An update from Dru and Nicole
Nicole here, I thought it was my turn to give you all an update on what been going on here at Koonara. I guess I should start with the obvious that we are nearly at the end of winter. I have begun to feel a slight spring in my step with the days getting just that bit longer and the warmth of the winter sun on my skin.
At the moment, the vineyards are undertaking an extensive rejuvenation process, a little bit like checking into the Endota Day Spa for a full body scrub and peel. We are removing old wood to increase sap flow, eutypa control, and to prepare the vines for pruning.
The vines are indulging in well-deserved R & R in what can only be described as ideal conditions. Warm sunny days after frosty starts coupled with on and off again rain.
Dru tells me we will be applying some basalt to the soil. Basalt brings much-needed micro-nutrients to the soil and helps the vines uptake other nutrients. By Spring, they will be zingy with eagerness for bud burst.
I’m currently reading The Downstairs Girl. I’m always looking to Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club for my reading inspiration, and I’m very rarely let down. I’m halfway through this and really enjoying it. It’s about a Chinese American girl growing up in segregated Atlanta. I lived in South Carolina for a year when I was 20, so this part of the world is very dear to me. So far, it’s a really compelling story about a driven and resourceful young lady.
Alice and I left Dru and Lucy to it the other weekend. We headed off to Shepparton so Alice could compete with her Calisthenics team at a competition. Whilst it was a lot of driving, it was worth it as her team came away with the Aggregate, which means they were pretty gosh darn awesome!
Till next month,
Dru & Nicole Reschke
All the other bits
Because we really want to make a difference. For every $15.00 spent on wine between now and September 4th, the folks at Ecologi will plant a tree on your behalf.
You can check out your contribution when you log into your account. There’s a section called “My Forest” that shows just how many trees your wine purchase has contributed towards.
Over on Instagram
We have been having quite a bit of fun with these new fang dangled reel things on Instagram. Be sure to go and have a watch.
Album of the Month
This Artist will grow on you. She snuck up on me, and before I realised it, she was on about 10 of my playlists. Not quite as good as her previous album, but again, she creeps up on you, so hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong.
Wine of the Month
A beautiful, elegant, balanced Chardonnay – Grown by the Pinot and Chardonnay obsessed John & Bronwyn Calvert from the famed sourdough and granola of the same name. I’m afraid you’ll have to go on the waitlist if you want to get your hands on a bottle.
Recipe of the Month
Each month we trawl thru our recipe books to show you just how easy it is to match our wine of the month with regular everyday food. At this time of year, it’s hard to go past something so earthy, rich and warm. Believe it or not, it’s also a great match for our Pete Said No Pinot Noir as well.
Find the recipe here
2 mins to do good –
World leaders will gather again at the UN meeting in New York for the final round of negotiations to decide the fate of our oceans.
We need Australia’s Environment and Water Minister, Tanya Plibersek to help protect our oceans by attending in person. Will you email Tanya and urge her to show up at this crucial time?
Cellar Door In the City
Join us in August as we pack up the wines and head around the nation so you can taste the best that Coonawarra has to offer. Check out where we will be and the full program here
TICKETS | $65+ BF Includes entry, souvenir wine glass, 3 hours of wine tastings, meet the winemaker and complimentary food offering
Pink Drink Society Launch party
Treat yourself to a fabulous, fun, well-deserved night out thanks to Thyme at The Lakes and Koonara Wines and help us celebrate the launch of our PINK DRINK society! A society dedicated to our beautiful Pink Drinks. For more information, click here
WHEN | Friday 16th September from 6 pm
WHERE | Thyme at the Lakes, Mount Gambier
TICKETS | Earlybird tickets are just $70.00 per person until 26th August.
INCLUSIONS | Glass of wine on arrival, canapes during the night, entertainment and a $5 donation to Spare Ya Change for Kids.
Should Have Hired a Car Tour
Anne Fraser, Christy and Jason Wallace and Andy Penkow, come together to share their songs and stories as a part of their Should have hired a car tour. For more information, click here
WHEN | Friday 7th October September 7.30pm
WHERE |Coonawarra Memorial Hall
TICKETS | $25 per person
Our Platinum Marquee is located in the premium trackside infield location, this marquee is suited for those guests looking for a superior day of racing, elegance and fun.
Tickets are $205 which includes general admission to the racecourse, all-inclusive gourmet finger food as well as premium wine and beers and live entertainment.
To book or to find out more click here
Upcoming Wine days
TODAY Thursday 18th August – International Pinot Noir Day its ok we have you covered with a great range of Pinot Noirs.
Try our Pete Said No or our Cape Banks Razortooth Pinot