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Autumn Newsletter 2016

Welcome to Flyfaire's Seasonal Newsletter - Autumn

This newsletter we explore Vintage 2016, Easter Discounts for Everybody, Kiddies Lunch Box Kits (a parent must read), and Honk Honk the Goose gets new friends. We hope you enjoy our Autumn edition and please leave your comments on our online version.
The team at Flyfaire.

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Vintage 2016 @FlyfaireWines

Backpackers Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris Picking

Backpackers Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris Picking

Vintage 2016 was a very interesting vintage with three seasons in one - sunshine followed by rain and then more sunshine. This year we had more varieties to add to our offering with Shiraz, Carménère, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon with Riesling and Marsanne still to come. Not a bad season considering the ups and downs of the ripening season.

We had lots of help this year as well including backpackers from Paris and Los Angeles, friends from New Zealand and our work experience student to get the grapes off the vine and into the vats. We also took a video of processing our Cabernet Sauvignon to show you all how the grapes are processed - see below. Read full vintage post here.


Discount Easter Treats for Everybody from Flyfaire

5% off orders over $100 and 10% off when over $200

5% off orders over $100 and 10% off when over $200

Happy Easter everybody! This Easter, we're giving away treats. All customers to our online store will receive 5% off all orders over $100 (use code 46DYWMU) and even bigger discounts for orders over $200 with a 10% discount (use code 1B7VDAG). Only valid until 31 March, 2016. Discover our wines and gift vouchers at www.flyfaire.com/shop


Kids' Lunch Boxes Kits Go Viral

Our new kids' lunch kits are a hit with mums and dads (and kids) alike

Our new kids' lunch kits are a hit with mums and dads (and kids) alike

We've been meaning to share this due its popularity with kids visiting Flyfaire and probably because it's even more popular with Mums and Dads! A healthy option for the kids, the little box of goodies includes kid friendly sandwiches, fruit of the day, jelly and a few treats (not too many of course).

This kids' lunch box option has been so popular with Mums and Dads that we needed to get the word out to parents wondering what to do on a day out to the vineyard. So, next time you're out at Flyfaire with the little ones, don't forget to ask for the kids' lunch box kit and everyone will be pleasantly surprised! 


Honk Honk the Goose has New Friends

And now, for a little bit of a happy ending story. Honk Honk the lone goose recently got two new friends! He is not so lonesome anymore. Our good family friend Valco brought the two friends out recently and now they're in the process of getting to know each other!

We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend for some Easter fun! 

Vintage 2016 @FlyfaireWines

Teddy, the vineyard dog, guarding the Merlot for us

Teddy, the vineyard dog, guarding the Merlot for us

Vintage 2016 was a very mixed bag. A very dry start with no rain in October 2015 followed by mild summer temperatures. The rain started in November and ended with 42mm of rain in one day in February 2016. Just to be different, that was followed by a very dry finish to the season with temperatures in the 40°C’s by the time we got to picking.

We were also kindly offered some Shiraz grapes from Walla Walla by a local farmer and friend. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce Marty, a friend visitng from NZud, to our great Aussie climate. Having come from a balmy 23°C in NZud, he was straight into the 43°C days and picking Shiraz with us.

Friends helping us with vintage 2016 including Marty from NZud (middle)

Friends helping us with vintage 2016 including Marty from NZud (middle)

Luckily, the Pinot Noir that he'd brought with him from Hawkes Bay, NZ washed away the heat and exhaustion from the days of picking quite easily.

Friends helping with vintage 2016

Friends helping with vintage 2016

The Shiraz we picked in Walla Walla has beautiful blood plum and strawberry nose with a luscious mouth feel, suited to a dry table wine. We think visitors to Flyfaire are going to love this new addition for the 2016 vintage.

Les, our winemaker, inspecting the Merlot

Les, our winemaker, inspecting the Merlot

With the heat came the unsurprising quick ripening of our grapes at Flyfaire. Our Merlot grapes were the first to come-off the vines at 12 baumé (baumé measures the density of liquids, including our wine!).

The Carménère on the other hand suffered a little heat stress this year. Being young vines, only 2 years since we planted them, this was expected. But we are happy with the crop in the end and the flavours are surprisingly intense.

Chanel, our work experience student, also enjoyed the challenge and added a youth-filled enthusiasm to the job at hand.

Chanel, our work experience student helping with vintage 2016

Chanel, our work experience student helping with vintage 2016

Next up, we had a little bit of wild picking to do with our bush Cabernet. And to the rescue came two lovely young backpackers who were up to the challenge: Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris. In no time all, the Cabernet was off the vines and ready for processing.

Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris help out in the Cabernet

Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris help out in the Cabernet

We still have the Riesling and Marsanne to come off the vines. So, we'll be be picking them shortly.

Last, but not least, we also had the help of Teddy the vineyard dog. Thankfully! 

Vintage 2016: Video at Flyfaire Wines of processing the Cabernet Sauvignon. Watch as we feed and crush the grapes in the processor and even Boof the vineyard dog helps out.

Flyfaire Wines is located in the Woomargama National Park and we are close to the regional centres of Holbrook, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, and Wagga Wagga. We produce quality cool climate wines and provide a premium cellar door & café experience.

Autumn 2015 Newsletter

 
Les, our winemaker and Julianne, our Business Director

Les, our winemaker and Julianne, our Business Director

Welcome to Flyfaire's seasonal newsletter. A special welcome also to our new newsletter sign-ups.

A lot has been going on since we last spoke! Some of you might have seen on our Facebook that we are launching a newly revised website. We hope that it will make your interaction with Flyfaire online an even more simpler and richer experience allowing to you connect with us and find out what you want about us.

We were awarded a medal for our now "Sold Out" 2013 Flyfaire Merlot at the NSW Small Winemakers Show - which we were awestruck by.

We have had an up and down vintage - certainly making for an interesting 2015 vintage (separate post here). 

We hope you enjoy this newsletter - it is certainly jam packed.

The team at Flyfaire.


New Look www.flyfaire.com Website coming this Week

As mentioned above, we are launching a new look www.flyfaire.com this week. The newly revised website has changed significantly from the current one and it may be a little bit of a shock when you first log-on. However, it will be a simpler website experience with focus on what you visit us for! Improvements and changes include:

  • The home page now contains the most important information that you need to access including:
    • Who we are & social media access buttons ; 
    • Slideshow for access to explore our wines, access to our blog, our café, and itineraries
    • Menu & Drinks - many of you requested our menu to be our website and we've listened by providing your favourite dishes as well as our drinks menu ; 
    • Our Contact Information.
  • Our blog has combined numerous pages including our blog posts, newsletters, press, events, and much more. Our blog experience is now a much richer experience.
  • You can learn all about us on new page about Our Team & Our Story.
  • We have a newly developed page on Sustainability which explains all of the ways that we helping to reduce our impact to mother earth.

You can always see a summary of our pages be clicking on the 3-Line Navicon (yes that is a technical name) in the top-left corner.

 
 

We hope that our new website experience is a simpler and easier process for you to connect with us by providing the content you want!

We expect our new website to be up and running by next weekend (28-29 of March) - but we will email you to let you know that the changeover has occurred. We hope that there is minimal impact to availability of our website and email - however there could be a small amount of downtime during this transition. Please bear with us if you cannot access our services. We are always available on (02) 6020 5264 if you need to contact us!

**Please note: Following the transition to our new website, previous links provided in previous newsletters will no longer work. All newsletters will be available in our blog. And www.flyfaire.com will continue to work as normal.


Flyfaire 2013 Merlot Wins Award at the NSW Small Winemakers Show

We are very proud to annouce that last year we won our first medal which was awarded to our 2013 Merlot in the New South Wales Small Winemakers Show for 2014 held in Forbes, NSW.

We were overjoyed to achieve this recognition with it being the first time we have ever entered our Merlot in a competition. We have now sold out of this vintage, but we are looking forward to achieving further results with the 2014 vintage yet to be released.


2015 Vintage Update

FlyfaireWines Marty Visits Flyfaire

Excerpts from 2015 vintage blog post:

The growing season started with a repetition of last year with frosts for the first few weeks in October, 2014. This presented a good opportunity to test the frost heater installed last year. Protecting the young shoots is critical at this time because any damage to a new shoot will result in the year’s crop being wiped out.

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The season threw more challenges with stormy and humid weather as well as large temperature swings of over 20°C differentials during a 24 hour period. Tropical like fogs descended upon Flyfaire followed by the more traditional dry spells requiring irrigation of the vines.

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This season saw our first crop of grapes from the new "Don Pepe Carménère Block". How exciting to harvest a grape variety predominately grown in Chile. A small batch of 40 litres is now fermenting under the watchful eye of the  winemaker, Les.

Read more here

Vintage 2015

 
Marty Yates visits Flyfaire from New Zealand

Marty Yates visits Flyfaire from New Zealand

The growing season started with a repetition of last year with frosts for the first few weeks in October, 2014. This presented a good opportunity to test the frost heater installed last year. Protecting the young shoots is critical at this time because any damage to a new shoot will result in the year’s crop being wiped out.

In November, 2014 Dr Graham Robertson from the Australian Antarctic Division; Hobart, Australia, arrived to spend a few days with us and just in time to help out with the planting of the last 2 rows of Carménère, to finish the block started in 2013.

Later in November, Bron and Marty Yates, friends of Les' from university days, spent a week with us, and again, just in time, to help with planting replacement Chardonnay vines. It’s wonderful to have friends that love to get their hands dirty. It seems that everyone that visits gets a job in the vineyard!

The season threw more challenges with stormy and humid weather as well as large temperature swings of over 20°C differentials during a 24 hour period. Tropical like fogs descended upon Flyfaire followed by the more traditional dry spells requiring irrigation of the vines.

The sulphur and copper organic sprays were applied early to the vineyard and maintained control of the mould for a short period. Outbreaks still occurred which were difficult to control. The leaf growth and fruit load on all varieties were outstanding, perhaps in part a result of the organic fertiliser applied (chicken manure) in 2012 followed by an application of prilled hydrated lime in 2013, all reaching deep into the root zone by 2015.

This season saw our first crop of grapes from the new "Don Pepe Carménère Block". How exciting to harvest a grape variety predominately grown in Chile. A small batch of 40 litres is now fermenting under the watchful eye of the  winemaker, Les.

On other news, last year we won our first medal awarded to our 2013 Merlot in the New South Wales Small Winemakers Show. We were overjoyed to achieve this recognition with it being the first time we have entered our Merlot in a competition. We have now sold out of this vintage, but we are looking forward to achieving further results with the 2014 vintage yet to be released.

 

This year’s picking has come 3 weeks early.  We are currently busy with a bumper crop (the best ever). The season tended to cause erratic Veraison which was difficult to predict, but flavours in all of the varieties are intense.

To add excitement to the harvest, NSW National Parks has done an early fuel reduction burn of the Woomargama National Park on the Tunnel Road on the 10th March, 2015 just opposite our vineyard.  We managed to harvest half the Merlot crop before smoke settled in. The other half may be affected by smoke taint, only after ferment will we know. We have survived two other fires in December, 2014 started by lightning.  The sound of the helicopter water bombers is becoming all too familiar.