Whats happening at MRLV

Vineyard Report: Winter 2020

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Vineyard Report: Winter 2020

With a few days of winter to go Mother Nature let us know it might not be over just yet. We've had over 100mm of rainfall in the last week and with good falls forecast we will exceed averages for August, we've also experienced some very cold crisp frosty mornings! Pruning of our vineyard is now complete. We are continuing to improve our pruning techniques to provide more consistency of yield and improve sap flow throughout the growing season. Soil tests have been completed and we have already commenced our soil improvement programme and will continue to do so during...

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Halliday Wine Companion - 5 Red Stars

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Halliday Wine Companion - 5 Red Stars

The 2021 James Halliday companion was released in August and we were absolutely thrilled to retain our 5 red star rating.  Out of over 2800 Wineries and Vineyards that belong to the Halliday Wine Companion only 273 red stars have been awarded this year. We are delighted to sit with amazing company. This year we submitted many of our 2018 vintages and they proved to be just as impressive to Halliday as we thought. Shiraz was the star variety for us with all our labels receiving high scores. The highest been 96 points for our 2018 MLRV Shiraz followed by...

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The Covid Kitchen Diaries Wk3-4

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The Covid Kitchen Diaries Wk3-4

…Our Mushroom foraging continues, with us collecting the 'best of the best' for use on the menu as we open. However, we haven’t been in the restaurant during the entirety of our Covid closure, we took the opportunity (spotted through a Facebook advertisement) to go and work at the Organic vegetable farm of one of our suppliers here in the Adelaide hills. Which not only kept us busy, but was a real insight into the growing cycle, hard work and passion that many of our suppliers have for their produce. The job started out as ‘garlic planter’, to which I...

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International Chardonnay Day

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International Chardonnay Day

As the 21st of May is International Chardonnay Day I wanted to discuss the versatility of the wonderful product that is one of my personal favourite wines. This wonderfully versatile grape is one that grows in cool, moderate and warm climates. This produces a plethora of different styles. From the elegant styles of Chablis through to the rich, full bodied California wines and everything in between. Not only is chardonnay versatile in a climate sense but also in the wine making process. The most obvious of these examples of this is the treatment of oak and the fermentation process.  Chardonnay...

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The Covid Kitchen Diaries Wk2

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The Covid Kitchen Diaries Wk2

2nd Week of May…Mushrooms galore in the Adelaide hills and the surrounds of the vineyard – also draped in misty-drizzle (mizzle if you are from Lenswood and in the know) The cool wet weather at the beginning of Autumn has been perfect for fungi growth with Pine Mushrooms and Slippery Jacks very much in abundance, although we will need to travel further afield than Lenswood for the sacred Porcini – “The King of Mushrooms” at this time of year.With our glut of foraged ‘shrooms, we have begun to preserve what we can – these would normally be on the menu...

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