The weekend went well. Launceston Grammar Music School provided their usual excellent support, clinic despite vintage being in the middle of the School holidays (Tasmania has this year moved to four terms) and their fearless leader, medical Sherryn Hepher being on the other side of the world! So, information pills the team were led by parent Hoong Nguyen who managed superbly.
Whilst yields were down, the fruit quality for all three varieties was excellent and comparable to that great year 2000. All is now in the hands of Jeremy Dineen to work his wizardry and I have no doubt that he will!
Consolidating the bins for travel
The pickers watch on waiting for positive news on the grape snip count
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.