And here it is people…bud burst! On arriving at the Swinging Bridge cellar door on Saturday 19th September a demure and shy row of Riesling sat quietly, hiding in the warm spring sunshine…only to surprise us all on Sunday (in the rain no less!) with the promise of things to come! Bud burst!
There’s something quite special about bud burst at Swinging Bridge. In fact, spring in general, as everything seems to come to life, turn green, white, pink and every other possible shade of colour all bearing the possibilities of vigor, a great harvest and of course, spectacular wine.
Last year production in the vineyard had its challenges with prolonged drought and bush fires and let’s face it, this year has had its obstacles as well but with the arrival of spring everything that went amiss is now forgotten and we are off to a fresh new start, a new beginning and a new cycle.
So, what can you expect to see when you visit Swinging Bridge cellar door this spring…more vines going through bud burst and developing leaves plus green, green grass and spectacular bright, sun filled views of our beloved Mount Canobolas (Ghannabulla) standing at 1395mts to the south of the Swinging Bridge “Hill Park” vineyard.
Our G & A Sparkling, Eliza Riesling and Mrs Payten Chardonnay are just a few of our wines that are all brilliant to enjoy during spring with their individual ‘bright spring like’ characteristics such as white peach, crisp, green apple, citrus, vanilla, and florals to name a few.
Pruning is done and we are now just starting to see budburst. It will be a flurry of activity over the next 6- 8 weeks as we see all of the canopy develop and the evolution of fruit for vintage 2021. We are lucky this year that we have a full profile of water in the ground and it looks like we are going to be in for a wet spring.
This means we will have to be ever vigilant in the vineyard to watch out for and manage any disease occurrences and not to mention how much time we will be spending on the slasher and mower!
We are also in the process of working over our Sauvignon Blanc at Hill Park to another clone of Chardonnay which is exciting for us as we continue to evolve and lead the Orange wine region in this variety. These vines will be cut at the top of the truck and we will proceed to graft on new buds over the coming weeks.
Our new plantings are now into their 3rd and 4th years – more Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and we look to see the first crop from these this year. It has been a long hard slog, but it is going to be worth it for the many options we will have in blending and creating some single vineyard wine in the future.
Spring is always a busy time in the cellar door as it also coincides with the Orange Wine Festival held across the month of October. We have a number of events planned for the festival at the Swinging Bridge vineyard and cellar door. If you can’t make it to one of these special events the cellar door is your next opportunity to enjoy Swinging Bridge wines, vines and views. Please remember to book online as walk-in’s can often not be accommodated during these COVID times.
We look forward to welcoming you at Swinging Bridge this spring and invite you to say hello to our Riesling, first row of vines as you arrive at the cellar door.