Selling it / 2014

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There’s an old wine trade adage that the effort of the industry is split between 5% making it and 95% getting it to the customer. If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If a deluded English guy thinks he can make wine, if it doesn’t sell it, has he made wine?

The first road-taste of the finished product properly disgorged and labelled was with friends Laura and Brendan Carter in the Adelaide Hills. (Unico Zelo Wines). Here’s how it went

An encouraging start, but the real test would be the bars and restaurants I was hoping to sell it to. On Friday 12th December I headed into Adelaide with a suitcase with six bottles in it. I was picking up the rubber stamp and labels that morning, so the plan was to label the six bottles late morning, while at ambient temperatures so the labels would stick, then ask a friend to chill them in the afternoon, then show a few bottles around late afternoon. Tight!

Tasting with Koen, Africola 

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Tasting with Kennedy and Pablo, East End Cellars and David Le Mere MW, Mothervine

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With Travis Tausend, Cork Wine Cafe

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With Steve Crawford, Frederick Stevenson Wines

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With Taras Ochota, Ochota Barrels and Mark Reginato, Connect Vines

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On tasting (from the bottle) wine guy Koen ‘Coco” Janssens at Africola promptly ordered 48 bottles on the spot and made me the happiest non-winemaker in the universe. The next day East End Cellars also emailed an order through for delivery pre-Xmas. Cash for chaos as Malcolm McLaren would have said, or as the potty-mouthed, space travelling, star jumping, Astro Bunny would say, FUCK YEA!

On Monday 15th I labelled up six bottles and sent them via Australian post to bars and wine shops in McLaren Vale, Melbourne and Sydney.

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The journey continues…..

 

FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER

INSTORE TASTING AT FALL FROM GRACE, WILLUNGA

Bunny love bouncing all over the walls!

 

 

 

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Further adventures of Bunny sales, making new customers and new friends all over Adelaide and beyond….

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And now for 2015…..

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  3 comments for “Selling it / 2014

  1. Kylie Javier Ashton
    July 8, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Hello,

    I write a list for a small bar in Sydney and was wondering who I can contact for distribution?

    Many thanks!

    Kylie

  2. Dan
    July 19, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Hi
    I have a ‘making it’ question. Do you do anything to stop it going through malo? Does it matter if it does go through?
    Cheers
    Dan

    • Tim
      July 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Hi Dan,
      Great to hear from you, good question. The first two years I made this wine (2014, 2015) I didn’t have any temperature control, so there was no way of controlling if the wine went through malo or not prior to bottling. Last year I did ferment in a temp controlled tank, so I suspect that the wine wouldn’t have gone through malo pre bottling, but may well do so in bottle.
      At the end of the day it’s not something that concerns me, as you probably know the effects of MLF are: 1. Conversion of malic acid to (softer) lactic acid, thus lowering the TA and raising the pH 2. Some CO2 3. Some heat.
      None of these things are a problem, pet-nat can sit with quite high pH and feel balanced, because you’re not aiming for that “high” Champagne like acidity. The by product of some C02 also isn’t a problem, because the wine becomes fizzy in bottle.
      Hope that answers your question!
      Cheers
      Tim

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