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Friday, 04 November 2011 09:06

It's Movember!

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Written by Charles Simpson
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It's Movember! It's Movember, the month formerly known as November, now dedicated to growing moustaches and raising awareness and funds for men's health; specifically prostate and testicular cancer. I'm donating my top lip to the cause for 30 days in an effort to help change the face of men's health. My Mo will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for cancers affecting men. Why am I so passionate about men's health? * 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime * This year…
Monday, 10 October 2011 10:02

End of Vintage 2011!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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End of vintage 2011! The excitement of the first few nights of the harvest seem like a long time ago!  It is now two months later and the team at Sainte Rose is feeling tired, but pleased with quite literally the fruits of our labour!  We have picked 12 different grape varieties from our 33 hectares of vines.  Most of the early white varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat) have finished fermentation, they have been racked and are essentially ‘finished’ wine.  The later varieties (Marsanne and Roussanne) are finishing their fermentation in oak barrels where they will remain to…
Monday, 26 September 2011 14:18

Our GSM Harvest!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Our Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre Harvest! The three red grape varieties indigenous to the south of France are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.  As you would imagine therefore a blend using these varieties (that has been baptised GSM by the Australians, who also produce them), is very common throughout our area.  And rightly so, these grapes thrive in warm, dry growing conditions and if well-maintained and carefully vinified, can produce concentrated, characterful wines that evoke images of sun-drenched vineyards surrounded by the garrigue.  The garrigue is essentially the low-lying plants and shrubs that cover the hillsides of southern France; small Holm…
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