A carpet of oats, rye grass, legumes and lupins blanket the vineyard soil, sinking their roots deep into the Earth and drawing up minerals to bring to the surface. A few autumn coloured leaves remain on the vines and deciduous fruit trees taking in the last bit of sunshine before going dormant and putting their energy into root growth. The Solstice is on the 21st of June when the Sun stands still for a day before starting its journey south bringing its warmth and radiance, this is the most consistent currency we can rely on.
Hanging Gardens Ubud invites you to an evening for lovers of fine food and wines, set overlooking our acclaimed twin-tiered swimming pools and the Dalem Segara Temple across the valley. The wines will be presented by our very special guest Vanya Cullen from Australia's famous Cullen Wines, with our renowned Executive Chef Adriano Ricco creating a menu to match these fine wines.
Dust off those Gumboots, it is time to play in the mud. The inter-rows have been ploughed and the Tractors are seeding cover crops all through the vineyard. Broad Beans and snap peas are being planted by hand in selected rows along the entrance road and in front of the restaurant. They will be accompanied by Beetroot and radish to make full use of the rows. It has been a busy time with visitors coming through the gardens and keen to learn more about Biodynamic agriculture and the natural rhythms of the Earth and the cosmos.
Seeds are germinating all through the vineyard as the brown earth turns green. The rain has allowed the clover, oats, rye and other cover crops to start their cycle of drawing nutrients from the air and earth to help condition the soil.
As the harvest slows and the hot days of summer start to cool, we welcome the Autumn months here at the winery.
One of the most anticipated elements is always the announcement of the new Autumn Menu and we look to our biodynamic garden and available fresh produce to see what we will be offering to our guests.
If you are heading to Margaret River for Easter or for ANZAC Day, from wherever you live, we look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant. I have included our new Autumn Menu here from Executive Chef David Hull to entice you!
The last week has seen the team out enjoying the warm weather and enthusiastically harvesting the Cabernet Sauvignon that will become our Diana Madeline 2014.
Everyone was in great spirits and we enjoyed very good days in the field and the sheds. It is always that way when the Diana Madeline cabernet sauvignon fruit comes into the winery - everyone's mood lifts being a part of that wonderful fruit!
We also found ourselves ready to harvest our Sauvignon Blanc, which was done on Saturday March 1st, on a Moon opposite Saturn Flower day on the biodynamic calendar, which is ideal for this beautiful fruit. For us it was a glorious and busy long weekend here in Western Australia, so the whole winery had a wonderful energy!
Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia, airs on Sunday at 1.30pm on 7Two.
Cullen Wines features in Ep 14- 15th June - THE MARGARET RIVER. Lyndey Milan cooked pork steaks with stinging nettle sauce, quick pickle and asparagus and broad-bean salad when she dropped into Cullen Wine's estat, filming her latest series, Lyndey Milan's taste of Australia.The companion book has been written, shot and is currently being laid out. We anticipate an October release date, in time for Christmas. It will feature all the recipes, some stories and still photos from the TV series and additional recipes.
Autumn has arrived! The Cabernet has started flowing in and are looking, smelling and tasting delicious. The birds are cleaning up the remainder of the mulberry fruit too high to reach, which should keep them away from the figs that are purple, sweet and juicy.
The farm is alive with people from all around the world working like bees, bringing grapes in to make delicious wine. The evenings are starting to cool down as we near that beautiful autumn time with mild wind, warm days and cool nights.