Friday, March 14, 2014

Trials and tribulations

Such a delay in posting! Sorry all. Summer and the start of 2014 have been a bruising whirlwind around Gryphonwood.

So what does one do when:

Winter and spring winds, followed by marauding escapee sheep have battered and torn apart our fledgling 777 Pinot Noir block. It is a replant job...and time for mutton.

The Tasmanian economy finally, truly, tanked. Retail (not only wine) has dried up to a trickle and I now fear for some of our customers, not to mention the cascading impact this is having on us and beyond. Our hope is that this weekend's election will see some calm come to the state soon, and give everyone a chance to recover.

The keenly awaited 2013 wines have failed to eventuate to date (we had a small yet special joy with the 2013 Pinot Gris; it is stunning, but only 15 cases!). Hopefully soon!

Mel's hip failed, Christmas eve of all times. It has been a painful and slow summer for her, and it is a basically a countdown now to a replacement. On top of that, child number one's auto immune disease is  back with a vengeance.

A tree limb came down on my car, whilst I was doing 70km/hr in it! I am stunned that it did not come through the windscreen and take my head off! Car is a little worse for wear and still awaiting repair.

Launceston's Festivale changed their strategies on wine this year and left a lot of little vineyards on the fallback list. Sadly they fell back on us only a few weeks out from the event, and there was no way we were going to be ready - so the festival season was a big non-event this year.

We find ourselves in a fight to keep our land and home, as an outside legal contest has managed to drag us into the fringes.

We got an offer to buy every case of our wine, by a big online retailer...at a price that was one third the cost of manufacture of the wine! Exactly who is profiting in the wine industry??? (we said no btw)

Something has eaten two out of three Peking ducks! Worked out they are easy pickings at night it seems...

So what does one do? Should one sit and sulk or grizzle about it? No...everyone has their troubles.

One cracks a red with family and friends, raises a glass and says 'Cheers!'

I hope your 2014 is awesome, truly.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Eagerly awaiting new vintage wines!

Well we have tasted our 2013 vintage wines...and I am excited!!

The 2013 Pinot Noir is shaping up like the award winning 2011(which is about to run out!!!), but with just a little bit more going on. Should be a lovely Pinot!

2103 Chardonnay is a stunner! I love it, and hope nothing distressing happens during bottling to detract from its great flavours.

And interestingly, we have scored a tiny amount of Pinot Gris!! It is a delightful wine, and will be a smash hit over Summer alongside our maturing 2102 Riesling. We have only a handful of cases of this one, so it will be a Cellar Door exclusive...well, a Harvest Market exclusive...

More to come once they are bottled!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tasmania Unbottled is here!

It is pretty exciting for Gryphonwood to finally be working more on the mainland!
As part of our efforts, we are attending Wine Tasmania's premier event - Tasmania Unbottled 2013

This came together fast and furiously in the past couple of weeks, and unfortunately it meant we were not able to make it to Brisbane this year...but we will make up for that next time around!
 We will be in both Sydney and Brisbane however! We would love to catch up with you and say hi, so check out the details below. The events and dinners surrounding the main tastings look awesome, so we will be definitely fully involved next year!
See you there!!!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Sampling wines on the Spirit of Tasmania

The gang at Spirit of Tasmania have put together a fantastic event called the Flavours of Tassie!
Photo care of Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spirit_of_Tasmania_I_21Feb08.JPG

It is a brilliant effort on their behalf, allowing Tasmanian producers to meet travellers on their way to and from Tasmania. 
We sailed from Tassie on the night of 29th May, and came back down on the night of the 31st. The crews of both ships made us most welcome, helping me set up in the rear lounge and bar area.

We will be back on the ship heading to Melbourne on the 26th of June and back down to Devonport on the 1st of July sailing. If you are on the ship at the same time, make sure you come and say hi!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Investment in Tasmania's Wine Industry!

In a most pleasant surprise, the Tasmanian Government has announced its support for the Wine Industry!

The Government will launch a new initiative to support growth in the Tasmanian wine sector, through a $1.2M five year program to assist producers with new plantings. 

Here is the link for their media release

So if there is a chance this comes off, we may have to ramp up our planting program! 

Chardonnay...Pinot Gris...Gruner Veltliner???