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Budburst - November 2014

Budburst Wine & Food Festival - 15 & 16 November 2014

BuduburstBudburst celebrates the grape vine buds bursting - marking the beginning of a new wine vintage - we think it is worth celebrating.

We invite you to join the renowned winegrowers of the Macedon Ranges and be a part of the celebrations during the Budburst Wine and Food Festival.

Enjoy a weekend of fabulous wine, mouthwatering food and great music; with a backdrop of the spectacular Macedon Ranges - it is an event not to be missed.

Visit more than 20 wineries and taste more than 100 wines from the region.  

Book in early for one of the wine dinners, lunches and degustations at some of the finest restaurants and venues in the the region.

  • Visit the Try Booking website to book your ticket/s online

*As more information becomes available, it will be published on the Budburst Wine & Food Festival site.

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Cloud 9 Farm cellar door officially opens to public

A new and unique cellar door, Cloud 9 Farm, will officially open on Saturday, September 6, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience artisan wine and cheese in a relaxed atmosphere.

The family-owned farm at Pipers Creek is situated beneath the picturesque Cobaw State Forest, with the tasting room offering spectacular views over the valleys of the Macedon Ranges.

The Deeble family shares a passion for working with the land and environment to produce healthy and enjoyable chemical-free produce.

"There are no food miles and no processed chemical enhancements; just simply good wine and cheese," said Mr Deeble.

"Healthy grapes and cows produce quality raw materials. Our aim is to produce both wine and cheese from this raw material that reflect the passion and hard work that we put into the farm. We love what we do, we love our animals and we love good food."

The cool climate at Pipers Creek helps create a lighter style wine that can be matched with food, rather than being too dominant and overpowering. Cloud 9 Farm cheese is produced to compliment the wine. Mrs Deeble’s sought-after cheese, including cheddar and a Camembert style known as White Velvet, is only available at the cellar door.

Cloud 9 Farm’s cellar door is located at 204 Gooch’s Lane, Pipers Creek.

Open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (except Total Fire Ban days, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday).

For further information: Contact Alan and Susy Deeble on 5423 5284.


Curly Flat's Vintage Update

WineryAt Curly Flat we are ultimately very pleased with both the quantity and even more so with its quality.  This year’s growing season seemingly ran through the full gamut of weather outside of snow!

Our yield of 76 tonnes meant we were down by around 16% from our average tonnage of around 90 tonnes.  There are several reasons why our relatively limited crop reduction wasn’t as severe as the majority of producers (Victoria wide).  The following synopsis relates to our experience of the 2014 harvest and may of course differ to the experiences of other producers in our region. 

  • First we have frost protection on the risk areas, this alone saved about 1/3 of our potential crop as we experienced over a dozen frost events that overall would have had a devastating effect. Also due to the warm winter, bud burst was the earliest we have seen, so the period of exposure to frost risk was also the longest we have experienced.
  • The next phase from here was flowering and the cooler than normal spring became a saving grace as it delayed flowering until almost after the cool spring broke sparing flowers being poorly pollinated during that inclement weather.  Saying that we didn’t completely bypass the effects of a cool spring, as generally speaking berries and bunches were smaller than normal, but again not as dramatic as some of the stories we have heard from other regions such as Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula.  We believe that as these regions are relatively warmer than the Macedon Ranges & their vines were potentially exposed to the more unfavourable elements of the weather throughout the flowering phase.
  • Next up was the heat wave that arrived in summer and the relative lack of rain that came with it.  Post flowering, our main challenge was adequate irrigation which we were on top of from the get go.  Our vines are also privy to some outstanding soil.  With essentially no clay base our vines roots go deep, and on top of targeted irrigation (as well as fertigation as required) meant they never unduly suffered from water/heat stress which again is reflected in our relatively good bunch sizes and overall vine health.
  • Also veraison was completed outside of this hot period, meaning that the mostly green hard berries were relatively unscathed by those conditions.  Again these are conditions that were experienced in the warmer Victorian regions that our site/region avoided.  The hot weather also slowed down ripening as it closes down vine respiration , delaying development which in this instance was very favourable for us.
  • Once the heat subsided and cooler weather returned we experienced very good ripening weather, the absence of heat spikes again was very favourable sugar development & low acid degradation leading to very balanced, powerful yet poised fruit.
  • Harvest itself was ultimately trouble free, albeit not stress free, as after being seemingly absent for so long, rain returned.  One particular period threatened to deliver up to 130mm over two days, we escaped with only 40mm over a 4 day period. If anything this only served to freshen up the vines and had negligible impact on the fruit. We appreciate that this rain did hit some areas of our region, so we consider ourselves very lucky here. Luck, or the lack of it, is unfortunately a part of farming, especially with weather experienced in the harvest.

In summary, we are more than satisfied with our crop both in terms of quantity and quality. 

The Pinot Noir in summary is aromatic, powerful but balanced with a wide flavour spectrum as well as great acid backbone which suggest quite a long life ahead in the cellar.  Our Chardonnay is equally promising, with its ripe fruit profile and great balance of natural acids which will allow us to proceed with MLF for extra dimension.  Of course, as always, the only element remaining is time in barrel and for that we’ll just have to wait! 

Written By Ben Kimmorley

23 May, 2014

Curly Flat website


Kyneton Ridge Estate - nominated finalist in prestigious Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards 2014

Twenty-four amazing and diverse businesses were nominated in this category this year and we were thrilled to be in such talented company but to emerge as one of three finalists is such an honour.

This wonderful news comes in the same year we receive the coveted 5 Star Rating for a Boutique Winery from Australia’s leading wine judge James Halliday.

We want to thank the judges involved and all who have supported us over recent years, especially our loyal customers and business partners from the Macedon Ranges.

Kyneton Ridge Estate –
an ideal environment for pinot noir & chardonnay vines.
With five generations of winemaking behind them, John and Luke Boucher continue the quest for quality and refinement.
Being boutique winemakers, they maintain the traditional hand-making processes that complement the character of the wines.


23 May, 2014


'Wine in the City' a big hit!

A fine night indeed (28 February 2014) for the group of Wine in the City whom were treated to a vastly differing array of 15 wines from the region.

Accompanied with a light meal, all 30 members keenly and enthusiastically took part in understanding more about the region, tasting the best the regions can produce, tasting:

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