Author Archives: Stuart

About Stuart

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.

There are Old Pinots and Bold Pinots – and some Old, Bold Pinots!

I have been rattling on in my Providence Winery Facebook page re two Pinots we have consumed over the past two nights:  A Black Estate from Waipara in NZ and our Providence Miguet Reserve Pinot Noir.  Both are 2001 vintage. … Continue reading

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While Launceston went under….. Providence just got soggy

So many places down the east coast of Australia were severely affected by the recent weather and Launceston was no exception, as the photo shows.  Such a beautiful photo (thanks Peter!) showing such devastation.  Providence got beaten up:  the grassed … Continue reading

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Meet our new Winemaker!

A great presentation at Josef Chromy Wines today, ed headed by General Manager Jeremy Dineen. The purpose was to gather growers contracted to Josef Chromy Wines, for sale including those who have their own labels. The season was explained comparatively … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir or Cab Sav with Chinese Duck ?

Brett Snelson, winemaker with One Day Estate and Ainsworth & Snelson, talked Duckmasters Ron Leslie and Roy Moorfield into convening a Duck Crawl where two Cabernets were included in the into the usually exclusive Noir line-up.  Again, three restaurants were … Continue reading

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Officer in charge of Weed Control (and Lieutenants)

I can’t remember if this photo has ever appeared on my website before but it shows the relationship that Gary the Goat has developed with the native hens (aka “Turbo-chooks).  Since this photo was taken there has been a new … Continue reading

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Vintage – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

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 … Continue reading

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“Old vines aren’t good because they’re old, they are old because they’re good”

This quote attributed to Rob Gibson of Gibson Wines appeared in a Dan Murphy’s ad released today (20 April).  Because of the scourge of phylloxera in Europe, most of the ‘old vines’ are in the new countries, such as Australia, … Continue reading

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Vintage!

The culmination of year’s toil ends on Sunday.  On Tuesday we picked the Riesling – first time ever it has been picked before both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  The fruit came in at 13.8 Baume, the most ripe we have … Continue reading

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New Kids on the Block!

In the last month, viagra order Providence has released its 2011 Pinot Noir, pill 2012 Monet Riesling and 2013 Miguet Reserve Chardonnay.  These wines fit well in the Providence stable.  The 2011 Pinot is not a Miguet, but it is … Continue reading

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BIRD CONTROL (Pre Netting!)

One of the many visitors to the vineyard over the years.  Aviators include an F/A-18, Canberra bomber, C130E Hercules and even a BAC1-11.  When this chopper came there wasn’t a bird in sight! (I was flying three of them).

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