t er Newsle t At t he W I N T E R 2 0 0 9 Cellar Door Our winter warmers menu is now up and running at Cellar Door. You can of course still get our beautiful antipasto and cheese platters but over the winter months we are offering a range of warm foccacias and homemade soup to keep the cold at bay. Our platters are complimented by the excellent range of Tasmanian Gourmet he In t Vineyard Kitchen preserves which are also on sale in our retail area. There are also several other new retail lines entering the shelves at the Cellar Door including an expanded range of We finished picking the last of our grapes Winter is a key time in the vineyard as wine bags in all colours, shapes and sizes on Anzac day and Ghost Rock would like while the vines lay dormant we will begin – these make an excellent gift for yourself to extend a big thank you to all those who pruning. The seemingly aggressive act of or others and we’ve also introduced some helped with the harvest. We are pleased pruning prepares the vines for budburst beautiful hand made wooden crafts! Good with the volumes and quality, although in spring. Our Wines Life preserves and sauces are now in stock volumes are down on last year. This was – these are made locally in Port Sorell and to be expected due to cold, unfavourable are delicious. conditions experienced statewide during flowering in December. Ghost Rock’s 2008 Pinot Noir is proving The Autumn colour at Ghost Rock was to be a hit at this early stage with many spectacular and while it was fleeting it visitors enjoying the wine now and others certainly produced much comment from recognizing its excellent potential as a all our visitors. cellar wine. As winter sets in and the leaves have Much to the sadness of Cate, Colin and finally dropped we find that there is still many of our loyal customers, our 2003 plenty to keep us busy in the vineyard. Catherine Sparkling stock is nearing We have re-seeded the rows between the its end. We do however have our 2007 vines and hope to see fresh new grass in Catherine Sparkling lying on lees, patiently the Spring. awaiting release next year. visit us: 1055 port sorell road, northdown tasmania 7307 www.ghostrock.com.au, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 03.6428.4005 fax 03.6428.4330 postal address: po box 311, devonport tasmania 7310 cbcj investments pty ltd abn 64 060 445 098 Did you know? aff Meet Our St Cass Downes was born and raised on Cutting back the dead wood and excess King Island, and left home at 16 for plant growth of the vine is known as Launceston to continue her education. pruning and is the single most important After living and teaching for 15 years step in vineyard management. Before in Launceston, George Town and the vines become dormant each winter, Winneleah, Cass and her husband they set their buds for the upcoming year. Alex settled on 5 acres just outside of The number of buds set is governed by Devonport 15 years ago where they’ve the growing patterns of the past season Art @ reared numerous animals and three and it is up to the viticulturalist to prune children, now aged 21, 19 and 16. accordingly so that the vine is not stressed t Ghos Rock and produces a healthy harvest. Life has been very busy and instead of returning to teaching this year Cass has All the vines at Ghost Rock are pruned by opted for a much needed change of hand and cut back to just two canes (or pace. So, what is the best thing about arms) which are tied down to the wire and working at Ghost Rock? Other than the form the basis for the coming season’s new The Cellar Door is currently hosting the gorgeous surroundings, yummy food Music @ growth. print making works of Diana Dodson and wine of course, the chance to have who hails from Sheffield. Diana’s exhibit nice conversations with nice people. runs until the end of July. During August t Ghos Rock Cass loves meeting people from all and September the Rubicon River Arts around Australia and overseas, hearing group will be having an exhibition on the their stories and their new found love of theme of ‘Our Locale’ which will include to name just a few – Rod Westbrook, Jackie our beautiful Island state! Murphy, Marjorie Brotheridge, Mary Lou As well as continuing our monthly Wright and Evelyn Antoniensen. She often feels envious of guests live music afternoons throughout the enjoying the ambience of our beautiful winter, Ghost Rock will be hosting A range of different media styles will be venue. However, each day at work is locally renowned artist Brett Budgeon, on display as well as several 3D sculptures. topped off with a scenic drive home; In addition on the opening weekend on amazing views of mountains, sea and accompanied by Dennis Manning on the August 1st and 2nd we hope to have patchwork farmland – priceless! Cass piano as part of the 2009 Devonport resident artists working at the Cellar Door. hopes all visitors enjoy Ghost Rock as Jazz Weekend. Brett will be performing at Please check the website or call the Cellar much as she does. Ghost Rock on Saturday 25th July between Door for further details nearer the time. 3 and 5pm. For further information or to Rob Matthews – a local photographer book a table please contact the Cellar who lives a Port Sorell, will have his Door. first exhibition at Ghost Rock from the beginning of October. t Newes Recruit Upcoming events: Sunday 12th July – Halfway to Forth live music 1-4pm. Saturday 25th July – Brett Budgeon and Dennis Manning 3-5pm. Ghost Rock is proud to introduce the Sunday 9th August – Ben Tome and youngest member of the team – Oscar accompaniment. Live music 1-4pm. the golden retriever. Many of you will have Sunday 13th September – Threeza met Pebbles (and Casper before he passed Crowd. Live music 1-4pm away) and now Pebbles has a new partner in crime – the unstoppable and totally adorable Oscar. At 5 months old, Oscar is quickly picking up all the tricks of the trade and follows Pebbles everywhere! We are hopeful he will also be included in a future edition of ‘Wine Dogs’ one day.