and a last. Our annual Shearing the Vines event was held on the first of March and it was the last day of a very compressed 18 day vintage.
Black Sheep members enjoyed the hands-on experience amongst the vines at our Black Sheep Vineyard. Ben Pridham, our viticulturist, gave a raw and passionate presentation on the diversity of the McLaren Vale sub-regions and shared interesting 'insider' techniques of how we determine the ripeness of the fruit for harvest, before instructing the members on the finer points of ‘shearing’.
In little more than an hour the work was done, and following a group picture, members enjoyed a lazy lunch, glasses filled with delicious wines and some laughs with Pam, Mary and myself in the rustic farm shed. The lunch boxes were filled with an array of local produce and Pam's Vineyard Terrine. Members were treated to a preview tasting of the 2013 'Shearer's Cut' made from grapes we picked at the 2013 event!
This year our members picked just over two and half tonnes of Shiraz grapes from the 100+ year old vines on the Ancient Block and the 75+ year old vines on Block 4. The journey of vine to bottle has just begun. It’ll be two years until we can enjoy the fruits of our labour.
Head to our Facebook page here to check out the photos of the event.