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August 15, 2016

was the culmination of a very good season. A wet winter ushered in a mild spring with below average rainfall. Generally dry conditions persisted throughout the summer, but without the killingly hot days that shut down vine metabolism. There was little disease pressure...

August 15, 2016

We went to a famous restaurant recently. $350 a head degustation with matched wines. Appalling extravagance, but a friend knew the owner (which was how we got the booking) and they had a winelist it would’ve been nice to get on, so I put it down as market research. The...

August 15, 2016

Hey! Hey! (or if we’re striving after authenticity: Ohe! Ohe! or Eia! Eia! or possibly even Age! Age! ): as part of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival we staged our first Roman Feast Among the Vines at Mount Terrible last February.30 guests, 30 different dishes....

August 15, 2016

Stop Press.

As part of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, we will be hosting a Roman Feast with authentic  2,000 year old Roman recipes accompanied by wines made from the oldest Italian grape varieties and some startling ancient vermouths. The event will take pl...

August 15, 2016

In spring 2013 a series of late frosts burnt newly-burst buds in many parts of the state. We escaped that. Bud-burst here is later than almost anywhere.

There was a cold snap around the time of flowering. Missed that too, for a comparable reason.

From December to March,...

August 15, 2016

Though the lyrebird whose call used to enliven my working day has gone to his eternal reward, he is not forgotten. Craig Eury cut this memorial of him out of steel plate.

The Chook may not be quite as imposing as the fifteen foot eagle Craig made to mark the city limits...

August 15, 2016

The 2013 vintage went well – by comparison with the 2011 (rain!) and 2012 (wasps!@**#!!!) very well. We picked on March 16th under perfect conditions at a Baume of 14 degrees. There had been a few days of light smoke haze in late January, but in pre-harvest cold-soaked...

August 15, 2016

The reasons are too complex to go into here, but it is widely accepted all businesses today must have a Mission Statement. For far too long, we at Mount Terrible have been stumbling along without such guidance. It would have been nice to engage an expert to write it fo...

August 15, 2016

It is with sadness we report a vicious and unprovoked attack on a loyal and long-serving member of the Mount Terrible security staff.

The severity of his injuries has so far prevented C P, or Fatty as he is affectionately known, from giving a description of his assailan...

August 15, 2016

The less you handle wine the better. By ‘handling’ I mean violently mechanically agitating, any manipulation which may expose the wine to air, cause dissolved gas to come out of solution, de-polymerise or otherwise disrupt flavour molecules. It is therefore desirable n...

August 15, 2016

Bushfires all but cut us off for several weeks in 2006, but with the local recreation reserve a staging ground for twenty fire-trucks we were quietly confident we could handle the worst Nature had to throw at us.

Perilous complacency, as the tragic events of 09 made all...

August 15, 2016

Must is fresh unfermented grape juice. If, like the Ancient Romans, you have no access to cane sugar, and honey is in short supply, grape juice is a useful substitute. The sugar and acidity of must varies according to the ripeness of the grapes from which it comes. Unr...

August 15, 2016

Falernian, anyone? Roast Boar a la Hortalus washed down with a cup of the blushful Hippocrene? Desperate to dine like the Emperor but there’s that nagging doubt you’re not hot enough to make it onto Heston Blumenthal’s A-list?

Check out our new website vinumvetustum.com...

August 14, 2016

I find the motion of a helicopter unsettling. A long time ago, in a land far, far away, I had to fly in one. I got so sick the nurse who was with me said I looked closer to death than the critically injured patient we were transporting.

So these days, on the rare occasi...

August 14, 2016

Horse and carriage, love and marriage, Richebourg and DRC Montrachet – if you grow Pinot Noir it’s a crime not to be making a really cool climate white to go with it. On that charge I’m guilty, unfortunately. And since every plantable inch at Mount Terrible is already...

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