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19th Feb 2018 Expect new varietals and plenty of Prosecco for the season ahead

By Katherine Brown, fourth generation family member and Assistant Winemaker.

With hot to warm weather ushering us into 2018, the grapes began to accumulate sugars and show signs of ripeness in late January.

Prosecco and Chardonnay were the first varieties to come into the winery in 2018, with the first graped crush on the 5th of February.

2017 was a much later start and slower ripening season than what we are seeing this year. Nice sunny and mild weather during late last year has been perfect for the growing conditions.

We are expecting our largest Prosecco grape intake ever, with over 2500 tonnes to arrive in Milawa over the next 8 weeks.

Red grapes are already showing good colour and flavour, with Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley and Shiraz from Heathcote scheduled for harvest this week.

Brown Brothers winemaking team is passionate about innovation and we are excited to work with some new varieties this vintage, including Brachetto (red variety) and new generation varieties from the CSIRO.

The Milawa team welcomed a new filtration system to the winery in January. Known as a Lees Cross Flow the system will give better quality juice filtration piror to fermentation.

I’m very excited about this vintage, taking on new responsibilities including Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Malbec whilst continuing to look after Rose, Crouchen Riesling and Moscato Gold. There will be lots of time spent on innovation and trials, many of these you may get to see in cellardoor later in the year!

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