Vintage is in full swing at Aravina Estate and Chief Winemaker Ryan Aggiss has an update from the vineyard and the exciting new installation of our winery on site...
"As the sun has continued to shine and the days begin to get shorter it means one thing: vintage 2018. The season has been kind thus far (touch wood), with minimal birds in the area due to the heavy marri blossom and basically no rain to create disease pressures. We really couldn’t have hoped for a better season.
Last week we harvested both A block and J block Semillon with around 39t in total. We hand picked our premium Chardonnay parcels, with about 11.2t picked in total. Grapes were crushed, pressed and then rolled to some great French oak and are now fermenting up in our winery - as you can see in the photos below.
Crushing the chardonnay and putting some to oak.
Quality was excellent and I expect the wines to look great, continuing with the calibre that that we have been producing over the past few award winning vintages.
We also picked a small 5t pick for our sparkling chenin base and the juice is vibrant and tight, perfect for our 'A' Collection Sparkling Chenin Blanc. This is being racked off it's slushy settlings and then will be tankered into Aravina for ferment later this week or early the next.
So with about 56t picked we are 20% through our picking.....
This week we will pick our Sauvignon Blanc (20t) and remaining Semillon (7t) parcels along with our Tempranillo Rose base (8t). That will only leave a small Sauvingon Blanc pick next week and our mammoth Chenin pick that week too - the estate is famed in the region for it's Chenin for good reason! We have the best quality AND quantity with over 4.6 Ha under vine.
Reds are likely to start in a fortnight so it will be a busy but very productive few weeks! Overall quality and yields are epic and with this great weather I'm hopeful of another brilliant Cabernet vintage."
It's almost that time of year again... the countdown is on to New Years Eve!
2016 has been an incredible year here at Aravina Estate and we would personally like to thank each and every one of you for your continuing support and enthusiasm for Aravina Estate.
As the year draws to a close its always important to reflect on the year that has been and all of the people and experiences that helped make it a year to remember.
Here at Aravina we have had a year brimming with events and functions at the estate - from sponsoring the Margaret River Surf Pro and hosting Taj Burrows farewell lunch, through to the HIA awards dinner and the Margaret River Wine Awards most recently.
We are proud to continue our reputation as the South West's number one Wedding destination and 2016 has seen countless beautiful brides walk down the aisle to their eagerly awaiting groom and start their life as husband and wife in our exquisite function room.
In the restaurant we have our brilliant Executive Chef Ben Day and his team of skilled chefs who have crafted a year of inspiring and innovative seasonal menus utilising as much produce from our market garden as possible.
July brought with it a sad farewell to our winemaker of 5 years, Jodie Opie, but we very warmly welcomed Ryan Aggiss to step into the role of Aravina's Chief Winemaker. Ryan's extensive experience and enthusiasm for the wine industry is leading to some very exciting wines ahead for Aravina and contributed to the ever increasing list of awards that grace our boutique wine list. 2017 marks the 30th year that Aravina has been producing it's stunning wines so be sure to look out for some exciting events in the coming year to celebrate!
September marked the one year anniversary of our Pop-Up space (which is open every day in Summer until February) and our delicious Aravina Cucina range. We were kept very busy in the lead up to Christmas with our corporate hampers and Aravina's Operations Manager, Sandra Newland has been vital in continuing to provide the service and experience that we are renowned for and that draws guests back to visit us each time they visit the region.
Finally a heartfelt thank you to all of the staff that make Aravina the special place that it is. From our head gardener and the estate maintenance team, our viticulturist, the restaurant supervisors and their hardworking staff, cellar door team, weddings and events team, marketing and communications manager, through to our chefs and all the staff in the kitchen.
May you welcome the new year with open arms, a full heart and with excitement for the year ahead and all of the joys it has in store.
We look forward to welcoming you at Aravina Estate in 2017 and continuing to share this incredible part of the world with you.
Happy New Year!
Steve and Hayley Tobin
Aravina Estate Owners
Introducing 'The Parisian Heart'...
Allow yourself to be swept up in a luxurious touch of French romance with the newest addition to Aravina's range, The 2016 Parisian Heart.
A delicious champagne cocktail 'non-alcoholic' mixer exhibiting flavours of summer berries and vanilla bean. This is the perfect accompaniment for creating a Champagne Cocktail for any occasion.
Now available to buy exclusively at our cellar door by the bottle, we recommend pairing this mixer with the Aravina Estate 'A' Collection Sparkling Chenin Blanc.
Perfect for ringing in the New Year with or be sure to order a glass to start your meal with when you next come in to dine at at restaurant.
Bookings essential, phone 9750 1111.
Summer Wine Special – 12 pack just $150!
Be quick before they are all gone! An end of vintage sale has just been announced for our 2013 Cabernet Merlot as a Summer special before we release our next vintage.
It exhibits classic Margaret River black fruit dominated by cassis and spicy French oak on the nose. Dry, with well integrated fruit and tannins and lovely ripe plum and boysenberry flavours that linger on the palate and the aroma is intense and powerful. Drinking well now or will age for up to five years.
The RRP is $32 per bottle so be fast to snap up a 6-pack for $90 or a case of 12 for $150.
Success continues in 2016 for the growing list of medals at Aravina Estate’s vineyard with the recent announcement of the 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show results.
Following on from Aravina Estates success at the 2016 Royal Perth Wine Show, where the 2015 ‘A Collection’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillion took home a gold medal, the Adelaide Show has resulted in three additional trophies.
The 2014 ‘A Collection’ Shiraz Tempranillo was awarded a top gold medal for its category, 2014 Other Red Blends. A gold in this class for a Western Australian wine brand is ‘extremely rare’ in what is ‘a very competitive class and usually is dominated by South Australian wines‘ states Aravina Estate’s Chief Winemaker, Ryan Aggiss.
Both the 2013 Wildwood Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 Wildwood Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon took home very high Silver medals in each of their categories.
Also in recent news is the release of Aravina’s 2013 Cabernet Merlot. The wine exhibits classic Margaret River black fruit dominated by cassis and spicy French oak on the nose. Dry, with well integrated fruit and tannins and lovely ripe plum and boysenberry flavours that linger on the palate and the aroma is intense and powerful. Drink now or will age for up to five years. Available direct from the estate for a RRP of $32.
Aravina Estate wines are available at www.aravinaestate.com, through Cellar Door.