What a wintery week we have had, with very cool temperatures and plenty of rain. 🌧☔ The ground is saturated, the dams are full and we are becoming experts again at getting tractors, trucks and utes out of bogs!
Unfortunately we have decided to remain closed due to the current Covid-19 Restrictions 😞 however that is giving us time to catch up on a few things and even enjoy a few weekends at home. 🙂
On the orchard there is much preparation for new plantings, and the grafting of cherries and stone fruit has begun. 🍒 🍑 With all this moisture around, weeds will certainly be a challenge in the Spring, and so we are implementing our strategies now to deal with this.
In the vineyard, the pruning is ongoing. 🍇 This is a slow and arduous task, however we are certainly making good progress and are on schedule.
We bottled our first ever vintage of Fiano and Riesling last week. The bottling of our 2021 Grenache Rosé, a portion of our 2021 Shiraz and our 2020 Cherry Wine is happening next week, so there’s plenty to look forward to on the wine front. Our 2019 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling will also be available soon. 🍾
Along with the very successful Australian Olympic Team, our good old 2019 Tom Cabernet Sauvignon 🍷 also picked up a couple of awards 🥈🥉 to add to its collection this week; one at the Cowra Wine Show and one at the Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show. 👏👏👏
Everything is so green at the moment, you could be mistaken for thinking you were at Ballinaclash in Ireland! 🍀
Woke up this morning to a cracker of a frost which is just what our cherries love at this time of year as sufficient winter chilling will ensure an even and full bud break in the spring.
Grafting of cherry trees has begun and then of course there’s what seems like the never ending pruning in the vineyard.
We made our final batch of cherry jam last week, as well as our very popular quince jam. The smell in the shed as the quince was cooking, was divine! We are now all stocked up with jams for our Farm Gate Shop and Online Store.https://ballinaclash.com.au/store/
Unfortunately our Cellar Door and Farm Gate Shop are still closed due to the current Covid-19 Restrictions, however rest assured, we are very busy behind our closed doors, preparing for brighter times in Spring and Summer.
We bottled our first ever vintages of both Fiano and Riesling this week, which is very exciting for us, and we are looking forward to releasing it very soon so that you can try it too and be excited with us!
That’s about all the news for now, except to say ………….happy International Shiraz Day and we hope you have a Ballinaclash Shiraz in your cellar to enjoy, if not, jump online to our shop and order our very low in stock Joe or John Shiraz or you might miss out! https://ballinaclash.com.au/store/
We are officially in the middle of winter and so it seems very appropriate that as I sit here writing by the fire, I am enjoying the sound of gentle rain on the tin roof.
This beautiful vineyard photo of winter at Ballinaclash was taken by talented local photographer Maree Myhill.
We have decided to remain closed again this coming weekend due to the Covid-19 Restrictions.😢😢😢
We send our best wishes to all those currently in lock-down, and hope that very soon we will be able to see you again at Ballinaclash.
There is plenty happening in the orchard and vineyard with pruning and preparation for grafting and replanting filling our days. We also get the odd local visitor popping in, as captured below by local photographer Maree Myhill.
Already we are getting a lot of inquiry regarding the 2021 Cherry Season which is due to commence in November. We are currently working very hard to ensure a seamless booking system is set up so that in these somewhat unpredictable times, we can look after our pick your own customers as best we can. We hope to have this booking system up in the next few weeks.
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Firstly, we hope you are going OK in these crazy times.
We were all geared up for our Lunch & Live Music last Sunday featuring the Forelle Quintet who were going to delight us with an afternoon of Irish Music. At the last minute, due to the COVID-19 Restrictions, we unfortunately had to cancel.
Thank you to all of those who booked (& to those who were on the waiting list, as we were booked out!). Your support is very encouraging and we look forward to welcoming you back to Ballinaclash soon. We will ensure that all those who booked, will be notified of our next Lunch & Live Music prior to us advertising, so that you get first opportunity to rebook if you so wish.
We have decided to look upon these latest restrictions as an opportunity to take a breather, do some catch up jobs and start a few new projects.
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This beautiful artwork was created by Tony Tracey.
After the success of our Anzac Day Lunch & Live Music at Ballinaclash, we are delighted to now be preparing for our Mother’s Day Lunch & Live Musicon May 9th from 12 noon to 4pm.
You will be warmly welcomed with a complimentary drink and then seated in our rustic shed, to enjoy a Trio of House Made Dips, followed by an absolutely delicious The Pastor’s Pleasure’s Pie & finally one of our house made desserts to top it all off.
Local guitar legend, Hovert Gonzales, will serenade you with his easy listening style, making for a very relaxing afternoon, sitting around the fire, sipping our award winning wine.
We have a special children’s menu available also.Bookings are online or call 0418 271 770 for more information.