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Welcome to the April 2011 edition of "The Trellis Wire", 201's periodical newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with our latest news and special offers.

In this issue:-

Geoff Schippers & Barbara Smith
201's inaugural Durif officially released

With all of the excitement of the 2011 vintage, the job of officially announcing the release of our 2010 Durif almost escaped us!

For those not fortunate enough to taste the early tank samples on hand at the Red, White and Blues Festival last year, the 2010 Durif is an intensely coloured wine with hints of pepper and spice. For those Shiraz and Cabernet drinkers out there who prefer a more savoury wine, this is an absolute must.

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2011 Vintage Report

What a difference a couple of months can make.

With all of the flooding around Australia of recent times, it's hardly a surprise to say that the start of the 2011 vintage was wet. However, it was very wet - in fact, during the first half of November alone we copped more than double the amount of rain that we usually receive for all of November! As a result, all major growing regions suffered outbreaks of downy mildew and viticulturalists had a hectic job of managing the vines to keep it under control.

Thank god we didn't write off the vintage like some, though, because with December and January came perfect ripening conditions for what our winemaker regards as some excellent wines. Our Semillon was harvested late in January (as has been typical of the past few vintages) and the Durif and Chambourcin achieved excellent flavour and sugar levels early in February.

In the spirit of experimenting, we decided this year to leave small parcels of fruit out on the vine until later in the season in the hope of making our first dessert and fortified wines. However, sustained hot conditions foiled our efforts and the result wasn't up to our exacting standards. On a bright note, though, we've commenced production of our first Sparkling Semillon and, although it won't be released for some time yet, initial signs are very promising.

Coal Seam Gas mining in the Hunter Valley

Much has been discussed in the Hunter Valley of late regarding the issue of Coal Seam Gas mining, culminating in the recent 60 Minutes story on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking".

This Sunday night at 9:30pm, SBS is screening "Gasland", an American documentary on gas mining and the potentially disasterous effects of fracking. Needless to say, we, along with the rest of the Hunter Valley winemaking fraternity, are against any form of mining which may threaten our precious natural resources and we ask you all to tune in and support us in our fight to preserve the Hunter Valley's winemaking reputation.

Click here to see the "Gasland" trailer