365 days of effort, combatting the weather, feral animals, birds, mud, grass and wasps came to an end in just two days. On 3 and 4 May we picked our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. A little later than usual (Global Cooling?) As has been the case for the past 14 years, the staff, students and parents of the Launceston Church Grammar Music School, and a few ring-ins, came to the fore and picked the fruit in the most atrocious conditions. The only thing it didn’t do was rain. The wind blew a gale, sufficient to blow dogs off chains and it was freezing!
The fruit was excellent: small berries and the results of a complete exclusion of birds. The white varieties experienced some damage caused by the late rains. I think 2014 vintage will be a cracker!
Despite the change in school holidays, the new head of music, Sherryn Hepher, managed to round up two very competent posses who worked exceedingly well. They were well supported by two chefs in the kitchen, my daughter Lisa and her friend Tom, who knocked up excellent morning teas and lunches.
The ace picking team heading for the warmth and lunch!
About Rusty Cook
Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.