We’ve enjoyed some glorious sunny winter days here in Margaret River, as well as some much-needed rain, which has filled our creek and dams and provided deep moisture in the vineyard, essential for our vines growing root systems. As much as we are enjoying this cosy winter in Australia’s South West, we are very much looking forward to recommencing our Nature and Wine Walk and Wine Sunsets experiences in early September, and to hosting our spring barbecue here in late September.
In the meantime, here’s an update of what’s been happening here at Passel Estate over the recent winter months.
As part of our commitment to sustainable viticulture, we recently welcomed a flock of local sheep to graze in our vineyard during winter. Sheep grazing reduces the need for slashing and spraying to control under vine growth, which means using less machinery and decreased emissions. The sheep keep our vineyard tidy and improve the soil quality with their foraging and natural fertiliser!
As our viticulture team work around our fleecy guests to prune our vines, we prepare to release our new 2020 Passel Estate Sauvignon Blanc just in time for spring. Our Provenance Club members received this fabulous new vintage in their July delivery and were the first to sample it; our Discovery Club members will receive their exclusive preview in their delivery this month. We still have a small supply of our trophy-winning 2019 Sauvignon Blanc if you’d like to stock up before we sell out.
Prior to re-commencing our popular Nature and Wine Walk tours through our bushland sanctuary in September, we are very pleased to report that the native seedlings we recently planted here on the property are thriving, and our gardener, David, has been working hard to eradicate invasive weeds such as arum lilies and bridal creeper from the area. Our bushland sanctuary, which is home to a passel (family) of endangered Western Ringtail Possums and other native animals is looking ever healthier and we will be engaging a conservation specialist to complete a comprehensive fauna survey of the property in the coming months, to pave the way for further native wildlife rehabilitation.
We hope to welcome you to Passel Estate soon for a guided wine tasting experience or at one of our upcoming events.