We’re right in the thick of it, knee-deep in grapes and joyfully submerged in the world of winemaking here in the Hunter Valley. Picture this: we’re halfway through the 2024 vintage, and the winery is bursting with excitement!
Mother Nature decided to make this vintage one for the books. A dry growing season, coupled with sizzling hot days, set the scene for a fast and furious dance with the grapes. A touch of humidity tried to join the party, but no worries – so too did the trusty hot, drying winds that showed it the exit, leaving our grapes calm, and disease-free.
All our whites are snug as a bug, basking in the cool confines of the winery. Verdelho took the stage first, stealing the spotlight with its vibrant personality. Following in its footsteps, our single vineyard gems – Semillons, Chardonnays, and Pecorino – made their grand entrance, each telling a unique tale of terroir and taste.
Meanwhile, the reds are marching in like they own the place – and honestly, we’re here for it!
Shiraz, Merlot, and Tempranillo are the latest VIPs to grace our winery. The reds are rolling in, adding layers of complexity and richness to the tapestry of this vintage. We are particularly excited for see our LDR Shiraz Touriga blend as Touriga thrives in the hot, dry weather we have been having.
In the winemaking playbook this year, the basket press is the undisputed MVP. Why, you ask? It’s all about that gentle juice extraction – a spa day for our grapes! This means the flavors and colors are sticking around for the main event, creating wines that are as vibrant as the Hunter Valley sunset.
If you are really wanting to get a behind-the-scenes look into the most exciting time of the year, then join us for our DeLuxe Winery Tour Experience. It’s a great opportunity to taste freshly pressed juice, see the red wine fermenting in our open fermenters, and understand so much more about the winemaking process.
So, there you have it – a sneak peek into the lively world of De Iuliis Wines during this spectacular vintage. We can’t wait to uncork the magic and share it with you all.
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