Due to life and a lack of time, I've had to finish up my infrequent cellar-door work at Mount Majura Vineyard in Canberra... however when the team got together for the staff wine-making project this year, I was lucky enough to be invited back for a cameo appearance.
So a bunch of us got together on a Saturday morning to pick our Pinot Noir, donated by MMV and their winemaker Frank Van Der Loo. Great viticulturists and a great vintage meant great fruit; which means easy picking! We motored through the two rows and ended up with less fruit than expected. Sales Manager Fergus then put a call into Frank asking 'what our options were'... as in, 'what else can we use, Frank?' Generously, Frank gave us two rows of Cab-Franc-Merlot from the Dinny's Block which gave us a total of around 400kg of fruit. It's ended up around one third Pinot, two thirds Cab-Franc-Merlot... picked at around 14 baume. We left much of the Pinot Noir as whole bunches for ferment and plunged it daily for around a week or so. Now it's in barrel being looked after closely by the team at MMV... what a great day!