Very happy with our latest win with a Trophy for Best Other Red varietal at the recent Victorian Wine Show. Across the event our 2016 Dogrock Grenache was judged to be the top other red wine from classes 20 – 23. Although not yet released the wine was described by the chief judge as one of the best examples of this variety presently in Australia. A very fine recommendation indeed. From 2016 onwards Dogrock will only be making one Grenache so the price will rise to $32 per bottle from January 1, 2018. This is only due to very inconsistent yields in the vineyard which makes the 2 labels almost impossible to market.

We have just released the 2016 Degraves Road Shiraz as well as the 2017 Degraves Road Chardonnay. Both wines are true to their and will definitely please those who have previously enjoyed recent vintages.

Other recent accolades include a 94/100 for our trophy winning 2016 Dogrock Grenache (has also won 2 silver medals) and 90/100 for our 2016 Tempranillo. Happy days indeed.

August saw the release of James Hallidays Wine Companion and the 2018 edition has been excellent for the 2 labels from Dog Rock. We have maintained our 5 RED STAR rating with the following scores

96/100 – 2015 Degraves Road Shiraz

95/100 – 2016 Degraves Road Riesling

94/100 – 2015 Dogrock Shiraz

94/100 – 2015 Dogrock Grenache

93/100 – 2015 Dogrock Tempranillo

92/100 – 2015 Dogrock Cabernet Sauvignon

These are great scores but unfortunately all of the wines except the Cabernet Sauvignon have sold out. The good news is that the next vintages are now available.

The 2017 Dogrock Degraves Road Riesling has made its appearance and is now available at cellar door or mail order. A small volume was bottled early to ensure those Riesling lovers out there can have their Friday night cheese and Riesling nights.

We are also very proud that Dog Rock has been given a chapter in a book by Bill Hampel titled “Against the Grain” which is a collection of stories from 14 rural businesses and their actions to combat climate change. Its great to see that there are a few others out there starting to make adjustments to their business in light of what is emerging as a very serious problem.

In the vineyard at Dog Rock, we well into the growing season and recent spring rain has set us up for a great start. Flowering is now starting so yields will become apparent following fruit set.

Recently, Dog Rock was included into the Hall of Fame at the Powercor Grampians/Pyrenees Small Business Awards. In addition, the winery was recognised for its environmental program with the Sustainability Award.