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2016 Vintage Report

Edwina Yeates

We had a cracker of a vintage this year. Despite a touch of early hail damage, some pesky birds, and a dash of rain in January, the vines were in wonderful shape during the ripening phase in February and come harvest, they were brimming with well structured bunches and plump, fully coloured berries... all early indicators of some good wine to come. This year's harvest is our 3rd under the organic management regime that was implemented back in 2013 and so far it seems to be working well for us. We managed to pick a whopping 7.5 tonnes of grapes during harvest this year, with most picked by hand. This was to minimise damage to our 48 year-old vines, and allow us more control over which grapes we use in our wines. Like John West, we believe it's the grapes we reject that'll make our wines the best! Three months on, the winemaking process is in full swing and our 2016 vintage of wine looks to be in good shape.

Jacob Stein (YEATES Winemaker), Sandy Yeates (YEATES Vigneron) & Mike De Garis (Wine Consultant) in the vineyard.

Earlier in the year wine-pro Mike DeGaris agreed to help us out a little with the wine. Mike went through Roseworthy College studying wine science and has impressive credentials as a winemaker, wine judge and in the last decade, wine consultant. He has already had a big impact on techniques to refine our 2015 shiraz and together with Jacob's magic touch, we dare say our 2016 vintage may just be the best yet. Watch this space.


Edwina Yeates

What a night! On Thursday 19th March, over 120 people showed up at the Local Taphouse (Darlinghurst) in Sydney to sample some YEATES wines. The evening started with a tasting of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests then moved onto the 2011 Shiraz/Cabernet blend and then finished with an exclusive pre-release tasting of the 2013 Cabernet & 2013 Shiraz. We had the charismatic and inspiring David Marshall (of Wine Marshalls) make a fantastic speech about the wines and their potential as well as a brief history of the vineyard, including the success of Rosemount's Mountain Blue prior to Foster's & Yeates ownership. This was followed by a highly passionate speech from our very own, Sandy Yeates and a brief speech by James Yeates.

Apart from the red wines, our guests enjoyed some really lovely Robert Stein Winery Riesling and some LOWE Wines Pinot Grigio; both provided relief from what was a rather hot day in Sydney. The Local provided us with some delicious canapés to match the wines and then to end the night we announced the evening's prize winners (Thanks to Annabell Stone for your very generous contribution at both launches). It seems an 8.30pm end time was a little ambitious for this crowd, although we really should have known better. What a fun night!

All in all we were completely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support of those that attended and we can't wait to see what the future will bring. A big thanks to all those that came along and also to the entire Yeates family. It's not often enough that we're all in the same room together and it was lovely.