Winemaking Excellence – Fruit Sorting & Destemming at Yabby Lake with Tom Carson
Making exceptional wine takes thought and patience. Every step of the winemaking process presents you with a choice. In the winery, it begins when the fruit arrives. ?
Watch as Pinot Noir from Yabby Lake’s Block 2 is sorted by hand & some seriously impressive cutting edge machinery!
Wacky Racky Time … Ghetto Style! Making Wine Yummier V16E10
It’s time to Rack the Wine Decoded Bathtub Shiraz! Decanting it out of tank and barrel removing anything that has settled to the bottom and introduce a little bit of oxygen to help the wine develop.
Winemaker Sessions #2 Pete Schell – Spinifex Wines, Barossa Valley
Pete Schell from Spinifex Wines in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, dropped by Wine Decoded HQ to talk all things Vinous.He’s making some of the funniest wines coming out of the Barossa and has definitely been a leader in making fresher, yummy wines with real personality from the Barossa.
Getting Extra Yumminess into the Bathtub Shiraz! Why We Age it in Oak & Tank?
In the latest episode of the Bathtub Winemaking Project we talk Oak vs Tank. How does the vessel you mature your wine in change it? What are we looking for and trying to achieve?
Winemaker Sessions #1 Peter Cowley, TeMata Estate, Hawkes Bay
Peter Cowley from TeMata Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, dropped into Wine Decoded HQ to shoot the breeze last week.
Turns out he knows a thing or two about making Filthy Good Vino.
We talked Hawkes Bay, Possums, Art Decco and mostly, vino, taking a look at 8 of his wines.
Stalks in Wine – Dunking the Biggest Teabag Ever! BWP V16E07
Stalks can impart an incredible spice into red wine adding intrigue! They also add tannin, some times you want them in your wine, other times you need to remove them! Watch as we remove stalks from our Yarra Valley Shiraz and explain what we were trying to achieve by using them!
Passopisciaro 2013 Contrade (Single Vineyard Wines), Nerello Mascelese from Etna on the Tasting Bench
The release of the Contrade (Single Vineyard Wines) from the Passopisciaro Estate in Etna, Sicily is always a highlight each year. These stunning wines made from Nerello Mascelese are intriguing pleasure festas in the glass! Below are thoughts on the 2013’s and an article published last year on Passopisciaro and the 2012 Contrade.
Daily Rituals in the Wine Decoded Bathtub Winery! Morning Rounds! BWP V16E06
Daily Rituals in the Wine Decoded Bathtub Winery! Always Tasting! Always Thinking! Watch 2hrs of Action Condensed into a little over 4mins with an Explanation from our Chief Wine Hacker, Paul!
“Whole Bunch Festa – Part II” Bathtub Winemaking Project V16E04
Checking the progress of the Whole Bunch Shiraz Ferment!
Time to taste all the different components, whole bunches, whole berries, crushed fruit & juice!
Then we’ll have a think about what we’ll do next!
“Tasting Ferments” Bathtub Winemaking Project V16E05
Tasting ferments during the winemaking process is part of the daily ritual during vintage.
It helps winemakers guide the wines in the right direction by doing a whole series of little things.
Check out how we assess where the yumminess is at during the early stages of fermentation!
“The Big Crush” Bathtub Winemaking Project V16E02 “
The Wine Decoded Bathtub Winemaking Project Shiraz is in the house! Nothing Like a 38°C day to Shift 140 Buckets of Fruit into Bathtub Fermenters!
It’s crushing time!
Check out all the action as we crush our yummy fruit, transport it to Wine Decoded HQ and bucket it into our 3 bathtubs for fermentation!
“Squishing Shiraz Samples” Bathtub Winemaking Project V16E01
After a false start, the WINE DECODED Bathtub Winemaking Project 2016 is GO!
Big Shout Out to Dylan McMahon for helping us find some yummy fruit to play with!
Yesterday we sampled Shiraz from a beautiful vineyard in Seville East on the edge of Gruyere in the Yarra Valley.
An Afternoon with Gaia Gaja
Finally I’ve managed to share my thoughts on a very special & intimate afternoon with Gaia Gaja at Boccaccio Cellars earlier this year. A big shout out to Anthony D’Anna for organising such a delicious event and Gaia Gaja for being such a human hostess.
Taking a look at the Lauded 2004 Barolo Vintage … A Wicked Retrospective
Barolo has undergone a revolution of the last few decades. One that we’ve seen occur across many of the great wine regions of the world. Think Burgundy, Tuscany and even Australia. It’s a cycle where tradition gets overtaken by technology and often ends up with those craftsmen who tend vines and make wine finding a […]